An iconic Seattle Institution that was easy to fall in love with.
Controller (Former Employee) – Seattle, WA – January 23, 2019
My experience ranged over a number of senior executive changes. During that time, my team and I were relied upon heavily, and worked very closely with senior management through all of the decision making processes for hiring a new CFO, COO and CEO. I was a part of a number of very fun things, which frankly isn't overly common in Accounting, but the Science Center inspires. Honestly, this was the first Not-for-Profit leadership position I'd ever had, and the first Controller level position I'd ever had, and while it was truly challenging, I found the value of mission driven work. That is summarized by saying, I was able to walk out of my office every single day, and see all of the children running around, yelling, screaming, having so much fun... all because they were learning! I don't know how else to describe that, but it's genuinely the most incredible value I've ever felt in being a part of enabling the organization to open it's doors every day.
People, first and foremost. The job content and responsibility was also enjoyable, but this place revolves around people who love what they do.
Turnover was very high, and burnout rates were too.
great place to work. All departments are different.
Supervisor (Current Employee) – Seattle, WA – November 14, 2018
Great non profit to work for. Comfortable environment. Appreciate how every department communicates. Amazing customer service. Always trying to make employees and guests of all gender, race and creed feel welcome.
Accountant (Former Employee) – Seattle, WA – December 23, 2017
This was my worst work experience by far. Management make quick decisions and then deal with the consequences on the back end. This leads to a never ending battle to keep things running. The people were why I took the job and were also the reason I left. This is a good job for students, but professionals should not waste their time here as it will only be stressful and you will not grow any skills except learning the wrong way to do things.
Pacific Science Center is an AMAZING place to work.
Guest Services (Former Employee) – Seattle, WA – December 16, 2015
Pacific Science Center is an AMAZING place to work.
Management: is like no other, they are helpful, encouraging, respectful, also they started off in the same position(s) as you so they know their information. Also, managers handled unruly customers without even blinking an eye. From little complaints like missing movie times to large complaints about pricing or selling out movies,etc.
A typical day at work: this may vary, depending on where you work in the science center. I worked for guest services so my job consisted of selling tickets to varies of events happening in the science center from imax movies to Traveling Exhibits ( such as pompeii), to laser shows etc.
Hardest part of the job: I would say training but once you get the hang of things it is smooth sailing for you.
Co-workers: Like everywhere else it takes some time to warm up to the new hires, but once you know everyone it's like a large family.
What I learned: If you get a chance to work there try your hardest to stay there, also keep in touch with everyone. You will definitely miss the atmosphere because the atmosphere can not be duplicated nor copied.
Discovery Corp Science Interpreter (Former Employee) – Seattle wa – November 9, 2013
Every day we started with a floor meeting so we would know what going on that day/week in the museum. Then we switched positions with our coworkers according to our schedules. Moving from exhibit to exhibit was a really good way to keep the employees engaged. Sitting at one exhibit all day would have made engaging visitors in thought provoking conversation difficult. Everyone in management was fair and helpfull. The hardest part of the job was having to make sure visitors were following the rules. There were alot of specific rules for each exhibit and it was up to us to know which rules applied where. My favorite part of the job was that we had to come up with out own way to engage visitors. The best way was to go home and research the exhibits subject and figure out how to link the new facts with the facts already on display.
Great place to work, great co-workers, room for growth in lower employee relationships
Guest Services Representative (Former Employee) – Seattle, WA – November 19, 2012
I worked at PacSci for just under two years in G.S. I really enjoyed the people that I worked with, and the benefits surrounding the films and exhibits. Hours were always dependent on the season, so during the holidays and summers, there were plenty of hours to go around, the rest of the year hours came at a premium. They always keep you below full time status to prevent you from getting medical benefits, which always says a lot about how much a company really cares about you. It was a good stop gap job that provided a lot of cheap dates for my wife an I.
free movies, free museum admission, great people
fluctuating hours, dealing with difficult people, management could be better