Philadelphia Zoo Reviews

Updated January 5, 2015
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  1. Great organization to work for. innovative and cause oriented. very rewarding.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Philadelphia Zoo full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    make an impact, learn and contribute to a great cause. a real prepose to go to work

    Cons

    Marginal pay and few opportunities for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Be more competitive with salaries to retain good people.

  2. My experience workingat the Philadelphia Zoo

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Food Service Worker in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Food Service Worker in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Philadelphia Zoo part-time (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Fast paced and friendly atmosphere to work in, your balance of work time and Lag-time are pretty balanced.

    Cons

    Sometimes it does get so fast paced you get a little overwhelmed (especially on the weekends), and I do have some issues with the way the scheduling is.

    Advice to Management

    The scheduling could use a little tweaking, especially where advance notice of the shifts are concerned. There were times when I had little or no advance notice of a scheduled work day, as the schedule goes up on one of my days off.

  3. Working as a manager is tough but the job is interesting.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Philadelphia Zoo

    Pros

    Always something different to work on.
    Great coworkers, friendly environment.

    Cons

    Huge workload!
    Pay rates only ok.
    Sometimes people are negative.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate your managers!

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Great love the people that work there

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Cook in Phila, PA
    Current Contractor - Cook in Phila, PA

    I have been working at Philadelphia Zoo as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Love how you can interact with management

    Cons

    After four years of dedication without one call out or being late not one raise. If you going to have a person take on the responsible of a lead pay them as a lead and stop using them

    Advice to Management

    Let your people know how good a job they're doing

  6. Great organization, not a lot of room to make money...

    Former Intern - Volunteer Junior Embassador in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Intern - Volunteer Junior Embassador in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at Philadelphia Zoo as an intern (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The organization is great and you will experience some of the greatest things here!

    Cons

    Hard to land full-time job and when you do pay is not extraordinary

  7. Helpful (1)

    Wonderful place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Garden Service in Phila, PA
    Current Employee - Garden Service in Phila, PA

    I have been working at Philadelphia Zoo part-time (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The Zoo is a great place to work and a great place to be apart of. With so much to do and see it is the best place in the world to work.

    Cons

    Does not have enough money making jobs with alot to do there is not enough money to make and every hour counts so be sure to work all your hours.

    Advice to Management

    pay the workers more money.

  8. Helpful (1)

    College Intern

    Former Intern - College Intern
    Former Intern - College Intern

    I worked at Philadelphia Zoo as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Worked with the public
    worked with animals
    once a week
    great people
    great experience

    Cons

    Time commitment
    None
    nothing
    No cons
    no cons at all

  9. Helpful (1)

    Not horrible

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Guest Information in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Guest Information in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at Philadelphia Zoo part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    As "roaming" guest information, I got to walk around the zoo all day and tell people about the animals. It was AWESOME!

    Cons

    I was always cut early if the zoo wasn't busy enough. It was NEVER busy enough. Also, we were asked to report any peacock nests we found. I never did because I didn't want them to be "neutralized".

  10. Helpful (1)

    Great place, but hard to get into

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Philadelphia Zoo

    Pros

    They have a great collection of animals

    Cons

    Parking is horrible
    Pay isn't great

    Advice to Management

    Fix the 2 things above

  11. Helpful (1)

    Fun Place to work!

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Workstation Technician in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Workstation Technician in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Philadelphia Zoo

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great place to be
    Friendly staff
    Management is very open and communicates well with everyone
    Has many ways to encourage happiness of the employees

    Cons

    Vendors in the zoo, make the employees look bad
    Lower pay in comparison to other fields but understandable for a non profit

    Advice to Management

    Work with outside vendors to improve the guest happiness with the staff. Vendors seem to have more interactions with the guests.

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