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Kings Dominion Reviews

Updated June 26, 2017
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Matthew A. Ouimet
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Pros
  • Hours, free tickets, free entry on your days off , workers cafe Great food (in 11 reviews)

  • Free Admission to the park, Trips IF they will let you off for them (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • Old technology, inner-city clientele, long hours, long commutes for most employees (in 9 reviews)

  • long periods of repeated theme music (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Fun, seasonal job with pretty good benefits."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Character Cohort in Doswell, VA
    Current Employee - Character Cohort in Doswell, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good starting job, above average pay in the area, opportunity to work lots of hours, great benefits, very fun and you meet different kinds of people.

    Cons

    Fast-paced and sometimes stressful, temperatures outside can reach 90+ degrees, very physically demanding, very strict appearance guidelines, sometimes 10+ hour shifts.

    Advice to Management

    More leniency with appearance guidelines and overall rules.


  2. "Work in admissions"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Guest Service Representative in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Guest Service Representative in Richmond, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great fair supervisors, good pay, as many hours as you want

    Cons

    Super trashy guests who will complain about EVERYTHING

    Advice to Management

    Relax on the dress code a little. There is a LOT of room between a face tattoo and someone dying their hair or wearing earrings.


  3. "Antique Photo Assistant"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Doswell, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Doswell, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Fun place to work! I loved my coworkers! You get lots of exercise!

    Cons

    Really hot! Not enough pay and long commute

    Advice to Management

    Increase pay and benefits to employees


  4. "FunEmployment"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Warehouse Associate in Doswell, VA
    Current Employee - Warehouse Associate in Doswell, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A fun place with intense pace and full of excitement.

    Cons

    Stressful at times. Working in the elements.


  5. "guest services"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Guest Services in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Guest Services in Richmond, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing supervisors at the front gate, great hours (50+ a week during full operation hours), competitive pay

    Cons

    Old technology, inner-city clientele, long hours, long commutes for most employees

    Advice to Management

    ALWAYS BACK THE EMPLOYEE.


  6. "great exept for management"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lifeguard in Doswell, VA
    Current Employee - Lifeguard in Doswell, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing people from all over the world
    team environment
    accepting
    FREE PARK ENTRANCE
    FREE PARKING

    Cons

    scheduling disaster
    training was insufficient

    Advice to Management

    Work more with your employees and give them more room to grow in the company


  7. "Great place to work"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Cashier in Doswell, VA
    Former Employee - Cashier in Doswell, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Kings Dominion full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Hours, free tickets, free entry on your days off , workers cafe Great food

    Cons

    Wasn't any for me


  8. "Director Of Food"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Restaurant Manager/College Credits 48 0 in Doswell, VA
    Current Employee - Restaurant Manager/College Credits 48 0 in Doswell, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kings Dominion full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    A great employer to work for and have fun during the season.

    Cons

    The admirance of others with cooperation.

    Advice to Management

    Having to admire management and co-workers along with respect of cooperation.


  9. "Used to be a fun place to work."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Team Lead in Doswell, VA
    Former Employee - Team Lead in Doswell, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Kings Dominion full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Good hours
    -Work outside
    -Free park admission (to all Cedar Fair parks)
    -Friends
    -Free tickets (4 free for first year associates, 6 free for returning associates. Discounted tickets after free ones are used.)
    -Food & merch discounts
    -Meet guests and associates from all around the world.
    -Usually a flexible schedule
    -End of season bonus if you worked the whole season (depending on your department).
    -Associate cafeteria with inexpensive food.

    Cons

    -Rude and entitled guests
    -Having to work all weekends and holidays (unless you're allowed to request off).
    -Canteen is too far away for people who work at the bottom of the park. (However they said they are working to address this issue for the 2017 season!)

    Pertaining to the merchandise department:
    -Some stores have little to no AC when they were not designed to be that way- HOT.
    -Area Managers and Area Supervisors have their favorites. If you're not one of them don't even waste your time trying to get promoted.
    -Rewards laziness, incompetence and brown nosing above actual hard work (read previous point).
    -Promotes associates to team leads and head supervisors before they have enough experience over the people that do (read previous two points).
    -Discriminates against older adults in the department (promoting a less competent young one over a more competent older adult- who to the department's benefit would be able to work the full season because they wouldn't have to return to school).
    -Lack of communication between Area Supervisors.
    -Often overworked when the department is understaffed (because the turnover rate is so high).
    -Because of the seasonal position KD is not legally obligated to provide overtime compensation or benefits, and they do not.
    -General illogical decisions made by Area Managers and Area Supervisors.
    -Can be a bit of a commute depending where you live. Makes for minimal sleep if you are overworked (like I mentioned above...) [Close/open or close/double/open shifts, 3-5 hours of sleep a night etc...] But I guess some of that could fall under illogical/idiotic scheduling as well.

    Advice to Management

    Get your act together. This is a business and not high school. At KD, seniority usually dictates who has the knowledge and experience to do the best job when open positions need to be filled. Stop playing favorites. You're fooling nobody. You'll find that your turnover rate will decrease when your upper management starts acting like they know what is going on and train people well and treat people fairly. Area supervisors need to either pay attention to their pass downs or relinquish some control. They can't constantly go behind the area sup that worked the shift before them and have the store supervisor undo everything that they had them do. That's dumb and inefficient. It used to be a fun place to work and can be a fun place to work again if management would get their heads out of the clouds and started using them to do the jobs that they're supposed to be doing.


  10. "Summer Job"

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    Former Employee - Food and Beverage Associate in Doswell, VA
    Former Employee - Food and Beverage Associate in Doswell, VA
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice people and seeing little kids smile is great. Your fellow associates are pretty nice and fun to work with

    Cons

    some supervisors think they could look down on the associates because they can get new ones

    Advice to Management

    Let the supervisors know they can't mistreat their associates


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