Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

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Columbus Zoo and Aquarium Reviews

Updated October 7, 2014
Updated October 7, 2014
21 Reviews
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    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)

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Good job. Keep it up!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    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 an year)

    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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good summer job for
    High schoolers

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    Current Employee - Admissions Team Member
    Current Employee - Admissions Team Member

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    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 an year)

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    An experience I will never forget.

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

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Pay the interns and listen to the zookeepers more.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Solid

  9.  

    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 an year)

    Pros

    Fun, Good Schedule, Fun Benefits.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Other than management, the job wasn't all that horrible.

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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 an year)

    Pros

    You do get free admission for yourself and one guest for both the Zoo and Zoombezi during the week as well as 30% off food and 25% of merchandise. You also get your first three work shirts for free.

    Cons

    The hours until the last few weeks of summer are sparse. Management in Guest Relations is beyond screwed up. They favor employees that they're friends with and treat the workers at turnstiles, PP, or Ambassador like complete crap. It is also known that managers will take money out of the donations jar for their lunch runs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your hard working employees (standing in the heat or snow all day) with more respect. Divide the hours up more appropriately and remember that minors are required to take a break, so actually give it to them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    I had a good experience with the Columbus Zoo. Friendly people to work with and help one another. Good summer job

    Former Employee - Food Service in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Food Service in Columbus, OH

    I worked at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Get to send in what hours you would like and vacation dates and they will work those in. The people were friendly and customers were also friendly for the most part.

    Cons

    Have to be able to work in the heat in the middle of the summer and when it rains.

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