- Grand Prix Tampa, LLC08.Dec 2015
Most times out of not, the only time you'll hear something about an employee is if they are doing something wrong. Leadership will joke about it and make it more light-hearted if possible, but usually you are not commended for a job well done.
Support from management
Most times out of not, the policies set makes no sense and almost everyone else can see better ways to implement the idea behind them. Leadership usually will not take that into account.
Coworkers are the best part of the job, making the frustrations of the job a bit more bearable. The turnover rate is pretty high though, so you'd have to get used to learning a new set of names fairly often
Freedom to work independently
Unless it's from a list of approved things, doing something on your own initiative can either go well or result in a write up even if the results are positive. Also coworkers can and will try to shift work on to you and leadership will not rectify the situation.
Necessary information about responsibilities can be slow in spreading. Leadership will tell one set of people the new policy and then basically leave it to them to make sure it spreads to all else. Since shifts can be highly irregular, that means that information doesn't get to everyone within a week or so
Female workers are pretty much slotted into cashier or bartender. They are very, very unlikely to be allowed to work as an attendant, mechanic, or a cook even if they ask to be. As in in the 2 years I've worked there I've never seen it happen. Besides that, they are pretty fair about advancement opportunities
Attitude towards older colleagues
Pretty much no one over the age of 26 is hired simply because they are above such work or are leery about taking orders from people so much younger than themselves. Long serving employees, what few of them there are, are usually in the better positions such as supervisor, but not always.
It's a pretty dead end job. If you're lucky, you'll become a supervisor and make maybe a dollar or two more than everyone else, but that's the limit of growth within the company. It is possible to be trained for multiple positions, but there will be no pay increase for it and the instruction can be terribly incomplete if the trainer, usually a senor worker, is not good at training.
Overall compensation for your work
You can work 4 different positions within the company and still make minimum wage. There are also no benefits beyond worker's compensation for injured and payment can be delayed by a day or so if there was a banking holiday sometime during the week
Office / Work Environment
The computers are old, slow, and often hang or shut down in the middle of a transaction. They also still run the no longer supported Windows XP. The ceiling tiles are also liable to fall during heavy rain.
When it was brought to their attention, Grand Prix went out of their way to make the park more handicap accessible, but that's about all that can be said for social awareness.
You are heavily discouraged from requesting Friday, Saturday, or Sunday off and are unlikely to get a holiday such as Christmas off unless they are closed for it. If you are called and asked to come in to cover for someone else and are unable to, usually you will see retribution in the form of less hours for a period of time.
Most times out of not, employees do not speak fondly of the company outside of work. They come in, collect a paycheck, and then promptly try to forget they work there.
The job is as stable as can be with leadership the way they are. You are not likely to lose your job due to less revenue unless you yourself do something unforgivable during your time there.
The disabled are not hired very often. As in I have not seen it happen once in the 2 years I've worked there. However, it is very handicap accessible since it is littered with ramps and lower soap dispensers for them. They are even allowed to ride as passengers in the family track go-karts.
The emissions from the go-karts are a bit troubling as one of the karts does warn about the fumes causing cancer. It also lacks a way to safely stop go-karts on the family track. Beyond those, if it is brought to their attention that they are not within OSHA standards, they will immediately fix the issue. Training isn't completely comprehensive, but trainees usually pick up on what wasn't said before long.
Grand Prix Tampa is a terribly easy place to work, but the flip side of that is there's pretty much no reason to take pride in your work.
Inclusive / Diverse
All ideas will basically come from leadership. A different idea on how to do something will likely be summarily ignored.
Suggestions for improvement
- Hiring someone with actual HR experience to draft the schedules and handle employee issues and keeping a more open mind about changes to policies. Also updating the computers as they are massively obsolete.
What I like about the company
The coworkers are tight-knit for the most part and the work is easy.
What I dislike about the company
The leadership is bad at scheduling as you will often have close to opens on a weekday (meaning you leave around 1 or 2 AM and come back at 9AM), making it seem like they appreciate the efforts of their workers, and the policies can seem nonsensical and counterproductive at times. Ideas about fixing these issues are often disregarded or only drafted for a very limited time before falling back to old habits. It's pretty consistently understaffed so everyone else is expected to do more for no raise. They are usually unable or unwilling to purchase something in the name of time saved or efficiency and sometimes even safety.
- CompanyGrand Prix Tampa, LLC
- Are you a Current or Former Employee?Current employee