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Santa Barbara Zoo Reviews

Updated November 20, 2017
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  1. "Passionate employees, fun job"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Santa Barbara Zoo full-time

    Pros

    Management invests a lot into their employees due the lack in ability to pay affordable wages for the area.

    Cons

    Ability to coach and counsel mediocre employees or change the status quo is very difficult. Change for the better is hard to come by, but possible with enough man power and effort


  2. "Good for Short Term/Seasonal Employment"

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    Former Employee - Summer Camp Counselor
    Former Employee - Summer Camp Counselor
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    -Fun people to work with
    -Beautiful location (you get to walk around outside every day)
    -Great summer job for young person wanting some extra money
    -Good hours (done by early afternoon)

    Cons

    -Education department management was not great (they would rather keep campers' parents happy at any cost than support their counselor staff)
    -Low pay

    Advice to Management

    Education Dept Management: support your counselors - they are doing all the hard work! Zoo management in general: keep up the good work

  3. "Good but unorganized"

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    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Santa Barbara Zoo part-time

    Pros

    Great coworkers and a fun/friendly enviorment. It can be very fast paced and there is always somthing new going on. The longer you worker the easier and better it gets. Working in retail here is great.

    Cons

    It can be very disorganized between departments and within departments (usually GS). Managers know whats going on but they usually dont communicate. They weren't very good at training, you mostly had to learn by asking for help and making mistakes. You are often given very vague or rushed instrustions and then mangers get annoyed when you have to keep asking questions. Not being trained correctly is especially difficult when there is often new policy/new things to know everyday. The lack of communication can mean you get in trouble for something you were never told.

    Advice to Management

    Unless you are working nearly everyday it is hard to keep up with the updates/ things that are happening on any particular day you are working. Most of this would be solved with better training or weekly memos for individual departments, not just the whole zoo.


  4. "Loved this place!"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Show Cast Supervisor in San Bernardino, CA
    Former Employee - Show Cast Supervisor in San Bernardino, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Santa Barbara Zoo (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fantastic work environment, great coworkers

    Cons

    Short breaks, minor favoritism, unorganized interdepartmental communications

    Advice to Management

    Remember to give more consistent breaks


  5. "Great for entry level, but too hard to stay with low wages"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Barbara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Barbara, CA
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Such a great zoo. Small size makes it real intimate and allows for a lot of opportunities to connect with other departments and programs.

    Cons

    Severely limited upward mobility and low wages.

    Advice to Management

    Raise wages. Turn over is high because of dissatisfaction with low wages despite excellent merit of many employees. Instead many employees work two jobs - which is especially hard on folks with families.


  6. "Great place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Zoo Keeper
    Current Employee - Zoo Keeper
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Santa Barbara Zoo full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    One of the best teams in the zoo world, constantly trying to learn and improve. A great focus on professional development.

    Cons

    The pay is not high enough for the area, so there is consistent turn-over

    Advice to Management

    Pay does not match price of area. No where near.


  7. "High Expectations, Low Pay"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Santa Barbara Zoo part-time

    Pros

    -Get to go behind the scenes of the zoo

    Cons

    -Gossipy coworkers
    -Ineffective Management
    -Extremely high demands for little pay

    Advice to Management

    Higher wages

  8. "Santa Barbara Zoo"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Barbara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Barbara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The Zoo has a great work culture and fun atmosphere.

    Cons

    There focus on work culture makes them overlook things such as employee morale, functionality and productivity. There is little to no room for development or growth with this company.

    Advice to Management

    Nepotism and favoritism is rampant at this company!


  9. "Too much gossiping and backstabbing"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Made some friends and became a more open person.

    Cons

    Getting the credit you deserve

    Advice to Management

    Dont take your employees for granted


  10. "Awesome learning experience"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Accounting Specialist in Santa Barbara, CA
    Former Employee - Accounting Specialist in Santa Barbara, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great first job to get accustomed to working in the accounting field
    Awesome upper management, great training program
    Fun chance to see the exhibits and animals without all the other visitors

    Cons

    Not much advancement opportunity
    Part time position only


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