Cedar Fair

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Cedar Fair Reviews

Updated November 12, 2014
Updated November 12, 2014
119 Reviews
3.3
119 Reviews
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Cedar Fair President and CEO Matthew A. (Matt) Ouimet
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36 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • It is a great experience with getting to meet people all around the world but sometimes it isn't worth it (in 7 reviews)

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

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Company Training Manager

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Company Training Manager in Sandusky, OH
    Current Employee - Company Training Manager in Sandusky, OH

    I have been working at Cedar Fair full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great group of co-workers, my job was very challenging in a good way. Loved meeting people from all around the world. I was able to utilize my skills to improve the department. I enjoyed the freedom and the ability to work independently and explore new ways to achieve the training goals of the company.

    Cons

    You have to enjoy working with people, and working weekends & holidays. Difficult to obtain a full-time year around position. I would still be there if I could have secured a permanent position.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great summer job

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operational Supervisor in Allentown, PA
    Current Employee - Operational Supervisor in Allentown, PA

    I have been working at Cedar Fair as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fun and social work environment; good seasonal job

    Cons

    Not much personal time outside of work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    An interesting and sometimes exciting job.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mechanic/Rides Maintenance in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Mechanic/Rides Maintenance in Charlotte, NC

    I have been working at Cedar Fair (more than an year)

    Pros

    Most of the employees are friendly and if they like you they treat you somewhat like family.

    Cons

    Being sometimes discriminated and treated like you don't matter because your just a seasonal worker and even though you do the same job as a full time they'll keep your pay low and keep you seasonal,lay you off for 8wks and get your hopes up to be hired full time next season if you come back. Their are people who's been here over 10yrs.as a seasonal and the excuse for not being hired full time is Not Enough Experience! That's just immoral and disgraceful on cedar fair, just because someone needs a job so desperately doesn't mean take advantage of them and only give the minimum wage that they can get away with and you don't get overtime until after 45hrs. Which is un-American. Shame on Corporate for having no common decency to treat good workers who help put a paycheck and all the perks on their tables with respect.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow a heart and treat those the way you want to be treated.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Decent summer job

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    • 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
  6.  

    review

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Commercial Finance Manager in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Commercial Finance Manager in Charlotte, NC

    I worked at Cedar Fair full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    stable and growing company. access to the park

    Cons

    ignores harassment issues, horrible culture

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not ignore reported harassment issues.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    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 (less than an 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
  8.  

    It was an interesting experience

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    • 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 (less than an 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
  9.  

    Fun for a while, not forever

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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 (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
  10.  

    Hard work, but enjoyable

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    • 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 (less than an 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
  11.  

    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 (less than an 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

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