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Cedar Fair Reviews

Updated March 7, 2019
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Pros
  • "Lots of hours and reasonable hourly pay" (in 11 reviews)

  • "I met some great friends from around the world" (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • "You work long hours and housing is rundown" (in 37 reviews)

  • "I found at smaller parks, work/life balance isn't really a thing" (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Cincinnati, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cedar Fair part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Tons of great reasons to work for this company. You get great guest experience and meet people from all over the world

    Cons

    The pay rates are not competitive enough


  2. "Great place to work, especially if you are into the amusement park scene"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales
    Former Employee - Sales
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Cedar Fair is a great place to sell because you are truly selling fun. The sales organization is great and is starting to raise it's game as far as culture. If you are in to amusement parks, it makes it much better. If you're into sales but no amusement parks, your tenure could be shorter that the latter.

    Cons

    A lot of the cons will be park specific. Bigger parks tend to have better support from leadership and from the employees you will deal with a day to day basis. Some of the systems are archaic, which can fit along with the culture depending on the park. The biggest obstacle in the field is status quo, which is the same struggle internally at some of the parks. I would encourage people to apply but I would make sure to ask to ride in the field with a sales rep or do a thorough interview with the marketing leadership (which you will ultimately report to) prior to accepting the position. I would also make sure you understand the schedule you may be working before jumping in. I found at smaller parks, work/life balance isn't really a thing.

    Advice to Management

    Integrate sales into more facets at the park level. A lack of understanding from other departments about the important of sales and/or what sales does to impact the bottom life can hurt. There are "park people" and there are professionals. Having too many of the "park people" hurt the business model unfortunately. C-Suite team and other leadership embrace change but it doesn't translate down to a park level which results in a lot of problems.

  3. "Awesome place to work!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Aquatics Lifeguard in Mason, OH
    Current Employee - Aquatics Lifeguard in Mason, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cedar Fair part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Easy scheduling, great pay, awesome management

    Cons

    Parking lot needs work at kings island


  4. "Internal Auditor"

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

    I worked at Cedar Fair (Less than a year)

    Pros

    very flexible and the job is independent

    Cons

    it's very good and the internship was really deserving.


  5. "good first job"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cedar Fair part-time

    Pros

    fun, good people to work with

    Cons

    nothing that i can think of


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Toxic, period."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Area Aquatic Supervisor in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Area Aquatic Supervisor in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You work outdoors, will make lots of saves, and you can mentor lifeguards on the arts of saving lives.

    Cons

    The Senior Leadership appears to be unwilling, or unable, to take steps to put an end to hazing, harassment, bulling, off property underage drinking, and worse. Further, many members of the Supervisory Team participate and host these parties. When people arrive still hungover, they are placed in safety positions, endangering guests and team mates alike.

    Advice to Management

    Put an end to the doctrine that staffing and keeping everything open takes precedence over safety. Also put a decisive and final end to the leadership enabling poor behavior among the associates who fail to see the importance of their jobs.


  7. "Ride associate"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cedar Fair part-time

    Pros

    You get discounts on food and you were able to go anyday for free.

    Cons

    Hours where bad and scheduling was a mess.

    Advice to Management

    Be considerate to your employees.

  8. "Nice seasonal job"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cedar Fair full-time

    Pros

    Good opportunity to meet students from other countries

    Cons

    The payout is low and long hours


  9. "Intern"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Flexible schedule
    Learn a lot of applicable skills
    Hands on experience

    Cons

    Communication with managers is difficult


  10. "Cedar Point"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cedar Fair part-time

    Pros

    Experience, money, and meeting people from around the world

    Cons

    You work long hours and housing is rundown