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Chester Zoo Reviews

Updated 26 June 2017
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  1. "best job"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Chester Zoo full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    friendly work colleuges, fantastic surroundings, good rates of pay, lots of job benerfits, very good managment.

    Cons

    long hours, no christmas shutdown.

    Advice to Management

    keep up the good work


  2. "A serene yet simplistic place to work."

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    Former Employee - Guest Experience
    Former Employee - Guest Experience
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Chester Zoo full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The setting is unrivalled. Working outdoors surrounded by animals speaks for itself.

    Work is flexible, with a mix of 4-hour and 10-hour shifts available depending on role and zone. If you are required to stay for more than 30 minutes outside of your shift then you get paid for it.

    Fellow staff are pleasant and supportive, with an interesting mix of permanent and seasonal members in vastly different roles from diverse backgrounds.

    Cons

    The actual work was incredibly repetitive, easy and simplistic. I took the job as a stop-gap between higher-education and starting a graduate scheme at a big-four firm, so the mental numbing of the day-to-day responsibilities were far removed from challenging past internships - leaving my mind numb for most of the day.

    You're always expected to be in on weekends, but this is made clear in the job description.

    In an (often physical) 10-hour shift you get a 15-minute break and 30-minute lunch.

    Advice to Management

    Seasonal staff are assigned randomly to roles completely independent of their preferences, with no scope to direct your role in the future. Cleaners want to work on the tills, tills want to work on the Jetty, Jetty want to be cleaners... but nothing changes.

    The ability to apply for different roles internally would make a huge difference.


  3. "Seasonal Retail - Nice Job For Students"

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    Former Contractor - Retail Assistant - Seasonal in Chester, England
    Former Contractor - Retail Assistant - Seasonal in Chester, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Chester Zoo as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great job for students, they work with you to let you pick the hours when you are off uni to work.

    Cons

    Hours are sometimes poor, but during holidays they are usually good.

    Advice to Management

    Hire less staff to allow everyone to have better hours.


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  5. "Good for students!"

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Recommends

    I have been working at Chester Zoo as a contractor

    Pros

    Guaranteed work between university terms

    Cons

    Bad for people looking for a permanent job


  6. "Good employer"

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    Former Employee - Guest Experience Assistant in Chester, England
    Former Employee - Guest Experience Assistant in Chester, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very good pay. Free entry ticket each month. Good work atmosphere. Work alongside public. Good bosses. Lots of opportunities for progress within the company.

    Cons

    Stuck on one zone for contract. Co-workers tend to be more occupied with talking rather than working (not suitable due to type of work). Very likely for customers to be rude. Dusty atmosphere.

    Advice to Management

    More selective process for hiring or more training.


  7. "Excellent employer."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Chester Zoo part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Really approachable co-ordinators and supervisors, everyone is really friendly. It's like a huge family and they actually consider and care about your feelings.

    Cons

    Only have mens uniform trousers! Bit awkward for women to wear but not much of a problem really.


  8. "great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Catering Assistant
    Current Employee - Catering Assistant
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Chester Zoo full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    being a part of an organisation that does wonderful work for animals around the world
    good pay
    good perks
    working with interesting people

    Cons

    sometimes hours are long, which can impact on social/ family life

    Advice to Management

    take on seasonal staff earlier in the year to help take pressure off staff during busy times


  9. "Chester Zoo Employee"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Chester Zoo part-time

    Pros

    - Very large and diverse team of friendly and approachable individuals
    - Great place to work, never ceases to amaze you
    - Care a lot for their employees, loads of benefits including freebies and good pension scheme

    Cons

    - Can get a bit repetitive (in my opinion)
    - Being such a large team, it is easy to feel neglected by the managers


  10. "Positivity abound!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Chester Zoo full-time

    Pros

    One of the better places to work. The other members of staff are all exceptionally friendly. Lots of social activities, lots of team-based outings. Naturally, seeing the animals is a huge bonus. Just a really nice place to be at.

    Cons

    Very low wage for some of the roles, very slim chance at progression in your chosen career field, no real additional benefits for being a member of staff.


  11. "Great fun & flexible!"

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    Former Employee - Catering Assistant in Chester, England
    Former Employee - Catering Assistant in Chester, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Chester Zoo full-time

    Pros

    Great community feel
    People who work there are fantastic
    Good rate of pay in comparison with similar jobs
    Kept busy
    Management are approachable and flexible

    Cons

    Training and staffing issues became problematic
    Not particularly challenging, the work becomes repetitive quickly
    Not a career