Santa Barbara Zoo

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Awesome learning experience

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Accounting Specialist  in  Santa Barbara, CA
Former Employee - Accounting Specialist in Santa Barbara, CA

I worked at Santa Barbara Zoo

Pros

Great first job to get accustomed to working in the accounting field
Awesome upper management, great training program
Fun chance to see the exhibits and animals without all the other visitors

Cons

Not much advancement opportunity
Part time position only

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    Too much gossiping and backstabbing

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Santa Barbara Zoo

    Pros

    Made some friends and became a more open person.

    Cons

    Getting the credit you deserve

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dont take your employees for granted

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    Commitment to Excellence

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Santa Barbara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Barbara, CA

    I have been working at Santa Barbara Zoo

    Pros

    Over the past decade the Zoo's management has focused on building a great institution, following many of the principles outlined in Jim Collins' best-selling business book, "Good to Great." The Zoo has made an enormous investment in and commitment to staff development and team-building. The Zoo established the Santa Barbara Zoo Leadership Institute in cooperation with the Professional Development Program at Santa Barbara City College six years ago and continues to offer training to staff at all levels within the organization. In addition, the Conservation Education Department operates the "Zooniversity" which offers year-round training in everything from delivering quality guest services to understanding animal husbandry for all staff and volunteers.

    The success of these staff development programs and the value placed on the work environment and employee benefits are clear n the steadily increasing contributions the Zoo makes to the employees' retirement programs (employees are staying longer). Each year the number of employees receiving recognition for five, ten, fifteen, and twenty years of service increases.

    Through the generosity of friends in the community, the Zoo has invested over $15 million in capital improvements to exhibits and facilities since 2002. Two of the major exhibits, "Elephant Walk" and "California Trails" have been recognized with awards from the California Association of Contractors and the Santa Barbara Contractors Association. The Zoo is one of only four zoos in the world to have the privilege to exhibit highly endangered California condors.

    Cons

    The real "downsides" have more to do with the cost of living in Santa Barbara (housing) and the challenges associated with raising capital funds in a small community. The competition for philanthropic dollars in Santa Barbara is ferocious with hundreds of nonprofit organizations vying for a limited pool of donations. Attracting high quality employees from outside the tri-county area that are a good fit to the culture and mission of the Zoo can be difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management must remain vigilant and driven to become a great institution. Being satisfied with what has been achieved can soften the commitment to reaching for even greater goals as a conservation organization and a model of nonprofit management and performance.

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