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Royal Caribbean Cruises Reviews

Updated Jul 2, 2014
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3.5 203 reviews

79% Approve of the CEO

Royal Caribbean Cruises Chairman and CEO Richard D. Fain

Richard D. Fain

(129 ratings)

68% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Everything is onboard, you can meet different people from around the world(in 11 reviews)

  • Get to travel the world and make friends all over(in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • A lot of hard work, long hours, business always come first(in 8 reviews)

  • the only downside is you may find yourself having to be away from home or family longer than you are used to(in 4 reviews)

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    Worst experience of my professional career

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Miramar, FL

    ProsThe benefits are decent, as long as you can somehow find the time to take advantage of them. They also feed you when you're forced to work an inhumane amount of hours.

    ConsYou have to fight to get any recognition for your work. There is no incentive to work hard and try to do great things, since no one will care or even notice. The working conditions are horrific. You are forced to work a ridiculous amount of hours on weekdays and weekends. Your personal life takes a back seat here. There is no such thing as career growth. You will learn nothing other than surviving under the most stressful working conditions I've experienced. I'm no stranger to hard work but the way we were treated was simply ridiculous. The culture is one that rewards bigotry and incompetence, and punishes good employees and productivity. They have no idea that they're actually hurting themselves. The turnover rate is incredibly high. Most of management should be replaced with people who actually care about others, the industry, and the company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe more careful with how you treat people and help improve the culture.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Exploitative, weak management

    Shipboard Management (Former Employee) Miami, FL

    ProsExciting industry
    Met lots of lovely people
    Culturally diverse

    ConsExploitative employers
    Mediocrity aplauded and encouraged
    Weak middle management
    Squander money
    Corruption on ships

    Advice to Senior ManagementLeaving the same executive committee on the same ship, year after year, is a very big mistake. Mutually benefitting relationships are forged. Continal improvement cannot happen if things "are done this way on this ship".

    Meritocracy over mediocrity.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great product HORRIBLE employer!

    Consumer Outreach Inbound Sales (Current Employee) Springfield, OR

    ProsThe cruise deals and personal and vacation time off provided.

    ConsLook at the turn over. Via the Department of Employment: RCCL has the HIGHEST unemployment claims over ANY company in Lane County. This corporation thrives on pinning their employees down and keeping them there! RCCL came to Oregon based on the great tax perks, low cost of land purchase and low cost of living, hence justifying low wages. They are required to hire X amount of new employees a year to adhere to the State/County/City agreements for allowing them to lay business and keep their perks! On paper they hire 2-3 hundred employees a year HOWEVER their loss and termination numbers equal 150-250 a year. Either they are hiring ANYTHING to get "numbers", they are a bad company to work for (seems reasonable) or they are fire happy to move masses, also very plausible! Either way all in all for employees likewise for the local area, we are getting a pig in the poke with this corporation!!!

    Advice to Senior ManagementHold tight because your joyride will end soon once the locals smell your fowl stinch!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    IT Analyst (Former Employee) Miramar, FL

    ProsTravel benefits and the are not free. You still pay quite a bit

    ConsThey treat there employees like slaves. You are expected yo jump through hoops at their whim. If you are part of the "cool kids club" you can rest assure you are safe from anything. If you are like me you come in to work, do your job with integrity and do not feed into the "oh this is so and so they are exempt from security procedures" you are screwed. If you state your mind you are shot down. They have the most incompetent people working in iT. They outsourced the it dept and then they got rid of them the only folks that knew what and how to resolve issues, they now have some idiots in Mexico trying to assist users and they cannot find engine ass with both hands and a map. Worst company to work for they do not care for employees at all. Richard Fain is a tool.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf you are looking for a job with respect keep on moving this is not it

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Where creativity goes to die

    Marketing (Current Employee) Miami, FL

    ProsA free cruise, haha. Really. That's it.

