Starwood Hotels & Resorts
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www.starwoodhotels.com Stamford, CT 5000+ Employees

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Starwood Hotels & Resorts President & CEO Frits van Paasschen

Frits van Paasschen

(14 ratings)

50% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Corporate...not a happy or inspired place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Stamford, CT

    ProsGlobal focus. Product is pretty good however company is "dumbing it down" under new leadership team. Thank goodness for Barry S. handing them great brands and product. They would not get there on their own with current team.

    ConsLeadership, a lot of backstabbing, most associates at corporate at pretty disgruntled. Most of the strong talent has already left.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCEO should surround himself with stronger players and admit that he has made some mistakes when it comes to his direct reports.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to work, people very professional

    Director (Former Employee)
    Stamford, CT

    ProsPeople, employee development, friendly place to work

    ConsNon-flexible, no room to advance once you get to certain level

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Not very challenging

    Director (Former Employee)
    Stamford, CT

    Pros- Relaxed environment
    - Employees are well cared for

    Cons- Work is not challenging
    - Projects move at very slow pace

    Advice to Senior ManagementAdopt a flatter organizational structure and give more autonomy to reports

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

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    Nice people and good benefits, but disfunctional technical environment

    Java Developer (Former Employee)
    Stamford, CT

    ProsNice people, good benefits, a gym that was quite handy to deal with stress, relaxed environment. Good pay for the area if not top dollar.

    ConsTechnology wise, Starwood is pretty backwards, the technology level is about 15 years behind the times, and not a very good place if you're seeking to learn from the best and brightest. Starwood had a period of extensive outsourcing and it shows, the codebase cannot be compiled without a lot of hacks, employs non-existent standards, obsolete technolgy, and a decade of offshoring has left the code a hideous mess. There is not a lot of training and to make it worse, the offshore personnel can be rather territorial with their knowledge. They will be polite but not overly helpful, and good luck if your task is dependent on offshore co-operation, there will be none unless you escalate the issue up and down the management chain. There is some effort to modernize the code, but the effort is medicore and half-hearted at best. Management is not very engaged, I didn't see my manager for 4 months after I was hired, so had to go it alone with solving my issues of wrapping my head around the technology and terminology. At the end I just left and while I miss the generous paycheck, my outlook in life has improved considerably. Starwood is a depressing and demoralizing place to work if you're a person who prides him or herself in being good with technology.

    So in short, go for the outstanding pay (as long as you can last on the job), but don't expect anything but days of endless frustration and zero to none collaboration with your technical co-workers, most of them won't be there long as they're rotated in and out of the country frequently. Collaboration is non-existent, you will often find that your offshore co-workers just stub out your code checkins and not tell you why they did that. Your manager will most likely disappear for weeks and end, never return your e-mails, and seem to hope you'll magically fix everything beyond your control.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInstill some strong leadership. There needs to be a bit of cleaning house to instill technically-oriented managers who are not afraid of institutional pain to put some teeth into the modernization plans that have floundered for the past few years.

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

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    Poor corporate culture

    Marketing Director (Current Employee)
    Stamford, CT

    ProsHospitality! Great brands! Field organization can be very rewarding.

    ConsCurrent leadership team is in sustain mode taking advantage of the strong talent before them.
    Marketing team lacks leadership. Personalization, blah, blah, blah. The innovation left this company when Barry departed. Starwood became Marriott under the current leadership team rather than differentiating and building upon it's heritage, unique brands. Infighting among top SVP level associates weighs heavily on their teams. Director level executives become the sacrificial lambs. So many unhappy people in Stamford...

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep telling yourself Starwood is "innovative"

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    The happiness varies widely by department, good luck switching though

    Strategy and Business Development (Current Employee)
    Stamford, CT

    ProsBig company with prestige, lots of innovation going on, great brands to work with.

    ConsIn my particular department (and many others, but not all) there is no work/life balance, corporate offices are cold, most people are concerned more with covering their own butt than doing the right thing, too top heavy on senior high paid leaders.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDeliver on promises of things like "talent review," offer competitive benefits (CIGNA laughed at me when I told them my plan was with Starwood), remove ineffective leaders, develop and maintain career progression plans.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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