Re: Cedar Point mistreating its employees?
My first year, I was working open-close (13-15 hour shifts) 7 days a week at the start of the season because our department was so understaffed. They had hired enough people, but so many of them didn't show up or else quit almost immediately.
I couldn't handle that schedule. I know I was there to work, but not just to ONLY work. I wanted to have fun too, and spend time with my new friends. So it was either come home and go straight to bed so you could get a tolerable 6-7 hours of sleep, or else come home and hang out with your friends for a few hours, have a little fun at the end of a looong day, but then only get 3-4 hours of sleep and be exhausted the next day. I burnt out fast. Although I did come back for subsequent years and had a better time because my hours were not as long.
I know it wasn't my managers fault, or CP's fault that so many people didn't show up or quit right away. But how can you expect the remaining employees to shoulder such a burden? You should let them work a normal amount of hours, and then if you find you have to close down a stand/ride/restroom due to not having enough staff, then oh well. I think it's better than running your remaining employees ragged.
Another thing was coming in to work a normal shift, like Open-3:00, and being told you now had to work Open-Close instead because of co-workers calling off or quitting. Nobody cared if you had plans for later in the day, you now had to work all day and there was nothing you could do about it. I loved Cedar Point and had a great time overall, but there really was that sense that you were supposed to be a slave to the park.