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Busch Gardens Reviews

Updated June 15, 2017
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Pros
  • Part-time benefits: free tickets to any seaworld park and opportunities to get more (in 35 reviews)

  • As a retiree it was exciting and fun to work with young people (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • long hours, hard to take breaks as a supervisor, must request day off 17 days in advance (in 23 reviews)

  • Low pay and hours for employees (in 19 reviews)

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  1. "My favorite job"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Games Attendant in Williamsburg, VA
    Former Employee - Games Attendant in Williamsburg, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Busch Gardens (Less than a year)

    Pros

    great job, super fun. Rarely a dull moment, and you get paid a whole lot more than fast food. The bosses genuinely care about you and your wellbeing and can schedule around obstacles and understand if you're late because of the crazy traffic, and are overall pretty nice and chill as long as you're doing your job. I've been in entertainment and games. Plus, as long as you work there, free park admission, and 30% most things in the park.

    Cons

    For me, a major con was distance, there's not too many places to live close to it. The traffic is insane and it takes forever to get there, and of course that most jobs you get will leave you out of work for 3 months out of the year, but the job itself is awesome.

    Advice to Management

    Please make an employee only route and be open yearround


  2. "Park Operations"

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    Former Employee - Park Operations in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Park Operations in Tampa, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Busch Gardens part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Laid back environment, easy to make personal connections, free entry into Seaworld parks/universal, wide variety of employees (young, old, college kids, highschool kids, etc), easy to schedule off work if you're smart about it

    Cons

    The guest is always right (especially when they're not), supervisors will not stick up for you, rules change all the time, rules don't really make sense and you cant question them, your opinion really doesn't matter (even if its a good idea), long hours at inconvenient times (for a part time college student)

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees, they are the ones working out with the guests all day, they know what the park really needs, not you. Respect your employees, especially if they have been working for some time.

  3. "I would hold my Assistant Supervisors and team members accountable daily."

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    Former Employee - Merchandise Supervisor in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Merchandise Supervisor in Tampa, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Busch Gardens full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    You get into the SeaWorld Parks free and to the Universal Orlando Parks as well.

    Cons

    The pay is low and not competitive. Must not question authority or be independent thinker. They need to promote people other than yes/no men and women up the ladder.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees and their advice on how to innovate and market towards your demographic. If they do not evolve soon and find their identify, they will most likely have to file for bankruptcy.


  4. "Fun but challenging job"

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    Former Employee - Admissions Specialist in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Admissions Specialist in Tampa, FL
    Recommends

    I worked at Busch Gardens part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly environment, great perks in terms of tickets/discounts, engaging job.

    Cons

    Can be very stressful - angry guests, complicated situations that you're forced to resolve on your own when no supervisors are available, and highly highly meticulous record keeping that can be difficult to manage.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Good place for a seasonal job"

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    Former Employee - Minor Compliance Team in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Minor Compliance Team in Tampa, FL

    I worked at Busch Gardens part-time

    Pros

    Free entry was a perk, and the administrative staff was friendly.

    Cons

    Some coworkers did as little as possible and shoved work onto the rest of the team.


  6. "Good Summer Job"

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    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Ride Operator in Williamsburg, VA
    Current Employee - Ride Operator in Williamsburg, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Busch Gardens part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The team members are awesome, on good days the guests can make your day.

    Cons

    Hard work for next to no recognition and pay. On those bad days guests can be horrible.


  7. "Busch was the best first job"

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    Former Employee - Photography Facility Supervisor in Williamsburg, VA
    Former Employee - Photography Facility Supervisor in Williamsburg, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Busch Gardens (More than a year)

    Pros

    I loved my job!

    Cons

    You work a lot.. so just work with your manager if you want to change that!

  8. "Corporate making it challenging"

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    Current Employee - Operations in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Operations in Tampa, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Busch Gardens full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    fun atmosphere day to day
    good co-workers within the department
    decent hourly wage

    Cons

    decisions made at corporate level make it VERY challenging to succeed on a daily basis.

    Advice to Management

    listen to what the daily workers are saying. if you want the results, you have to invest internally


  9. "Be Prepared"

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    Former Employee - Concessions in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Concessions in Tampa, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Busch Gardens part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Starting pay higher than most entry level positions. Free theme park passes and employee admission. Discount on just about everything in the parks.

    Cons

    Every person of any type of authority has no sense of responsibility. From Human Resources to Area Supervisors you will find employee after employee who will pass the buck until it gets to the regular part time employee. Understand this is how these employees got to where they are.

    Advice to Management

    Take responsibility for making a bad decision. HR realize you hired/promoted the wrong person for the opportunity and correct it. Management please manage. Do not give vague orders and expect miracles. Lead by example, motivate your employees, then turn around and praise your employees success. Realize with great power comes great responsibility.


  10. "Loved it."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vendor/Entertainer in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Vendor/Entertainer in Tampa, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Busch Gardens part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fun work environment, free tickets, cheap employee food

    Cons

    I cant say there were any

    Advice to Management

    none


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