Guest Experience Representative (Former Employee) – Monterey, CA – February 28, 2018
I worked here seasonally for one summer. This has to be the best work environment I have ever had. Supervisors were AMAZING, so kind and supportive. There was always something new and exciting happening at the aquarium. High volume days were exhausting but the coworkers (including the animals) made up for it.
Biologist (Former Employee) – Monterey, CA – February 16, 2018
There is a culture of not hurting anyone's feelings which leads to ineffective or non-existent constructive feedback. Management does not have the training needed to be considered leaders, having only the technical skills but lacking all other aspects that true leaders need to motivate and inspire their staff. It is really disappointing.
Guest Experience Ambassador (Former Employee) – Monterey, CA – October 3, 2017
A bubbly and optimistic workplace environment -- you may feel a bit like you're in the middle of a musical sometimes. If you are new and unestablished, you are going to have a tough time finding housing and/or affording to live in the area. Many good employees leave due to the cost of living.
Guest Experience Representative (Former Employee) – Monterey, CA – September 20, 2017
There were two shifts at the aquarium. If you were cashier trained you would work the register, and if you were not, you would work the floor rotation. Management was really nice, and they were flexible with scheduling. The hardest part of the job had to be the visitors and the lack of signage in the buildings. The most enjoyable part was my coworkers.
Exciting and fast paced job, great co workers and supervisor
Research and Evaluation Assistant (Former Employee) – Monterey, CA – August 18, 2017
I had an on-call position handing out surveys to customers on their way out of the aquarium. You have a time limit of about 3 hours to fill 50 or more surveys. It is fast paced and keeps you on your toes. You get to meet and converse with people while also gaining valuable feedback from customers on how the aquarium can improve or how well it is already doing. My supervisor was amazing and very supportive and the job is very team oriented. My coworkers were great and you quickly feel like your job is a team effort and you are part of a bigger family.
Free lunch during big events, good pay, encouraging and supportive staff
A little intimidating at first, some customers aren't too friendly
Full Time Staff (Current Employee) – Monterey, CA – June 6, 2017
For the "best" institution in the US, it definitely does not meet the expectations with poor management decisions, low morale, high turnover, and hand-holding mentality. For the incredibly high cost of living, I'd recommend going elsewhere and coming to Monterey for vacation!
But outside of the work environment, the conservation impact is enormous and they continue to inspire others; they're just not all they sell themselves to be. If only management had the proper training to know how to actually lead their employees!
Marketing Coordinator (Former Employee) – Monterey, CA – May 15, 2017
Working for the Aquarium has elicited a new love for marine conservation I never knew existed within me; that is why I'm forever grateful for all I have learned during my seven years working for such an inspiriting organization. My most recent Director and CMO were the catalyst of my professional growth and everything I strive to be from here on out as I pave my way through the marketing world.
a clear and beautiful view of the pacific ocean from my desk.
Inspiring aquarium with an incredible, energetic staff
Guest Experience Ambassador (Current Employee) – Monterey, CA – April 24, 2017
I love being surrounded by a staff and aquarium full of passionate environmentalist, educators, and learners. It is inspiring to be able to absorb knowledge every day while exciting guests to care for our oceans and conserve the environment.
Web Designer (Former Employee) – Monterey, CA – April 21, 2017
Company hires great people who do great work, but unfortunately there is often a lot of red tape and office politics to deal with. Upper management doesn't do enough to know what their teams and individual employees are working on.
Manager (Former Employee) – Monterey, CA – December 8, 2016
I titled my review "interesting" simply because my experience working at the aquarium was just that, interesting, and not in a good way. In my opinion and observation, most of the "executive" managers, (AKA; execs), are really phony people. They come across as happy and friendly, but underneath their happy, friendly faces, are conceited, holier than thou, condescenders, who think holding a "prestigious title", entitles them to intimidate subordinates through constant cynical criticism and a "Lay out the red carpet and be ready to kiss my ring" attitude. Also, (and again, just my opinion and observation), the "execs" are jealous of each other, in that there is a constant "tug of war" to see who holds the highest title and has the most authority. (Embarrassing for the execs, because all department heads see this selfish and childish behavior, talk and laugh about it amoungst themselves, and behind the execs' backs.) It's also pretty obvious, that department heads are quick to jump on any one exec's bandwagon, to insure a spot in the inner circle, as well as thinking they will keep their jobs, (at least for one more day).
On a lighter and more positive note, I would like to add, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, in itself, is a spectacular place to visit. The exhibits, the breathtaking views, and not to mention, the incredible scientific research and developement projects, and all that they entail to make The Monterey Bay Aquarium and our Marine Sanctuary, (undeniably and uncontested), the BEST in the world!
To sum it up, the aquarium IS a beautiful place to work. As formore... the execs, remember this..nothing is forever, ...and no one is indispensable.less
An undeniably beautiful place to visit and work.
Executive management need "How to treat subordinates with respect 101" training, and "No, I'm not all that, I just think I am", training, too!
Lead Proprietary Security Officer (Current Employee) – Cannery Row, CA – November 7, 2016
Every day is something new. Everyone wants to have a good time when they work here. There is always room for advancement and great benefits. You develop great communications skills. Fellow co workers are always willing to help you learn something new.
Guide (Current Employee) – Monterey, CA – June 24, 2015
The Aquarium features an amazing work environment with great people all over. The management as well as co-workers are all top-notch. Although the work may be fast paced at some times, it is still fun engaging with guests and teaching marine sciences to others.