    ConsLet me count the ways..... Nah, I'll just name one: Basically cubicle culture coupled with a few extremely lame people who've only ever done marketing in a corporate setting. Also the pay is crap, but you know that up front. There are TONS of better opportunities in South Florida and in the country in general. The worst of the crop stays ages and ages leading to unending cycles of mediocrity..... Sorry, that was maybe three ways?

    Advice to Senior ManagementMaybe try getting your heads out of certain orifices for five minutes?

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Loved the experience, the places, the adventures; hated learning what corporate America is all about (I'm American!).

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsYour fellow coworkers are amazing - unfortunately - they have no control over the work environment. If you have a position that travels then you will see many places for next to nothing.

    ConsThe people in charge of the company could care less about their employees. They have no ethics, principles, or morals. You are merely just a body filling a position and nothing more. 10 years ago this was a great company to work for. Not so much anymore. It's just about profit now.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInstead of cleaning house by getting rid of a few people in VP levels and below - you need to clean house starting at levels much higher. Start with the very top layer - the CEO and those types. That is when you will see drastic change. The company has tried cleaning out the ranks several times over the last 10 years and it always ends up in same place. It's not working. It's one PR disaster after another. Stock prices are stagnant whereas other company stock prices are soaring (Starbucks anyone???).

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Not the best place to work for consultant

    Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee) Miramar, FL

    ProsSalaries are paid on time - there are some nice people working there

    Consmany times you will know that your contract will be renewed 2 days before the due date.
    They also through the impossible projects on the hands of the consultants and you will hear frequently that you are being very well paid and it's expect you will perform much better than even their own employees.
    A lot of the defects you will be expected to fix in a few hours, even thought, when you look at the history on their Quality Control Application you will see a long history of developers taking days to fix, YES -THE SAME DEFECT - AND THEY WERE NEVER FIXED!!! A lot of back and forth with QA - and many times - people won't be able to tell you what is the expected behavior of the module you are fixing - and yet - somehow you are expected to fix in a few hours because you are a rock star software developer.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease respect the consultants - at least giving them 2 weeks notice prior to contract renew - Get your act together and be clear about the projects and the defects that are given to consultants - at least - make sure there are people that can clarify the business rules behind it

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    working like a slave and no appreciation and recognizing from the management

    Waiter (Current Employee) Miami, FL

    Prosonly best reason is to travel and meet some nice guest but nothing else is worthed cos work on rccl ship is too much and not appreciated from the management

    Consworking long hours like a slave,no respect from management RCCL has policy that they most of time never follow up

    Advice to Senior Managementuper management never listen to the simple crew member so its no worthed to advice them anything...

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Interesting but not satifying. Company is full of poor performers

    Comodity Manager (Current Employee) Miami, FL

    ProsCruises, if you can get confirmed, but you'll need to have tenure. On site cafeteria, gym, and day care that employees contribute to

    ConsNo room for advancement. Salaries are very poor, to say the least. Self insured company, so benefits are tailored for the benefit of the company's pockets and NOT the employee. Company does not care about the employees, they say they do, but they don't. They have these phony awards that are "won" by the same depts over and over again. Yawn....

    Advice to Senior ManagementWhy, it'll be a waste to give any advice

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    On board employment slavery.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Auckland (New Zealand)

    ProsTravel if you can get out.

    ConsHard work was to be expected but be very wary if you have any issue whilst on board such as illness or rights in general. You will receive substandard medical treatment and once you are no longer productive they will do anything to dispose of you as cost effectively as possible where ever in the world you are. That might mean pressurising you to resign, confining you to your cabin until you reach a cheap place to drop you off or send you home. Don't expect to be allowed to see another doctor or get follow up care on shore or at home.
    The police might not be able to help you as they don't know what powers they have over a ship registered in the Bahamas trading internationally. Be very very careful! Make sure you are a member of a seafarers union and have medical cover.They are the worst of a bad bunch.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet some humanity.

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