Denver Zoo Reviews | Glassdoor

Denver Zoo Reviews

Updated December 20, 2016
10 reviews

Filter

Filter


3.9
Star Star Star Star Star
Rating Trends Rating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
(no image)
Shannon Block
0 Ratings

Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date

  1. "Animal Keeper"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Animal Keeper
    Current Employee - Animal Keeper
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Denver Zoo full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great Vacation benefits, strong commitment to sustainability and strong support of staff for continuing eduction.

    Cons

    Salaries may not be meeting the rising cost of living


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Best work place"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Denver Zoo full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Amazing work environment. Everyone is always excited to come into work because they are all passionate about creating a better world for our wild animals.

    Cons

    Limited vertical growth in some departments but there is room to grow and expand your interests by joining committees or extending your expertise to another department.


  3. "Happy"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Graphic Design/Marketing in Denver, CO
    Former Intern - Graphic Design/Marketing in Denver, CO

    I worked at Denver Zoo as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I loved working here. Everyone is happy to be at work an believes in what they do. They were all friendly and happy to help me grow in any way I needed.

    Cons

    I only worked here as a summer intern so I didn't see many cons. It was an awesome, inclusive environment


  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Awesome!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Director in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Denver Zoo is a great place to work. Great people and great benefits.

    Cons

    They are a non-profit, and salaries are in non-profit ranges.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great atmosphere, passionate people"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good benefits, passionate and committed coworkers, flexible schedule, fun atmosphere

    Cons

    No room to excel in upper management, turnover, pay, hard to take time off.

    Advice to Management

    Compensate employees accordingly and communicate better. Hire more staff to fulfill responsabilities.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Best place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Manager in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good vision, strategy, fun, passion, pride, people believe in you, passionate about the work, serve a lot of people, motivated to change and evolve

    Cons

    Funding challenges, deferred maintenance, older buildings

    Advice to Management

    Keep moving strategy forward, it's working


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Organization Driven by Vision & Commitment to Sustainability"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Education Coordinator in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Education Coordinator in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Denver Zoo full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Incredible camraderie within Education and Volunteer Services Dept.
    Staff empowered and given latitude to implement vision
    Strong and experienced volunteer corps
    At the time I was employed, the organization was working to bring its commitment to conservation and environmental sustainability to the forefront of ALL programs & initiatives

    Cons

    At the time I was employed there, there was little support for new supervisors or team leaders in terms of supervision and managing staff.

    Advice to Management

    Relative to other culturals in the area, compensation is generous; don't hesitate to set expectations high for employees.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Senior management needs overhaul"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    People stay due to the nature of the organization

    Cons

    Favoritism and power plays among upper management negatively affect all employees


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Fun job but unhappy with management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Summer Safari Instructor in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Summer Safari Instructor in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Denver Zoo full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Working with kids and the animals was awesome! Going to work was so much fun everyday!

    Cons

    Management picks obvious favorites and lets those people get away with huge mistakes, while the people who are doing the best job get constantly reprimanded for the smallest things. The training period was full-time for a month before starting and we had to have unnecessary meetings once a week where nothing got accomplished.

    Advice to Management

    Give more positive reinforcement to employees instead of always bringing them down. Spend more time observing employees at work so you know who is actually doing a good job and who isn't before picking favorites.


  11. Helpful (4)

    "Ineffective management; favoritism reigns"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Denver Zoo full-time

    Pros

    People stay because of the animals and the appeal of working at a zoo setting.
    Many lower and middle level staff are highly competent and great to work with.
    The care of the animals is excellent and the zoo is an amazing attraction for the entire metro.

    Cons

    Executive management often lacks professionalism and plays favorites to advance themselves, not the zoo. Promotions and new positions are created on a whim for those in good standing, while other highly effective employees are overlooked or micromanaged, particularly if they think independently. Individuals and even entire departments are either on the right side or the wrong side and are treated accordingly.

    Advice to Management

    If the board wishes the best for the zoo long-term, they would clean house at the top and bring in people with nonprofit experience. They would also scrutinize whether information they're given is accurate and have a tab on ethics of key employees.