RingMaster Posted August 4, 2007 Share Posted August 4, 2007 Unfortunately in the Paramount years, much of what was so great about KI was lost. The Taft family treated KI like a crown jewel and nurtured that park. In the Paramount years KI seemed to just get swallowed by a huge corporation whose specialty was not theme parks[....]Worse, the park got dirty. If a park is not clean, it is worthless even if you do have the tallest and fastest coaster in the world. While I must say that the employees at KI in all my 35 years of going there have always been wonderful, among the friendliest, they did get a bit careless in the Paramount years. For example, I often would see employees with shirt tails out, which is very unprofessional. I am sure Cedar Fair is very demanding. They do have high standards for their employees. And I ask, what is wrong with that? If you want customers to continue to patronize you, you had better have high standards. Remember, without the customers, everyone is out of job. Why do people keep saying that the park is cleaner now, with CF in charge, than last year, or the year before when Paramount ruled? Look, I know I can't attempt to say what it was like back in the days of the Taft family reign because I was not born then. In fact, the only memories I have of Kings Island are from when Paramount owned it. So it would be unlawful for me to say Paramount was the best thing that ever happened to KI when I have never been to the park pre-Paramount. I will, however, say that we've maintained a very well-kept park in terms of the Ecology department since I started working there back in 2004. We've been at the top of our game when it came to the Nights of Fire event in July, the Spirit Song concerts right after that, and even the three years that the Nick Parade was in town. We've even had the managers of Cedar Fair come down and flat-out tell us that our Ecology crew was the best crew out of ALL of the Paramount Parks, even better than....you guessed it, Cedar Point! ....now, why they need to, all of a sudden, decide to take away ALL perks and incentives (no more meal tickets for working all-day, no Funcentive Points going towards free tickets to other, non-Cedar Fair/Paramount Parks for doing a good job, etc.) and assume that, oh, we need to be steered in the right direction because, apparently, we're not doing a good job in our department, is beyond me. I shall list the occurrences for my typing all this up: 1) We received a new Operations manager because, somehow, two of our really good managers left Kings Island in search of other jobs (gee, I wonder why THAT happened). From what I've been told, he used to be a Park Services manager way back when in, like, 2000, or something, and managed to get back into KI by means of Cedar Fair (IDK, I'm not a psychic). Anyway, he decides that we need assistance and that we can't do our job proper without HIS help. Meaning that, oh no, we need a SEVENTH crew just to help detail around the park by washing CARS. We've got several attractions and large pieces of scenery that need cleaning, repainting, and repair, and they're frickin worried about the darn TOYOTA SUV s that no one ever bothers to give a glance toward. Oh, and to start that seventh crew, we need to promote almost EVERY pan and broomer we have to the Truck/Utility Crew, which means that we've had a total of about, oh, ONE pan and broomer opening every area of the park and about two to three pan and broomers closing each area of the park. Need I also remind you this is also usually on Saturdays? 2) These other managers aren't very likable, either. They always feel they need to check up on us CONSTANTLY to make sure we're 'doing a good job.' Um, yeah, I think they need to be checking up more on a few ride associates or some food associates to make sure THEY'RE doing their job instead of us. Not to mention it was Cedar Fair's decision to make both regular associates and their supervisors wear the same outfits. Meaning there are no more white shirts to tell whether or not a person is a supervisor (dang-blasted Admissions peeps stole all the white shirts, and even then it's hard to tell who's a sup and who's not). And they have the nerve to go and tell us that our supervisors can't walk with line associates while on duty because, oh, then it looks like it's just two regular associates walking together, and we can't have that. Which means that sups can't talk to their other people while in the park, so that leaves us to 'fend for ourselves,' so to speak. Oh, I forgot to add, and you'll LOVE this, we can't be seen carrying a cup of water while in view of the guests on duty. A CUP of WATER. We have to go BEHIND THE SCENES in order to drink our water, and then, get this, we get in trouble for BEING behind the scenes, because, apparently, it is implied that we aren't doing our job. 3) Which brings me to what godfather was already talking about with our other new manager, who had been with the lifeguards in Boomerang Bay at the beginning of the season, and has also been a Park Services manager up at Geauga Lake. Just like an impressionable little brother, he feels like he, too, needs to change Ecology so that it fits HIS standards from his experiences at GL. Okay, I'm sorry, but I've been up to Geauga Lake several times already, and, I must say, Geauga Lake is a completely DIFFERENT park than Kings Island. I don't understand where these people get the idea that KI needs to be managed in the same perspective that Cedar Point and Geauga Lake are, because they are totally different parks to begin with. Kinzel blatantly pointed out I don't know how many times that Cedar Point was a thrill park and Kings Island a family park, and that it needed to be kept that way. From what I can conceive from this, managing a thrill park has somewhat different needs and qualities than a theme/family park like Kings Island, so those two should get it through their skulls that Kings Island is DIFFERENT than Cedar Point. For instance, our new manager and the other full-timers should have darn well known how the weather is down here; it's completely unpredictable. The past several days have well reached into the 100s with the heat index, and there have been days when freak storms have made the temperatures drop into the 60s in the blink of an eye. They should know that we need to sit down and rest for ten minutes in the restroom closet whenever the weather, or the intense amount of crowds, gets too much for us, especially when working the restrooms at the Front Gate. So, um, yeah, all of this has made pretty much every good worker we have, including me and godfather, leave at the end of this season, which includes: -all three of our current Eco managers -six of our twelve Eco supervisors We'll only have one real Eco manager next year (one sup is getting promoted to manager) because the other two managers are coming from Rides. And to add to the mess, the other managers want to have 21 SUPERVISORS for next year's department (counting the new Truck Detail Crew), which puts three supervisors with each crew for each shift (Open, Swing, and Close). So that means we'll have to promote a total of about 15 new supervisors for next year. Which, unfortunately, means that the department'll be run by a bunch of newbs (this doesn't count for the new manager and however many sups there are that do come back). Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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