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Dr. Mark Pilgrim
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Very team orientated everyone gets on with eachother."

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      Former Employee - Retail Assistant in Chester, England

      I worked at Chester Zoo

      Pros

      It's the zoo! Everything you do in one way goes to conserve the animals. Everyone is friendly and talkative.

      Cons

      Long days during the summer, customers will be rude about not seeing a certain animal, the usual.

      Chester Zoo2017-10-30
    • "ok"

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      Current Employee - Catering Assistant in Chester, England
      Recommends
      Neutral Outlook
      No Opinion of CEO

      I have been working at Chester Zoo part-time for more than a year

      Pros

      Good pay for first job

      Cons

      sometimes had to work long days

      Chester Zoo2019-02-11
    • "Seasonal Food and Beverage Assistant"

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        Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

        I worked at Chester Zoo part-time

        Pros

        Friendly team, very supportive and have a great training process.

        Cons

        No opportunities to stay on after summer season. Higher management are quite impersonal.

        Chester Zoo2019-01-15
      • "Long hours"

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          Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

          I worked at Chester Zoo part-time

          Pros

          The people you work with are the best, made friends for life. They're flexible with the days you work. During summer it's busy so days go fast.

          Cons

          Long days - would start at 8.30 and get a 30 min break around 10.30/11 then work right through until 5-7 depending how busy the park was. On hot summer days temperature in kiosk would be 30 degrees and you have to wear cargo pants, boots and no time to even grab a drink of water.

          Chester Zoo2018-07-02
        • "good seasonal work for students"

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            Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

            I worked at Chester Zoo

            Pros

            good seasonal work for students

            Cons

            Expected to work most weekends

            Chester Zoo2018-05-16
          • "A serene yet simplistic place to work."

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

            I worked at Chester Zoo full-time for more 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...

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            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. ...

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            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.

            Chester Zoo2017-06-26
          • "best job"

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            Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
            Recommends
            Positive Outlook
            Approves of CEO

            I have been working at Chester Zoo full-time for more 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

            Chester Zoo2016-08-16
          • "Good employer"

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

            I worked at Chester Zoo

            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.

            Chester Zoo2016-08-30
          • "Excellent employer."

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

            I worked at Chester Zoo part-time for more 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.

            Chester Zoo2016-08-01
          • "great place to work"

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            Current Employee - Catering Assistant 
            Recommends
            Positive Outlook
            Approves of CEO

            I have been working at Chester Zoo full-time for more than 2 years

            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

            Chester Zoo2016-07-18
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