SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment

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SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment Reviews

Updated September 16, 2014
Updated September 16, 2014
134 Reviews
3.5
134 Reviews
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SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment President & Chief Executive Officer Jim Atchison
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70 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Free tickets and other employee events are a great bonus (in 9 reviews)

  • SW has a great culture and is a fun place to work (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • Very little full time positions open, mostly part time with 28hr/week rule (in 9 reviews)

  • Working long hours with a small salary is never fun but sometimes that's the sacrifice we make to work with animals (in 4 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    A job is a job.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - SALES CLERK  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - SALES CLERK in San Diego, CA

    I worked at SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Free SeaWorld tickets and tickets for other parks once you've worked there for a certain amount of time
    Above minimum wage for most positions
    A lot of hours in the summer, easy to switch shifts

    Cons

    Team Leads tend to be lazy
    Working the merchandise booths alone can get boring very quickly

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Too large of a corporate structure

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment for less than a year

    Pros

    Creative atmosphere allowed for a fun work environment, and good promotions.

    Cons

    Too large of a structure to move up the ladder. People in leadership have been working there incredibly too long and mismanagement of employee knowledge growth. I came into my position knowing more about the content of my role than the manager who hired me. Good place to learn in a corporate environment, just not a long term choice of employment.

  3.  

    Don't become a lifer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lead Sales Associate  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Lead Sales Associate in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment part-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The best reasons to work for SW are the people you meet and the friends you make. It's a great summer job/temporary job, maybe even a few years beyond if you're in school, but beyond that it's a dead-end trap. They're flexible with hours and schedules. You get lots of little perks like free lunches or employee previews of new rides/exhibits. Your co-workers will be family. You don't have to pay for your own uniform. Good job training for other work. Exposure to one of a kind theme park.

    Cons

    Free tickets/passes are okay, but they mostly benefit the people that know you, not you directly. you can get stuck there very easily. Management can be picky and play favorites and most of the time don't see you when you're at your best. Says there is room for growth and promotions, but in fact very limited number of positions and interviews never seem fair. the longer you are in that job the worse it gets. No benefits unless full time. Strict 28-hour week policy to avoid giving people benefits. I worked there 11 years! I have nothing to show for it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your employees and trust in their abilities. Do not continue to punish employees for an earlier mistake. Offer real support to struggling employees. Also when your employee of 6 years has experiences the death of their mother, the best thing to do would to support them in any way you can rather than treat them like a burden, or inconvenience to you.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    underpaid/underappreciated

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Finance
    Current Employee - Finance

    I have been working at SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Co-workers are very dedicated intelligent people that make being at work bearable; the free tickets and Discovery discounts are great. Good learning experience for interns or people just starting out in the job market.

    Cons

    The upper management has a way of making you believe that the low job titles and low pay for an extremely large amount of work is sensible. Once you realize that your skills/qualifications are being overused and un-rewarded you have already invested a large amount of time with a company that you have little to no growth potential with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer pay increases and promotions based on merit instead of just continually increasing those that have been here for 20+ years to a level that no one can reach.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Cant believe Finance jobs pay so low here

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Finance  in  Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Finance in Orlando, FL

    I have been working at SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Free tickets and a good working environment

    Cons

    Low pay rate, only 2.5 - 3% raises, high turnover

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    regularly given 49 hours a week even though i was 15/16.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment

    Pros

    I worked in culinary so food was free

    Cons

    after a year of working hard and only being turned down for a promotion because I was a minor I went from 7.25 to 7.40.

  8.  

    Operations

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL

    I worked at SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    There were a variety of things to do each day.

    Cons

    Hours were inconsistent from week to week.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Rewarding job with a great atmosphere!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    This company was there for me from the get-go. Management was always very friendly and motivating. The job was always something to look forward to. I never really had a day that I didn't want to go to work!

    Cons

    Working long hours with a small salary is never fun but sometimes that's the sacrifice we make to work with animals!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Operations Lead  in  Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Operations Lead in Orlando, FL

    I worked at SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Teamwork, Compensation, Culture, Personal Growth, Training

    Cons

    I really enjoyed working here and have great friends from my time there - No Cons

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great Experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Educator  in  San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Educator in San Antonio, TX

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

    Pros

    To simply go to work and be around marine and terrestrial wildlife is an amazing opportunity.

    Cons

    Was difficult asking off for holidays since the company has its highest earnings on holidays.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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