Joie de Vivre

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20 Reviews
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20 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lost its Charm

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

    I have been working at Joie de Vivre full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Locations
    Primarily located in amazing Bay Area.
    People
    The employees who have been working since before the merger (few and fewer as time goes by) remember what company used to stand for

    Cons

    Lost its culture after merger
    Should never have accepted Prtizker and Geolo Capital buy. Down hill from there.
    Doesn't care about employees anymore.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leave Thompson Hotels. Bring back Chip!!!
    Develop strategies to retain employees (pay, benefits)
    Bring back Holiday Party.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Lacks Management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Joie de Vivre full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Most staff are very nice.

    Cons

    Managers are amateurs. No mentoring, training, succession planning, or even reviews. Good employees either get lost in the shuffle or wake up and leave to find a company they can grow with. Poor employees go unnoticed or tolerated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire stronger managers or take the time to train managers to be effective. Hold them accountable for their departments. Do not accept sub standard managers because the GM simply likes them. Have stricter guidelines in terms of developing people & product. If you want to play with the big boys you need to train like the big boys.

    By the way, Stephen Brandman is no longer CEO. You need to update your post...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 7 people found this helpful  

    Transition and Evolution of a Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Joie de Vivre

    Pros

    The people are, or were, great. Being associated with a widely recognized brand and one of the biggest boutique hotel companies in the country.

    Cons

    There have been so many changes at Joie de Vivre over the years, but the most drastic occurred recently when Thompson Hotels took over operations. Ouch! Joie de Vivre's once unique culture, warm and friendly people, fun environment, and focus on retaining top talent has left the building, along with visionary founder and former CEO, Chip Conley.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get real! Pay your people what their worth and respect how loyal and hard they work for you.

    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Over all fun place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Joie de Vivre

    Pros

    it is an overall fun place to work. there are a lot of different types of hotels so it is easy to find one that you like.

    Cons

    benefits and salary are not on the same level as other local hotels that they would like to compete with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    dont take advantage of the local job market and economy on current employees. new employees are easy to find but its also important to retain loyal employees.

    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great learning experience but it plateaus quickly

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

    I have been working at Joie de Vivre

    Pros

    Tips, great employees, free lunch, decent salary.

    Cons

    You work a lot harder than what you are paid. To get anything done there to make sure the guest are happy, you would have to go through all this politics and have to see if it can be put into the budget, even the smallest things.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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