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Oregon Zoo Reviews

Updated July 21, 2017
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  1. "Good Summer Job"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    The people are fun and its easy to get the hang of things. You get access to the Zoo on your days off. The managers and supervisors are easy to get along with and to talk to about any issue that may come up.

    Cons

    The scheduling is a bit iffy but most jobs like this one are like that. You sometimes had to remind your supervisor that you hadn't taken a break yet and you wouldn't really know sometimes when you would get off which can be a bit hard if you want to plan for something else on days that you work. Some of the people that have been working there for a long time can be a bit hard to handle in terms of points of view.

    Advice to Management

    I would like to see more consistency in terms of the scheduling.


  2. "Its good, not great but getting better"

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    Current Employee - Restaurant in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Restaurant in Portland, OR
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    New position almost everyday.
    Lots of coworkers, and since you change locations everyday, you're constantly working with a different team. If you have a bad day with a certain coworker, chances are you won't be working with them the next day.
    A new mgmt. team in restaurants is a delight after previous manager. New mgmt seems to genuinely care about employees (very-open-door policy)
    Great job for students or those looking for flexible, part-time work.
    Fun environment
    Very accepting of all individuals, no matter age, gender-identity, sexual orientation, religion, race
    Free max pass program

    Cons

    Customers can be terrible. Parents annoyed by their children's sugar-high will take out frustration on staff.
    Must pay-to-park in zoo parking lot. During summer there is an employee shuttle lot, which will guarantee tardiness and add an extra 40-60mins to commute.
    Pay rate is not based on hard work. Some slack and don't do their job, while getting payed the same as those who must do their own job and pick up the slack of others.
    Working outside can be rough in extreme hot/cold.
    Restaurant facilities are not up to date, employees sometime struggle to keep up with business with old or not enough equipment.

    Advice to Management

    Find a way to offer raises based on performance or start firing those who do not carry their own weight

  3. "An Experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Oregon Zoo full-time

    Pros

    - Good Hours
    - Decent Pay
    - Good Overtime opportunities

    Cons

    - Can make hours
    - Out dated working conditions
    - hard labor mix indoor outdoor


  4. "Fun but Frustrating"

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    Former Employee - Restaurant Server in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Restaurant Server in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Oregon Zoo part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Fun atmosphere. Lovely co-workers. The jobs themselves are fun and you get to do something different every day. Sometimes you can snack on the un-eaten food at the end of the day.

    Cons

    You have to pay for parking or take the train. They don't provide discounts on max tickets, so you're stick paying $4-6 every day for the privilege of going into work.

    You have no idea whether you're working 4 hours or 8 hours on a given day and you won't know until literally as it's happening and someone tells you that you can leave.

    Lunch breaks aren't given out until they're sure you're going to make your 5 1/2 hours, so if you show up at 10:30, you might not get the chance to eat until 4. And if you're in a cart, you're racing to get back and forth to check in for your break, find a place to eat, find food to eat, and get back in time.

    There are so many locations, training for everything is almost impossible and you're often thrown in without really knowing what you're doing. People are willing to help, but they also have their own tasks to do.

    Advice to Management

    Free max passes or set aside employee parking would be great.

    I understand you can't hold new employees hands, but making sure there are extra staff around to help without it being a burden would also be nice.


  5. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Admissions Associate
    Current Employee - Admissions Associate
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, decent pay, amazing co-workers

    Cons

    Very few hours, not a lot of advancement opportunities in Guest Services


  6. "Great Summer Job"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great training program, happy faces from everyone, communication was great between over one hundred employees. All in all a great summer job for students.

    Cons

    Higher Ups were a bit hard to reach, never worked with the same person twice, hard to obtain any sort of reference letter or contact unless there often and with higher ups.

    Advice to Management

    No advice. This is the best training I've ever had when it comes to a part time job. Gave generous hours accommodating so many people.


  7. "not impressed with my employment term"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    - free access to zoo, and national parks around Oregon.
    -discount on food and other gear at gift shop.
    -kind coworkers.

    Cons

    -you're barely trained, which is difficult if you've never worked in food service.
    -sometimes when you're new you need a minute to learn the routine, managers don't care they just want you to help everyone without providing quality service.

    Advice to Management

    Train your employees better

  8. "A Pleasure at First, Then You Get Disillusioned"

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    Former Employee - Custodian
    Former Employee - Custodian
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Getting to watch endangered animals, free admission and employee discounts, union access for some employees, participating in educational and conservation efforts.

    Cons

    Low pay, with very little appreciation for part-time or seasonal workers. Very stressful environment for the animals---many of them are chronically ill from treatable and preventable illnesses.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees' concerns (especially about safety), end the elephant breeding program, and prioritize well-being of guests and animals over aesthetic concerns. See if you can find a sponsor other than Wells Fargo for the Summer concerts, preferably a sponsor with values more consistent with the rest of Oregon's.


  9. "Great!"

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    Current Employee - Retail/Cashier/Sales Part-time in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Retail/Cashier/Sales Part-time in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Oregon Zoo part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Seeing the animals & happy people enjoying the zoo and the concerts that will be happening at the zoo as well, & my manager says we get to choose one concert we get to go to of our choice!

    Cons

    Not working with the animals since I work in retail which is a different company than The Zoo, and also not getting free passes to the zoo since my friends was hoping I could hook it up /:

    Advice to Management

    You're doing great


  10. "Decent place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Fun work environment, competitive pay for all positions, free admission year round, occasional inside access behind the scenes. Many great people to work with.

    Cons

    Constant micro management. No longer much teamwork between departments. Very little accountability for the people who don't work hard. HIGH TURNOVER RATE!

    Advice to Management

    Decipher who the good employees are and let them do their job. Get rid of employees who don't carry their weight.


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