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    It's a very unique environment that gives you invaluable experience.

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Facility Supervisor
    Current Employee - Facility Supervisor

    I have been working at Busch Gardens

    Pros

    You learn how to effectively troubleshoot problems and deal with guest concerns at a fast pace. Leadership is always either a few feet or a phone call away. There have been new ways to advance at the park into leadership positions. The pay is very fair. You become very close with the people you work with, which makes the work environment a lot less stringent than at other places of work. Any time there is an issue that you would like to be taken into consideration, supervisors will oftentimes take it directly to upper management for review. There are constant reviews of employees and employers, which keeps everyone accountable and aware of pitfalls. There are tons of benefits. Every employee gets 6 complimentary single day tickets for every park owned by SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment (except for discovery cove) after a trial period (30-60 days I believe) unless they are a rehire, then they get them immediately. The employee ID lets employees get 30% off everything in the park. There are a number of discounted passes and season passes available. Uniforms are free and fitted (however unflattering they are...). Employees are enrolled in a 401k and the company matches all funds taken out of the paycheck and put in it. There's also a park-perks store where employees often get items found in the park at a much cheaper price. It's hard to think of all of the benefits working here. There are tons of other opportunities as well like team nights with free food, surveys for more free tickets, etc. You will definitely get hours if you work here, which means great paychecks.

    Cons

    The company is extremely conservative, which means uniforms must be work a very specific way and are not the most flattering. Tattoo's are a no-no, but there are many employees who do have them. They mustn't be derogatory. No plugs, only 2 piercings in each ear for women, and no upper ear piercings. Hair mustn't be distracting. Nail varnish must be neutral. Plain black or white shoes, the list goes on. Supervisors will write you up for not following code. There are strict rules about attendance: being late often leads to being written up, not showing up means being written up, and even excused absences tend to lead to a write up. Being written up is not necessarily a bad thing, however, especially if it's about something minor. You won't get fired for being written up a few times about something minor, but you will get fired for several serious write-ups. Time off must be put in for approval 3 weeks early, but last minute emergencies do happen so they can be flexible. Compensation for injuries does not happen, usually they send you home and make you sign a form saying you won't hold them liable for your injury. Likewise, most injuries are minor because of all of the safety practices in place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be great to include forms at each location for employees to voice concerns or recommendations and have the facility supervisors take them to their offices to put in management's mailboxes.

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Busch Gardens Interviews

Updated Nov 25, 2014
Updated Nov 25, 2014

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    I filled out an application online then after submitting I was able to pick an interview date. On the interview day I waited about a hour and the interview took 5 minutes. I was asked 2 questions and other questions on my previous experience etc. I wasn't not offered a position on the spot, but was told they will contact me later in the week. It's been over a week with no contact and by the other reviews it looks like there will be none. I am okay with not receiving the position, but would have liked to have been told that straight up instead of lied to.

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Website www.buschgardens.com
Headquarters Tampa, FL
Size 5000+ Employees
Founded 1959
Type Subsidiary or Business Segment
Industry Arts, Entertainment & Recreation
Revenue Unknown / Non-Applicable
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