Herschend CEO goes goes to front lines in CBS reality TV show

Posted | Contributed by CPLady

Joel Manby is now the CEO of a Georgia-based company of theme parks and aquariums called Herschend Family Entertainment. On the show Undercover Boss, he dons oversized glasses and a beard to hide his identity from workers who take tickets, wash the streets, run the rides and serve the hungry masses at the company's entertainment venues.

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Now, get out of my way, you might bump into me and dirty my suit.


edit: I don't actually wear a suit.

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One should not degrade another person's job.

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You can degrade another person though. ;)


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Calvin: "If your numbers go up, it means you're having more fun."

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I'm lucky in that on Fridays and Mondays, I get to work in the office on the computer, and on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, I get to do the hard, dirty work. On the weekends, I write my newspaper stories from home. I get the best of both worlds.


LostKause said:
A lot of films and TV of this type have exactly that kind of problem, Bear. Remember the Tom Green show on MTV? ...Or Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan?

A few weeks ago on Intervention, some boozed-up, drugged-up, anorexic gal figured out she was being set up as part of that show.

Just like the CEOs shown on the show are out of touch and have little idea what their employees go through, most employees have no clue what being a company executive is about either. How many workers would have a clue about taxation, legal and regulatory issues, logistics, and financial issues, just to name a few?

It's nice to say that CEOs make too much money, and we've seen enough examples the past few years what happens when you have the wrong person at the helm. But for the most part, most companies are run well enough to keep the company profitable, workers employed, and shareholders happy.

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Hopman said:
I respect bosses who are willing to get their hands dirty & make their muscles sore more than ones who sit on their butts all day & have a "I'm better than you because I'm the boss" attitude.

Personally I find that mentally challenging jobs can be just as exhausting as physically challenging jobs. (And I did the physical years ago).

I honestly dont think you can meter one job type more than another however. As with any job.. Mileage may vary, and each can present its own challenges that could make for a job that requires more effort than just sitting there.


Fair enough. But if more management worked a few days in the peon's shoes, they might appeciate more the grunt work that gets done to keep stuff running.

it is possible that this would work the other way around too.


Coaster Junkie from NH
I drive in & out of Boston, so I ride coasters to relax!

Aren't most of these shows filmed before they go to air. I think it would be easy to lie to a couple of employees saying that they are watching this new staff member for internal training purposes. Who knows what lies are spread to create the show.

^ True. I think most of this stuff was filmed last fall & summer.


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^And probably some before that. These episodes could have started filming in 2008 and if you think about how much could have been shot over the course of just one year, this show could continue until 2012 before filming a new episode. Or, once this season is over with and most have forgotten about it, more shows could be filmed.

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-Chris

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Hopman said:
Fair enough. But if more management worked a few days in the peon's shoes, they might appeciate more the grunt work that gets done to keep stuff running.

That's such crap. A good CEO understands the value in her human resources, and it's not their job to "appreciate" anything. They pay employees what the job requires, and expect them to do the job they're paid for.


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^ True. The good CEO got that way BECAUSE they've worked their way up the ranks.

I worked for about three years for a company with a bad CEO. Movie Gallery. The company was based out of Alabama, & I worked for a store (top 5 in sales in the COUNTRY!) in NH. The CEO & the other managers were so out of touch it was redicious! My store manager didn't recieve a rise for over 10 years, and the only time mt coworkers got one was when min. wage rose.

We had a saying around our store & other stores in the area: "What works in Birmingham does not work in Boston."


Coaster Junkie from NH
I drive in & out of Boston, so I ride coasters to relax!

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My buddy was the manager of a recently closed Movie Gallery in my town. I would visit every few days to find some movies to buy, and we would talk about his employer. He had the same kind of complaints that you describe, Hopman.


^ It's nice to know it wasn't just me. In fact, the store where I used to work just got shut down as well. Sad day. They're going to tear it down & put ANOTHER figgin' CVS!!!!

As much as that job sucked, it was fun. My store manager (all five feet of her) was a gem. She treated us like family. In fact, while I was there, the company sent her to an event in Florida and gave her all sorts of swag. She promptly got back & shared the spoils. Them again, an XL t-shirt would've looked like a tent on her slim build! ;)

She trated us fairly, had she had the power, raised our pay a fair ammount. Now she's out of a job too. Knowing MG, they'll find a way to screw her out of her unemployment.


Coaster Junkie from NH
I drive in & out of Boston, so I ride coasters to relax!

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Hopman said:
The CEO & the other managers were so out of touch it was redicious! My store manager didn't recieve a rise for over 10 years, and the only time mt coworkers got one was when min. wage rose.

This sounds identical to the park I use to work for. I wont Point out its name but you can probably figure it out. It was sad because it was a nice place to work when I started, but ten years latter it was a complete 180 on how employees were cared for.


-Chris

You worked at CP? So did I. I did Group Utility in '05. In some ways, it was great. I lost about 40 & three inches off my waist, met tons of cool people, & got to ride many cool coasters. Plus, i'd never been to Ohio.

The downers you could probably figure out. (Pay, uniforms, hours, dorms & food)

The boss from Movie Gallery let me take a hiatus and kept my job for me when I got back.


Coaster Junkie from NH
I drive in & out of Boston, so I ride coasters to relax!

Jeff's avatar

You won't get a lot of sympathy from anyone for going back to a job with a company that sucks.


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People have many reasons for returning to Cedar Point employment. Most of them are to get away from their normal, everyday life for a while.

For me, never again. I value myself a little bit more now, and they can keep their horrible pay and crappy living conditions. DK should take a good, long look at how his business treats their employees. Seriously.


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I was talking about the crappy video store.


Jeff - Editor - CoasterBuzz.com - My Blog - Phrazy

I wonder how good CVS is to work for?

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