SciCORE Courses Intern (Former Employee), Boston, MA – May 19, 2014
The Museum dedicates itself to teaching people of all ages about science. It is a fun place to work and you gain skills such as teamwork, patience, confidence, and communication. In a usual work day I would arrive early to check in and wait for early campers to be dropped off. I would check in each camper as they arrived and make sure they got to the – more... room they needed to be in. Each week I was assigned to a different classroom as a helper and aid to the campers as they performed science experiments. There would be an outdoor break for lunch that I would supervise and sometimes work handing out snacks. At the end of the day I would make sure each child was picked up by their parent and would wait with the campers whose parents were late. The most enjoyable part of the job was working with all the children and teaching them new things about science. The hardest part was learning a sense of responsibility for so many children at once. Overall it was a wonderful first work experience that taught me many valuable skills I can apply to any job. – less
Curatorial Asst Butterfly Garden & Visitor Srv Rep (Former Employee), Boston, MA – March 24, 2014
Pros: highly educational workspace, felt like i was making a difference
Cons: low wages (non-profit), not much room for growth
For me, working in a greenhouse that overlooks the Charles River, while being surrounded by tropical butterflies is an amazing work space. All the exposure to the public while working at the Museum taught me that I am truly a people person. My favorite part of the job was working with the elementary school groups and seeing the little awe-struck faces – more... as the kids learned something new. The hardest part of the job were the hours: nights, weekends, holidays; the museum is always open. – less
VISITOR SERVICE REP (Former Employee), Boston, MA – February 10, 2014
Pros: amazing location area by the charles river
Pretty mind blowing job at first. Seeing all that the museum has to offer when first working is incredible. After the first week or two the luster just begins to fade. Seeing the same exhibits and same faces just made the job less interesting. Nobody was very helpful or very insightful when working together. Just was a seasonal job and actually happy – more... it was just that. – less
Human Body Connection Interpreter (Former Employee), Boston, MA – November 19, 2013
Each day I worked at the Museum of Science was an unforgettable experience. The visitors were always intrigued to hear what I had to say as an interpreter. Educating tourists of all ages was a main component of my job as well as being able to share an amazing museum experience with them. Each week there were new exhibits opening up and being an interpreter – more... I had the first hand to understand what it was all about. – less
Challenging workplace with ups and downs, mediocre pay with great benefits, low growth potential
Web & Interactive Developer (Former Employee), Boston, MA – September 9, 2013
Pros: meaningful work, great benefits for full-time exempt employees, opportunity to be a part of large projects
Cons: crowded office spaces, inter-department bickering, lower than industry ave. pay, limited growth
Most days were about eight hours, but some projects would require long nights and weekends. Most days had one or two meetings.
Different departments have very different environments. Some are bright, some are dank. Some are loud with office chatter, while some barely talk to each other. It really depends on the department.
Co-workers run the gamut, – more... but as an institution it is relatively diverse. A handful of people have been there for decades, but most are within the five year range.
The hardest part was working in an environment that struggles with collaboration between individuals and departments. It often impacted morale and productivity.
The most enjoyable part of the job was being able to be make significant contributions to large projects and all of the fun that is part of a science museum and most co-workers were a joy to be around. – less
Senior Research Assistant (Former Employee), Boston, MA – March 15, 2013
This was a great job that allowed me to learn new skills, and gave me the freedom and flexibility to pursue projects that I wanted to do (such as analyzing back data for a paper and presentation). Highly recommended.
SALES ASSOCIATE (Former Employee), Cambridge, MA – March 5, 2013
Pros: hour lunch
Cons: hours got cut for part-time
Cleaning up toys and socializing with the customers. Learned how to make visual displays. The En company was very nice , kept up with birthdays and gave cards. Some of my sales leads were big-headed with the authority they were given but my coworkers were nice. Having to do routine work , and having to stand on my feet 8 hours at a time. Putting smiles – more... on the kids face made me want to come to work everyday ! – less
Could be a great place to work but needs serious changes
Mechanical Systems Supervisor (Former Employee), Boston, MA – November 5, 2012
Pros: omni theater, planetarium, meeting and greeting visitors
Cons: negative enviroment, inability to move forward, lack of supportive mgt
I applied for this position based on the advertised job description. However, after spending a short period in the position I realized that this is not what I signed up for. Having been a licensed HVAC Tech for 30 years and not being allowed to work on anything over 50 volts totally contradicts the need for someone with a License and 10 years experience. – more... I had a staff of six good guy's who were also not allow to work on the equipment at the level that they should have been. The flip side of this job was meeting an enormous amount of wonderful people on a daily basis, interacting and assisting with all the other departments. I also enjoyed helping families with young children get the most out of thier visit. This could be a really enjoyable place to work if the department management would let the people who have the documented long-term proven track records do their job. Unfortunately, this will never happen and the unjustified over use of outside vendors will continue. – less
Oversee third to fifth grade summer school students
Summer Courses Teaching Assistant Intern (Current Employee), Boston, MA – June 5, 2012
I work with students in the classroom on science lessons and experiements, as well as guide them through the museum for hands on activities. I am an assistant to a certified teacher in a classroom of 15-25 students. Getting to know the special learning abilities of each of the students and performing science experiments that excite them are the most – more... rewarding and enjoyable parts of the job. The most difficult part of the job is preparation for the lessons before they are taught. – less