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Fort Worth Zoo Reviews

Updated May 9, 2017
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  1. "This job is super easy and I love it !!!"

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    Current Employee - Merchandising in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Merchandising in Fort Worth, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    This job is super easy and fun
    Good pay especially during spring break
    Fun people to work with
    Very flexible

    Cons

    Bad hours during winter
    It gets pretty boring during winter
    Spring break and boo at the zoo are some super busy days


  2. "Nutrition Department Needs Overhaul"

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    Former Employee - Nutritional Services Keeper in Fort Worth, TX
    Former Employee - Nutritional Services Keeper in Fort Worth, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very steady work schedule, rarely ever overtime. Consistent work, interesting to learn diets of different animals.

    Cons

    Management of Nutritional Services needs an overhaul. They have a hard time keeping employees due to the management. Manager expects too much. Assigns more work than physically able to complete in one day. Manager has control issues and micromanaging issues. Example: Since being hired she does not allow employees to train new hires, she must train them herself.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees and their suggestions of how the operation flows best. Allow employees to do their work, they know what they're doing and what they're capable of completing in one day. They do their absolute best to not make mistakes but they are human. Do not keep a spreadsheet of every single mistake made, unless you are going to track your own as well.


  3. "Poor Management"

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    Former Employee - Animal Care in Fort Worth, TX
    Former Employee - Animal Care in Fort Worth, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Fort Worth Zoo full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great animal collection. Fellow employees really care about the animals. It is nice to be able to bond with the animals you care for.

    Cons

    Bosses show favoritism, it is amazing what people can get away with if you are in with the right people. Management doesn't always put the animal's best interest first. Some of the animals do not live in good conditions.

    Advice to Management

    Show some appreciation to your employees. They are the backbone of this company. Please don't act like everyone is disposable.


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  5. "The managers are rude, and don't care about you. there's a manager who sleeps with minors."

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    Former Employee - Cashier in Fort Worth, TX
    Former Employee - Cashier in Fort Worth, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Fort Worth Zoo part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Leaving the Fort Worth zoo quickly as possibile don't even apply there they act fake at first but it's all a scene

    Cons

    Hours. Management. Business. They need to watch how they speak to people. The level of disrespect toward people. Have more respect for the girls in stands no restroom breaks stands managers are lazy

    Advice to Management

    Watch what you say to people seriously you guys are rude and corporate should come investagate


  6. "Good but pay is bad"

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    Current Employee - Mammal Keeper in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Mammal Keeper in Fort Worth, TX

    I have been working at Fort Worth Zoo (More than a year)

    Pros

    Loved working at the zoo, animal and staff were great.

    Cons

    Management is a little chaotic and pay is terrible.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your keepers more and give reasonable raises.


  7. "Eh."

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    Current Employee - Employee in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Employee in Fort Worth, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Barely do anything, coworkers are fun, you can request almost any day off and almost always get it.

    Cons

    No advancement opportunities, supervisors have a lot of power trips, supervisors can be very unfair.


  8. "Ok job"

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    Current Employee - Janitorial in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Janitorial in Fort Worth, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It was a job to help with bills that needed to be paid

    Cons

    No room to advance


  9. "The lowly stay low"

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    Former Employee - Keeper in Fort Worth, TX
    Former Employee - Keeper in Fort Worth, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Fort Worth Zoo full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    working with animals
    full time earns almost a day of vacation off ever two weeks
    good benefits
    a christmas gift worth up to $1 each year
    voted best place to work - by people who couldn't get jobs anywhere else and kids that really don't want to work but their parents made them

    Cons

    little to no chance of advancement
    no holidays off - the time is built into vacation time
    no sick time - considered your vacation time
    no investment in employees to develop or better themselves while management spends weeks in the Caribbean doing "research"
    high deductible
    work most- to- all weekends unless you are the top of the totem pole
    often short staffed
    management doesn't care about employees, enough people want to work with animals that they know they can fill your job easily and back at starting pay
    low starting pay, don't require a degree, don't pay for one
    the heat in summer and the cold in winter


  10. "Good place to work, limited growth."

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    Former Employee - Keeper in Fort Worth, TX
    Former Employee - Keeper in Fort Worth, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Fort Worth Zoo full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The zoo provides a good coworker and management experience. Some higher than average flexibility in schedules. Nothing can replace the joy and pride you get from working for/with the animals. Offers full benefits. Has PTO accrual program (great for planned days off). Michael Fouraker (Head Hancho) gives the opportunity for lower staff to voice their opinions and/or concerns directly.

    Cons

    Very restricted in ability to preform research projects. The way the zoo is structured, as a keeper, there is little opportunity to grow your career into higher positions. The best way to combat lack of growth is to gain your years of experience here and seek employment elsewhere, or just begin your career elsewhere. Pay raises are very minimal. Benefits are not something to write home about.

    Advice to Management

    None


  11. "I miss this job so much"

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    Former Employee - Admissions Cashier in Fort Worth, TX
    Former Employee - Admissions Cashier in Fort Worth, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Fort Worth Zoo part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Awesome co-workers, awesome management, great hours. I was part-time and getting up to 39 hours a week! It was such a fun place to work, especially in my department, because you got to really meet people from all different cultures and places. My department specifically had a cool system where you chose preferences in which you wanted to leave. The closer had to stay until closing, but the other four in the ticket booth and the five out on the entry bridge were able to choose around which time they preferred to leave. Breaks were 45 minutes and there was a 40% on food. Walking around the zoo on break was fun as well!

    Cons

    Hours got a little slow in the winter. There were many times I'd show up to work only to be told to go home, but that was just on extreme weather days such as a mix of cold/rain/storm, etc. If you stress easily, Spring Break will be awful. You do have to count your own money at the end of the day, and you can't leave until you balance or until a manager signs off reporting that money is missing from your till. You will be counting up to $10,000 a day in cash and credit receipts.

    Advice to Management

    Just get a little bit more organized when it comes to scheduling during winter months. It was no fun driving all the way to work only to be told you weren't needed that day. Other than that, the zoo was amazing.


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