Customer Service Representative (Former Employee) – Clearwater, FL – April 26, 2017
save your time. Don't work here, the management is terrible. None profit yet the executive office gets paid a huge salary and doesn't care about the little people. thumbs down. human resources department does nothing for your benefit, nothing is confidential.
Work is a very fun. Every day is completely different and generally pleasant. I learned a lot about animals and had to memorize many hours worth of information. My co-workers are very nice and most of the other staff members of the facility outside of my department.
Team Lead Supervisor (Former Employee) – Clearwater, FL – September 14, 2016
Greeting guests. I learned about different cultures, Management was very poor, Co-workers where fun to be around. Hardest part of the job was being in the heat for hours at a time. Enjoyable part was meeting new people all the time.
Sales team member (Former Employee) – Clearwater, FL – April 27, 2016
forces you to sell sell sell because it goes back to caring for the animals. yet they are getting paid in big amounts. make customers feel good your walking up to them and trying to get them to buy more to help the hospital save more animals.
nice coworkers, nice mission to rescue rehab rehabilitate
My first 2 years i always worked at the aquarium where I got to interact with guests, work with and train co-workers. Everyday i went to work right on the water and got a tan in paradise while getting paid. my 3rd year i got promoted to manager full time with benefits, after my promotion i transferred tot he 2nd locations all about the movie dolphin tale in downtown clearwater. i love working there, always have wonderful people, all the departments work together as a team. my favorite part of the job is being able interact with guests and answers their questions and concerns so they have the best day.The hardest part is when we have the actors come from dolphin tale the movie and their are so many guests its hard to keep everyone happy but with an awesome team and goo communication we always make it through.
Captain (Former Employee) – Clearwater Beach, FL – November 30, 2015
I worked as a Captain for a year. Upper management is overpaid and micro manages every single part of of the organization. They prey on these college educated kids who work for 10.00 an hour because they love animals. Policies and procedures apply to some and not all. It's really all about the money at CMA. Each dolphin brings in atleast 1 million a year. Save yourself the headache , go work elsewhere.
Great to see less fortunate people have a good time.
Excellent place to work, easy going, laid back for the most part. You'll end up meeting some amazing guests that's been through a lot, most are tourists. Came across so many different interesting people from other countries. Good experience.
Learn interesting facts about the animals and how they got there.
Promised to train as lead and guest service, but supervisor failed to do so.
Captain (Current Employee) – Clearwater, FL – August 5, 2015
This is a great place to work. The boats are fueled up and pumped out in the morning. The schedule is put out a month in advance, so the lead captain gives you plenty of time to plan events on your off days. Picking up shifts is easy, as long as it will not put you into overtime. The passengers can be aggravated, it depends on the weather, the amount of people at the aquarium, and how they have been treated in other parts of the Aquarium. The co-workers are always fun to work with. The hardest part about this job is dealing with grumpy people (customers) and making safety weather calls as a captain. The most enjoyable part of the job is when someone on-board makes a comment such as "This has been the best part of the day, I'm so thankful you stopped to let us see the wild dolphins." This is a great place to work at if you are a new captain, fresh out of school, or as a retirement job opportunity. I would not recommend this as a full-time position, or as a life-long career choice.
Operations (Current Employee) – Clearwater, FL – July 14, 2015
The best part of this job has been the people I met. The heat, the crowds, and the chaos during busy seasons are the worst parts. You won't make hardly any money and will work very hard for the small paycheck. But sometimes you see a kid with cancer or in a wheelchair smiling because they met Winter and your day feels meaningful. Not a long term career place unless you're in animal care or executive level. Still, probably a lot more meaningful work than the other seasonal tourist attraction jobs Clearwater has to offer.
I love being around people and i love challenges. I very much enjoyed going into work at the aquarium and i liked my co workers as well. I like how some times it would be challenging to work there because i some times had to deal with customer complaints, but i always satisfied the customer. I loved seeing the animals everyday and watching them do tricks on my breaks, that would have to be my favorite part. But i never wanted to skip a day of work because i really enjoyed it.
A typical day at work for Clearwater Marine Aquarium was always an experience. On any given day, one might see 500 to 3,000+ people. Duties include stocking the floor, assisting guests, working the register and maintaining the overall presence of the floor. It is a very fast-paced environment with high expectations. I learned a plethora of new things from working here including: how to maintain a calm and level-head in an extremely high-stress work environment, how to be a good leader among co-workers, how to maintain professionalism among high profile guests, and knowledge of inventory and merchandising. I have great relationships with my co-workers and always maintain the team-player attitude. The hardest part of this job is constantly working under very heavy stress. The crowds, the heat, and the level of excitement is a lot to get used to, but once you grow accustomed to this type of environment, the job becomes very enjoyable. It is a truly amazing experience to be part of such a world-renowned team. The work that the aquarium does through rescue, rehabilitation and release of marine animals is inspiring to all and definitely makes me proud to call myself a team member. Seeing eyes light up and excitement on the faces of people of all ages and from all over the world absolutely makes this job a worthwhile experience.
Volunteer (Current Employee) – Clearwater, FL – November 9, 2013
I loved my time at the aquarium! I always had something to do and this was something that I loved. I feel a deep connection to the place and I am sure that everyone that works or volunteers there feels exactly the same way.
Very unprofessional place to work, the benefits are okay since you get to go to places for free, but the managers and other employees treat you like garbage and cut your hours drastically, even when you show up on time every shift and even if you cover for other people and stay late, they don't thank you for it and get mad at you for things you don't even do wrong.
I am only working part-time temporary at this time. I have enjoyed working at the aquarium. I have learned a POS system and increased my customer service skills. This is a non profit that is run professionally. This is the second time I have worked for a non-profit. I get along with my coworkers and management. The hardest part of my job I would say was learning to stand all day. The most enjoyable part is helping people in understanding what we offer and the different packages available for purchase but the cause of rescue, rehab, and release is our goal.
Gift Shop (Current Employee) – Clearwater, FL – December 9, 2012
A fun place to work, decent hours, get to see animals all day long. Great hours, but no advancement opportunities or benefits. I have learned a lot about managing during my time here at CMA. I have met a lot of people and understand politics a little more. One of the most enjoyable parts of the job is seeing the guests that come in and get so overcome with emotion about what happens at the aquarium. Winter is truly an inspiration to a lot of people, and it is a great reminder of why we do what we do
discounts & free entrance to other florida attractions; guest experiences
low salary, no benefits, hires mostly p/t temporary
Director of Retail Sales (Former Employee) – Clearwater, FL – August 17, 2012
This is a non-profit company that I worked for for just under five years. I was able to increase sales, interview, hire and train staff . I had the freedom from upper management to use my skills and develop new products and attended buying shows finding new vendors.
Once the mission began to change I needed to find something else.