Smithsonian Reviews

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Smithsonian Secretary Wayne Clough
Wayne Clough
42 Ratings

    Excellent Federal position

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    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC (US)
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC (US)

    I worked at Smithsonian as an intern (more than an year)


    Incredible project work, decent resources available, good employee socialization and recognition experiences. Plenty of opportunities to collaborate across departments and teams. The mission of the entire organization is strong and embedded in almost everything being done. Lots of chances to explore partner organizations in the area due to strong and long standing relationships that are very reciprocal.


    Slow moving entity, it takes a long time to get to completion and many of the steps seem related to ingrained process versus project need. I sensed that some (not all) people were clock in/clock out types with little passion for the work being done but that's the curse of government work. To become proficient in the systems and work, one may need to work here for a few years, this applies to leadership as well - in other words, new leaders or supervisors may spend a lot of time acclimating to the new roles at the cost of providing leadership in the moment.

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    Processes could be streamlined.

    Positive Outlook
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Smithsonian Interviews

Updated 30 Sep, 2014
Updated 30 Sep, 2014

Interview Experience

Interview Experience


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Getting an Interview


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Interview Difficulty




    Retail Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took a weekinterviewed at Smithsonian.

    Interview Details

    I submitted an application and was contacted within a day. An interview was scheduled for the same week. The interview was a standard form package of about three pages, and the questions were all your standard "What's a time when you've gone above and beyond for a job?" and "What makes you a team player?" They were so general that I actually had a little bit of difficulty thinking of an answer that didn't sound phony or naive. After those questions was a very basic math test to make sure you can give a customer change correctly.

    Interview Questions
    • "If you suspected someone of shoplifting, what would you do?" This one was hard because the procedure really varies from employer to employer, but your basic "Watch the customer, then notify a supervisor and security" pretty much covers it. Again, all the questions seemed very general and cutesy to me, so they were all difficult to answer without coming across as obnoxious.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    There was really no negotiation. It was, "This is what we can pay you, and there are opportunities for a raise each year." That raise was something like $0.20 this year, so it was kind of insulting.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

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Headquarters Washington, DC
Size 5000+ Employees
Founded 1846
Type Non-profit Organisation
Industry Non-Profit
Revenue $500 million to $1 billion (CAD) per year
Competitors Unknown

The Smithsonian Institution has many hats, from the one worn by Harrison Ford in the Indiana Jones movies, to the one worn by Abraham Lincoln the night he was assassinated. One of the world's leading cultural institutions, the Smithsonian houses more than 137 million objects in 19 museums and galleries, most of which are on the National Mall in Washington, DC. Some 30 million people every year view the Smithsonian's exhibits on art, music, TV and film, science, history, and other subjects. Admission to all but one of the Smithsonian's facilities is free; only the... More

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