Houston Zoo Reviews

Updated April 18, 2015
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  1. Great cultural asset to the City of Houston that is undergoing a major transformation - honored to be a part of it.

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    Current Employee - Director of Corporate Partnerships in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Director of Corporate Partnerships in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Houston Zoo full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    People. Culture. You're surrounded by animals! Work-life balance is OK.

    Cons

    Its a non-profit, so the money's not great. There tend to be communication problems. Not much room for growth.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate better. Show appreciation to your employees.

  2. The management micromanaged everything.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Houston Zoo part-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great co-workers. Easy job. Even a lot of hoursseemed easy.

    Cons

    Minial tasks were extremely micromanaged. High turn over rate. Poor pay. No benefits. No room for growth.

    Advice to Management

    Stop micromanaging. Improve growth. Improve work experience

  3. volunteer

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    Current Employee - Volunteer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Volunteer in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Houston Zoo

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

    Pros

    fun, animals were cool, and nice enviroment

    Cons

    A lot of walking, the other volunteers can be a little mean, and it gets really hot.

    Advice to Management

    be prepared to learn all about the animals.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    It was Okay

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    Former Employee - Keeper in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Keeper in Houston, TX

    I worked at Houston Zoo

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    It was good experience to start with. Able to jumpstart my career from here.

    Cons

    You don't really make over 30k unless you have a lot of experience. Since everyone wants to work there and the zoology field is small, they get away with underpaying hardworking keepers.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your workers better.

  6. I learned a lot at the Houston zoo and met a lot of new people from all over Houston.

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Houston, TX
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Houston, TX

    I worked at Houston Zoo as an intern (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    If you want to work with animals you can gain a lot of knowledge about the animals and insects at the zoo, you also get to work with the kids from the summer camp while you teach the knowledge you gain.

    Cons

    The drive because I live in Spring, Tx

  7. Heresay

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    Former Employee - Housekeer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Housekeer in Houston, TX

    I worked at Houston Zoo full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I loved the atmosphere, and the animals.

    Cons

    There are many co-workers who will say untrue things about you, I believe to make themselves look good. I feel that they consider new comers to be a threat.

    Advice to Management

    Don't reley on the sole word of emplyees that have senority. That is considered hearsay.
    Which isn't always truthful.

  8. Great Place

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Houston Zoo full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Room for growth and everyone seems to work together,even with different views of how things should be done.

    Cons

    Work alot of hours and hard to take time off without getting behind...but over all a great place.

    Advice to Management

    Keep working on the communication down to staff. There is always room for improvment and I can see they are working hard to keep this area going in the right directions.

  9. Management needs to manage and let people do their job

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Houston Zoo full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The animals, free membership and location

    Cons

    No growth or encouragement to grow

    Advice to Management

    Let people do their job, and have better incentives for good employees. Re-evaluate your management team and include your hard working employees in your decision making. Stop with the favoritism.

  10. Horrible management

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    Former Employee - Admissions GSR in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Admissions GSR in Houston, TX

    I worked at Houston Zoo full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Seeing animals is kind of cool, pay is decent

    Cons

    Everyone is miserable, management is terrible, supervisors have no idea what they're doing, nobody really cares, management does NOT have their act together, training process is horrible

    Advice to Management

    HA! Best advice? Get new management and start completely over.

  11. Helpful (1)

    Job was really easy, but the heat really drains you. They gave lousy raises.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I worked at Houston Zoo full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly staff and supervisors. Manager sucked.

    Cons

    Manager did not care about you and they wanted too much from you with little pay.
    Lonestar Program+
    Department wasn't consistent. write-ups were given to you months after something happened.
    Staff needs to be trained better.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize staff more and give better raises.

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