GL Employees Quiting Left and Right

Sunday, April 25, 2004 6:21 PM
It is going to be an interesting year for GL. As several of the returning seasonal employees quit there job (the good ones, not the incompetent ones) after GL stated they are basically cutting everybody's pay rates. From Ride Ops to Security it will be interesting! Don't be surprised to see CP PD patrolling the park after the remaining security staff quits this week. *** Edited 4/25/2004 10:24:53 PM UTC by insider***
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Sunday, April 25, 2004 8:04 PM
^That is what I thought as well. IMO the good ones are probably the ones that will stay.

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Sunday, April 25, 2004 8:53 PM
I'm surprised that their pay was actually higher than CP! By how much? (Of course, CP has different age restrictions for stuff like ride ops than SF did, right?)
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Sunday, April 25, 2004 9:07 PM
but i think the bonus at the end of the year will be worth it...i dunno. Im looking forward to this season
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Sunday, April 25, 2004 9:49 PM
Lets talk money, what are soem of the pay rates for CP and GL (under SF

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Sunday, April 25, 2004 10:06 PM
Assuming they're doing the bonuses for finishing your contract are a good idea. Before anyone thinks this is CF being cheap, I'm sure that you'll find twice as many people on various ride crews, so there is no "savings."

Don't let the door hit you on the ass!

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Sunday, April 25, 2004 10:19 PM
Actually some took pay cuts of $4-$5 or more that the hourly bonus wont make up. Six Flags paid seasonals very well. We just didnt have the seasonal bonus which is what I look forward too. I know quite a few quit, I hope who is ever left decides to stay, it'll be a better place to work for in the end.
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Sunday, April 25, 2004 10:34 PM
$4-$5 pay cuts? Holy crap, are they making negative wages now? I didn't think seasonal amusement park workers made more than $8-9 an hour.
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Sunday, April 25, 2004 11:40 PM
(WARNING: Anti-Six Flags comments follow. The squeamish should turn away)

Seasonals were getting paid very well, and they STILL (with some exceptions) walked around with chips on their shoulders and a completely lazy attitude toward guest service? If dropping their pay shakes things up and gets things better again, then I say amen to that Brother Kinzel!

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Monday, April 26, 2004 12:29 AM
"getting paid very well...STILL walked around with chips on their shoulders...completely lazy attitude..."

Is Six Flags, Inc. a branch of the US government, by any chance?

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Monday, April 26, 2004 2:51 AM
Wouldn't have been better for CF to analyze each employee on an individual basis to determine if said employee should get a pay cut?

Factor in years of service, amount of knowledge, etc.

Don't just go in and announce a total wage cut for everyone.

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Monday, April 26, 2004 6:01 AM

insider said:
Don't be surprised to see CP PD patrolling the park after the remaining security staff quits this week.

Actually, you would see Aurora City Police working parttime in the park, as they've have done the last several decades.

The SFWoA concerts were all patrolled by REAL Aurora Police!

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Monday, April 26, 2004 6:17 AM
I always thought it was the Geauga County Sherieff Deputies that potrolled the park?
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Monday, April 26, 2004 6:22 AM
I stand corrected...at least for these past 4 years of 1 large park, it has been Geauga County Sheriff department....guess I'm too tired to post...time for bed :( *** Edited 4/26/2004 10:29:09 AM UTC by midwave***
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Monday, April 26, 2004 7:45 AM
Don't forget about this... http://www.coasterbuzz.com/2004-19-728449.htm

I wonder what the status is in regards to GC Sherriffs and the park now that CF owns the park...something tells me that the new Sherriff isn't going to change his tune - based on his comments in the article...

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Monday, April 26, 2004 8:12 AM
Any seasonal that took a cut of $4-$5 an hour (not that I necessarily believe it) was getting paid too much anyway in my opinion. No wonder Six Flags couldn't make any money.
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Monday, April 26, 2004 8:50 AM
Agreed. The only real skill the work requires is not being stupid and having a friendly disposition. Clearly that made a lot of people there not qualified.
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Monday, April 26, 2004 9:50 AM
I agree, anyone who got cut 4-5 dollars an hour and wasnt a lead manager of some sorts was paid way too much.

At Six Flags Darien Lake I was paid minimum wage for the two years I worked there and never got a pay increase for coming back a second season.

Six Flags pays its employees at certain parks the same way it hands out capital investment money to those same parks. SFWoA lots of money for capital investments lots of money for employees. SFDL barely any money for capital investments, barely any money for employees. This is definitely not the way to run a business.

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Monday, April 26, 2004 9:53 AM

Zero-G said:
If you think it's as simple as "Not being stupid and having a friendly disposition", I'd invite you to run a midway at a Six Flags park on, oh let's say, the 4th of July.
Cry me a river. I've had my share of crappy summer jobs, sonny. Been there done that.

And since I'm planning to take the summer off, I'm entertaining the idea of doing a short-term contract at one of the parks if they'll let me, just to say I did.

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Monday, April 26, 2004 10:08 AM
I do know what seasonal "managers" do at amusement parks and I am certain that if Cedar Fair thought it was justifiable to cut wages $4-$5 an hour then they WERE being paid too much.

One thing that happens at seasonal parks is you get people coming back year after year hoping some day to get an offer to come on full time. There is a relatively small percentage of people who actually do make it to the full time ranks. There were many times that I thought it was a disservice to the employee(s) for a park to "take advantage" of their employees' aspirations. So maybe they gave them a higher wage, maybe they kept them on as long as possible by bringing them in for park set up and keeping them through park clean up...but it didn't change the fact that they were hourly employees with no benefits. Sometimes I would have rather told the employee, "you are a good person but nothing is going to open up for you full time...get on with your life."

That is pretty cold and to the point but some people need that.

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