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Cincinnati Zoo Reviews

Updated February 11, 2017
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  1. "One of the best zoos in the world - They want the best employees"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Educator, Keeper Volunteer in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Educator, Keeper Volunteer in Cincinnati, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Cincinnati Zoo part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great experience working with animals and public
    Flexible scheduling
    Easy-going fun co-workers
    Great networking
    Can volunteer in other areas for experience
    Wonderful passion for nature and respecting the world.
    Great research and conservation
    Great lectures and learning opportunities

    Cons

    - Like any zoo full time is very few and far between--but you can't blame them, the employees are treated well and are happy. I've had many coworkers get awful attitudes because they interned one season and didn't get a full time job; or worked in ticketing and won't be hired as an elephant--You get out what you put in. This field is very competitive and it takes a very long time. Often you must leave and get another job at a different zoo because you can be considered for full time. I'm sorry if some people don't like it, but that's how the zoo world is.
    - Rush hour traffic is pretty awful.


  2. "Department of Fun"

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    Former Employee - Department of Fun in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Department of Fun in Cincinnati, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Fun work atmosphere. Easy job.

    Cons

    Childish workers, drama as if it was a high school


  3. "Excellent place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Cincinnati Zoo full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    they care about their employees, the community and making the world a better place.

    Cons

    the winters in Cincinnati suck


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  5. "Lifers"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Instructor in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Instructor in Cincinnati, OH
    Recommends

    I have been working at Cincinnati Zoo part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very enthusiastic crowd and naturally filled with a passion for learning. The culture is as a family and there is much support among the staff.

    Cons

    Because it is such an appealing place to work, there is much competition and therefore hiring full-time is minimal

    Advice to Management

    Support your part time and seasonal staff in more ways than monetarily. Many of the staff work hours on end at other jobs so they can stay afloat.


  6. "Department of Fun"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Unique experience to work at a zoo!
    Getting to interact with guests throughout the zoo!
    Chance to drive the train!
    Animal experiences given as rewards for high sales!

    Cons

    This department needs some major changes. The management can be pretty horrible, What was once a really fun department, is now a place where you don't feel appreciated and you feel over worked. Also, the employees change so much, you never really get to know who you are working with. Hours can suck too but you know that going in.

    Advice to Management

    Think about how you are treating your employees. The supervisors can be EXTREMELY inappropriate at times!! They find favorites and treat others like crap. It used to be a very exciting department and now it has turned to crap.


  7. "Administrative Assistant"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Amazing school and work balance for those that are going to university.
    Staff is ready to help and becomes like family once you've been working there long enough.

    Cons

    None that I can think of

    Advice to Management

    You guys are doing a good job!


  8. "Working with the animals"

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    Current Employee - Staff in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Staff in Cincinnati, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Cincinnati Zoo full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Loving the animals and exhibits.

    Cons

    In the middle of the city

    Advice to Management

    Care more for employees


  9. "Eh"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Cincinnati Zoo part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Overly positive work environment, good incentives, easy interview process, nice to make guests smile and see their reaction to the zoo.

    Cons

    They clearly show favoritism and only hire specific people back every summer and leave you empty handed, even though you are encouraged to apply after FOL.

    Advice to Management

    BE MORE PROFESSIONAL. Everybody acts so high school in the way they interact with each other and handle personal problems.


  10. "Great Job"

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    Current Employee - Membership Associate in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Membership Associate in Cincinnati, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The job is very easy with touch screen computers. Fast paced on some days.

    Cons

    You have to lock your money in the safe every time you walk away from your drawer. Sometimes that is time consuming. Some people are really rude.

    Advice to Management

    Give employees more leeway with dealing with stupid people.


  11. "Amazing people, amazing atmosphere, amazing Zoo"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Cincinnati Zoo part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Co-workers are great
    Everyone seems to get along
    Everyone has a love for wildlife
    Great atmosphere to work in

    Cons

    A little disorganized at times.
    Management needs to give newer employees better chances to shine

    Advice to Management

    Hire better supervisors that will not play favorites



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