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Cedar Fair Reviews

Updated April 14, 2017
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Cedar Fair President and CEO Matthew A. (Matt) Ouimet
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  • You work long hours for little to no benefits (in 28 reviews)

  • Keep in mind that this is seasonal work and that all of the entry-level positions are minimum wage (in 12 reviews)

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  1. "Super fun place to work."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Games Team Lead in Shakopee, MN
    Former Employee - Games Team Lead in Shakopee, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Really fun
    Great coworkers
    Awesome perks (like free admission to amusement parks)
    Great discount
    Receive passes for friends to go
    Good pay

    Cons

    Gets hot in summer
    Some management problems
    Sometimes hire awkward employees
    Background checks on employees would be nice
    Bring back the bonus check!

    Advice to Management

    Don't make it extremely obvious who your favorite employees are

    Bring back the bonus check


  2. "Ride Operator"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Ride Operator in Mason, OH
    Former Employee - Ride Operator in Mason, OH
    Recommends

    I worked at Cedar Fair full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Cheap Food
    -Free admission to cedar fair parks
    -Loads of fun with fellow operators

    Cons

    -Long hours
    -Close to minimum wage
    -You get what you pay for at the staff break room

    Advice to Management

    Improve the food options for employees. Try to work around employees schedules a bit more.


  3. "Good Company for a first job"

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    Former Employee - Scarowinds Monster in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Scarowinds Monster in Charlotte, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Treated well if you work hard, decent pay, fellow employees are typically friendly, huge discounts on everything you buy, flexible schedule

    Cons

    Never was introduced to my supervisors; I went and found them on my own, difficult if you are not physically active.

    Advice to Management

    Continue being positive and treating employees with little benefits. The rewards systems are simple and cheap but give incentive to work hard for younger employees.


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  5. "Long hours, No overtime pay."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Food and Beverage Team Leader in Kings Island, OH
    Current Employee - Food and Beverage Team Leader in Kings Island, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Technically, during October, there is a premium pay of $1 extra per hour during the Halloween haunt hours.
    - You see the same people everyday.
    - Lots of variety of work in food and beverage.
    - Parking is close to the main entrance.
    - If you do your job right, you can get put in a good mood fairly easy.
    - Promotions come easy if you do your job right.
    - Time off comes pretty easy.

    Cons

    - You see the same people everyday.
    - Management is typically understaffed causing a very hectic working environment.
    - Ignore the advertised benefits, you are working too much to use any of them.
    - 6 day workweeks.
    - It is very VERY hard to fire someone once they are promoted. We recently had an incident where favoritism was clearly present. He should have been demoted at least.
    - I feel I should say understaffed again, not just management but everyone.
    - You will have no social life.

    Advice to Management

    Raise the pay and have benefits that people actually care about. People don't really care about a crazy sock day or an overnight trip to a neighboring park. What we really care about is overtime pay and better working conditions.


  6. "If you are young and want to waste a summer"

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    Former Employee - Retail Sales Associate in Sandusky, OH
    Former Employee - Retail Sales Associate in Sandusky, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Cedar Fair part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great summer job. Perfect for a young person who isn't tied down to anything. Less than 6 month season so make your money and leave

    Cons

    You work long hours for little to no benefits. Only part time employment and as employee you are just a number. You feel used

    Advice to Management

    I understand you have a ton of employees and you need order but treating people as replaceable numbers feels cold and wrong


  7. "seasonal lifeguard"

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    Former Employee - Seasonal Lifeguard in Buena Park, CA
    Former Employee - Seasonal Lifeguard in Buena Park, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    easy work. get to be out in the sun

    Cons

    job got boring. cafeteria food is not the best

    Advice to Management

    more structured scheduling


  8. "My manager was rude and unethical. He made the work environment nearly unbearable."

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    Former Employee - Cash Control in Aurora, OH
    Former Employee - Cash Control in Aurora, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cedar Fair part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Free access to the cedar fair parks when not working
    Free parking
    Seasonal so the hours are good for students

    Cons

    Management can be very cruel towards employees
    Employees given extreme oversight
    Management does not trust employees to complete tasks without micromanaging
    Low pay

    Advice to Management

    Do a better job screening management and teaching them to treat employees as humans


  9. "Great starting job. Underpaid, but great hour ratio to balance low pay."

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    Former Employee - Area Supervisor in Doswell, VA
    Former Employee - Area Supervisor in Doswell, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cedar Fair part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very flexible schedule. Unlimited time off for the most part. Great for those who like to keep active or work outdoors.

    Cons

    Very stingy pay, especially for the amount of work done. Tons of micro-management. Carelessness of management when it comes to associate needs.

    Advice to Management

    Care more about your people. When you overuse and undervalue them, then they will leave. Everything else will follow. Take care of them and they will take care of you.


  10. "Unappreciated Lifeguards"

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    Former Employee - Deep Water Lifeguard in Aurora, OH
    Former Employee - Deep Water Lifeguard in Aurora, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cedar Fair full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Free entrance to any Cedar Fair park was nice. Definitely got enough hours during the season, but the place was usually overstaffed.

    Cons

    DISGUSTING conditions at Wildwater Kingdom. The break room is wretched. Long, hot hours with few breaks--and no one cares that you're out there doing manual labor for hours in the sun. Leads are immature and misplaced.


  11. "Manual labor"

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    Former Employee - Technician in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Technician in San Jose, CA
    Recommends

    Pros

    The wages was good for a part-time position.

    Cons

    Sometimes you get long hours doing manual works


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