Wisconsin State Fair Park

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Familial, fun, hardworking and fulfilling.

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    Former Employee - Intern in West Allis, WI
    Former Employee - Intern in West Allis, WI

    I worked at Wisconsin State Fair Park

    Pros

    The environment is small enough to know everyone but big enough to not feel like you're suffocating.
    Everyone is extremely friendly and personable.
    Great to work for such a reputable and loved organization.

    Cons

    Potential difficulty in working through promotions and raises based on public employee/current government situation in Wisconsin.
    Could be too small if you are looking for a large/corporate environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work in encouraging your employees to do the absolute best they can do. The hard work definitely pays off in the end.

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  2.  

    Every day is a brand new day-nothing is the same.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Allis, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Allis, WI

    I have been working at Wisconsin State Fair Park

    Pros

    It is THE Wisconsin State fair-nothing like it!
    You spend time in gorgeous weather
    You may meet your future employer in talking to guests
    You see tons of awesome stuff-just for 11 days, then never again until next year
    Cream Puffs-good for 11 days, gone after that
    It is a nice environment to work in.
    You get to be the expert-people ask you for directions, schedule, etc
    This is a nice way to make money (albeit not a lot) over 11 day span
    You are in tune with what is going on because you have a radio and hear conversations over it
    Overall, you feel like you are part of something big, your town, state, city is the place to be for the 11 days
    Your supervisors or "leads" treat you with kindness, respect, and like a professional that you are
    If you are a "band walker," you may actually drop some weight from all the walking on the grounds

    Cons

    Long hours-sometimes one can feel like quitting
    Weather-if it rains, you are stuck in it while others go home or seek shelter
    You get a position based on management's decision-no one really wants to pick up trash but someone has to do it.
    The pay is subpar-but you have no control over it so no need to complain
    You deal with unruly people, must pay attention to what is going on.
    You have to deal with people who are fools and behave like 2 year olds, or swear a lot
    You are blamed for others' mistakes-just have to take it with stride
    The position you work in may or may not be to your liking-some people work the animal barns, others are security officers and see many fun shows, entertainment, etc
    If you do not want to repeat yourself over and over again or cannot tolerate noise, annoyed patrons, some confrontations, etc, this is not the best place to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The one thing I can say is that should try (or keep doing) to assign positions based on peoples' past experiences in those positions, strengths and capacity to do it. Maybe a 15 year old kid doesn't mind being the grounds custodian (read: pick up trash), but definitely band walkers and security officer assignments should be given to those who have done it before and who are better fitted for these positions. I never had a chance to meet "leadership" people so maybe meeting them at the in training meeting would be refreshing.

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  3.  

    Fast-paced, fun, great benefits, but moody management at times.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Wisconsin State Fair Park full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Overall, WSFP is a great place to work. You get to work for one of the largest events in the state, meet plenty of new people, make some cash, and gain experience. Supervisors are pretty understanding, and the culture is focused on both employee and customer satisfaction. Most days are extremely fun. Don't forget to use your staff discounts! It is a fast-paced work environment, which is great for people like me, but not for others. The management is also cool most of the time (see cons) and they do everything the lower employees do. If you show exemplary performance, you may be hired for the year-round event season. You're always encouraged to have fun on the job, but doing your job correctly comes first, especially if you're at the gates (audits are conducted frequently).

    Cons

    Opportunities for advancement are not that great. For most people, it takes 5+ years of experience of working at the park to even be considered for a promotion to department supervisor. Park management seems overwhelmed at times, and this can swing their moods as fast as the merry-go-rounds. This may result in negative interactions at times with managers. Also, everyone is underpaid. No one at the park has control over that though, that's the people over at the Department of Administration in Madison. It's always been said that you won't get rich working at WSFP, even in a management position, since most managers barely make $15.00 an hour.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit being moody, it doesn't look good. Encourage and have fun with your staff.

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