Honestly I wanted to love this job and this company, but management is awful and leaves the instructors to fill the gaps with missing equipment and written materials we should have. Communication isn't great and you aren't guaranteed any amount of hours or pay which is not great if you have bills. However, if you are a college student looking to make some quick and easy cash, this is an alright opportunity especially if you plan on teaching. Just know you don't get reimbursed for all of your time or gas money, you aren't guaranteed consistent working hours/income, and management can be so absent leaving it up to instructors to scramble to make things work. I definitely felt that I had to do way more than what I was being paid for just to make sure the kids had a meaningful time. Overall, not worth being involved.
Mad Science has been an amazing and unique experience. You definitely get out what you put in. If you go into every assignment with an open mind and a desire to do well then it will be one of the most enjoyable and fun ways to make money. The Greater Kansas City Team is awesome and always growing.
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Teacher (Former Employee) - Fremont, CA - June 25, 2019
Mad Science gives you all the tools you need to go into a classroom and be a science guru. My only complaint with Mad Science of the Bay Area was their tendency toward favoritism. I was sent to schools that were far away from me because people in positions of authority were giving the classes closer to me to other people who wanted them, and apparently were bribing them somehow. I never figured out the bribery system, so I continued to get screwed throughout my one year tenure with the company.
Operations Assistant (Current Employee) - Tempe, AZ - June 10, 2019
Being an after school program teacher for Mad Science is a great part time job. You may teach one to two classes a day and it's based off of your availability that you set before the semester starts. You start by getting paid $30 for the hour and sometimes get travel pay depending on how far the school is from your house. There are also birthday parties, workshops, and shows that you can get paid for.
Sometimes the kits are really dry and kids aren't super into the program but it all depends on how you set the tone for the class in the beginning of the semester.
Teacher/ Mad Scientist (Former Employee) - Bellevue, WA - May 30, 2019
I loved working for Mad Science, it was not only rewarding but the community of workers are fantastic! The company revolves around learning and fun. only down fall is if you live away from the city it is quite a bit of driving
Instructor (Current Employee) - Denver, CO - May 20, 2019
The Mad Science of Colorado team is really a wonderful group. They are passionate about collaborating and helping you feel not just prepared, but confident, to walk into a classroom and excel with the content at hand. The office culture is the most positive that I have experienced as they sincerely care about you as a person and want you to succeed with the curriculum.
Traveling Representative (Former Employee) - Tempe, AZ - February 7, 2019
You go through training to teach and entertain children with science. You work fast and make sure all the kids are enjoying the educational experience. For some people it is more of a performance. It is a fun job and great for those looking to make a little more money.
Head Instructor (Current Employee) - New York, NY - January 14, 2019
The environment was very laid back and relaxing! It takes a lot of time and patience to work with children in such a setting but I would recommend this experience for anyone looking to work with children.
Lab Assistant for Open Houses (Current Employee) - Chicago, IL - December 30, 2018
This is a good company to work for if you've got extra time on your hands. Their biggest opportunity is teaching groups of younger grades within the CPS system, although you can also run a class and earn a little more or work the open houses and street fairs if you don't like working for kids.