Santa Barbara Zoo Reviews

Updated November 11, 2014
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  1. Awesome learning experience

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    Former Employee - Accounting Specialist in Santa Barbara, CA
    Former Employee - Accounting Specialist in Santa Barbara, CA

    I worked at Santa Barbara Zoo

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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

  2. Santa Barbara Zoo

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

    I worked at Santa Barbara Zoo full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    The Zoo has a great work culture and fun atmosphere.

    Cons

    There focus on work culture makes them overlook things such as employee morale, functionality and productivity. There is little to no room for development or growth with this company.

    Advice to Management

    Nepotism and favoritism is rampant at this company!

  3. 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 Management

    Dont take your employees for granted

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  5. 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

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  6. Don't ever work for the Santa Barbara Zoo if you care about animals.

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    Former Employee - Keeper in Santa Barbara, CA
    Former Employee - Keeper in Santa Barbara, CA

    I worked at Santa Barbara Zoo

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Location. Beautiful setting. Lovely views. Good assortment of animals.

    Cons

    nepotism. poor management. People who work their only follow orders and don't actually care about the animals. If you speak up as an employee and are dissatisfied with how things are done, even in a constructive manner, you are in danger of being fired. Don't ever go to HR or you get fired. People who are not qualified to lead or manage are put in managment posiitons. Overall poor management and lack of communication or support for employees by management. People are not rewarded for their work they are rewarded for being drones.

    Advice to Management

    Take a careful look at what type of communicaiton and prioroities managment has. It isn;t enough to just be able tolive in Santa Barbara. Peopl who are qualified should be respected even if they disagree with policy. Curb back the favoritism.

  7. Excellent place to work for some the Summer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Santa Barbara Zoo

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice working atmosphere and pleasant colleagues
    Beautiful setting
    Generous working hours - generally start no later than 9am and out when the zoo closes at 4/5pm

    Cons

    The whole "smile the entire time and always be positive and have a 'zooper' day" gets nauseating after a while

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.

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