I worked at Denver Zoo full-time for less than a year
Pros – Working with kids and the animals was awesome! Going to work was so much fun everyday!
Cons – Management picks obvious favorites and lets those people get away with huge mistakes, while the people who are doing the best job get constantly reprimanded for the smallest things. The training period was full-time for a month before starting and we had to have unnecessary meetings once a week where nothing got accomplished.
Advice to Senior Management – Give more positive reinforcement to employees instead of always bringing them down. Spend more time observing employees at work so you know who is actually doing a good job and who isn't before picking favorites.
Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend
2013-08-18 06:33 PDT
I worked at Denver Zoo full-time
Pros – People stay because of the animals and the appeal of working at a zoo setting.
Many lower and middle level staff are highly competent and great to work with.
The care of the animals is excellent and the zoo is an amazing attraction for the entire metro.
Cons – Executive management often lacks professionalism and plays favorites to advance themselves, not the zoo. Promotions and new positions are created on a whim for those in good standing, while other highly effective employees are overlooked or micromanaged, particularly if they think independently. Individuals and even entire departments are either on the right side or the wrong side and are treated accordingly.
Advice to Senior Management – If the board wishes the best for the zoo long-term, they would clean house at the top and bring in people with nonprofit experience. They would also scrutinize whether information they're given is accurate and have a tab on ethics of key employees.
No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company
2013-03-26 16:58 PDT
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