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Chicago Zoological Society Reviews

Updated December 7, 2017
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  1. "Great place"

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Associate
    Former Employee - Customer Service Associate
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Everyone is super nice. They were very accommodating and worked with my schedule. Great perks. Plus it's a zoo, you great to see animals all the time.

    Cons

    Its outside so the weather is sometimes an issue


  2. "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Chicago Zoological Society full-time

    Pros

    Great staff who believe in the mission

    Cons

    Poor leadership taking very high salaries compared to front line staff.

    Advice to Management

    Get out into the park and LISTEN to staff

  3. "good beginner job"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Chicago Zoological Society part-time

    Pros

    great first job
    good scheduling , will schedule the days you ask for

    Cons

    cuts hours / sends people home early due to slow sales
    over staffs on slow days
    everybody just stands arounds and gossips


  4. "Great job for a college student."

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    Former Employee - Event Marketing Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Event Marketing Assistant in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    - Working for a non profit organization that is active within the Chicagoland community.

    - The opportunity to gain community outreach experience.

    Cons

    - There are not many hours offered for work.

    - Ability to move up within the company is non existent.

    Chicago Zoological Society Response

    Oct 13, 2017 – Vice President, Human Resources

    Your comment about promotional opportunities being non-existent is incorrect. In 2017 alone year to date, we have promoted over 60 employees including both seasonal employees and full-time workers... More


  5. "Good people and workplace, bad for advacement"

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    Former Employee - Seasonal Keeper in Stickney, IL
    Former Employee - Seasonal Keeper in Stickney, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Chicago Zoological Society part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good coworkers, positive work environment, great learning opportunities and resume builder. I enjoyed going to work every day and always had fun while there.

    Cons

    Not likely to move up in the animal care field. Communication between coworkers could always have been better and sometimes supervisors need to watch coworkers more carefully.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate your current workers more and give them a change to move to permanent positions

    Chicago Zoological Society Response

    Oct 13, 2017 – Vice President, Human Resources

    Your comment "not likely to move up in the animal care field" is incorrect. We have five different levels of full-time keeper positions, including two levels of supervisors. In addition... More


  6. "It's a good first job"

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Associate
    Former Employee - Customer Service Associate
    Recommends

    I worked at Chicago Zoological Society (More than a year)

    Pros

    The pro to working here was that you always got a lot of hours. And the pay is good now.

    Cons

    The downside is there were no off times so you didn't know if you were working five hour or ten hour shifts.


  7. "Poor leadership, no diversity in the office"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Chicago Zoological Society full-time

    Pros

    The zoo is only diverse when it comes to the doing the dirty work. If you actually go in to their offices there is little to no diversity in there.

    Cons

    They only want minority's for the hot, difficult things.
    Very low pay and very demanding.

    Advice to Management

    Select candidates based on talent and not based on race.

    Chicago Zoological Society Response

    Oct 10, 2017 – Vice President, Human Resources

    Your comment about the zoo not being diverse is inaccurate. As of our last quarterly report, people of color represented 43% of the entire workforce. 63% of the workforce are females. We highly... More

  8. "Seasonal Play Partner"

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    Current Employee - Seasonal Play Partner
    Current Employee - Seasonal Play Partner
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Chicago Zoological Society part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fun environment, great people to work with, good perks

    Cons

    No regular hours, schedules change weekly or monthly.


  9. "Food Service Attendant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Chicago Zoological Society part-time

    Pros

    Get to see the animals at the zoo anytime. Free admission, food and merchandise discounts.

    Cons

    Low pay. No guarantee of hours

    Advice to Management

    Schedule employees and don't change it. People have a life outside of work


  10. Helpful (1)

    "The Zoo"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Chicago Zoological Society part-time

    Pros

    Looks great on your resume.

    Cons

    Harsh weather can suck, and management could care less about its part time young workers.

    Chicago Zoological Society Response

    Oct 13, 2017 – Vice President, Human Resources

    We invest heavily in our part-time and seasonal workers, including their onboarding, orientation, compensation, training and development. Our starting wages are well above minimum wage. We... More


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