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Updated Jan 6, 2023

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3.3
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Pros
  • "GREAT people to work with in general.(in 5 reviews)
  • "Decent benefits.(in 4 reviews)
Cons
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  1. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Caring people, cute animals and the chance to make a difference.

    Jun 9, 2022 - Philanthropy in Portland, OR
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    The team at the foundation is incredibly supportive and committed to helping staff succeed and grow in their positions.

    Cons

    Some challenges navigating complicated relationship between foundation, zoo and Metro.

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  2. 4.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    Not the worst customer service experience

    Jan 6, 2023 - Guest Services Representative in Portland, OR
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    fun coworkers and understanding managers

    Cons

    The schedule auto-fills sometimes and goes against requested days off

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  3. 2.0
    Former Employee, less than 1 year

    Great coworkers but terrible leadership

    Dec 1, 2022 - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    You get to work with some incredible people in a very unique environment. The people who run the day-to-day operations are truly fantastic people who are a pleasure to work with.

    Cons

    Upper management treats employees as commodities rather than resources. They view staff as if they are disposable and replaceable. This includes staff members with professional skill sets who hold advanced degrees and middle management. Despite it being Metro policy to encourage all staff members and implement changes to improve working conditions and workflow, they are unwilling to hear anybody's ideas but their own. Several members of upper management have had multiple grievances filed against them and yet nothing changes.

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  4. 2.0
    Former Employee, less than 1 year

    Taxpayer Funded Mess

    Jul 21, 2022 - Guest Services Associate in Portland, OR
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    - I got to feed a giraffe

    Cons

    - History of elephant abuse - Understaffed; you will be asked to wear many hats - Online reservation system is a mess - Staff parking not guaranteed - Staff food options are overpriced, you have to wait in the guest line

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  5. 4.0
    Former Employee, more than 5 years

    Best Years

    May 23, 2022 - Camp Counselor 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    You get to work at a zoo with all the animals around and get to connect with some amazing people.

    Cons

    There weren't many resources for the camp program which made me feel as if we were the bottom of the chain but executing the overall mission of the zoo.

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  6. 2.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    This Zoo has potential but many many flaws

    Apr 28, 2022 -  in Portland, OR
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Decent benefits. Decent work environment. Some good people. Animals are beautiful and wondrous

    Cons

    Traumatized staff that are crippled by compassion fatigue and learned helplessness

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    1 person found this review helpful
  7. 3.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Tiring, but adaptable

    Apr 19, 2022 - Food Service Worker 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    It's really easy to get hired, you can pick exactly your own schedule for when you want to work, you get to see the animals every day and get free tickets.

    Cons

    You get moved around randomly, some of the food stations can be really hot in the Summer and you will do a lot of the work yourself, A lot of walking is required, break rooms are small and kind of gross.

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  8. 3.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Inexperienced Power Trippy Leads Can Sour Otherwise good Job

    Jan 21, 2022 - Restaurant Worker 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Versatility of work experience keeps things from getting too boring Comraderie among employees Promotion to cash or liquor sales wasn't a red tape nightmare, and wages were decent.

    Cons

    Constant changes in management led to lots of tension People as young as 18, still in high school were getting put into shift lead positions for having the good words on paper, but no emotional experience. Resulted in poor management on busy days. Repeatedly heard one lead call a co worker the R slur behind back.

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  9. 4.0
    Current Employee

    great place to work

    Dec 25, 2021 - Education Specialist in Portland, OR
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    beautiful location, solid pay, working with lots of fantastic people

    Cons

    there's a lot of bureaucracy and red tape

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  10. 2.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Used to be good

    Dec 30, 2021 - Food Service Worker in Portland, OR
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Decent discount for employees and free entry in is nice.

    Cons

    The company that switched over is unorganized and made a lot of people unhappy.

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Oregon Zoo has an overall rating of 3.3 out of 5, based on over 52 reviews left anonymously by employees. 50% of employees would recommend working at Oregon Zoo to a friend and 41% have a positive outlook for the business. This rating has decreased by -2% over the last 12 months.

According to anonymously submitted Glassdoor reviews, Oregon Zoo employees rate their compensation and benefits as 3.0 out of 5. Find out more about salaries and benefits at Oregon Zoo. This rating has improved by 1% over the last 12 months.

50% of Oregon Zoo employees would recommend working there to a friend based on Glassdoor reviews. Employees also rated Oregon Zoo 2.9 out of 5 for work life balance, 3.0 for culture and values and 2.7 for career opportunities.

According to reviews on Glassdoor, employees commonly mention the pros of working at Oregon Zoo to be benefits, compensation, coworkers and the cons to be career development, senior leadership, management.

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