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Columbus Zoo and Aquarium Reviews

Updated February 21, 2017
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  1. "Seasonal Employment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium part-time

    Pros

    Working with people who love animals, working with animals, working at a place committed to sustainability, working outside with lots of physical activity

    Cons

    Hard to move up, seasonal employees work full-time hours with a mandatory lay-off once per year and no benefits.


  2. "Character Ambassador/Events Team Member"

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    Current Employee - Character Ambassador/Events Team Member
    Current Employee - Character Ambassador/Events Team Member
    Recommends

    I have been working at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits - free parking, free admission to Zoo and Zoombezi Bay, discount on food and retail, discount at the Wilds and Safari golf; worked with a great team of people; everyday is different which makes it fun; flexible scheduling

    Cons

    Working outside in heat, rain, cold, etc; pay is not great but the benefits help balance that out; no opportunities to move up in the organization


  3. "Bad pay not worth the money"

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    Current Employee - Cashroom Assistant in Powell, OH
    Current Employee - Cashroom Assistant in Powell, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Sometimes you will get to see animals. Th Amin pro is you get to work at the zoo. You also get a discount on food

    Cons

    Really bad pay. You will work really hard and make less than someone who works at mcdonalds. There are easier jobs out there for much higher pay.


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  5. "Guest Relations Team"

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    Former Employee - Admissions Team Member in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Admissions Team Member in Columbus, OH
    Recommends

    I worked at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Free zoo admission, feeling like you work at a cool place, every day is different, flexible scheduling

    Cons

    too many rotating employees to foster strong team environment, supervisors had favorites, everything that goes along with a customer service job

    Advice to Management

    It's important to make every employee feel valued, even part-time/seasonal workers.


  6. "Friendly atmosphere"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium part-time

    Pros

    Lots of fun benefits, free zoo pass, free zoombezi bay, nice discounts, friendly staff team

    Cons

    No upward mobility, far from the city, traffic on weekends, hot work environment, not enough room for advancement to full time.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Food and Beverage Court"

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    Former Employee - Food Service in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Food Service in Columbus, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It was a starter job, an easy one to get. You also get free access to the zoo as well as free parking with your employee badge.

    Cons

    Unsafe, abusive manager, exploitive. Employees who got heat exhaustion and came in with doctor's notes were forced to work the next day in the same conditions against the 48 hour advice to avoid those conditions.

    Advice to Management

    Value your people more. They're the backbone of the operation. You're selling hotdogs and hamburgers, if someone can't be in the heat for legitimate medical reasons, you really need to respect that. High turnover can't really be a shocker when people feel like you don't care.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Fantastic place to work"

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    Former Employee - Ranger/Security Staff in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Ranger/Security Staff in Columbus, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great co workers, great culture, fun place to work. Never had a bad day at work at this place. They also love to hire college students and young people, so if you are lookign for a summer job or just an interim position or anything else, its a great place to look.

    Cons

    It can be difficult to get in the door for anything more than seasonal or part-time jobs. Beyond that, I really can't think of anything cons. I loved working here!

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing. Although maybe be more selective about the younger people you hire.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Seasonal"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium part-time

    Pros

    Obviously the best part of working for the zoo is going to the zoo every day. It's a happy place and you feel good working for an organization that's doing good things.

    Cons

    The drive was a bit far for me, especially for minimum wage. Despite having hundreds of seasonal workers they were fairly inflexible with hours.

    Advice to Management

    Making employees feel like they're appreciated goes a long way. That said, I would go back to working at the zoo in a different department.


  10. "really enjoy it"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium (Less than a year)

    Pros

    was given as many hours as i wanted, fun people, you get to meet a lot of other people from different sections, leads were very accommodating

    Cons

    a lot of "office politics"


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Tough to turn seasonal work into a full-time position"

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    Former Employee - Seasonal Employee in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Seasonal Employee in Columbus, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Working at the zoo has so many benefits, and is great fun if you love animals!

    Cons

    Because it's a non-profit org, most positions are seasonal, so pay is very low. It can be difficult to make the transition from a seasonal to full-time employee.



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