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Great... if in the right role
Project Coordinator (Current Employee) –  San Francisco, CAJuly 30, 2018
This can be a great place to work if you're hired for (and keep) the job you want. Meaning, opportunities are few and far between, so do not take one job hoping to transition into another. Despite the inspiration and intrigue you experience in the galleries, many staff work primarily in front of a computer, just as in any other workplace.
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High School Explainer (Former Employee) –  San Francisco, CAJuly 30, 2018
Back when I was an Explainer, the program was great! I loved everything about it. It was very easy to learn all the demos and to make friends. I heard the program has changed slightly and is more strict, but overall the museum was a wonderful place to work.
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Fun environment where you constantly learn and engage with new crowds.
Museum Intern (Former Employee) –  San Francisco Bay Area, CAJuly 20, 2018
At the Exploratorium you are exposed to a great diversity of individuals from all backgrounds. I enjoyed the vast amount of exhibits amd gadgets to explore throughout the musuem. While working you get to explore and share the information with visitors who have come to learn themselves. Very collaborative and exciting.
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5.0
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Productive fun workplace
Private Event Coordinator (Current Employee) –  San Francisco, CAMarch 28, 2018
productive fun workplace. it is a lot of fun and also productive. It is a good time working there and you get a lot done. did I mention that it is also fun and productive.
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Your growth depends on you
Museum Education Researcher (Former Employee) –  San Francisco, CAMarch 26, 2018
The Exploratorium encourages exactly what it implies: for you to explore the possibilities of the world around you and your personal capabilities. The philosophy of the museum is to learn, create, grow, and study the world around you so that you can better yourself and thus better the world around you. This means that the museum will give you plenty of options to grow and learn, but that means you need to take those opportunities. They will not just be handed to you.

As a Fieldtrip Explainer I had the chance to learn cool science phenomena, create activities, and help design exhibits. All of these things were available to all my coworkers, but I had to take advantage of them. It's really easy because you have so many opportunities to take them for granted and not take advantage of them.

I gained leadership skills, learned cool stuff about people and speakers, and even fought for the rights of my coworkers at the Exploratorium. On the same token, some of my coworkers came in and did the bare minimum to get by, never taking any opportunity to do more with their time there.

This is a non-profit so the pay is decent, but not anywhere near a place that is privately run/for-profit. As such, you need to understand that due to budget constraints you won't be getting paid as much as you would with your skillset in a for profit organization of similar stature. That being said, for a non-profit, it is one of the better paying non-profits I have worked at.
Pros
Opportunities to grow, amazing work culture, positive social impact
Cons
non-profit pay, need to take initiative to grow.
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A great place to work
Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) –  San Francisco, CAMarch 20, 2018
It was with great sadness that I left the Exploratorium to find a better paying job. It was certainly the best place I have ever worked, and the best co-workers I have ever worked with.
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Fun and informational
Explainer (Former Employee) –  San Francisco, CAMarch 5, 2018
Great experience to work in a museum. Allowed behind the scenes in the Exploratorium. Given a lot of opportunities to learn and give that knowledge back to visitors.
Pros
Free lunches, free visits to the museum
Cons
short breaks, limited hours
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Fun place to work
Lead Janitor (Former Employee) –  San Francisco, CAFebruary 18, 2018
The Exploratorium is a absolute great place to work for youth and adults. The Exploratorium has great discounts for employees and very good benefits. They also have after work employee parties where they provide food and drinks.
Pros
Everything
Cons
No parking
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Staff vs. management, no diversity at highest levels
Field trip explainer (Former Employee) –  CaliforniaJanuary 11, 2018
Exploratorium is a great place to work for some people. I see many people with college degrees struggling to stay out of bankruptcy at this place. Don’t expect any advancement opportunities unless your a favorite of someone.
Pros
Cool exhibits
Cons
Institutional racism, lack of diversity, inclusion front with no action.
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4.0
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Fun, Cooperative, Fast
High School Explainer (Former Employee) –  San Francisco, CAJanuary 9, 2018
There was never a dull day, fast environment, constant interaction with the public mainly tourists, management was friendly and understanding of the part time job
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Mission orientated, socially and scientifically minded place
Contract Employee (Former Employee) –  San Francisco, CAOctober 31, 2017
The Exploratorium is a safe space for anyone to explore science, art and human perception. Many of the employees are dedicated to the organizations mission and have been working hard these past few years to incorporate more social science and justice into all aspects of exhibits, events and professional development work. It is an honor to work there, but I am also aware that there is still work to be done in terms of increasing the organization, member, board and visitor diversity.
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Great work-life balance, good benefits
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good place
Field Trip Explainer (Current Employee) –  San Francisco, CAMay 2, 2017
a Great place to work and learn new things. People are nice and and an awesome place to work at. the museum let you use the tool shop to fix things. its a good place!!
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Positive workplace
Facilitator (Current Employee) –  San Francisco, CAFebruary 13, 2017
A healthy working environment, there are obvious opportunities on how you can move up in the museum.
The place is set up into sections the museum is below and the offices are upstairs. This gives the workers the ability to interact while passing through the workplace. janitors having actual conversations with the executive director and there is no awkward tension, just a casual laugh and check in about the weekend.
Pros
health benefits
Cons
not enough opportunity passed entry levels
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Fun workplace
High School Explainer (Former Employee) –  San Francisco, CAJanuary 26, 2017
Every day was never the same because every visitors would be different. Their facial reactions after a hands on demo is priceless and is made into a special memory.
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4.0
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Great place to learn
Custodian (Former Employee) –  San Francisco, CAJanuary 19, 2017
This was one of the most funniest job and learning experience I've had. The on the job training was great. The Exploratorium knows how to treat they employees. We had a party everyday after work.
Pros
free everything
Cons
moved
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4.0
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A home away from home
Lead Janitor (Former Employee) –  San Francisco, CANovember 16, 2016
I have nothing bad to say about this company. The Exploratruim is a great and fun place to work for youth and adults with room to grow within the company.
Pros
They care about they're employee's
Cons
My supervisor had a power trip thing going but was fired shortly after hired.
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4.0
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Explore and innovate
HR Consultant (Current Employee) –  San Francisco, CAAugust 12, 2016
Organisation is currently re-identifying itself after the move to the new location. Strong vision and passionate people make the place special and unique.
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Great Place to work
Multiple Positions (Former Employee) –  San Francisco, CAMay 20, 2016
Flexible and unique working style depending which dept, passionate and instrumental and inspiring for all those working and those in community. In spite the vast differences on opinions and approached place at the end of the day still exist because it thrives off the philosophy of its visionary. Many mentors for society are parked at this place who are extraordinary intelligent yet humble. Most are not opportunistic which I love about this place and those who are easily identified. They may tolerate you but you will never become part of the Exploratorium family.
Pros
98% of the things
Cons
Always manageable
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Amazing place to work a lot of interaction with visitors.
High School Explainer (Former Employee) –  San Francisco, CAMay 12, 2016
Working at the Exploratorium is an experience I would never want to take back, it was a welcoming environment with great people.
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Good mission, can be frustrating
Manager (Current Employee) –  San Francisco, CAMarch 29, 2016
This is a wonderfully imaginative place and can be good for growth, but depends entirely on how your manager is. Pay is under market, but if it's in the niche you want, it can be a great fit.
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