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Davidson Hotels & Resorts Reviews

Updated January 8, 2015
Updated January 8, 2015
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Davidson Hotels & Resorts President and CEO John A. Belden
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  1.  

    OK pay, employees treated like garbage, (Bloomington, MN location only)

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bloomington, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bloomington, MN

    I worked at Davidson Hotels & Resorts full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Pay was ok. Some managers were great!

    Cons

    Entire business seems to be run by one power hungry person in HR.
    Good luck staying on longer than 1 year. No matter how good of an employee you are, you will be terminated before you are due for an increase in pay or benefits.
    Schedules were never posted more than 2 days before the work week. (changes frequently without warning)
    Was impossible to have 2 days in a row off. Sometimes scheduled for 8+ days in a row.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees concerns. Treat your employees like the "Heart" of the organization like you preach every day and allow the great employees with experience and ideas to better serve the guests by moving them up in the organization. Replace all management including HR. Improve benefits, paid time off was non-existent or allowed by managers. Work life balance was non-existent. Schedules need to be posted more than 2 days before the shift, respectfully at least the week before. Stop the high turnover rate by respecting your employees lives and move the high performers up and replace the HR manager who tells you that she has an open door for concerns and then lies to your face and terminates your position for having a safety or policy concern.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Davidson Hotels & Resorts Response

    Jan 15, 2015Director of Recruiting

    Thank you very much for taking the time to detail your concerns regarding your employment at our Bloomington, MN property. I am sorry you had a negative experience. We strive to ensure our Team ... More

  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Amateurs

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Davidson Hotels & Resorts full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    It is a place of employment.

    Cons

    Severe budget cuts upon entry. Davidson invades and depletes resources with a vengeance. They cut all supposedly superfluous positions like night cleaning crews, bussers, valets, hosts, and a third person...in any department. The staffing is cut in half and those remaining are forced to take on the responsibility of three to four other positions at no additional compensation. This completely eliminates any semblance of a work-life balance. They beef up the sales team, but have absolutely no staff to support the influx of business. They resort to the use of temp agencies and pay for it by digging into their house servers tip pool. One of my coworkers had to report them to the department of labor, after which, management was ordered to retro pay all the money they robbed from the banquet servers revenue. It's disgraceful. Upper management is a uppity boys club - pretentious, degrading. They have to outsource hundreds of their midlevel managers to every property location all over the country, dozens of times a year - because they can't keep anyone of staff. If you're staying at a Davidson managed property you can be sure that the Chef used a box cutter more than a spoon, you're "newly renovated room" is held together with gum and paperclips, and no one's done more then a spot cleaning since Davidson took over. But don't worry - if you make even the slightest complaint your room and food will be comp'd because if I know anything about Davidson, it's that they'd rather sweep a problem under the rug then take positive steps towards preventing the problem in the first place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management is not interested in taking advice.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Davidson Hotels & Resorts Response

    Nov 10, 2014Director of Recruiting

    Thank you for sharing your concerns related to your employment with Davidson Hotels & Resorts. I am sorry your experience with our Company was negative. Your experience is absolutely not the way we ... More

  3.  

    cook

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Davidson Hotels & Resorts full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    pto time, discount, promiting within

    Cons

    no hours, poor management, compensation, benefits

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    make sure employees have what they need

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Davidson Hotels & Resorts Response

    Oct 8, 2014Director of Recruiting

    Thank you for voicing your concerns with your employment at our hotel. I am sorry that you feel your experience was not positive. I appreciate that you were happy with our PTO and Hotel Discount ... More

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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Turnover with little managerial oversight

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Night Audit in Richfield, MN
    Former Employee - Night Audit in Richfield, MN

    I worked at Davidson Hotels & Resorts full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    The low-level people that you work alongside are wonderful. Everyone is there to do their best regardless of issues with management.

