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Audubon Nature Institute Reviews

Updated June 20, 2017
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Audubon Nature Institute President & CEO Ronald Forman
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  1. "A very beautiful setting in which to work"

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    Former Employee - Retail Associate in New Orleans, LA
    Former Employee - Retail Associate in New Orleans, LA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Audubon Nature Institute part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Audubon Nature Institute is a very beautiful setting in which to work. There is ample parking, and the guests are almost always in a good mood.

    Cons

    The pay rate for part-time retail associates is rather low. Management was often not to be found when needed. Having to answer the phones while cashiering is rude to customers in line.

    Advice to Management

    Please give regular raises. Discontinue gift-wrapping. Have the retail managers answer the phones because they will present a better persona to the customer.


  2. "Great summer job before college"

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    Former Employee - Concessions in New Orleans, LA
    Former Employee - Concessions in New Orleans, LA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Audubon Nature Institute part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Got to work a lot of hours and make really good money while still having time to enjoy my summer

    Cons

    If you don't like being in the heat then this isn't the job for you.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing at all.

  3. "Alright summer job"

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    Former Employee - Guest Service Team Member in New Orleans, LA
    Former Employee - Guest Service Team Member in New Orleans, LA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Audubon Nature Institute part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    fun, outside environment; great supervisors who genuinely want the best for you; awesome coworkers; able to go to audubon facilities for free; decent wage for not doing much

    Cons

    a lot of times was a really boring, menial job; no hours in the slow season; in the summer, no weekends off ever


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Stay AWAY"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Orleans, LA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Orleans, LA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Audubon Nature Institute full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits. If you are wealthy and are already in a great networking system this is the place for you!

    Cons

    This place is the worst. I am out going and super nice to everyone I meet. I was often complimented on how nice I was and how unusual it was for people not in the food/ bev section to be treated kindly.
    I was treated very kindly at first but it didn't take long to see through it facade.
    I had sacrificed so much to be able to be accepted into a place like like this. The dream of not living in poverty and finally being able to make a difference in the world was finally coming true!
        This place doesn't care about making a difference. It cares about money.
    My boss turned out to be an ignorant bully who is apparently well protected. Despite the fact he has been reported for his behavior in the past I had still had no protection from his inconsistent emotions.
        I was not only fired but also blacklisted. I have begged for HR to change their minds and tell me what happened that someone could do something like this to me. NO one has yet to tell me what I did. All HR will tell me is that because I was fired I was now considered blacklisted....I never wanted to speak ill of a non profit that needs the money to help provide for these amazing animals.....but after so many attempts to try be civil with these people they will not budge.
          I am no longer allowed to worked with anything Audubon touches, not even volunteer. I was hoping once someone had an opportunity to know me they would realize maybe my boss was actually a terrible person. However, no amount of talking has satisfied their need to change their position of the non rehire.
    I honestly would stay the hell away from here. It would really suck for anyone else to be excited about full fulling a dream to not only get it taken away but never allowed to gain access of anything Audubon touches.
    This is such a heartbreaking place.

    Advice to Management

    There is no advice I can give. No one listens...it is seriously heart breaking and not what I would expect from an institute that says that it's strength comes from the members of its facilities. That makes it seems like they genuinely care about the creativity and strengths of their employees. There strength comes from the lawyers and bullying of management.


  5. "Working in guest service"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Orleans, LA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Orleans, LA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Audubon Nature Institute (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fun place to work, alot of freedom

    Cons

    No benefits or raises....I worked for Audubon 6 years and I was never offered benefits and only received 1 raise when human resources management changed, it took 5 years for me to get that raise.

    Advice to Management

    None


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Concessions"

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    Former Employee - Food & Beverage Concession Worker in New Orleans, LA
    Former Employee - Food & Beverage Concession Worker in New Orleans, LA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Audubon Nature Institute (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Food for concession employees is free (If your working on the clock).

    Cons

    TOO MANY RULE:
    Can't use cell phone in public (even on lunch break)
    If your stand is swamped with customers, then you can forget about a lunch break.


  7. "Friendly Work Environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Orleans, LA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Orleans, LA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Everyone is friendly and respectful towards one another. All the departments are able to come together to work as one cohesive unit.

    Cons

    There aren't many cons to working here.

  8. "Fun Atmosphere"

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    Former Employee - Gift Shop Attendant/Cashier in New Orleans, LA
    Former Employee - Gift Shop Attendant/Cashier in New Orleans, LA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Audubon Nature Institute part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The Zoo has a fun, happy, family friendly atmosphere and the pay is great for part-time work

    Cons

    Most of the employees they hire are great, but there are a few bad apples that get through that can make the work environment unpleasant at times

    Advice to Management

    When hiring employees look for good attitudes, a person with a lot of experience but a bad attitude will only hurt the work environment


  9. "Great place to work!"

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    Former Employee - Educator in New Orleans, LA
    Former Employee - Educator in New Orleans, LA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Audubon Nature Institute full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Positive environment
    Wonderful co-workers
    Great non-profit cause
    Beautiful place to work
    Feeling of giving back

    Cons

    Can be a little political to get in(all about who you know)

    Advice to Management

    Don't overwork the education director so much


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Trash"

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    Current Employee - Guest Services Cashier in New Orleans, LA
    Current Employee - Guest Services Cashier in New Orleans, LA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Audubon Nature Institute full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Free trips to the zoo.
    Use the restroom for free during the festivals by the aquarium.

    Cons

    Management.
    Human resources back terrible management decisions.
    Work at the aquarium you have to pay to park.
    They write you up for everything.
    Poor management.
    POOR MANAGEMENT.

    Advice to Management

    Train your employees better, learn to communicate efficiently, learn how to speak to people like adults and not children, Stop being power hungry tyrants, employees will listen to you if you would actually lead by example but you don't, actually do your job and not have an attitude about it!


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