Oregon Zoo Reviews

Updated Nov 10, 2020

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59%
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11 Ratings
  1. "Loved it"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Event Staff 

    I worked at Oregon Zoo part-time

    Pros

    I love working at the zoo.

    Cons

    Wish I could have more hours

  2. "Great place"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Volunteer Coordinator in Portland, OR

    I worked at Oregon Zoo part-time

    Pros

    Animals, animals, and more animals, what’s not to like

    Cons

    Unable to move up in the org


  3. "Great place to be able to work."

    5.0
    Former Employee - Food Service Worker 

    I worked at Oregon Zoo part-time

    Pros

    You get to see the animals.

    Cons

    There can be a lot of people on weekends.

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  4. "Tony Vecchio is not the CEO for 10 years, get with it, Glassdoor!"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director of Membership in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Oregon Zoo full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great benefits, location, org. mission

    Cons

    Union employees make up most of the staff

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  5. "few hours"

    3.0
    Current Employee - Admissions 

    I have been working at Oregon Zoo part-time

    Pros

    work discounts are a plus

    Cons

    few hours available throughout the year.

  6. "Perfect for students and teachers"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Oregon Zoo part-time

    Pros

    -Excellent for filling in summer and winter breaks -Extremely flexible work

    Cons

    -Not great if you're looking for a full-time gig as you're still considered a contract worker

  7. "A Little Behind the Times"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

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

    Pros

    GREAT people to work with in general. Couldn't ask for a better crew of people doing the day to day work.

    Cons

    Upper management is so focused on ROI they sometimes lose the big better. Everything about the place, from office space to technology is a little behind the times.

  8. "Many Cons, few pros"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Restaurant Manager in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    beautiful space, great garden displays, nice animals

    Cons

    Toxic work environment, horrible upper management, overloaded and ineffective HR.

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  9. "Oregon Zoo Admissions"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Oregon Zoo part-time

    Pros

    Good environment, like the people

    Cons

    Low pay, hard to advance

  10. "Not an ideal workplace"

    2.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Restaurant Worker in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Oregon Zoo part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Optimal for college students looking to work summer and/or winter break, TriMet discounts and occasionally free passes

    Cons

    Hostile management, minimal training for an extensive range of tasks, unorganized, frequent mistakes in scheduling, seasonal work discourages long-term employees

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