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Great Place To Work
Graphics / Printing Intern (Former Employee), Washington, DCDecember 3, 2014
The culture is perhaps the biggest standout at the Smithsonian. They encourage learning and growth. And as an employee your given many opportunities to explore other organizations within the institute. Its a great place to work.
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Sergeant(Bilingual) (This is (Current Employee), Landover, MDOctober 27, 2014
It was all about customer service in a friendly and enjoyable atmosphere. Being part of management taught me to be flexible, understanding and give the best to my employees.
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Museum work never ends, always challenging requiring innovative approach
Museum Specialist, Shipping Manager (Former Employee), Museum Support Center, Suitland MDOctober 11, 2014
Pros: federal government stability
Cons: federal government instability
Accessing all incoming parcels with specimens, processes in timely manner for researcher(s); processing all outgoing specimens in timely manner; learned DOT and IATA regulations regarding the transport of dangerous goods, as well as protective species regulations & permits to ensure specimens acquired legally to protect the Public Trust. Most managers – more... are efficient, fair in their appraisals and proactive when it comes to collection acquisition, inventory and accountability. Co-workers are Team Oriented. The hardest part of collections management is that it is continuous, sometimes straight forward always challenging and oft times requiring an innovate approach to ensure safety of the specimens, and availability to colleagues. This always means being prepared 100% of the time and become an over achiever to protect the Public Trust - my forty-one year career can attest to that achievement and labelled an 'ambassador for collections management'. – less
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Nice place to work
Lead Security Guard (Corporal) GS (Former Employee), Washington, DCSeptember 24, 2014
Pros: getting promotions
Cons: short breaks
It is a very busy place to work we as security officers have to be alert at all times.
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Awesome opportunity for college students on the National Mall!
Summer Intern (Former Employee), Washington, DCSeptember 17, 2014
Pros: special access to exhibitions, employee discount
Cons: does not lead to a full-time job opportunity
As a summer intern in the Office of Planning, Management and Budget, I worked with senior-level executives to manage the Smithsonian's budget and funding process. This was a great opportunity getting to attend staff events/exhibitions and free rides on the simulators! Also, the National Museum of Natural History has the best staff cafeteria in the back. – more... :) – less
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Great experience in various security concepts and applicatons.
Special Police Officer (Former Employee), Washington d.cSeptember 2, 2014
Pros: advancement oppotunity
Cons: n/a
Was able to apply personal skills, and leadership qualities.
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Good place to work
Senior Sales Associate (Former Employee), Chantilly, VAAugust 12, 2014
Pros: good environment
Cons: n/a
The Smithsonian was a good place to work. Management was fair and involved and co-workers were easy to get along with.
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self-starter and quick-learner with innovation
Program Management Intern (Former Employee), Washington, DCJuly 10, 2014
Collect data from monthly reports and convert them into standard version for further analysis;
Analyze data to feed the monthly/quarterly report;
Design the metrics and dashboard to display the management of each lab.
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it was a good place to work we had a gym and facility to enjoy in our breaks or free time
home land security (Former Employee), Washington, DCJune 29, 2014
Pros: no free lunches
Cons: good health care and good breaks
it was a good job but with alot of responsability in code red alert you had to be alert of all the soroundings and people in the areas . learn how to work in a team comunications and to respond to any emergency or event.management where like a family knew how to treat us as workers.my co- workers where good they all work as a team in order to show you – more... the job and all that had to do with the job.the hardest part of the job was my hours where at night taking care of the facility and its soroundings but i enjoy it because i like what i was doing.the most enjoyable part of the job was that i was doing something for my nation and protecting a national tresure for futhure generation could enjoy it was great to work to air and space meuseam – less
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Productive and enjoyable work environment
IT Specialist (Customer Support) (Current Employee), Washington, DCJune 25, 2014
Pros: diverse organization
Cons: funding
My typical day consist of a variety of duties, from providing desktop support to an office of 18 employees, managing a Smithsonian-wide database of over 300 users as well as providing training and technical support. Providing support in staff as well as managing and training users at the same time can be challenging at times, but I prevail. The work – more... I do is very independent and steady. The Smithsonian is a very large organization with many talented (mind-blowing sometimes) and intelligent people. – less
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Ok place if you're with the right group
INSURANCE EXAMINER (Former Employee), Washington, dcMay 16, 2014
Pros: public transportation subsidy
Cons: no room for growth dependent on manager, not a great place for the young
Its an ok place to work but no room for growth unless you wait for someone to quit or get fired. try getting into the federal side and not trust if you want to grow.
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Meeting people from all walks of life
Management Support Specialist (Current Employee), Washington, DCMarch 30, 2014
Pros: i like the fact that they have place to work out with co-workers
Cons: need to work on diversity
Nice place to work and meet wonderful people from all walks of life.
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Productive and Good working place
Desktop Support Engineer (Former Employee), Washington, DCFebruary 21, 2014
Great management
Professional
Business oriented
Very busy environment
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unfulfilling work experience
Intern (Former Employee), Arlington, VAFebruary 5, 2014
This internship did not prioritize a strong intern program. Interns were largely left directionless. Only was able to work on two things the whole summer that took me only two days to complete.
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Good gateway organization/department
Special Police Officer/Corporal (Current Employee), Washington, DCJanuary 16, 2014
Pros: diverse interaction, law enforcement/security enhancement, gateway job
Cons: under-staffed, short breaks, work shedule (rotating days-off), pay
A typical day at the Smithsonian is filled with hundreds/thousands of diverse visitors who are fascinated with what our facility has to offer (artifacts/exhibits). This job has allowed me to gain a diverse range of skills to include understanding cultural barriers, picking up on basic languages from around the world, expanding my communication skills, – more... exibiting idol professionalism that would represent our organization/nation, and being more patient and culturally sensitive. I enjoy the aspects of the job which include safety; security and hazard identification and response, survellance; closed circuit and patrol, alarm response, emergency and sensorship, and policing; governing all aspects of ensuring a quality of safety and customers service which is reliable, available, and memorable. – less
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Vibrant thinkers
Assistant Director for Advancement (Current Employee), Washington, DCDecember 2, 2013
Every colleague is a bright and creative thinker, from the curators to the facilities staff.
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Excellent and exciting workplace
Interpretive Exhibits Coordinator (Former Employee), Washington, DCOctober 16, 2013
Never turn down the opportunity to work for the Smithsonian!
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GReat place to work
Sales associate for Smithsonian Enterprises (Former Employee), Washington, DCAugust 21, 2013
I leaned that you can respond accordingly to any situation.
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Good place to work
Maintenance Mechanic Helper (Former Employee), Washington, DCAugust 12, 2013
Pros: good hours
Cons: to much favortism
Fun work environment a lot of great co-workers work load is manageable
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Organization skills
Volunteer (Former Employee), Washington, DCJuly 16, 2013
Pros: the institution took care of their volunteers
Cons: volunteer
I had a very good time at Latino Center at the Smithsonian Institute. I organized the archives and helped with the exhibition "Ritmos de Identidad".
It was a volunteer job that gave the opportunity to met very interesting people.

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