Busch Gardens Reviews

Updated August 29, 2015
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Busch Gardens CEO Jim Atchison
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Pros
  • I can't think of anything good besides the free tickets (in 18 reviews)

  • The people there are hilarious and fun to work with (in 5 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- for many here at busch it was our first job and they wanted us to work 40 (in 12 reviews)

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  1. Photographer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    fun place to work at

    Cons

    the heat and humidity, communication


  2. Park Ops

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    Former Employee - Park Operations
    Former Employee - Park Operations
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fun job and great coworkers.

    Cons

    Not easy to move up, little pay increases.


  3. fun times

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    Former Employee - Ride Operator in Newport News, VA
    Former Employee - Ride Operator in Newport News, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Busch Gardens (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    It's a freaking theme park

    Cons

    it gets hot in the summer

    Advice to Management

    you guys rock


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  5. Seasonal

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    * get to see people *get to help people *get to make the kids smile

    Cons

    *limited hours *limited chances of advancement

    Advice to Management

    * Great management


  6. not like it used to be

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Busch Gardens full-time

    Pros

    fun place to work most of the time, lots of unique experiences you will never get at another company

    Cons

    company doesn't value the employees like they used to, constantly being reminded that we can easily be replaced

    Advice to Management

    stop living in fear of the next round of layoffs, close the park at a decent time on Christmas Eve and Christmas day so employees can spend a few minutes with their families!!


  7. Only if you have to.

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    Former Employee - Park Operations in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Park Operations in Tampa, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Busch Gardens full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Meet a lot of people. People from all over the world. Learn about animals. Free tickets. Great roller coasters and rides.

    Cons

    Management is not user friendly. Low pay for a lot of work. Very poor work ethic among a lot of employees.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees. Set standards and enforce them equally among all employees.


  8. Busch

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Fun and interesting environment where you can grow and become a better person.fun with kids.very rewarding.good pay

    Cons

    Harsh management. Guests are sometimes very rude and snappy. Its very hot In the summer. Very cold in winter. Rude coworkers

    Advice to Management

    Hire friendlier people. Be more understanding of work conditions. More flexibility. More availability. Ensure everyone is happy and taken care of.


  9. Super fun job, but can sometimes be frustrating

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    Former Employee - Park Ops Host/Hostess II
    Former Employee - Park Ops Host/Hostess II
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Busch Gardens part-time

    Pros

    It's a really fun place to work most of the time. Coworkers are awesome and hilarious. You get into most tourist attractions in Florida for free (minus Disney and a few others). They are super flexible with hours, which is awesome if you are in school. It really is an awesome place to work, and I highly recommend it, but just know coming in that it's definitely not perfect. But what job is really?

    Cons

    Pay is rather low, especially compared to other employees. Operations easily does the hardest, busiest work out, but retail and culinary get paid more than us. It kind of sucks. Also, management is very slow to respond to any requests for change, if they respond at all. If it can be handled at the supervisor level, it might be solved pretty quickly, but if it has to go to management, there's a good chance it will be a while, if at all, before anything is done.

    Advice to Management

    Listen more to what employees are saying, and even what supervisors are saying. We spend way more time on the front lines than you do and we see what works and what doesn't. If we see something that needs to be changed, especially if it affects the guests, it would be nice if there was a way to personally tell you, instead of having it go up the chain of command, never to be seen again. Also, for corporate, you guys are even further removed from the front lines. Please stop making stupid policies that make our jobs harder for no benefit, only to turn them around a month or two later when you realize it was useless. We could have told you that before it was ever enacted if you would have asked us in some way what we thought. I'm hoping this will improve with our new CEO, Joel Manby. He has done great things with Herschend and I hope he is able to bring the same to our company.


  10. Meh

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Park Perks Free tickets flexible with scheduling

    Cons

    Terrible management; management needs to talk to their employees staffing issues low pay


  11. overnight prep

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    Former Employee - Morning Prep in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Morning Prep in Tampa, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Busch Gardens full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Discounts no guest interactions able to work independently

    Cons

    Pay boring pressure washing is very difficult and can cause carpal tunnel



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