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#1 ReptileGuy

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Posted 08 June 2015 - 05:58 PM

So this summer is my last year "working" at camp as a CIT (counselor in training), and starting next summer I could work as a regular counselor. Here is my question, is a job at the park a good first job? I would want to work somewhere that has to do with people, such as games. I have a very fun and personable personalty, so i feel like a job in an area such as games would be a lot of fun and a great experience. So here is my question, if you had to choose between these two as a first job, which would you pick? And why?

 

A) Camp Counselor for a Day Camp

 

B) Some Job at Six Flags

 

Also share any experiences/tips on landing a job at the park, and what your job(s) at the park were like. Based off of what people who I know at the park say, its an amazing job. 

 

 


Parks I Have Visited:  Six Flags Great Adventure, Universal Studios Orlando Island of Adventure, Universal Studios, Hershey Park, Dorney Park, Luna Park (Astro Land), Daytona Boardwalk Amusements, Dutch Wonderland, Sea World Orlando, Disney Animal Kingdom, 27 Boardwalk/Traveling/Name Unkown

 

My Favorite Rides:  1. Nitro, Six Flags Great Adventure, 2. Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit, Universal Studios Orlando, 3. El Toro, Six Flags Great Adventure, 4. Storm Runner, Hershey Park, 5. Gringotts Ride, Universal Studios, 6. Wizarding World of Harry Potter, 6. Hydra, Dorney Park, 7. Expedition Everest, Disney Animal Kingdom, 8. Steel Force, Dorney Park, 9. Kraken, Sea World Orlando,  10. Rolling Thunder (My First Ride), Six Flags Great Adventure


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Posted 08 June 2015 - 10:15 PM

Disclaimer: I have never worked for Six Flags or any theme park. However, I have a lot of friends that work at Great Adventure, and I experience first-hand a lot of what they go through. Sub-disclaimer: Most of those friends work in Rides, which seems to be one of the toughest departments.

Working at the park is basically what you make of it. Not many people have the endurance to truly enjoy the job, but some still do. They will work you hard, so you have to be ready for it. If you can look past the negatives and keep your sights set on the positives, then you'll have at least a decent to amazing time working at the park.

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Posted 08 June 2015 - 10:21 PM

I did games last year and i found it fun and enjoyable, the best part was seeing peoples reactions to things. Talking on mic and annoying people was fun also haha. 

 

If you did do games try to get into the square section, that's the section with 3 point (best game to work) 

 

you just have to be on your A game with handling change, and quickly, after a while it's a piece of cake as long as you stay even 

 

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Posted 08 June 2015 - 10:21 PM

I have worked at the park and will post a full on reply later on or tomorrow.

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Posted 08 June 2015 - 11:31 PM

hmmm i feel like games would be the best place for me to work. i would be a natural at being on the mic calling people over and getting them excited. 


Parks I Have Visited:  Six Flags Great Adventure, Universal Studios Orlando Island of Adventure, Universal Studios, Hershey Park, Dorney Park, Luna Park (Astro Land), Daytona Boardwalk Amusements, Dutch Wonderland, Sea World Orlando, Disney Animal Kingdom, 27 Boardwalk/Traveling/Name Unkown

 

My Favorite Rides:  1. Nitro, Six Flags Great Adventure, 2. Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit, Universal Studios Orlando, 3. El Toro, Six Flags Great Adventure, 4. Storm Runner, Hershey Park, 5. Gringotts Ride, Universal Studios, 6. Wizarding World of Harry Potter, 6. Hydra, Dorney Park, 7. Expedition Everest, Disney Animal Kingdom, 8. Steel Force, Dorney Park, 9. Kraken, Sea World Orlando,  10. Rolling Thunder (My First Ride), Six Flags Great Adventure


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Posted 09 June 2015 - 01:15 PM

Disclaimer- all are my own thoughts, or some thoughts I have shared with my friends that also work/ed at the park

 

 

I have worked in entertainment, some time in sponsorships(AKA cooperate alliance) and safari. Started in entertainment while working for fright fest. FF is fun but gets exhausting, after a few years of doing it though, i have lost some interest in it, but still do it.  After that fall of 2011, i decided to continue working for entreatment the next coming season for an all summer job. I was hired in as a 'greeter' which basically worked at show venues helping guest,seating them, controlling crowds during shows,watching for animal(if an animal venue) and their safety during shows, and cleaning the venues.

 

That kind of job is easy at times, but also hard at times. When you have to tell guest 'no' or that they can't do something, some are OK with things and understanding, some fight back and makes your job that much harder. That also applies elsewhere too, a guest can either make your day, or at times break your day.

 

Although i was hired in as a greeter, i was still thrown all over the place where needed to character escort and concerts as well. 

 

Along with that I have helped sponsorhips for a few years during the summer when i could for extra $ and hours since it paid pretty well. These jobs were easy as most of the time were just handing out samples to promote a product.

 

Safar is kind of the same as ENT, with easy at times, hard at others. Talk a lot and work long hours(on a busy/normal summer day...it could be a 10 hour work day on avg.)

