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Fun job but unhappy with management

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Former Employee - Summer Safari Instructor in Denver, CO
Former Employee - Summer Safari Instructor in Denver, CO

I worked at Denver Zoo full-time (less than an 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 ManagementAdvice

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.

Recommends
Neutral Outlook

3 Other Employee Reviews for Denver Zoo (View Most Recent)

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    Senior management needs overhaul

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Denver Zoo

    Pros

    People stay due to the nature of the organization

    Cons

    Favoritism and power plays among upper management negatively affect all employees

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Ineffective management; favoritism reigns

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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