Merlin Entertainments is a business built on fun. 

They run over 100 attractions in 23 countries across four continents. Venues include: SEA LIFE, Madame Tussauds, the Dungeons and LEGOLAND®, as well as local icons such as the Coca-Cola London Eye, Gardaland Resort, Heide Park Resort, Chessington World of Adventures Resort and Alton Towers Resort. The objective  is to provide a truly memorable experience and a great day out for all the family. All of which helps to cement their reputation as one of the world’s leading leisure and entertainment companies. Merlin employs graduates across disciplines for a wide range of varied roles.  

Merlin Entertainments were very successful at the recent Top Companies for Graduates to work for 2016/2017 awards evening, achieving the following accolades:

  • Ranked #17 overall (smaller intake)
  • Ranked #3 in Hospitality Leisure and Tourism (smaller intake)

Merlin Entertainments are a fast paced, global company. With an overall rating of 4.1/5, Merlin scored particularly highly for colleagues (4.4/5), enjoyment (4.4/5) and company culture (4.4/5).

1. The Best and Worst things about working for Merlin Entertainments

Best: The diversity of the different attractions and locations worldwide which makes it possible to gain a lot of international work experience. I am not only able to work at a company with different brands but I also have the chance to work together with people from all over the world.

Worst: There are lots of career opportunities that are offered meaning it is difficult to make a decision. There is so much to explore at Merlin that you don’t want to miss out on an opportunity.

Marketing Graduate, Marketing at Merlin Entertainments


Best: The best of Merlin Entertainments is the opportunity to globally mobilize, and the company’s willingness to help find the right place for graduates’ career development. Its Accelerate program is a very unique and promising one for those who desire managerial duties in the hospitality and tourism business.

Worst: Nothing found so far.

Graduate Management Trainee, Operations Management at Merlin Entertainments


Best: As a Merlin Graduate Trainee, we enjoy 4 half-year’s placements. It’s so exciting to embrace new roles every 6 months, which makes me quickly learn a lot and have the confidence to be a leader in the near future.

Worst: I can’t think of any!

Merlin Graduate Trainee, Asia at Merlin Entertainments


2. Average Working Hours

9.00am – 6.00pm


3. Average Graduate Salary

£21,000 – £23,000


4. Interview Tips

Application Advice: Pay attention to the application time.

Interview Advice: Be flexible, open-minded and also proactive. The most important, be yourself.

Merlin Graduate Trainee, Asia at Merlin Entertainments 


Application Advice: Take your time for your application and highlight your strengths and why you would be perfect for this role. It is especially important that you know what Merlin stands for and that you can relate to the brands and products.

Interview Advice: Be prepared for questions about your work experience and how this will help you in your role. Customer service is very important at Merlin, be prepared to answer practical questions regarding how you would deal with a guest in a certain situation.

Marketing Graduate, Marketing at Merlin Entertainments


Application Advice: Take your time. It is a long process and a few stages to reach an interview, however it is worth investing your time and energy.

Interview Advice: Be yourself, relax and enjoy. This is not an interview to entirely assess your skills and capabilities but to understand who you really are and for you, who the Merlin people are. This is a great opportunity for you to actually see and feel our passion for making fun and if you can have fun with this organisation.

Graduate Marketing Trainee, at Merlin Entertainments


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