 

 

In summary, it is a good place to work. You make great friends. My friends and I have said multiple times we would like to find other jobs, but its hard to since you had a fun time working with all your friends and don't want to leave them if they are all planning on returning. Another reason why it is hard to leave the job is because as long as you don't do something to get no 'rehire status', the job is always there for you year after year and are basically guaranteed that job if you get there on time. On average pay is not too high in any department, hours can vary drastically from my experience, and days can be short-with just a few hours, or long- have worked 14+ at times.

 

But like Matt said, it is what you make of it,even if a bad situation occurs, if you can look at the good side, or make a joke out of it, you'll be fun. I know people who've worked there and hated it, and people who have worked there multiple years who love it, and theres some people with a love/hate relationship.

 

I would say just consider the pay of the camp job, and SF job,hours etc and weigh all your options.



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Posted 15 July 2015 - 03:51 PM

I worked at the park for 3 years from 2011-2013. It is a great first job for the experience (working with others/dealing with the public). I was in foods for 1 year and rides for 2. I've always wanted to work roller coasters, so rides was the best place for me. I worked Green Lantern in 2012 as a team member, and in the following year I was promoted to unit supervisor of Superman: Ultimate Flight. I was going to return in 2014, but I decided not to come back. Overall, I had an amazing experience working at the park. If you plan to go corporate someday, it is a great place to learn how companies work. I was a minor and one of the youngest (17 years old) individuals on the management team. That will surely go on my resume!


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Posted 26 January 2016 - 02:16 PM

Hey guys so I have a question about working at the park. This past fall I did fright fest as a ghoul. I was only able to work half the season because I had a few things to fix with the military after recently getting out. I'm trying to go back for the season as a ride operator. The only problem is that they put me on no rehire status. I did leave messages and everything else before I left mid season but no one got back to me and they considered me no call no show. I talked to someone who deals with employees during the off season and they said that I'll have to go to the employee center febraury 1st when they open and they should handle it and sign off on my no rehire status. Does anyone know if this is worth the trip to get it handled or will they still tell me no?

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Posted 26 January 2016 - 02:57 PM

I have never worked at the park but I would say it cant hurt to go. You would have nothing to lose. If you have any papers to show the what was going on  it may help.



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Posted 26 January 2016 - 02:57 PM

Definitely go! If it was all a misscommunication they will figure and sort things out and if it takes them a bit to figure things out, it'll be done before the public can go in and get jobs.

 

Where were you for FF?I was there as well.



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Posted 26 January 2016 - 02:59 PM

Hey guys so I have a question about working at the park. This past fall I did fright fest as a ghoul. I was only able to work half the season because I had a few things to fix with the military after recently getting out. I'm trying to go back for the season as a ride operator. The only problem is that they put me on no rehire status. I did leave messages and everything else before I left mid season but no one got back to me and they considered me no call no show. I talked to someone who deals with employees during the off season and they said that I'll have to go to the employee center febraury 1st when they open and they should handle it and sign off on my no rehire status. Does anyone know if this is worth the trip to get it handled or will they still tell me no?

 

I've heard of plenty people who were given no-rehire status (for much more serious things), then eventually rehired again. To me, this sounds like something that can be sorted out by going whenever they open. (There's also a Job Fair coming up)



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Posted 26 January 2016 - 03:03 PM

I got a question I've always wondered about-Where do employees go on their break? Is there a building where employees can hang out/eat at on their breaks? I am sure if there is it would be in a lication too far to walk to on a 30min break, so what other options are there?

I don't often see employees simply walkibg around for their break, so I've been xurious where they do go.

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Posted 26 January 2016 - 03:07 PM

I got a question I've always wondered about-Where do employees go on their break? Is there a building where employees can hang out/eat at on their breaks? I am sure if there is it would be in a lication too far to walk to on a 30min break, so what other options are there?

I don't often see employees simply walkibg around for their break, so I've been xurious where they do go.

There is a backstage dinning area (located in the boardwalk area),theres break areas wherever they are sometimes, by the offices theres a little store and tables to eat, or even though they're not 'supposed' to do this, they can change to normal clothes and go into the park and eat.



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Posted 26 January 2016 - 03:10 PM

I've heard of plenty people who were given no-rehire status (for much more serious things), then eventually rehired again. To me, this sounds like something that can be sorted out by going whenever they open. (There's also a Job Fair coming up)


Okay cool, yeah I had no problems when it came to working at Six Flags but the military surprised me and made me go through all this stuff and I couldn't tell them no or wait. I definitely don't wanna burn that bridge with them especially because I wanna come back this year. I'll be at the job fair but I'll go up there before then to handle the situation. Thanks for your help.

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Posted 26 January 2016 - 03:19 PM

Definitely go! If it was all a misscommunication they will figure and sort things out and if it takes them a bit to figure things out, it'll be done before the public can go in and get jobs.
 
Where were you for FF?I was there as well.

I was in Wasteland, what about you?

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Posted 26 January 2016 - 04:05 PM

I was in Wasteland, what about you?

I was there too but i honestly don't remember anyone leaving  :lol:



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Posted 26 January 2016 - 04:14 PM

I was there too but i honestly don't remember anyone leaving  :lol:


Maybe we'll be able to remember by costume haha. What were you?

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Posted 02 February 2016 - 03:30 PM

I got denied to be rehired.

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Posted 02 February 2016 - 03:31 PM

Aw bummer! Did they give a reason why?



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Posted 02 February 2016 - 03:38 PM

I explained my self and everything and all I got was a no.




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