News Release

Space Center Houston Earns Top Workplaces Award From Houston Chronicle

HOUSTON, Nov. 9, 2016 – The nonprofit Space Center Houston has earned a 2016 Top Workplaces Award from The Houston Chronicle for a team-focused workplace culture. The honor announced on Nov. 3 recognizes excellence in employee engagement, growth and learning opportunities.

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“What makes this honor so special is the employees themselves made the statement about working at Space Center Houston and took the initiative to take the survey,” said the center’s President and CEO William T. Harris.

The 2016 Top Workplaces Award presented by The Houston Chronicle relies solely on the responses from an employee survey administered by WorkplaceDynamics, LLC, a leading research firm that specializes in organizational health and workplace improvement. Several aspects of workplace culture were measured, including alignment, execution and connection, just to name a few.

The center is committed to cultivating a diverse work environment and workforce. This is important to meet the needs of the 82 percent of visitors coming from outside the Houston area, including one-third from around the world. The family-like culture at Space Center Houston provides encouragement and stimulates a high-achieving workplace dedicated to providing a wonderful experience for people of all ages.

Employee recognition is integral to the center’s goal to attract and retain the best employees. The center has recognized employees for more than two decades with an employee appreciation week and employee-of-the-month program. The center honors years of service with special pins and ceremonies, and celebrates successes with a companywide breakfast, dinners and a holiday party. Nearly 20 employees have worked at the center since it opened in 1992.

Many positions offer flexible work hours, training and personal growth opportunities including customer service, public speaking and the ability to cross-train in multiple positions. The learning never stops!  The center is a good place for young employees to start careers, develop skills and grow as professionals. Many employees have developed confidence on the job and been encouraged to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

For the past several years, the center has experienced significant milestones. It draws 1 million visitors annually from all over the world, is Houston’s first and only Smithsonian Affiliate and earlier this year added a new CEO. Plans are underway to celebrate its 25th anniversary on Oct. 16, 2017, and a silver anniversary celebration will be held throughout the year.

There’s always something new to see and do at Space Center Houston. Visit to see the real thing and experience history in the making. To learn more, go to www.spacecenter.org.

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The Manned Space Flight Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit science and space learning center with extensive educational programs. Space Center Houston is the cornerstone of its mission to inspire all generations through the wonders of space exploration. The center draws 1 million visitors annually, was called “The Big Draw” by USA Today and generates a $73 million annual economic impact in the greater Houston area. Space Center Houston is Houston’s first and only Smithsonian Affiliate and the Official Visitor Center of NASA Johnson Space Center. More than 100,000 teachers and students from around the world visit the center annually to take part in extraordinary learning opportunities. For more information, go to www.spacecenter.org.

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