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should i work at sfgam?

Postby missedthemarriotera » Mon Oct 06, 2008 6:15 pm

hey... erm, i was wondering, would you recomend working at sfgam? i was thinking about it... but i think it might be kinda boring... thanks!! :wink:
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Postby PGA ROCKS » Mon Oct 06, 2008 7:20 pm

Well, I couldn't tell you what it's like to work at SFGAm, but I work at GA in Santa Clara. I'd say try it out. I know the two parks are run completely different, but you'll never know unless you try.
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Postby missedthemarriotera » Mon Oct 06, 2008 8:55 pm

thanks, how old do you have to be to work there... 15? 16? i guess i have probably atleast another 3 or 4 years to wait :roll:
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Postby MGA1 » Wed Oct 08, 2008 10:56 am

The minimum age for employees at both Gurnee and Santa Clara is 15. The federal labor law sets the minimum age, work hours, and types of work that minors can do. Because of the federal labor law, 15 year old employees can only work in certain positions and only for limited hours each week. 16 & 17 year old employees can work in more positions and for more hours than 15 year olds. Once you're 15, you'll need to check with the park to see what positions they're hiring for.
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Postby missedthemarriotera » Wed Oct 08, 2008 2:03 pm

thanks!!!! most of the ppl i see working there all like 16 year olds... lol :? its weird that you have to be 18 to work at mcdonalds... witch makes food, and 15 to work at a place that ppl can get killed at
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Postby MGA1 » Wed Oct 08, 2008 8:47 pm

The federal labor laws put a lot of restrictions on employers. The laws are really strict for 15 year olds. The times of the day you're allowed to work and the # of hours per week are all based on your age...until you're 18. So McDonald's just avoids the hassle and only hires people 18 & over. Also, 15 year olds can't work with heavy mechanical equipment...like grills, fryers, etc. At the theme parks, 15 year olds can only work in a very limited number of positions....some that I remember are ticket taker, character, character escort, and theater attendant. 15 year olds can't be ride operators/attendants because rides are considered dangerous heavy machinery. Most parks including SFGA allow 16 & 17 year olds to be ride operators....but at Disney, you need to be 18 to be a ride op.

Don't get upset at the parks, it's the federal labor law that prevents 15 year olds from being a ride op. For a 15 year old, being a costume character is probably the most fun job available. Maybe some other GA employees can comment on what positions are available for 15 year old employees.
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Postby missedthemarriotera » Thu Oct 09, 2008 1:01 pm

oooh... i would probably wait til im 16 then... there is no way im wearing a costume like that... rofl...
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Postby TripplePlay93 » Tue Nov 11, 2008 2:56 pm

Is a 15 year old able to work with or in a show since I am a big Theater Geek and just turned 15 and I live close to SFGAm.
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Postby MGA1 » Tue Nov 11, 2008 10:04 pm

Hey Trippleplay93, you'll want to check with SFGA Human Resources (call around late January 2009 if you want to work there next summer). The issue the park has with hiring 15 year olds is that the Federal Labor Laws greatly restrict the number of hours and the times of day that you can work. I'm pretty sure there are some 15 year old positions available for Theater Attendants (the employees that post the show times, let the guests into the theaters before shows, guide disabled guests to the special seating areas, pick up trash in the theater between shows).

I think 15 year olds can also be costume characters and character escorts in the park and they're part of the Show Dept.

I'm not too sure if you'd be able to actually perform in a show because the hours they're involved for rehearsals, etc, will exceed the amount of time the Labor Laws say you can work. But check with the park anyway to make sure.
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Postby yankee Clipper91 » Wed Nov 12, 2008 6:19 pm

I am going to get a job in the rides department for the 2009 season.
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Postby Demonlover13 » Wed Nov 26, 2008 7:10 pm

2009's coming up fast. Can't wait!
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Postby geostevphen » Fri Mar 13, 2009 5:43 pm

Boring is indoors when it's 78 outside and you're stuck inside folding sweaters. Those years were the best of my young life and I'd go back for a repeat if I could....you know like in 'our town'.
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