Working for the Vancouver Aquarium as a Sales Associate can be fun as well as very stressful.
The environment is positive and friendly, yet there were some downsides I did not expect prior to working there.
Depending on the team, sales targets can be incredibly high, you won't have many weekend days off (which I guess is expectable in a Retail position) and sometimes it can get extemely loud.
Something else I found a little disappointing was that staff will usually be given short-term contract roles which will be renewed over and over, rather than a casual contract or regular PT/FT - so if someone is looking for a long-term perspective this might not be the right place, depending on their role.
Besides that you get to work with super nice and cool people, there's fun events and great food in the restaurant to which you get a staff discount!
The HR Manager cares a lot about each employee and does a great job.
Generally speaking I'm sure in every department you'll be able to find friends - whether you're a part of their team or not.
People usually work really close together, everybody is very supportive and it can be a great opportunity to learn more about our oceans and marine life.
free admission for friends&family, great staff, discounts on merch and food, Otters!
barely any weekends off, long hours, repetitive tasks, low wage