Food Service Worker (Former Employee) – Escondido, CA – December 29, 2017
Overall, great company. I was specifically turned off, however, by the very limited amount of hours given to food service employees. It was not typical that I would get called off and not have a shift for an entire week.
Buildings and Grounds attendant (Former Employee) – San Diego, CA – October 17, 2017
It would be a great job if you aren't in the Buildings and Grounds dept. It was the worst managerial staff I've ever experienced. The Union isn't any help and the management knows that the Union doesn't have your back so it uses fear and intimidation to rule. They treat the employees as though they are children and criminals. You are not allowed to talk to your co workers and it even states in the handbook that you are not to walk in pairs. under these conditions of being watched by the leads the novelty of working at the zoo wears off within a few months. Any raises that I got were gobbled up by increased Union dues.
free zoo tix and access to the Balboa Park museums
Food stands/Cashier/ caterer (Former Employee) – San Diego, CA 92101 – October 3, 2017
settting up events for big corporations at the zoo, attending to guests, bussing and tearing down equipement at the end of events. cash handling at the stands, efficiently providing customer service and food in a timely manner.
Food Service Worker (Former Employee) – San Diego, CA – September 10, 2017
Very fun and exciting meeting people form all over the world. Extremely busy 90% of your shift. Fast pace and hard work is a must. Decent benefits, all employees and management are friendly and feel like family.
Harsh rules that are worth the enviornment and the skills you will learn
MERCHANDISE CLERK (Former Employee) – San Diego, CA – August 9, 2017
A typical day at work is working at your designated animal themed restaurant and or gift shop. I learned amazing customer serivce skills here, even if the rules for employees were pretty tough. I am grateful for what I learned. The hardest part of the job was the rules but the most enjoyable part was the enviornment of the customers. We had cusotmers from all over the world who came to visit the San Diego Zoo. The view for your breaks is amazing I worked right across from the bear exhibits.
Free entry, discounted food
lack of communitcation with other workers, busy crowds constantly, unrelable job if you don't make it the first year.
cashier/food service (Former Employee) – San Diego, CA – August 9, 2017
So working here is ok feels like your in high school they have alot of hired Young employees somedrama everyone in everyones business managers don't know how to do there job leads act like they above everyone news flash y'all work the same 9-5 job like everyone else but they cant get it through they head the good part of working here is free tickets the employee party they have every year and catering shifts it will feel like you work you self of the whole summer but its still not enough paid (don't work at sandwhich)
Retail Food Clerk (Former Employee) – San Diego, CA – July 28, 2017
Great as a first job. Hours are spread pretty evenly among individuals in the work space regardless of performance. Time goes by a lot faster because of the fun environment created by all the activities. Teaches you the key things you need to have in a fast paced job.
cashier (Former Employee) – San Diego, CA – May 19, 2017
It's the san diego zoo. Who wouldn't enjoy the san diego zoo and its perks. Meeting people from around the world was the best part of the job. Including the free entrances to the zoo even though it was just a seasonal job, I enjoyed it a lot. Thank you.
Panda Narrator/Educator/Zookeeper (Former Employee) – San Diego, CA – March 15, 2017
A wonderful company to work for! Cares about its employees and a leader in the fight against extinction and education! I have been an employee for this company before, for almost 9 years and would work for them again in a heart beat!
Good to start off, but you'll want to consider elsewhere for long term career
Tour Operator Skyfari (Current Employee) – San Diego, CA – January 19, 2017
Skyfari is repetitive and mindless at times so it is in your best interest to have a good attitude and converse with the rest of the team to pass time. Tiring job so not for the less physically active. Got to be on your toes at all times. When its not summer or winter you wont get scheduled as much as those with more seniority. Management has improved it's communication with it's employees over the past year which is good. There are some rules management should change though.
You get plenty of zoo tickets and breaks are 15 min paid. For 8 hour shifts you'll get a good 45 min lunch 15 of which paid.
Advancement is there, you just have to ask and look for it.
Good breaks, holiday lunches provided ie christmas and thanksgiving, advancement, benefits ie zoo, sea world tickets and discounts.
Bureaucratic management at times, repetitive, busy during summer and jungle bells