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Detroit Zoological Society Reviews

Updated September 15, 2017
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  1. "Membership Sales"

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    Former Employee - Meeting and Event Manager in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Meeting and Event Manager in Detroit, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Detroit Zoological Society full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good management, nice staff, good hours

    Cons

    Weekend schedules, but not a huge deal

    Advice to Management

    Loved my job. Wish I could come back!


  2. "Animal Care Staff"

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    Current Employee - Animal Care Staff
    Current Employee - Animal Care Staff
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Detroit Zoological Society full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good pay after lengthy term of service, excellent benefits

    Cons

    Poor culture...totalitarian management, lack of inclusion. Company lacks integrity.

    Advice to Management

    Value your staff at every level; they are your greatest asset.

  3. "hits and misses"

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

    I have been working at Detroit Zoological Society full-time

    Pros

    Beautiful Zoo, inspiring mission, passionate employees

    Cons

    inflexible management, corporate structure needs reworking


  4. "GRA DETROIT ZOO"

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

    Pros

    Good pay, fun work environment

    Cons

    Long hours and insufficent work scheule


  5. "I gained valuable people skills!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    If you LOVE ANIMALS and have a keen sense of observational skills this is the place for you! Young, inexperienced employees are best!

    Cons

    Working nights and weekends is very difficult especially if you have a family at home. You do not get years of experience regarding your pay, rather a set rate that everyone regardless of experience level receives.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees based on experience not just years.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Pay people what they are worth"

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    Former Employee - Sales Manager
    Former Employee - Sales Manager
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Detroit Zoological Society full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fun environment to take a break from the day to day grind. Lots of PTO (if you can use it). Everyone receives a raise annually (enjoy the extra $20/paycheck - what a joke!).

    Cons

    Crazy hours, lots of weekends. No room for advancement. HR lies about flexibility and career growth. Don't expect to enjoy any holidays because they are already open. Leadership is overpaid, and does little to no work. CEO treats the Zoo like his personal playground and treats staff like slaves.

    Advice to Management

    Realize that the people in your that do the work need to be compensated accordingly. Leadership compensation needs to be examined.

    Also, how about you close during the coldest parts of the year. 362 days a year is a bit much.


  7. "Park Safety"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI

    I have been working at Detroit Zoological Society (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The Zoo is a wonderful place to work it gets you to where you really need to be

    Cons

    its not a place you would wanna stay working at forever

  8. "Concessions"

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    Current Employee - Concessions in Royal Oak, MI
    Current Employee - Concessions in Royal Oak, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Detroit Zoological Society part-time

    Pros

    You get to see animals as you trying to get where you need to go you can go to the zoo anytime you want, its free if your an employee, and most of the employees are friendly there.

    Cons

    You don't get benefits, not getting paid enough for what I do, there not always topnotch when it comes to the scheduling, they forget to give you a lunch break sometimes, they make you stay even if your ride is already there and they would tell you to leave early even if you didn't drive there.

    Advice to Management

    Be more considered to the employees that works there, get benefits, and give them a little more freedom.


  9. "Detroit Zoo - Don't Get Yourself Stuck Here"

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

    I worked at Detroit Zoological Society full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Working at the Detroit Zoo, you get to learn a lot about the animals that call it home. My position at the Detroit Zoo was my first full-time job, so I learned a lot and added to my resume. I absolutely loved working with the volunteers. It was refreshing to be around people who were so passionate about something.

    Cons

    I think there were more negative aspects to working with the DZS than positive. The higher-ups in the organization do not care about anyone but themselves and the way the organization is perceived by the public. They care more about the animals than the people that work tirelessly to care for the them. Overall, there is extremely poor management and not enough staff to go around. There are very unrealistic expectations for what the employees should be capable of. The words "please" and "thank you" are not used very often around the Zoo. There isn't really room to grow or advance in a career here.

    I would not recommend working here to anyone.

    Advice to Management

    Take a step back and realize that the hundreds of people working for you and the organization are the ones who make it such a success.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Guest Relations Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good pay, great opportunities and even better co-workers.

    Cons

    None at all. Great company.


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