SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment Reviews

Updated March 27, 2015
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SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment President & Chief Executive Officer Jim Atchison
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Pros
  • Free tickets and other employee events are a great bonus (in 16 reviews)

  • Working here gets you into any SeaWorld park for free, anytime (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Also, it can be hard to move up to full-time / leadership depending on your area (in 18 reviews)

  • Long hours; menial tasks at times; guests can be challenging (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Great company, but not worth the pay.

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    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits and fun work environment. Lots of great people!

    Cons

    They don't pay like they value their employees. Employees feel disposable because so many people would love to work there.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2. Wasn't bad

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    Former Employee - Ride Operator
    Former Employee - Ride Operator

    I worked at SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment

    Pros

    able to pick up hours

    Cons

    management not all same and not sure what rules are at times

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be more uniform

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Fun Place to work

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    Former Employee - Park Supervisor in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Park Supervisor in Tampa, FL

    I worked at SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Great Benefits
    - Meet awesome people
    - Love what the company stands for

    Cons

    - Pay could be better
    - Managers need to be on the same page

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Raise wages

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5. It was a wonderful experience working for SeaWorld.

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    Former Employee - Associate Manager in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Associate Manager in Orlando, FL

    I worked at SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment

    Pros

    Great benefits such as theme park tickets, good health care and many opportunities for growth.

    Cons

    I enjoyed my experience working there.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Fun, but only temporarily

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    Former Contractor - Educator III in Orlando, FL
    Former Contractor - Educator III in Orlando, FL

    I worked at SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    The job is always a lot of fun and I always enjoyed interacting with guests. The complimentary tickets were an awesome perk of working there.

    Cons

    As a seasonal (and even some struggle with the following as a part time) employee you have zero personal growth or advancement opportunities. It's a good job if you just need a filler or a little resume booster. But if you're looking to establish a career and work your way up the ladder, I would look elsewhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let your seasonal and part time employees take on more responsibilities like special projects. And be more consistent with policies and procedures. There seem to be inconsistencies with who is hired, gets special/extra training, etc.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. You should get used to long shifts and say goodbye to your weekends

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    Current Employee - Team Member in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Team Member in Orlando, FL

    I have been working at SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment

    Pros

    The benefits are pretty good. You're allowed to go to any of the parks owned by SeaWorld and also Universal.

    Cons

    Even though they told me I would be working twice a week, with one weekday and one weekend they have only given me weekends. As a high schooler it feels as if I am being taken advantage of working the awkward hours no one once to works.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest with the high schoolers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. Doing IT work, developer? Then stay clear of corporate in Orlando.

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    Former Employee - Programmer Developer in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Programmer Developer in Orlando, FL

    I worked at SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment

    Pros

    Good location for those on south end of town, space coast or near 528 Beachline.
    Good social with peers (there will be lots of drama to talk about so that brings people together sometimes).
    You won't have any issues explaining to your next employer why you left. Why? Everyone knows in town how bad they are.

    Cons

    To keep this review fair, I waited almost a year (after starting another life) to write it so it wasn't tainted with bias.

    They discriminate big time. You will be boxed. It could be a great box or a miserable one. If you are one of the fascist Orlando country club elitist, then you will be in good company. Others have left with same opinion. You don't fit into their click and you don't have billable hours to accurately fill out your time sheet. Long standing employees don't like the new ones but the long standers hold the keys to the castle so you can do your job. They use the term "sink or swim" (no pun intended) . I call it having your head held under water so you sink.
    All management needs to be replaced, not just CEO. They are all hand selected from that bad seed. All of them.
    But don't take my word for it go experience yourself in what it is like to work for failing business with lots of share holders money at stake. The interior walls are painted with stress.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have all failed miserably. All of you. Do the right thing and go work in a craft that you actually know, what ever that may be, basket weaving, golfing, building barns, what ever your passion is, it doesn't matter. Never again attempt to manage a sector of business without ever have had worked in production for that business at one time. There is no replacement for experience, not a, none. When you are only one to two levels above production level and you need an interpreter to understand what your production people are telling you, that is simply effing sad and complete incompetence. But this trickles down.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. Amazing Company, great benefits, great people

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment

    Pros

    Company Culture
    Company Values
    Family Oriented
    Excellent Benefits
    Fun and meaningful work

    Cons

    Small team- need to be flexible and wear a lot of hats
    Communication among leadership- not always on the same page
    Little room for advancement

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. A very long and wonderful career.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment

    Pros

    A terrific group of fellow employees - working for a company that is making a difference in wildlife.

    Cons

    There are no current cons.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. Company review

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    great location, many amenities within the surroundings, good benefits packets

    Cons

    Lack of knowledgeable and reliable Senior Management, lack of state laws knowledgeable Corporate Management team, Lack of communication, lack of team work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop promoting friends and start to look at the knowledge and performance value of each employee.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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