Good work environment but limited options for advancement
Associate Animal Care Specialist (Former Employee) – Tampa, FL – August 25, 2016
The typical day in the nutrition center started at 6:00 am and ended at 2:30 pm. You worked closely with a team of 2-4 others to get the diets prepared for pickup. On a good day, this could be completed in 4-5 hours and then the remainder of the day was left to doing the odds and ends; such as ordering, cleaning, working in the browse garden, or visiting the other areas. The hardest part of the job was working part time, doing the same thing as your full time coworkers, and making about half of what they made. It was also incredibly hard to advance in the company as positions rarely opened up and when they did it was unimaginably competitive. The most enjoyable part of this job was the benefits.
Work was pretty easy, nothing too challenging. The majority of the time we are just engaging in conversations with guests, making sure theyre having a good time, and helping them with problems. We had to scan through every picture and censor some of them, which was pretty funny. Lots of people from other countries come through and kept it interesting. I loved the people I worked with, they were very easy going. I learned how to operate and control a roller coaster camera and how to work a cash register. There wasn't really a "hard" part of the job, it was all pretty simple. The most enjoyable part was talking with the guests. The only bad thing about the job was the short hours, constantly changing schedule, and it was only a seasonal job, so there were no benefits.
TURNSTILES HOSTESS (Former Employee) – Williamsburg, VA – March 21, 2016
I was a turnstile hostess at Busch Gardens, I allowed guest entry in and out the park.. the job was extremely easy, just standing for a long period of time and the weather conditions can be hard on the body. I enjoyed my co workers and guest because I met people from China, Germany and many other places. The hardest part of the job was standing in the cold for hours at a time, and dealing with guest.
Fun Work Enviroment with some minor negatives including unfair policies
Ride operations and guest relations (Current Employee) – Tampa, FL – June 20, 2016
This position has been a good first job after relocating. However, it is not a position I can see myself at log term as it does not offer good enough compensation or benefits. I enjoy the work most days, interacting with customers and going out of my way to assist and enrich their experience but there are rough days. The guests can be overly dramatic and hostile. This is no fault of the company it just comes with the job. There are some recent new policies involving call-ins and work restrictions that have pushed me harder in the job search. Other co-workers have left the company for these reasons.
Fun work enviroment, free tickets to parks
no benefits, low compensation, weak management, unnecessary policies
Host (Current Employee) – Tampa, FL – August 1, 2016
Its a mixed bag. Others find the place fun enjoyable. For the ones who have been there long enough see that Busch is very difficult for advancement. The fun type of employees get moved up, mostly its the brown-noseing types that get such a move. the actual hard working types find advancement as I said difficult. This company does work with you if you have a school schedule. Now as for those that are looking for full-time the only position is management. Obtaining one of those positions is a rare occurrence.
People for the most part are fun to work with.
Upper management will look for the most obsene thing to get you fired.
Supervisor (Current Employee) – Tampa, FL – May 17, 2016
I currently work in the Smokehouse so a typical day for me would be coming in to work, looking at the expected attendance for that day and making a game plan as to what I want to do. I learned that there is always room for improvement and that every team member is different. Management at Busch Gardens are pretty straight forward and professional. I would suggest they come and work one day in my shoes and see exactly what I have to deal with. My co-workers; most are productive, some you have to give a little push for them to get the job done because they have no enthusiasm, whatsoever. The hardest part about the job is when communication falls through and everyone is not on the same page. I enjoy meeting new people. The guests that come to Busch Gardens are from all around the world. It's interesting to talk with them and learn a little about them and where they are from.
free lunch, worked with my school schedule
no more room for advancement, no bonuses for reaching expected goals
Cashier/Hostess (Former Employee) – Tampa, FL – September 10, 2015
I enjoyed the job very much. It taught me a lot about customer service and I got to meet people from all over the world. A typical day is just experiencing different types of people. My coworkers were very kind. The hardest part was probably dealing with the different cultures who came to visit the park.
