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micro managed, too much pressure for the type of work
Gift Shop Leader (Current Employee), Washington, DCFebruary 3, 2014
Pros: open area, plenty to see
Cons: takes 3 yrs to get healthcare, organization is micro-managed which makes for a difficult work enviroment
co-workers are fantastic they make the day go by easily. The enviroment itself as far as the location is concerned is wonderful. Management however, is a different story. I would not suggest this as a place of employment for anyone.
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Fun place to work it you love animals
Birthday Safari Host/Guide (Current Employee), Washington, DCAugust 9, 2013
Fun and easy place to work if you love animals and working with children
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Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ)
Data Entry Clerk (Former Employee), Washington, DCSeptember 26, 2012
Pros: animals
Cons: crowds
Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ) is a support organization for The National Zoo is Washington, DC. A typical day at work was very busy because pretty much all year around they would hold classes, workshops, and events. Learning how to multi-task was very important, as well as, being exposed to different software progams helped broaden my horizons – more... as a person. I had great management during the 19 years that I worked for that organization and they were fantastic, as well as, my co-workers who were all dedicated to the non-profit organizations support for endangered species thriving. The hardest part of the job was the ever changing policies but was able to acclimate to the ever changing environment for the sake of the organization. I believe the most enjoyable part of the job was being able to see animals and interecting with the various constituents who were calling as well as visiting the Zoo on a regular basis throughout the year. The best time to visit is during the fall and winter because they animals are active all year around but during these times the crowds are low and you can see the animals openly and freely. Plus, you will be able to find parking on a regular basis. – less
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Great seasonal job
Food Service Cashier (Former Employee), DCSeptember 8, 2012
This job is perfect if you are in school. They are very flexible when it comes to that.
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Interesting place to work.
Groundskeeper/Traffic Aid (Former Employee), Washington, DCMay 31, 2012
Pros: free lunches, tips, zoo disounts
Cons: weather, rude customers
I was still in high school while employed at the zoo & it was my first job so enjoyed it as a experience as an employer. At the zoo I had many duties I was first a groundskeeper, where I was assigned a area of the zoo to maintain I keep clean for the entire day. A typical day a work was OK minus the hot summer days where I had to stand outside all day – more... which can became exhausting, but other than that the day went by very fast & I manged to complete my task I was assigned. My co-workers where allot older then me, some of them where retirees who worked just weekends, others where the everyday, I got along with them very well we joked, talked & made sure the day went by as stress free as possible.
I also worked as a Traffic Aid after I decided to try something different & leave grounds-keeping. While a Traffic Aid, I was assigned a parking lot in the zoo (there's 4 of them) I had to manage that parking lot all day. I made sure there was no traffic jams in the lot, no suspicious behavior, & made sure everybody had a parking space before letting others in. If the lot was full I would send them to a another parking lot that has spaces throughout the zoo. Just like grounds-keeping, the hardest part was the hot weather other than that everything was good – less
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Lively place to work with special events
Office Manager (Former Employee), Washington, DCApril 17, 2012
Pros: away from downtown dc
Cons: sometimes feel isolated
Atmosphere and environment is ideal; away from downtown Washington, DC