California's Great America

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California's Great America Reviews

Updated August 15, 2014
Updated August 15, 2014
40 Reviews

3.2
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  1.  

    Had fun, just rigid on policies.

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    Former Employee - Ride Operator  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Ride Operator in Santa Clara, CA

    Pros

    Excellent co-workers, fun job, decent pay, all the things that you would want from a seasonal job.

    Cons

    Dealing with some of the customers can be a drag, their corporate policies are very rigid leaving you no real wiggle room. And, it being seasonal, they can legally let you go at any time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take more specific personal circumstances into account such as problems at home, last minute transportation problems, etc.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Dont do it.

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    Current Employee - Security  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Security in Santa Clara, CA

    Pros

    free admission to the park, sun burn, no days off.

    Cons

    the amount of time it take to get to the annex that is about half a mile is ridiculous. Also you are somewhat trapped at the park and have to buy the expensive lunch there.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    EMS/First aid

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    Current Employee - EMT  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - EMT in Santa Clara, CA

    Pros

    I really enjoy working here for the most part. We have a pretty decent staff, great patients and decent equipment.

    Cons

    Some of the staff can be difficult to work with. There is a lot of drama in the EMT department that stems from particular individuals. There is also a lot of paperwork since they are very worried about being sued since it is a theme park.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great co-workers, ok management, basic pay, horrible guests

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    Former Employee - Ride Operator  in  Santa Clarita, CA
    Former Employee - Ride Operator in Santa Clarita, CA

    Pros

    Great beginning job, you learn a lot especially when dealing with large amounts of people. The co-workers make the job worth going to, the majority are great, very friendly and helpful, and fun. They give lots of hours so you will get decent and sometimes big paychecks. Perks are fair, free park access, free park parking, huge food discounts. Promotions happen a lot to hard workers.

    Cons

    Management is difficult and dont care about your excuses. Training isn't steady, each person has their own methods and techniques that they show you so there is no standard way to do certain things. When dealing with guest complaints some supervisors wont help you, or will scold you on the side for asking for help if you don't know what do to. Pay is minimum wage, so the less hours you have the smaller your paycheck is. If you live far away 40min or more, expect traffic to be a nightmare.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't punish the employees because of school related absences.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    The people are great, the environment is great, and the recent pay raise makes everything better.

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    Current Employee - Shallow/Deep Lifeguard  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Shallow/Deep Lifeguard in San Jose, CA

    Pros

    The people that you meet here are great. Talking to everyone helps and is a great idea, especially if you are new. Occasional conversations with guests and after-work conversations with fellow employees are often the highlight of the day. The supervisors are chill and everyone here seems to be a great person.

    Cons

    Work can get very tiring and boring. Having to repeat the same things to inattentive guests can be irritating as well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Add more sitting positions for lifeguards, standing in one place for hours can be tiring. Also, focus on switching out and rotating employees out more efficiently.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Organized workplace with motivated fun staff

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    Former Employee - Food Service  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Food Service in Santa Clara, CA

    Pros

    Always looking for more employees
    Well trained staff
    Patient and friendly staff
    Rules are well implemented
    A well rounded experience for teenagers entering the work place
    High rehire rate after season ends

    Cons

    Physically demanding for individuals not use to long hours standing
    A high energy workplace that demands fast quick work
    Seasonal work only
    Easily replaced

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    All my expectations for a high end company like great america was met.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Screwed due to management's poor budgeting and planning.

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    Current Employee - Seasonal Dancer  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Seasonal Dancer in Santa Clara, CA

    Pros

    The actual job has the potential to be rewarding

    Cons

    -Promised extra hours for a long day, was instead given a 3 hour lunch to avoid overtime
    -Rehearsal days cut short with little to no notice. Instead of going to lunch, they sent us home.
    -Changed my position from a principal dancer to a swing (a sub for when a principle can't perform). They claimed it was an artistic choice for the show, but I believe this was due to the difference in cost between paying me $15/hr to perform or paying someone else the entry level rate of $12.75/hr.
    -Management and HR unresponsive to concerns.

    Management has repeatedly displayed poor decision making skills. At my initial audition in Fall of 2013, I was cut along with 5 other dancers and told we were being hired for a "Top Secret Show" and that the rest of the dancers were continuing with the audition to be considered for a different show. A week later, instead of the job offer email I was told to expect, I received a callback notice, because plans had changed for the "Top Secret Show" and they wanted me to go back to re-audition for the other show. Another performer had a similar experience. They said they wanted to hire her as an actor, then they wanted to hire her as a specialty act instead. Then they didn't have the budget for the specialty act and had already given away her actor position, which left her with no job offer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more careful with your budgeting and don't promise more than you can afford to pay. Or take some responsibility when you make a mistake instead of blaming it on the employee.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    It was okay.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    I got discounted tickets to the park.

    Cons

    The supervisor was really strict and kept correcting my mistakes in a not friendly manner. He was abusing his power.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please be nicer to workers. I miss Paramount Great America.

  10.  

    First job experience

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Santa Clara, CA

    Pros

    You get to interact with a lot of people

    Cons

    You receive extremely low pay. minimum wage starting.
    bad management.
    bad customers.y

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You guys are doing a great job for managing a bunch of high school kids. Keep an eye out on your leads and supervisors because they can be very immature.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Okay

    Former Employee - Ride Operator
    Former Employee - Ride Operator

    Pros

    It doesn't take much experience to get a job here. Great for high school students.

    Cons

    You could use more working hours sometimes.

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