Cook, Production Kitchen (Current Employee) – Pigeon Forge, TN – August 14, 2017
Dollywood does not really care about the employees that work there. Their only goal to achieve the highest dollar turnaround possible. If that means cutting employees, their hours or anything in dealing with the employees, the management does not hesitate to do this first.
The hardest part was wondering when you may get to go home that day. in ride maintenance you never know what may break or happen. There are many different places there to learn a lot to advance yourself.
Love the great smoky mtns.. love meeting new people everyday and love to work in the company again willing to move and relocate...and I need the hours and the money to support my family.....Dollywood was a great place to work ...
I worked a season position as an Attractions Host on one of the roller coasters. My main jobs was to insure the safety of the guest and my fellow coworkers while creating a fun and enjoyable environment. The bulk of the job was assisting the guests onto the roller coaster train, placing their loss articles into bins, checking their restraints, and dispatching the train on the ride. Rinse and repeat. We did have to do test rides every couple of hours which was a nice hiatus of the work. It was a very repetitive and monotonous job especially while working outside in the dead of summer in jeans and a button down shirt. However, we rotated positions on the ride every 30 minutes which add some variety to the day. How the schedules were made, we had to work long hours. I had back-to-back 12 hours shifts, but that gave me several free days throughout the week. The majority of the guests and my co-workers made the work enjoyable. There were some bad eggs of guests but seeing 99% of them walk off the ride with a big smile brought me joy. Management is very solid and respectable. They were involved but not overbearing. The overall culture at Dollywood has a family feel that is very inviting.
Good culture, Cheap meals, Free park tickets and other perks/discounts
Foods team lead (Current Employee) – Foods – May 15, 2017
Great company ethics. Starts out making you feel respected for your talents but ends up they get rid of management at the drop of a hat. Basically it doesn't matter how hard your work and efforts are. Everyday going to work in the management you always wander is this going to be my last day over nothing or something stupid. If anyone has true management experience steer clear of this company.
Team Lead (Former Employee) – Pigeon Forge, TN – May 14, 2017
Dollywood was awesome back in 2006 - 2008 everyone was happy people worked together to make it a great place now all they think about is the money ....managers was great now they only think about there self
Enjoyable work environment. It is difficult to depend on income because you may work 15 to 20 hours one week and then 30 or more one week. The most enjoyable part of the job is interacting with the public.
I started our 3 season ago as lease shop doing photos. Dollywood took over the photos this season and I was hired on to continue doing what i love. I love the photo team. I love that I can send guest home with a great memory. I normally work mystery mine and the gift shop host and the ride attendants are great we consider ourselves family there. I absolutely love what I do. It is my home away from home...
Team Lead (Former Employee) – Pigeon Forge, TN – March 21, 2017
I started at dreammore, but ultimately was forced to transfer to the cabins because other people were jealous of my ambition. I learned that while the benefits are good, and dollywood SOUNDS very caring of their staff, they really only care about protecting certain managers. Stuff rolls downhill really fast, and you better hope you're not at the bottom. I watched other people who were hardworking and good at their jobs get transfered or let go for no good reason. Meanwhile no one wants to see the real problems they have, and if try to point them out and tell them how to fix it then you are accused of not doing your job properly.
Host lunches, comp tickets, good benefits if you're lucky enough to be full time.
Chef (Current Employee) – Pigeon Forge, TN – March 11, 2017
The resort has the highest turnover rate I have ever experienced in my 15 years of food and beverage experience. They have went through 3 Food and Beverage Directors, multiple Sous Chefs and cooks since the resort opened. The restaurant and kitchen is not supervised the way it should be at all.
All of the F&B managers that are left save for 2 are there for themselves and will stab you in the back if they see it as beneficial.
Do yourself a favor and look at many of the other resorts or restaurants in the area. This one is a dud that is inevitably going to either close or become a chain restaurant in the near future and we all know what happens when a new management company comes in.. everyone gets canned. Don't get yourself trapped at the DreamMore Resort like I did.
Dollywood tickets and great benefits
On it's way to closing and being turned into something else.
Manager (Former Employee) – Dream more pigeon forge – February 16, 2017
This was suppose to be my happy place but instead it was a nightmare. The AGM had serious anger issues as well as early dementia problems. And at least 4 personalities. The GM doesn't even know own you exist if your not in his circle. It was horrible!! The place is filthy and no one there has hotel experience....it's so sad.
You dress up a little bit, since it's a theme park, but you don't really have to act. it's a fun place to work, but they shut down for the winter so you have to find something else for work, then hope they take you back at the beginning of the next season.
Game Attendant (Former Employee) – Pigeon Forge, TN – January 14, 2017
Dollywood had to be the most fun and energizing place I have yet to be employed at. Everyone is friendly and helpful, and the atmosphere is upbeat. The least enjoyable aspect was the heat during the summer (if you work an outside position).