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***
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."
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.
(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!
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***
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...
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.
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.