Columbus Zoo and Aquarium Reviews

Updated April 23, 2015
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  1. Seasonal Team Member

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium part-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    What a great atmosphere where you can get involved in all aspects of what the Columbus Zoo is doing. I have seen a lot of change over the 5 years I have been working here in the summers, from the wages, perks, benefits, leadership and staff. Human Resources and HUMACare listen to concerns or issues and actually care about the employees. Tom McBride and Troy Lammers at HUMACare make the work environment fun and are great at following up on issues and connecting with us seasonal employees. My managers and supervisors have empowered us more and more over the years that gives me a sense of pride in my job in that I am contributing to the success of the Zoo and Zoombezi Bay!

    Cons

    Understaffed at times, Some longer shifts and a few supervisors. Lack of full time opportunities, but I understand that the majority of the workforce here is seasonal.

    Advice to Management

    Keep communicating and get more buy in and engagement from the seasonal workforce. Drive managers to engage more with their staff, I hear a lot of other department employees complain about their managers being micromanagers. We are all one team, part-time, seasonals, full time and volunteers! Don't create a divide.

  2. Great fun to work at the zoo

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very nice coworkers, awesome animals, get to work outside a great deal

    Cons

    It's hard to get a permanent, non-seasonal position

    Advice to Management

    Maybe add more full time employees

  3. Columbus Zoo Admissions Employee

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    Former Employee - Admissions Team Member in Powell, OH
    Former Employee - Admissions Team Member in Powell, OH

    I worked at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium part-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The managers and leads were all very friendly, as well as the majority of the other employees. The job was decently easy, and the pay goes up every year you come back. I love the zoo!

    Cons

    The leads are very bad about letting people go home at their scheduled shift time. I cannot even being to count all of the times I have stayed two or more hours past when I was supposed to be let off.

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  5. May set the bar too high for your next job!

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    Former Employee - Grounds Maintenance in Powell, OH
    Former Employee - Grounds Maintenance in Powell, OH

    I worked at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium part-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A reasonable starting pay with raises for returning seasonally.
    Wonderful coworkers, how wonderful depends on the department. Even then very few people are disagreeable.
    A real sense of pride can be felt when you help make someone's trip to the zoo great.
    Plenty of hours available.
    Free pass to the zoo and water park.
    You will have amazing stories and memories to share for the rest of your life.

    Cons

    If you can't handle getting dirty this is not a place for you.
    Full time positions are incredibly competitive. Zookeepers especially.
    Seasonal work is the only real possibility for most.

    Advice to Management

    Good job. Keep it up!

  6. Valuable insight into zoo-life

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    Former Employee - Volunteer in Powell, OH
    Former Employee - Volunteer in Powell, OH

    I worked at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Able to volunteer in a variety of areas. Learned a lot about keeping animals and operating a zoo. Enjoyed my time working with other volunteers and employees.

    Cons

    A lot to do and learn within a short time

  7. Good summer job for
    High schoolers

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Admissions Team Member
    Current Employee - Admissions Team Member

    I have been working at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium part-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The benefits are great. You also get good discounts on food and merchandise.

    Cons

    The employees and managers treat everyone like they are 16 years old unless you happen to be a manager of course. You definitely do not get treated as a professional. You don't get any breaks unless you are a minor.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure to get to know all your employees. Allow all to have lunch/dinner breaks because some people have medical conditions. Make sure employees are trained thoroughly in all positions.

  8. Great work environment, little room for advancement

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Best work environment I've ever experienced. People love their jobs. Amazing learning experiences.

    Cons

    So many Directors and VPs. Have to go elsewhere for advancement.

  9. An experience I will never forget.

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    Former Intern - North America Intern in Powell, OH
    Former Intern - North America Intern in Powell, OH

    I worked at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Tons of fun working with animals and a great hands-on learning experience. It was great working closely with the keepers and doing a lot of the things they do.

    Cons

    Interns barely get paid or not at all. If you work 40+ hours a week you get $50 a week, and if you work 30+ hours a week I believe you get paid $35 a week. If you work less than that you don't get paid.
    Lots of physically demanding work but very rewarding.

    Advice to Management

    Pay the interns and listen to the zookeepers more.

  10. Landscaping

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

    Pros

    It was a fun summer job

    Cons

    It was not a bad summer job

    Advice to Management

    Solid

  11. An easy job where you get to share smiles and knowledge with all people.

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    Former Employee - Guest Relations
    Former Employee - Guest Relations

    I worked at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium part-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fun, Good Schedule, Fun Benefits.

    Cons

    Low Pay, high school aged management, needs a effective drug/alcohol policy

    Advice to Management

    High School aged people don't always make the best managers just because you like them.

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