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Wonderful work environment, but not a lot of upward opportunity.

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Former Employee - Groundskeeper in Saint Louis, MO
Former Employee - Groundskeeper in Saint Louis, MO

I worked at Saint Louis Zoo

Recommends
Recommends

Pros

The St. Louis Zoo presents a wonderful work environment filled with friendly people who are willing to lend a hand. They allow flexibility in the work environment and management is generally friendly. On top of all that, you get to see some of the world's most exotic animals on a daily basis.

Cons

The hours at the Zoo can be challenging. Shifts can start as early as 5 am and weekends and holidays are required (animals are a 24/7/365 ordeal). People frequently think they will get to play with animals, but in fact you only watch the animals. No close contact is allowed and people are fired for touching the animals (unless its in their job description).

Advice to Management

Senior management generally does a pretty good job of managing resources. The one aspect that can be frustrating is that sometimes management puts a premium on making money and not on animal welfare-for example summer concerts held at the zoo.

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  1. condescending and not sympathetic

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Saint Louis Zoo

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    6 free safari passes a year
    6 free stingray passes a year
    complies with school schedule and school breaks most of the time

    Cons

    unappreciative management staff
    information never passed to staff in timely manner
    hidden agendas from most of staff
    a lot of favoritism

    Advice to Management

    If you want to keep employees enthused and happy about working there, then start treating them all equally and be conscious of the way you talk to them


  2. Helpful (1)

    Okay part-time job

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Welcome Desk Host
    Current Employee - Welcome Desk Host

    I have been working at Saint Louis Zoo

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Convenient location
    Clean, safe working environment
    Not stressful
    Public is generally happy to be there
    Wow factor
    Fun place to work

    Cons

    Meager pay
    Long hours
    Poorly managed from top down-departments do not cooperate with each other
    Management regularly sends out emails with incomplete information or that haven't been proofread

    Advice to Management

    Listen to and engage with the front line employees. We are the face of the Zoo to public and can give first hand advice to help better serve our organization.


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