Oregon Zoo Reviews

Updated October 7, 2014
Updated October 7, 2014
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    Wonderful coworkers

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

    I worked at Oregon Zoo as an intern (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The people I worked with were wonderful. I worked there for five years and am still in contact with the majority of the people I met. On one of your training days you get to go behind the scenes at one of the exhibits. I went to elephants, other people saw the giraffes and rhinos.

    Cons

    Five years and some of my supervisors didn't remember my name. You are in charge of making sure that you get your break because the supervisors and managers never seemed to check if you did or not.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Sexual abuse that is ignored by management

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    Former Employee - Admissions
    Former Employee - Admissions

    I worked at Oregon Zoo full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fun friends, get to know the animals, admission to special events, great people watching!
    Awesome warm costs in winter.
    Variety of jobs. Different every day.

    Cons

    Awful commute! Can't park there during summer months and they don't pay for max tickets. Shuttle vans/bus makes you late for work even tho you get there an hour before your shift.
    Creepy boss who on many occassions verbally/ sexually harassed my friend(s). Admission management looked the other way and fired the people who spoke out. And he still works there!
    Cold in winter. If you make the cut after the summer season that is.
    No drug testing or background checks = lots of questionable coworkers. Like, don't walk me to my car questionable...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not worth the fight.... it was fun while it lasted.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Poor pay. Fun if you like standing in the rain or sub-freezing weather for hours

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    Former Employee - Guest Services in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Guest Services in Portland, OR

    I worked at Oregon Zoo part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Nice employees, free zoo admission, working outside during nice weather, probably a good job for retirees, the animals, free soda

    Cons

    VERY bad pay- slightly above minimum. No benefits. Considered part-time/seasonal which translates to not enough hours and no benefits. Iffy schedule. $50-$200 bi-weekly paychecks...not enough to live on. Amazing amount of rude children and parents coming to the zoo!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More pay and benefits would be nice. Staying at poverty level and coming home drenched from rain or freezing is just not worth it. While we were sitting in the breakroom, someone found the salaries of management online (Government jobs are required to post salaries online) It's sad to compare what the foundation of the zoo and the ones who sit in comfortable offices make.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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    A superb place to work

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    Former Employee - Camp Counselor in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Camp Counselor in Portland, OR

    I worked at Oregon Zoo

    Pros

    Delightful place where employees are ecstatic to be working. Senior management was always helpful; every colleague I encountered seemed committed to making the organization the best it could possibly be.

    There may be lower compensation at OZ, but you get many intrinsic benefits -- nothing like working at a place where you often see thrilled, happy customers.

    Cons

    It is difficult to get a job at OZ since it is a highly desirable place to work. Therefore, much of the work available is seasonal, without benefits. If I had the opportunity to work at OZ full time, I would still be there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue upgrading facilities... I believe our caretakers are first-class and can't wait for each of the animals to have an appropriate first-class facility.

    Recommends
  6.  

    Bleh

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Oregon Zoo

    Pros

    Its a nice place to have on a resume, and it generally is a nice place to work, especially if you like to work with animals.

    Cons

    Working outside a lot leads to some bad times during the summer. Heat waves sometimes close down areas and you are "allowed" to leave but they don't like it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to treat people who work for you as humans, and remember what they have done for you. Impartial feedback is a good thing, let multiple people review someone rather than having one person do it, especially if the reviewer has it out for the reviewee.

    Doesn't Recommend
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