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Busch Gardens Reviews

Updated October 18, 2014
Updated October 18, 2014
109 Reviews
3.4
109 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • I can't think of anything good besides the free tickets (in 18 reviews)

  • Free tickets and passes for friends and family (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • Low pay - wish the park paid us more for what we have to deal with, but it's a theme park (in 13 reviews)

  • Long hours can burn you out (especially during busy periods) - I'm pretty energetic so I burn out easily (in 11 reviews)

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    Busch

    Former Employee - Food Service Cashier in Williamsburg, VA
    Former Employee - Food Service Cashier in Williamsburg, VA

    I worked at Busch Gardens as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    supervisors were really cool, co workers were nice,

    Cons

    People can get rude sometimes becuase of the heat, long shifts sometimes

  2.  

    Best summers ever imagined

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Busch Gardens

    Pros

    I did the summer internship and was automatically put in a supervisor role, which was a fantastic résumé booster. The people there are hilarious and fun to work with.

    Cons

    I worked close to 60 hours every week, and it was really difficult to get my desired days off during peak season. You work a lot of holidays and weekends too.

  3.  

    Very positive experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Culinary Service Attendant in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Culinary Service Attendant in Tampa, FL

    I worked at Busch Gardens part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The coworkers and supervisors were extremely polite and easy to get along with.
    Training is very specific and your co workers are always there for you in case you are confused about anything.

    Cons

    There will be occasional customers who will try to ruin your day just because there was nothing within your power to help them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Not too bad

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Ride Operator
    Current Employee - Ride Operator

    I have been working at Busch Gardens part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great with availability, free tickets, discounts, a lot of ways to advance, great atmosphere when working with co-workers. It makes you feel you are part of a family

    Cons

    If you are an employee, expect to be on your own. Usually there are never any supervisors around. If you get pt, expect to work 28 hours.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good if you have the patience to handle it.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Photo Merchandise Sales in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Photo Merchandise Sales in Tampa, FL

    I worked at Busch Gardens part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good first time job, get to meet a lot of different people, good hours in the season, more relaxing then some of the bigger theme parks. Coworkers can be great and really help you get through the day. Get free tickets and a good discount in the park.

    Cons

    Don't expect to move up. Part time can be easy for some employees to earn, while impossible for others. A lot of politics. Better hope that you get to work inside. Lots of dumb rules to deal with, and you always have to let the customer win, further feeding their egotistical attitudes. Random hours lead to bad work-life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more opportunities for people to excel, and recognize achievements instead of writing someone up when a guests complains for free merch.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    A great experience that gave exposure to all functions of the company

    Former Employee - Facilities Supervisor
    Former Employee - Facilities Supervisor

    I worked at Busch Gardens as an intern

    Pros

    The internship was great leadership experience. You will learn something new everyday, and the job is never boring!

    Cons

    You will work a lot of hours during the busiest parts of the summer. There is no overtime pay at Busch Gardens

  8.  

    Great Management!

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Busch Gardens

    Pros

    Free tickets, great discounts on food for employees, friendly supervisors

    Cons

    Due to the limited number of days at the park, you work less hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Love the management! Just continue doing your great job to your customers and employees. I would recommend this place to work at to everyone.

  9.  

    A wonderful park and a fun and fulfilling place to work.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Operations Supervisor in Williamsburg, VA
    Former Employee - Operations Supervisor in Williamsburg, VA

    I worked at Busch Gardens part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Really great friends/coworkers, fun work environment. If you are seasonal you are given the opportunity to get a lot of hours at very competitive pay, in addition to annual pay raises and good benefit opportunities even for hourly employees.

    Cons

    A lot of work politics. If you don't like working in the sun all summer it is not for you. Maybe a little too much drama at times. You may be under-appreciated/passed up for promotion if you don't buddy-buddy with management.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great staring job for ones joining ior returning to the work force.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Park Operations in Williamsburg, VA
    Current Employee - Park Operations in Williamsburg, VA

    I have been working at Busch Gardens full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Park Discounts, Co Workers, Making your own future, and Job Satisfaction. You have to make this job work for you. Set the bat high, go forward and set goals to achieve.

    Cons

    Can easily get lost in the amount of employees that work here. You have to set yourself apart and become noticed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize the team members that do well and reward them. Make notices of "job well done" public. As easily as public recognition to job advancement. I think "Selfies with Carl" is an excellent program. It makes the team members feel more like a team/family. To have the president of the park snap a picture with a sweeper, cook, area host can make that team member feel like he/she are a part of the park. Well done!
    Look into a pay increase across the board.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Former HOS worker

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Busch Gardens (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Terrific co workers (very friendly, diverse crowd who work well together). Scaring people is a lot of fun and the job itself was interesting and enjoyable and never the same thing twice even in the same role over multiple nights.

    Cons

    Company plays favorites and also expects HOS to be your full time job with open availability even though it is a seasonal one month job. Supposedly there are "auditions" each year and that is how scareactors are chosen, but the reality is you are chosen if management likes you well enough and if not you are "punished" by not being rehired for a certain period of time. I was not rehired after working over eight years because I could not work certain evenings (because of my full time job) and I let them know up front, still auditioned and was told no positions were available for me. Conditions can be rough (non air conditioned sets, sitting outside in mud and rain). Drunk guests can and will assault you and little will be done save for them MAYBE being thrown out of the park. I miss it but after being dismissed the last time without explanation I doubt it would be worth it for me to return and audition again.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more flexible. Realize that your veterans also have full time jobs before and after HOS but love HOS enough to want to be there. Acknowledge our contributions and efforts. If roles aren't available, let us know that up front instead of waiting 8 hours in 90+ degree weather to audition when there's no chance we will be hired if management has already decided so.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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