Office of the Chief Information Officer (Former Employee) – Herndon, VA – August 26, 2015
It was a productive environment that allowed me to learn about the IT field. Had good peer relations, the staff was friendly and knowledgeable. Long but productive hours allowed me to make the most of the opportunity.
This is a reflection of my experience at this particular museum.
Purchasing Agent (Current Employee) – Washington, DC – October 27, 2015
Training is a big deal to me. I started this position with hopes of working with a supervisor that advocates training and advancement for their employees. This was not the case. I never had the chance to work with that manager because they ended up leaving the institution. So 7 years later and at least 5 supervisors later, here we are. Same place, no growth.
Employee picnic, beautiful garden, learned new program systems
Intern (Former Employee) – Washington, DC – October 11, 2015
Working at The Smithsonian was a great experience, if even in only the many things I learned I like and dislike. The culture at the Smithsonian and the push to learn is incredible. I like most of the people I worked with, as people work together towards the Smithsonian's goals as a whole. There was a lot of bureaucracy and people stuck doing things certain ways but as a whole, people wanted to propel the institution towards improvement.
Office Assistant (Student Trainee) (Current Employee) – Washington, DC – July 16, 2015
As an Office Assistant I enter data for financial transactions in Excel workbooks for the Financial Manager. This includes obligations for purchase orders, purchase card purchases, incoming revenue and internal reimbursements and payments. I prepare deposit slips for incoming checks in the automated Cash Management System (CMM). I monitor the CMM system for posting of deposits and prepare an electronic Transmittal for Gifts form (SI-3011) to record deposits in the correct departmental fund after posting in the system. I assist with the collection of donation box contributions; this includes collecting cash from seven donation boxes, counting and banding the cash and preparing the deposit slips and bank bags for pick-up by Dunbar Armored Car service. I contact vendors regarding invoices and payments. I also assist with day-to-day administrative activities including filing, mail distribution and pick-up.
Facilities service worker (Current Employee) – Washington, DC – July 15, 2015
Starts at 8am Walk the museum for any equipment in public areas Organize and properly store equipment Clean and maintenance any dirty or damaged equipment I have learn a lot wail working here like diversity training The hardest part of my job is to be under staffed and required to do big office moves The most enjoyable part of my job is the public
Traffic Aide (Former Employee) – Washington, DC – June 14, 2015
Smithsonian Institution was the worst job i ever had.When you apply for the job you end up doing something totally different than what you signed up for.It was a very bad experience for me because they expected us to stand outside in 95 degree weather for 8 hours with only a 15 minute break.They clearly did not care about their employees they only care about how much money we helped them make.They did not want you to take more than 2 bathroom breaks and they should not have taken over the traffic aides .The management is very unprofessional and would curse at us and be very angry with us if we did not want to stay longer without an additional break.Again in the heat .
did not give free lunch we did not even get lunch breaks.
Office of the Chief Information Officer (Current Employee) – 600 Maryland Ave. SW , washington D.C , 20024 – March 10, 2015
Everyday is new opportunities to learning and expanding my skills.
• Provide development and operational support for the Institution’s enterprise SharePoint environment. • Follow Software Development Life Cycle • Develop web parts/module for Intranet sites and out of the box team sites • Support to adding daily Smithsonian events in Staff Calendar • Attending Team meetings and Provide status reports to management staff • Assist with modifying SharePoint web parts in existing site • Involve in Migrating sites including contents and web pages • Migrate content from existing SharePoint web sites and collaboration sites to other site collections and sites within SharePoint • Assist with Develop and manage Contents, web parts , web forms • Knowledge of Info Path and Work Flow using SharePoint Designer • Assist with sets up the weekly training
Graphics / Printing Intern (Former Employee) – Washington, DC – December 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.