Pros: smoke breaks, seeing/making kids smile
Cons: short lunch breaks, never sure of when youll get paid, poor management, temporary
I was hired and my managers at the time were pretty good, but the supervision from upper management over them could have been a lot better. They were able to leave the set any time for as long as they want to talk on the phone, and the majority of the time it was to talk to upper management! This companys payroll is rediculous. We did not get paid untill a week after we were told our pay cards would come in and we ended up getting paychecks anyway. Not everyone got paid that day, the santa in the evening and another employee got paid about a week after everyone else. Our second paycheck had actually came early but still no sign of the pay cards. Our managers could not staff the set according to what we needed because the upper management pushed hard for minimum labor costs and would not let any more than 3 people scheduled at a time monday through thursday and thats including the manager. One manager got fired because one of the santas threated to quit if they didnt fire her, the manager had various problems with this santa breaking role and many customers would compain about the pictures because he would not smile. The manager talked to him many times about this and he would get angry and basically not listen. He would also offten times pull me aside to tell me how to do my job which interfered with what my managers would try to teach me. He had actually suggested when people are rude to give them a minimal about of kindness. I would recommend to stay away from this company if possible, they are shady, the upper management lie to set managers and employees to avoid conflict so they dont have to deal with the problems and even though the job its self is rewarding seeing kids smile and making them happy, but the cost is much higher than the reward in this case.