Kennywood Reviews

Updated July 29, 2015
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  1. Worked as a ride operator

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kennywood

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Worked with a great team

    Cons

    Worked a lot of hours

    Advice to Management

    Distribute the work load more evenly


  2. COME BACK HENNINGERS

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Team Member in West Mifflin, PA
    Current Employee - Team Member in West Mifflin, PA

    I have been working at Kennywood

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

    Pros

    I guess you make decent money but that's only because you work 60 hours a week. Your coworkers are usually great. Keyword being USUALLY.

    Cons

    Management could care less about you. They will lie to your face and play favorites.

    Advice to Management

    Put a little more effort into your regular season. Treat you employees nicer and offer better pay. I was pre-palace. It can be done.


  3. Working at kennywood

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    Current Employee - Worked In Food and Beverages and Game Department in West Mifflin, PA
    Current Employee - Worked In Food and Beverages and Game Department in West Mifflin, PA

    I have been working at Kennywood part-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    -great crew (most of time) -Awesome memories with your crew -the scenery -free access to kennywood idle wild and sandcastle ALTHOUGH you will NEVER get to go because you will work 6/7 days a week If you plan on working maybe 3,4 days a week it probably won't happen ESPECIALLY if you're over 18.

    Cons

    -Rudest managers you will ever have they literally don't care about anything but making mone -NO days off and you can barely even get to choose your day off -already on debt before you even start ($42 for the shirts and short BUT if you work in food services it will be around $80 for non slip shoes)

    Advice to Management

    To the owners: INTERVIEW THE PEOPLE BECOMING MANAGERS RATHER THAN MANAGERS CHOOSING WHO THEY LIKE To the managers: Don't take your joke of a job so seriously and also be more reasonable with the hours you give employees


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  5. The absolute worst job you could possibly have.

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    Former Employee - Food and Beverage in West Mifflin, PA
    Former Employee - Food and Beverage in West Mifflin, PA

    I worked at Kennywood part-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You are working with a bunch of other people your age so you meet many new people and form many bonds.

    Cons

    You are practically nothing. They go through so many people over the summer that they don't value you or the hard work you put in. Even when you go above and beyond with what you do, no one notices. There is little to no organization, and at the end of the year when college students go back to school, they will move you anywhere and everywhere they need you, even though you may have no idea what you are doing. You start out at minimum wage, but you are already in debt because they make you pay for uniform and shoes (3 shirts, 3 shorts, and an ugly pair of non-slip shoes). So they take money out of your paycheck to pay for the uniform you have to wear, which is really uncomfortable. When working here, you have to have at least 5 days a week, and scheduling with them is very difficult for whatever reason, and any day you need off for whatever reason it may be, you will almost always be denied. If you happen to get a job here, you are basically wasting your whole entire summer making next to no money at a job that you will surely hate.

    Advice to Management

    Give some incentives to your employees instead of treating them like they are replaceable.


  6. hard

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Food and Beverage in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Food and Beverage in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at Kennywood part-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    you make good money. kind of

    Cons

    they dont care about you, you work 13 hour shifts all the time, only get " good" pay because you are always there. ALWAYS. they own you.

    Advice to Management

    dont put your employees in a dangerous work environment.


  7. My experience during my first year was wonderful. Once they changed management, the experience went downward.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Cafe Employee in West Mifflin, PA
    Current Employee - Cafe Employee in West Mifflin, PA

    I have been working at Kennywood part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Have the opportunity to learn valuable skills such as team work, customer service and communication skills.

    Cons

    Not very well run and there tends to be favoritism shown to employees by managers and supervisors.

    Advice to Management

    If you want the place to run more effectively and efficiently, you need to hire people who are more qualified. You can't have biology majors running the business.


  8. Acceptable Job for a College Student

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Ride Operator in West Mifflin, PA
    Current Employee - Ride Operator in West Mifflin, PA

    I have been working at Kennywood part-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Get to work outside and the people are nice

    Cons

    Long hours and low pay

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees better and fire the nonproductive ones


  9. Prepare to be underpaid and villainized for the amount of hard work you put in.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Supervisor in West Mifflin, PA
    Current Employee - Supervisor in West Mifflin, PA

    I have been working at Kennywood part-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Though it's seasonal employment, most are guaranteed work May - December every year. There's no shortage of hours for those willing to work. Most gain valuable job experience, especially with money handling, guest service, leadership, team work and food preparation.

    Cons

    Supervisors and managers are grossly underpaid for time and effort required of them. Team members also somewhat underpaid at minimum wage for what is expected of them. Kennywood often villainizes team members, provides little to no privileges and takes very few steps to ensure team member safety. Employees often work in temperatures that soar above 100 degrees and are not allowed fans. Team members work with badly outdated appliances that are notoriously dangerous and prone to fires. At seasons outset, employees often have to pay upwards of 50 to 60 for a uniform not worth the thread its spun from and are overcharged in a designated employee cafe. Management often contradicts themselves and show no regard for the "children" they manage.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management makes it abundantly clear that they do not care about the well being of team members and supervisors. There's an atmosphere that teens and young adults working within the park are expendable so long as a profit is made. Start recognizing just how much your team members toil in the heat, deal with cantankerous guests, and work in overall hostile environments. Senior employees recall a time not so long ago that employees were appreciated much more. Perhaps if employees were treated as people and not "bodies," there would be a lower turnover rate, ergo, there would be less hiring/firing and fewer bad seeds. Reassess the way you treat your subordinates and perhaps the atmosphere will improve.


  10. Completely awful

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Games in West Mifflin, PA
    Former Employee - Games in West Mifflin, PA

    I worked at Kennywood

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You get a lot of hours and most of the people are decent to work with. The paychecks are never bad.

    Cons

    The shifts are way too long. You are underpaid for how much time you put in there everyday. They don't ever let you leave your game when you need to go to the bathroom because there aren't enough employees even though there's other game stands with too many employees.

    Advice to Management

    The management should be more fair with how many employees are allowed to be there at each game. Games should also open late when people are actually going to play them.


  11. Kennywood Park

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Mifflin, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Mifflin, PA

    I worked at Kennywood

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Kennywood Park is a fun place to work, offering team member perks such as free admittance to the Park and several other local amusement parks, team member parties, and prizes/incentives for outstanding work. The management staff is friendly and helpful, and the true spirit of "team" is evident throughout all departments.

    Cons

    Kennywood Park pays team members minimum wage, yet expects EXCEPTIONAL customer service, as well as long hours in sweltering heat. Many positions within the organization require extensive training to ensure guest safety, and should be appropriately compensated. Kennywood does not even offer time-and-a-half for hours worked over 40 per week, because they are not required to do so as a seasonal employer.

    Advice to Management

    For the most part, Kennywood Park is a great place to work. Higher starting wages would be a positive for team members, however, because the team members are what make Kennywood one of the best amusement parks in the world.



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