Cedar Fair Reviews

Updated August 26, 2014
Updated August 26, 2014
115 Reviews
3.2
115 Reviews
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Cedar Fair President and CEO Matthew A. (Matt) Ouimet
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32 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • You receive free admission to the park during your time there and 5 guest passes (in 11 reviews)

  • It is a great experience with getting to meet people all around the world but sometimes it isn't worth it (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • Long hours mostly 10am-8/9 pm 6 days a week (in 17 reviews)

  • You will be working very, very long hours for wages barely over minimum wage (in 10 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Decent summer job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Ride Operator
    Current Employee - Ride Operator

    I have been working at Cedar Fair

    Pros

    The pros are lots of hours, free admission to Cedar Fair parks on your days off, and nice coworkers. Also, my supervisor was understanding of my social anxiety and not as hard on me as he could have been about my job.

    Cons

    The cons are angry guests which if you are sensitive to that sort of thing can be very stressful. Also, being in the heat all the time.

    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Fun for a while, not forever

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Games Area Manager  in  Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Games Area Manager in Cincinnati, OH

    I have been working at Cedar Fair part-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Coworkers make the job enjoyable, being in management has taught me a lot, fun faced paced work environment

    Cons

    Low pay, seasonal, hour caps (both weekly and season long), hot, can do a lot less work elsewhere for a lot more money, hard ceiling, no room for growth once you get to a certain point (people are hired from the outside to fill full time positions, hard to advance from seasonal to full time)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Add more full time positions so your seasonal management aren't doing the jobs of your full time staff unfairly, get rid of weekly hour caps/seasonal hour caps, its not like you pay overtime anyways. We are they.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Very memorable summer.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Ride Host  in  Sandusky, OH
    Current Employee - Ride Host in Sandusky, OH

    I have been working at Cedar Fair for less than a year

    Pros

    It was an amazing summer experience that I think everyone should try. Despite the cons, it's all worth it.

    Cons

    It's hot. You work long hours. The park-goers can get grumpy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You might want to offer something like a town hall meeting, or a friendlier way for the workers to get to know you and have open communication with you.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    It was an interesting experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Food Host  in  Sandusky, OH
    Former Employee - Food Host in Sandusky, OH

    I worked at Cedar Fair part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    You get to meet people from all over the world and make great friendships, free admission into the park and free parking, cheap food in cafeteria, ride nights, four free admission passes, and the comrodery with co-workers.

    Cons

    The number of hours you work could be very long, especially if you work in the food service area. I was expected to work from 8am-2am at least once a week without a break. I mean, there's not much to do, but I was getting burned out fairly quickly. You can get cheap housing, which can be mildly disgusting to live in. You are often in close quarters with a lot of the same people which can cause a lot of high school like drama. Also, the internet is shotty at best.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train managers to foster growth instead of bullying people who don't know what they're doing. It would also be beneficial to provide incentives for people who follow the rules, i.e. getting to work on time consistently.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Hard work, but enjoyable

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lifeguard  in  Aurora, OH
    Current Employee - Lifeguard in Aurora, OH

    I have been working at Cedar Fair part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great supervisors at Wild Water Kingdom - It's a smaller branch of Cedar Fair so everyone is closer and it's not really crappy.
    Free admission to Cedar Fair parks
    Discounts - 10% off food when not working, and 25% of merch
    Free tan from standing in the sun all day
    It's a waterpark
    Uniforms are provided to you, but extras do cost money
    Employee events - breakfast with our GM, ice cream nights, slide nights
    ability to save lives!
    I was okay with all the hours, I needed the money
    Overall, I really loved my job

    Cons

    Work life balance is absolutely terrible.
    You don't get paid for overtime, because it's only working for 3 months and 55 hour weeks are common
    hot uncomfortable weather conditions
    it can get cold and standing in water spots makes you shiver
    uniform is polyester and hot and uncomfortable
    Some of the zones are just large and work is repetitive and boring
    Employee lounge is terrible, they served a coworker raw chicken one day?? but it isn't hard to just pack a lunch
    Long hours mostly 10am-8/9 pm 6 days a week

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Really love how our GM walks around the park during the day and does genuinely care about his employees, and he's a great guy. The supervisors were all nice, and communication was easy. I honestly can't say much, but I wish there was more communication between departments. As a lifeguard, I don't know anyone from foods/merch/etc.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Team Lead for Food and Beverage

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Team Lead  in  Kings Mills, OH
    Current Employee - Team Lead in Kings Mills, OH

    I have been working at Cedar Fair part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Very easy to get a promotion
    Free access to any Cedar Fair park
    Discounts in the parks

    Cons

    Non Flexible Scheduling
    Stressful Environment
    Low Pay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fix any of the cons and emphasize the pros

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Working at Cedar Point was a great job to meet people and experience a fun time.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lifeguard  in  Sandusky, OH
    Former Employee - Lifeguard in Sandusky, OH

    I worked at Cedar Fair full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    I enjoyed meeting new people and working in a completely different environment. You receive free admission to the park during your time there and 5 guest passes.

    Cons

    I worked as a lifeguard and i rarely received off days which in the end made me really tired, especially while working (waking up, showering, catching the shuttle) from 5am to 1am the next morning. I barely received any rest.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to be more organized and give more off days to workers with longer hours.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Seasonal Employee

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Ride Host Team Lead  in  Sandusky, OH
    Former Employee - Ride Host Team Lead in Sandusky, OH

    I worked at Cedar Fair as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great co-workers, great experience. Learned a lot and was able to use this position as a step stone to the future.

    Cons

    long hours, but there isn't much else to do so you don't really notice. Employee housing was a dump.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The job was a step stone for me into much bigger things. Consider a management training program or allowing more people to get involved with the day to day running of things. Fix up employee housing. It shouldn't look like a jail.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Fun job: horrible employee relations

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Ride Host  in  Sandusky, OH
    Former Employee - Ride Host in Sandusky, OH

    I worked at Cedar Fair part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Fun atmosphere, free entrance to the park, fun cowokers. It is a great experience with getting to meet people all around the world but sometimes it isn't worth it. I loved the rides I got to work and learning how to operate large machinery.

    Cons

    Management plays favorites, hard to move up in the company unless you're good friends with the person, treats employees like crap. Working at Cedar Point does not offer you a chance to have a social life. The housing is crap and there are no healthy food options for employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employee relations is the key to happy employees but it starts at the top.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Have to love it

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Ride Host  in  Sandusky, OH
    Former Employee - Ride Host in Sandusky, OH

    I worked at Cedar Fair full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Cheap housing available, it's a freaking theme park, you can earn a decent amount of money if you're willing to work overtime, you get enough chances to enjoy the park in your off time

    Cons

    You will be in very close quarters with your crew, which causes tons of high school drama. The hours can be long and six-day work weeks are expected. Living arrangements, though cheap, are not cushy. Internet access is fairly limited.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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