Kansas City Zoo Reviews

Updated May 28, 2020

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2.8
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Kansas City Zoo CEO/Executive Director Randy Wisthoff (no image)
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23 Ratings
  1. "Very fun place to work"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Retail Team Lead 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kansas City Zoo part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Managers are very supportive of staff and it's a safe, professional, and fun work environment.

    Cons

    Fewer hours during the off season.

    Kansas City Zoo2020-05-28
  2. "Pleased with experience"

    3.0
    Former Employee - Admissions Team Member 
    Recommends

    I worked at Kansas City Zoo part-time

    Pros

    Surrounded by great, supportive people

    Cons

    Long hours outside, trying to minimize through shift changes

    Kansas City Zoo2020-03-23
  3. "Very fun job and fulfilling position for inexperienced educators"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Camp Instructor in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Kansas City Zoo full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    -Fun environment -Good experience for future educators -Variable workplace with lots of different activities -Campers enrolled for a week, so new relationships form often -Very friendly staff -Looking at so many animals all the time

    Cons

    -Stuck with one or two coworkers for at least a week at a time, so sorry if you don't like them -Some activities are poorly thought-out and you may want to adjust them -Relationships with children can be difficult to maintain when campers rotate or leave weekly -40 hour week with $10/hr is a bit low -Little opportunity to grow and move up in a career unless you want to be in management

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    Kansas City Zoo2020-02-10
  4. "Neutral"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Zookeeper 
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Kansas City Zoo full-time

    Pros

    Great team members, awesome collection

    Cons

    Horrible pay, management slow to fire and slow to hire.

    Kansas City Zoo2019-09-03
  5. "Will kill your passion"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Zookeeper in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Kansas City Zoo full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    There’s plenty of amazing coworkers but they will all be just as unhappy there as you will be.

    Cons

    Understaffed Unappreciated Underpaid Overworked Huge gap between management and staff

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    Kansas City Zoo2019-08-19
  6. Helpful (1)

    "Terrible place to work"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Zookeeper 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Kansas City Zoo full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Coworker’s are generally very nice and dedicated to their job - Decent health insurance

    Cons

    - Management is incompetent and cares very little about the zookeepers who are the entire reason for the zoo’s existence - Be prepared to make a few dollars over minimum wage with minimal annual raises - Thankless job with high turnover. There is no concern with continuity or committing to keeping good employees - Ideas/suggestions are ignored at best and sometimes outright discouraged - The animal department is very poorly ran and supervisors/curators care mostly about inflating their own egos rather than doing what’s right for the animals

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    Kansas City Zoo2019-06-23
  7. Helpful (5)

    "Zoo keeper"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Zookeeper in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Kansas City Zoo full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    They have a great collection of animals.

    Cons

    There a real lack of safety. Locks that are broken won’t always be replaced. the broken locks will be reported to management, they have all the new working locks in their office, and those locks won’t be replaced. Broken locks were reported in back holdings, some in “code red”, dangerous, animal back holdings. There had been fences in bad need of replacing, animals could have easily pushed through, some holding in “code red”, dangerous, animal areas. They treat their keepers poorly. They way they talk to you is demeaning. Management is more concerned that visitors see the animals than the keeper’s safety.

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    Kansas City Zoo2019-01-05
  8. "Not the best job"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Admissions 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kansas City Zoo full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The management is competent and friendly.

    Cons

    Hours, schedules, and work duties are not consistent. Some employees get special treatment. Communication is severely lacking when there is a schedule change. Most equipment necessary to fulfill the job requirements well, including speakers and headsets, do not work or work poorly. Additionally, the office chairs are broken.

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    Kansas City Zoo2018-11-05
  9. "Admissions"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Kansas City Zoo part-time

    Pros

    It was a very relaxed job, not necessarily to demanding

    Cons

    Very bad working conditions when placed around the park. Minimum restroom breaks, lack of access to water or a/c etc.

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    Kansas City Zoo2018-07-02
  10. "KCZOO"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Animal Keeper 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Kansas City Zoo for more than a year

    Pros

    Like it, love the people

    Cons

    Sometimes management is more about business than welfare.

    Kansas City Zoo2018-05-30
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