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Source: Screamscape

 

Six Flags - (9/23/10) Screamscape sources tell us that somewhere in the neighborhood of 140 full time jobs were cut from Six Flags theme parks across the nation today. Some parks were hit harder than others with about 20% of the positions cut from from the Six Flags Great Adventure parks in New Jersey alone.

 

In addition to the “reduction in workforce”, several I’ve also been told that countless staffers have been demoted throughout the chain, including the elimination of the General Manager position entirely from the chain as a whole. Many of the former General Managers have now been demoted back into department Directors, and in turn many of the former Directors demoted to Manager positions. A list of other changes was sent out to staffers from Al Weber on late Tuesday afternoon to explain the changes and cutbacks, which I’ve included in entirety below:

 

Six Flags Team,

 

Over the last four months we have successfully realigned our corporate structure and made adjustments to our corporate and park leadership. In order to make our Company even stronger and more efficient, today we are announcing additional park level organizational changes that will affect all of our parks.

 

Today we have implemented changes at our parks to better align our park operations with the new corporate structure. Although these were difficult decisions to make, members of the corporate and park teams collaborated closely and are confident that these changes will help us to further sharpen our focus on being the preeminent regional theme park organization. The following summarizes the organizational changes in each park, effective immediately:

 

* The Park General Manager positions have been eliminated and each has been offered the position of Director of their respective divisions- Operations, Maintenance, and Finance;

 

* Our Water Park Directors, with the exception of the Directors at SFOT and SFOG, now hold the title of Water Park Managers, and, along with the Entertainment department, report to the Director of Operations;

 

* The Food, Retail, and Games departments, along with the Purchasing department at each park, will all report to the Director of In-Park Services;

 

* The Loss Prevention and Audit Manager departments have been consolidated into the Resource Protection Department and, along with the Labor Optimization Managers, report to the Director of Finance; and,

 

* The Marketing, Sales, and Communications divisions have been consolidated into one division led by the Director of Marketing, which allows for a stronger and more focused marketing effort. The Group Sales Managers and Communications Managers will report to the Director of Marketing.

 

To better align our operations with the seasonal nature of our business, effective today we have also reduced the number of supervisory level positions at the parks and discontinued park assistant manager positions. In addition, we have carefully assessed all areas of park management and adjusted staff levels to create a leaner and more efficient organization. This was done taking into account certain exceptions for alternative structures and staffing levels that are necessary to accommodate variations in park facilities, scale, and other factors.

 

As always, we remain fully committed to providing our Guests with friendly, clean, fast, and safe services and to focusing on excellence and innovation. The adjustments we are announcing today support these core values and are expected to accelerate and solidify Six Flags’ improving performance.

 

I appreciate all the hard work and on behalf of the entire senior management team, thank you for your commitment to Six Flags.

 

Al Weber, Jr., Ph.D.

Chief Operating Officer

Six Flags Entertainment Corporation

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QUOTE(Yoshi @ Sep 23 2010, 01:52 AM) It's almost starting to become a daily update of what they are cutting back with next.

I know. It should probably have its own thread.

 

This doesn't seem to, to bad. Al Weber made it seem like it was all for the better in the letter. Lets see how it goes.

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That's the job of corporate people to make things like this sound like they're good ideas. In reality it will mean the full time work force being stretched even thinner than they were. I understand some of the people being laid off are being offered seasonal positions. In other words the company is asking these people to do the same work for less money, and not giving them benefits. It's a win for the company but yet another loss for everyday workers who keep getting screwed making the few people at the top of the ladder richer while they can't make a living wage.

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I read this earlier this morning on Screamscape and this is just WILD! Definitely not the way I thought Al Weber and the new team would take the company. Eliminating the GM position? I wonder how that will work? If there is no GM position, I'm sure there is no AGM position. Will the GM now be considered the Director of Ops or if he happens to have a background in rides or entertainment, will he be the director of that particular department and play role of GM without the title? It's beginning to look like Mark Kane was lucky to get the boot.

 

Just throwing out some retorical questions because it seems like this is going to devastate the parks on personal level.

 

Pete

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Whats going to be cut next, the weakest parks? :o I can see SFA and TGE getting dropped seeing as they're receiving nothing for 2011. Milk out the season pass sales and get what they can out of Fright Fest. Announce that they're being sold and that people can get a season pass refund or use them at other parks, pray that people don't go for the refund. Win for Six Flags, they just eliminated they're weakest parks and got some cash out of it. Who knows maybe they could get some flats out of the parks.

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That's the job of corporate people to make things like this sound like they're good ideas. In reality it will mean the full time work force being stretched even thinner than they were. I understand some of the people being laid off are being offered seasonal positions. In other words the company is asking these people to do the same work for less money, and not giving them benefits. It's a win for the company but yet another loss for everyday workers who keep getting screwed making the few people at the top of the ladder richer while they can't make a living wage.

GACoaster, I could not have stated this better myself. Hopefully Al Weber meets the same fate as Mark Shapiro. I just hope the current receivership sells the company soon, to an organization dedicated to running a theme park.

 

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I read this earlier this morning on Screamscape and this is just WILD! Definitely not the way I thought Al Weber and the new team would take the company. Eliminating the GM position? I wonder how that will work? If there is no GM position, I'm sure there is no AGM position. Will the GM now be considered the Director of Ops or if he happens to have a background in rides or entertainment, will he be the director of that particular department and play role of GM without the title?

 

The General Manager position is redundant and unneccessary. Most of the parks already didn't have GMs. The only two parks I know for sure had GMs were SFMM and SFGAm. All the parks will still have a Park President (which was referred to as Vice President and General Manager before Shapiro). I'm still not sure how I feel about this. The GM position was redundant and should be cut from parks that have it, but at SFGAm, there were some very well qualified and enthusiastic people who were cut completely (and I haven't even heard all of it yet).

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That's the job of corporate people to make things like this sound like they're good ideas. In reality it will mean the full time work force being stretched even thinner than they were. I understand some of the people being laid off are being offered seasonal positions. In other words the company is asking these people to do the same work for less money, and not giving them benefits. It's a win for the company but yet another loss for everyday workers who keep getting screwed making the few people at the top of the ladder richer while they can't make a living wage.

WHAT ARE YOU, A SOCIALIST NAZI FROM KENYA?? How could you think that employees deserve to have health insurance? There are super-rich people who need the money that that would cost, gosh....

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I read this earlier this morning on Screamscape and this is just WILD! Definitely not the way I thought Al Weber and the new team would take the company. Eliminating the GM position? I wonder how that will work? If there is no GM position, I'm sure there is no AGM position. Will the GM now be considered the Director of Ops or if he happens to have a background in rides or entertainment, will he be the director of that particular department and play role of GM without the title? It's beginning to look like Mark Kane was lucky to get the boot.

 

Just throwing out some retorical questions because it seems like this is going to devastate the parks on personal level.

 

Pete

 

Yeah, for the record, Len, not Mark was the GM of Gadv. Perhaps he would have been a better choice for the PP position over the Freestyle Music Park guy.

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