Pros: caring upper management, free visits to the park, allotted tickets, big discount, preview nights, fun quarterly meetings, check your schedule/information online, environmentally friendly, highly respects the military, affordable lunches
Cons: exposed to mother nature, only open weekends except during spring break/summer/holiday breaks from school, 6 months working 6 months off, doesn't pay much, a bit of a hike to your location
SeaWorld is a place that cares about its animals especially, the environment, and also about its team members. The HR staff, managers, and assistant managers, and even the park president, listen to your concerns and keep team members in the loop with engaging, quarterly meetings, and a daily newsletter. The park president also sets up a specific times periodically where you can specifically tell him about concerns you'd like addressed directly. Team Members also have special preview nights for particular events for themselves and their family members to enjoy before the general public gets to enjoy it. Not only that, but you get a good discount, and have an all access pass and can come and enjoy the park on your day off without cost.
Working there can be fun, but if you don't work in the restaurants or in the shops, or in the administration building, you are subject to Mother Nature's whims, as you will be working outside.The attendance is also affected by Mother Nature. If the weather is rotten, not many people will be there, and it will be a really slow day. Always carry sunblock and a water bottle. It is also slow on weekdays.
SeaWorld also HIGHLY respects the military, and when the anthem plays at 9:00 a.m. everyday, ALL team members are required to freeze, and put their hand/hats over their heart, and face the flag.
You can also log in online and check your schedule and make requests at least 2 weeks in advance, and check out all your employee information.
The hardest parts of the job are working only weekends during the season you're there (last I heard, it's 6 months – more... on, 6 months off), except during spring break, summer, and holiday vacations. You have to take a second job, or maybe even a third. You don't make much. True, you get raises each year, but only in small increments. You may also apply for an on the job trainer, assistant supervisor, supervisor, and manager. About 2/3 of the staff, maybe more, are in high school or college.
The weather during the summer can be oppressive.
The park is big, and it can be quite a hike to work from security (at least you'll get exercise), or you can wait for the shuttle.
If you take the bus, give yourself a couple hours or so to get to the security stop. If you drive, leave the house 45 minutes or more before your shift. You have to find parking, then either wait for the tram or to give yourself time to walk to your location.
Sometimes the guests can be tough to please and can be quite rude, especially on holidays. – less