Actor for the Haunted House (Former Employee), Vancouver, BC – October 7, 2014
Pros: flexible days, easy shift changes, great work environment
Cons: long hours, night work, minimal pay, little chance for promotion in-job
I liked working for the PNE at first, and the type of atmosphere it created. My co-workers and bosses were easy to work with, and made my job enjoyable. The job itself was very flexible, or, when I was working there it was, but from what I've heard the way it is organized has changed. But when I was working there, the shift lengths and breaks were reasonable. – more... However, the amount of work that was requested in comparison to the actual pay was a little unbalanced, only during Fright Nights, a time where you get no benefits for night work OR holiday pay, because the work itself is temporary (not much you can do about that). There were rewards each night for exceptional work, but are "points" or something along those lines redeemed later. – less
Rides Attendant (Former Employee), Vancouver, BC – October 2, 2014
Pros: good hours, good pay for a first job, good training
Cons: some managers aren't helpful, have to work outside, hard to leave the rides department once you're in it
If you can handle screaming kids then this job is for you. This is an ideal first job. Training is great and the interviewing process is very well done. You will have a lot of fun during your lunch break if you go and see the attractions. You don't get to ride the rides for free and you have to stand outside which can suck. Shifts do get cancelled when – more... it rains. – less
Fair Ambassador (Former Employee), Vancouver, BC – September 15, 2014
I monitored and assisted the public with the nightly concerts. Helped them with seats, radioed first-aid/security when needed and dealt with people in a sensitive and understanding manner. My co-workers were students like myself and we all built each other and contributed to a great work place. Management was great, they were understanding and fun while – more... still being professional. The most enjoyable part of the job was having the opportunity to build my interpersonal skills with the public. – less
Bus Person (Current Employee), Vancouver, BC – September 10, 2014
Pros: 25% off on food and free gate admission
Cons: constantly on feet, walking
A typical day at work for the PNE beer gardens would include helping people find space to be seated if necessary, then making sure the servers knows they have arrived. I clean up all finished meals from the tables, as well as disposing of empty bottles and cans in the proper places. Management is friendly and kind to the employees. The co workers are – more... also quite easy to get along with. The hardest part of the job would be walking around for the entire shift. The most enjoyable part of the job would be running into people i know, and the tips also of course! – less
Operator (Former Employee), Vancouver BC – September 7, 2014
Pros: fun and active work
Cons: work under hot sun
My co-workers are very friendly and nice to me, which encourage me to work hard and contribute a lot at workplace. I'm happy to offer my distinguish service to customers effectively and efficiently. The need of customers is number one duty for me to focus on, especially when the customers who have special requirements in my workplace are much more important.
wheel dearler (Former Employee), Burnaby, BC – March 30, 2014
Pros: minor discount with fair merchandise, free entry while employed.
Cons: long standing hours, strict dress code.
Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) is a renowned company that utilizes light-shows and extravaganzas to cover up the mediocre work environment.
Throughout the brief period of time I work at the PNE, as a wheel dealer, my supervisor at most, once a day; expects his/her subordinates to be super-enthusiastic, and super energetic like an autistic kid on – more... a sugar high. Despite the fact that his/her subordinates shows more enthusiasm in a minute than he/she does in an entire day.
The PNE will provide a colored shirt with it's logo as part of an uniform, as for the rest of the uniform, we were told to wear black pants to work. Taking into account that PNE took place during the summer times, I choose black shorts instead of trousers; upon arriving at work, I was told that I need trousers instead of shorts, or at the very least, longer pant-legs. As defined by the policy, while at work, all your loose items needs to be stored inside a storage space near your station, and you need to wear a black apron-like attire to store loose change while hosting games. Combined with the scrutiny they took with the pant leads to the conclusion that the PNE have a serious distrust with they temporary employee, so much so that they make their employee and themselves jump through hoops just to make sure that their employee knows that they're not trusted or welcomed here.
For the most part, work at the PNE involves hosting various games while standing for several hours at a time. Ensure that the fair attendee have a pleasurable experience. However, given that most fair games have a win/lose scenario, there will always be a conflict of interest; on one hand, attendee may not enjoy losing, on the other hand, one have to ensure that the rule of the game is followed properly; the most enjoyable, or rather the most laughable part of the job is that among the regular attendee who play and lose at the gambling game, there are several attendee who won big time and probably walk away with hundreds or thousands of dollar at a time. Which makes me question whether the management have any idea how to host gambling games properly.
Bottom line is this, it's temporary work, it's a job that pays, you go to work, you go home, and you're not going anywhere else, not to a higher position, or any form of advancement, period. – less
Candy Foreperson (Former Employee), Vancouver, BC – November 19, 2013
It has an awesome atmosphere and everyone is very friendly. A typical day at work is preparing food and cleaning the stand to make sure it's in tip top shape and serving the food and putting a smile on the customer's faces. The hardest part is when it gets very busy and it becomes stressful when we have to serve lots of people in a short amount of time. – more... The most enjoyable part is that you're among friends and it usually ends on a good note. – less
Sweeper/Facility Attendant (Former Employee), Vancouver, BC – July 7, 2013
Pros: cheap access to fairground, after-work parties
Cons: minimum wage, physically intensive work, long hours in sun
Working at the PNE was a much more enjoyable experience than I could have imagined. Even though the work was physical and boring at times, we got the privilege of wandering around the fairgrounds during our job. The co-workers aren't always the nicest of people, but they tend to get along with you when they have to. A guaranteed wage increase of $0.50 – more... is minimal but it is better than other places that leave you at bare minimum. – less
Games Attendant (Former Employee), Vancouver, BC – May 12, 2013
Pros: great coworkers, decent hours, fun environment
Cons: management plays favourites, repetitive tasks
I worked as Games Attendant at Playland for a good number of years. In a typical day at work, you open the game, and start selling right away. There's a specific bar you have to meet each day in order to meet expectations. The amount you make depends on the number of guests that enter the park. The more guests there are, the more you have to make. While – more... working, you're basically competing against your coworkers to make more money. This job requires a lot of effort in speaking out and creating rapport with the guests. You're constantly yelling and calling out to get guests to play your game. The co workers are great and the entire atmosphere is high and lively. The job requires a lot of mental and physical energy. Mental being; you have to maintain a positive attitude throughout, which becomes exhausting if you're working everyday with 7-8 hour shifts. The physical endurance requires you to stand for long periods of time, which is hard the first couple of days. Overall, it's a great summer job. The one big negative aspect of the job is the management. The managers play favourites and give shifts to who they like. Same goes for when they decide to promote people. – less
Guard watcher (Former Employee), Vancouver, BC – October 26, 2012
Pros: half an hour
Cons: 12 hours
Indeed l had a lots of fund working there as guard watch I did injoy it my supper visior was a nice person,any people were so good to each others.it was a part-time at night from 10pm to 8am in morning like three days a week some four,my job I have to the garden inside the fance and make sure nobody break in on climp up the fance.I was making $14 an – more... hour the job is it only at summer for four month my co-worker was from native we have lunch to gether in the lunch room and we chart too at coffee time,so far I did liked the job but after year later in summer I was very sick in summer then I when went back every thinges change my supper retired and they saide we full this year but we will called you that was short term job.What I enjoy much the company administeration invited all worker for great big party for the last month off the work,that all I can say and thank you very much and I hope to hear from you good news . – less
Customer Service (Former Employee), Vancouver B.C. – October 16, 2012
The day starts by handling money and serving customer. Management decide where you would go and deal the game you are assigned. The hardest part of the job is when customer fights over money. the most enjoyable part of the job is talking to customer and co-workers