    Cons

    Compensation could definitely be better, management is incredibly out of touch with what is actually needed to help the hotel's function best. Standards are entirely ignored at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get ride of the mid to low-level mangers that cause high turnover rates, invest in your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    A severe lack in associate support

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Manager
    Former Employee - Sales Manager

    I worked at Davidson Hotels & Resorts full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are pretty standard, the company is very much geared toward hospitality and guest satisfaction, opportunities to move around

    Cons

    I didnt receive any formal training when I started. The compensation was fair but below the salary range of colleagues in the same area. The corporate structure is not set up to be compassionate to associates. The technology is lagging behind. The executives are out of touch with the hospitality community and what it takes to run a successful hotel. They are concerned with guest satisfaction but not employee satisfaction. They don't understand the concept of spend money to make money.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention when you start losing your top money makers at a rapid pace!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Scheduling for Therapists

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Massage Therapist in Newport, RI
    Former Employee - Massage Therapist in Newport, RI

    I worked at Davidson Hotels & Resorts part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Location has a great view of the water and sail boats, terrific sunsets

    Cons

    Very bad system of scheduling. Senior therapists always get first priority until their schedule is filled then the secondary therapist gets filled then the third and so on and so on. There isn't any rotation of schedules. Third senior therapists rarely stay on because the winters are slow and very rarely get any bookings except for Saturdays. Management are in the dark as to what goes on between therapists

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider rotating schedules so newer employees can get a fair share of work. Even well seasoned therapists have a difficult time working there because of the preferred scheduling

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lack of concern for employees overshadows great properties.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baton Rouge, LA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baton Rouge, LA

    I worked at Davidson Hotels & Resorts full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits are offered to all employees. The property I worked on was beautiful and well revered in the city.

    Cons

    Lack of training, concern, and communication leaves employees feeling put out or terminated when things do go as planned. Decisions are made with no input or concern for employees who are the ones that implement those decisions. I am very disappointed after giving my best and was not shown any concern for my complaints of hostile work environment. Long time employees are protected even in potentially liable situations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do you know your employees? Do you care to? If you notice behavior you don't condone, take some time to find out why? Maybe there is an easy solution that the ones you are using now. You probably have some great people on your team and if you don't recognize value and give people an outlet to communicate you will not have an opportunity to make the most of all you have. After reviewing the core values daily during employment, I feel like it was just words. You do not live your core values.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Davidson Hotels & Resorts Response

    Mar 13, 2014Director of Recruiting

    Thank you for feedback. At Davidson Hotels and Resorts we celebrate our Team Members as our most important asset, essential to our success. We strive to provide a positive and inspiring workplace ... More

  9.  

    Decent benefits, lousy company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Food and Beverage
    Current Employee - Food and Beverage

    I have been working at Davidson Hotels & Resorts full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The hourly benefits and PTO are pretty decent

    Cons

    Company is slow about paying its bills to outside comapanies

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    HIGH TURNOVER

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lifeguard in Bloomington, MN
    Former Employee - Lifeguard in Bloomington, MN

    I worked at Davidson Hotels & Resorts part-time

    Pros

    Meet people from all over the world.
    They hire all different types of people.

    Cons

    Poor management.
    No raises no matter how long you've been there.
    Lack of respect for employees.
    Form cliques.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    MANAGE!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Davidson Hotels & Resorts Response

    May 8, 2014Director of Recruiting

    Thank you for feedback. At Davidson Hotels and Resorts we celebrate our Team Members as our most important asset, essential to our success.

    Davidson Hotels & Resorts is a great place to work! We
    ... More

  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Davidson lost in the dark ages

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Davidson Hotels & Resorts full-time

    Pros

    None
    None
    None....
    There is a 20 word minimum so I have to type some thing else.
    The only positive is that I get a pay check every 2 weeks.

    Cons

    There are a lot of cons. Davidson corporate does not respect the balance between work and family. Management works 60+ hours a week. The corporate mentality is guilty until we prove you innocent. They do background checks on current team members, they have random drug test on current team members. The waste of paper is crazy. Corporate has hotel audits 2 times a year, why 2 times? Corporate doesnt answer emails. you are expected to do things correctly but no one lets you know how to do things correctly or what needs to be done until corporate needs it

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the people who work on the hotel level. We know what our customer wants.
    ease up on the paperwork. A manager can't manage their team members under a pile of paperwork. Managers shouldn't have to choose between work and family.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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