Cook 1, Catering and Event Server (Current Employee) – Tampa, FL – April 12, 2016
Seaport Seaworld Entertainment is a great place to work. Truly respect their acknowledge of exchange student from other Countries, along with minors, just starting out in the work force. My typical day of running a prep kitchen, is to ensure all field sites maintain their needed products to sell. Working at a Theme Park, is an envy for some. The co-workers have the same happiness of being a part of this great experience. The best part of my day, is assisting guest with getting around the part, they realize that you are here, to make their day a great experience and full of memories. The hardest part of the job is not being able to enjoy the rides on a beautiful day.
It was a good job and supported me as I was in college. However, the lack of advancement of qualifies employees is frustrating. I did however, learn multiple tasks and how to give excellent customer service. The hardest part of the job was the manual labor side of the job, and having to cover for people when they called out. I greatly enjoyed the family and friends pass while employed there.
current environment for Entertainment department is divisive
DIRECTOR OF PARK AND SHOW THEMING (Former Employee) – Williamsburg, VA – August 7, 2016
current management is onl focused on bottom line employees are expected to work hours in excess of 70 per week full time hourly supervisors make more than their salaried managers because of overtime HR department is not trustworthy there is no longer a voice for employees in HR department Things have drastically gone downhill since Anheuser Busch sold the parks
Culinary Operations and Food Handler/Server (Former Employee) – Williamsburg, VA – August 9, 2016
Excellent place to work for a fun exciting and challenging experience that will stay with you. The absolute best thing about it all in my opinion was the opportunity to meet, befriend, and work with a great diverse team of people who are truly unique, fun, and hard working. It makes it all worth the while to be apart of that experience through good and not so good moments to learn how to handle very intense or high pressure moments as well as enjoy the most exciting things about your work and present world class service. On a day to day basis lots of things can happen or change but your equip to handle it. From prep to setting up in the mornings, working through an enjoyable day, and cleaning up to shut down for the next day. Your work day is nicely planned out by generous management who strive to make your work as smooth and problem free as possible. The most challenging part of work is performing at peak hours of the day and peak season of the year. that is where working with a great team really shines and builds you up.
reduced priced lunches, free park entry and free tickets and passes
Ride Operator (Former Employee) – Williamsburg, VA – May 14, 2016
Very dependent upon where you work and who you work with, coworkers can make the job much better or much worse. Very physical job in some areas and will prove to be a workout on busy days. My experiences with management were all positive, the only struggle was with new trainees or employees.
Employee benefits include free park admission and discounts in park
subject to outdoor weather conditions and have to work with large numbers of guests
Cashier (Former Employee) – Tampa, FL – August 11, 2016
Working at Busch Gardens may seem like fun, but it really isn't. You're there to work, not to have fun. As a cashier for outside food stands, a typical day at work is busy and hot, but shouldn't stop you from making the guests happy. The management is great, and the co-workers are great team members.
Cashier/Hostess (Current Employee) – Williamsburg, VA – April 25, 2015
A typical day at work would be to come in, get your till, set up your register and then time manage between checking out guests and stocking with fellow team members. The most important thing I learned is how to give outstanding customer service. All of my coworkers were beneficial and productive parts of the team that I enjoyed working with. The hardest part of my job were some of the long shifts I had to work on school nights. The most enjoyable part of my job was the break area that had a lot of treats for the team members and the friendships I formed with my fellow team members.
Benefits, free uniforms, employee discount, nice break areas
Culinary Cashier Supervisor (Current Employee) – Williamsburg, VA – April 11, 2016
Working at busch gardens is very interesting job. During my five years Ive learned how to work with so many personalities and ways of doing things to become more productive.The hardest part of this jo is being away from your children for basically the entire day because by the time you get home you miss the entire day and they are already in bed. The most enjoyable part is meeting new people and having a positive affect on them.
Food Service Assistant (Former Employee) – Tampa, FL – August 5, 2016
Working at Busch Gardens was by far my favorite job. One issue is that they hire almost exclusively for seasonal employees. If you can afford to have down time it's not a bad thing but I had to move on to something more reliable. I made it all the way to work on several occasions just to be told I wasn't needed that day.