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National Zoo Reviews

Updated June 18, 2017
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  1. "The zoo life"

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

    I worked at National Zoo part-time

    Pros

    The environment was very friendly. I had a great time working there. Amazing seeing people come from all over the world to our zoo.

    Cons

    It was very difficult to get to and from the job. The discount on food could have been a little better for employees.

    Advice to Management

    Take time to actually get to know the people you are working with, it makes a bigger difference than you would probably think.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Scientist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Zoo full-time

    Pros

    Great place for conservation work and research

    Cons

    It is bound to federal rules and regulations and comes with all the pros and cons as such.

  3. "dont recommend"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    You get to see the animals when ever

    Cons

    No water for workers


  4. "Accounting / Finance"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    I loved working on the grounds of the National Zoo. The commitment of the staff members was impressive. I very much liked the mission of the organization and was proud that I could contribute in a meaningful way.

    Cons

    The organization was silo'ed. Efforts were being made to create more cohesion between the different units, but the culture still had a long way to go.


  5. "Disorganized"

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

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

    Pros

    Active job, opportunity to work for a cause

    Cons

    Too disorganized
    Backwards thinking
    Failure to grow with the industry

    Advice to Management

    Communication is key


  6. "Cashier"

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    Current Employee - Food Service Cashier
    Current Employee - Food Service Cashier
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Get the hours that u need

    Cons

    Bad Management of some managers

    Advice to Management

    Get Better managers


  7. "Sales Associate"

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

    I worked at National Zoo part-time

    Pros

    Meeting new people
    getting to work events

    Cons

    management
    low pay
    uniforms too hot for summer and spring weather

  8. "Reptile Keeper Aide"

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    Former Employee - Reptile Keeper Aide in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Reptile Keeper Aide in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at National Zoo (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Experience working with many different species of reptiles and amphibians.
    Get to work with a great team

    Cons

    No pay
    Physically demanding
    Can be messy


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Merchandise/Cashier"

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    Current Employee - Merchandise/Sales Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Merchandise/Sales Associate in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Its a friendly atmosphere, and the employers work with your schedule. I'm a student , and most definitely enjoy the flexibility.

    Cons

    They are stingy with money, so even if you've been employed for several years, and receive a higher position, don't expect an adequate raise.

    Advice to Management

    Be more appreciative of your staff.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "I will not be back"

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    Current Employee - Information Aide
    Current Employee - Information Aide
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The best thing about working with FONZ is that you hardly have to do anything. Other good things include the interview process being extremely easy and that they cross-train you for multiple jobs, which can be interesting at times.

    Cons

    The worst thing about working here is that whether you be a "full time", part time or seasonal employee you will hardly make any money. I feel sorry for the people who have a family to support while working here and even worse for the people who work part time/seasonal as they will get the short end of the stick on many occasions. Also, if you do work as a seasonal employee your name will not be placed on the schedule and you will be forced to call a manager everyday and see if you have work. Also, beware of "zoo lights" as they will have you standing outside in freezing temperatures without a heater.


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