Starwood Hotels & Resorts

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Starwood Hotels & Resorts Reviews in Stamford, CT

Updated Jul 2, 2014
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3.3 20 reviews

79% Approve of the CEO

Starwood Hotels & Resorts President & CEO Frits van Paasschen

Frits van Paasschen

(14 ratings)

50% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • get to work with many talented people from around the world(in 14 reviews)

  • Good benefits we get hotel discounts(in 24 reviews)


Cons
  • work life balance was hard because we get so involved with everything on property(in 19 reviews)

  • Long Hours, some departments take longer than others for management opportunities to open up(in 23 reviews)

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    Solid company, fantastic brands, good people

    Intern (Current Employee) Stamford, CT

    Pros- The brands are so well positioned with exciting and unique programs that support the hotels.
    - Creative and bright people who love working at Starwood.
    - Chances to work with a lot of different people in different areas of the company.
    - Discounts on hotels!

    Cons- The office atmosphere can be a little stiff and quiet.
    - It takes a long time to get things done - typical large corporation red tape.
    - The office is too hierarchical- things happen in a set way.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNo complaints- good comp and benefits, enough time off, and who can argue with summer Fridays?

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    If you can't take the heat....

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Stamford, CT

    ProsSolid incentive pay for above property associates and leadership, brand new LEED certified office HQ, smart & passionate people, oustanding & unique hotel brands, tons of opportunity to move and grow within the company. If you are talented you can basically have a new job every 3-5 years. Innovative and outside the box ideas are welcome and supported by leadership. Endless work & challenges for you to grow your skillset and solid career development opportunities.

    ConsConstant innovation and new ideas can be frustrating to those who need structure and stability. This is not a 9-5 shop. The hospitality business is 24/7 and SW expects a lot even out of it's "corporate employee"s. If you aren't ready to give 55-60 HR's a week, you are going nowhere at this company in my opinion and you may even have trouble hanging. Personally I am fine with that but can see how it's a turnoff for some who are used to the typicl 40-45/HR a week corporate job.

    Advice to Senior ManagementJust be careful about putting "who you know" vs. "who is best qualified" into leadership roles. Internal promotion and bringing in "people from the industry" is needed but at times there can be bias because of the fear of externals not knowing the industry. You are missing out on some great external perspective & talent.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good place to work... People are smart, they get it, but the process can be drawn out

    Analyst (Current Employee) Stamford, CT

    ProsThe people are great, the work atmosphere is nice too. Lots of corporate events.

    Consdrawn out process for a lot of things... long interview process. If you're a young person you are going to end up reverse commuting from NYC (like most of us), and the train can be a bit of a pain.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore frequent shuttle buses. The cafeteria food can be pretty bad at times and the other options aren't great. Focus on healthier options in the cafeteria!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    There are jems at this company, but senior managers need to be invested in developing their people

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Stamford, CT

    Prosthe obvious: good hotel perks, fun brand to work with, people generally with a great sense of humor

    the not-so obvious: most people in the stamford office HQs are ambitious, helpful and good-natured people. but even still, they are unhappy with their work lives and stressed out by their co-workers because of a constant need to please the senior managers. senior managers rightfully should have high expectations of their associates, but should equally reward good work with productive feedback and training. the latter is often missing.

    Cons- inadequate on-boarding for new hires across the board. you really have to fish for information and learn to seek out resources on your own.
    - i can only speak anecdotally about my own group and a few others that i've heard about. but while there are proceses in place for "360-type" formal reviews, career development, coaching, etc., i've found that there is not enough emphasis placed on making sure that senior managers actually take the critical feedback provided by their associates and follow-through on making improvements.
    - commuting is very difficult for nyc residents. if you want to keep nyc talent, you have to work on improving the shuttle schedule / allowing for more work flexibility

    Advice to Senior Managementmake it a real, financially-incentivized (if necessary) part of your "Big 5" goals to develop your people. they will be happier and more productive, and you will see the results in their work.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Excellent health benefits, sterling hotels, unique programs, adequate salary

    Senior Manager (Current Employee) Stamford, CT

    ProsEmployee rates at hotels; ease in moving from one hotel or brand to another; great work culture; innovative products; employee-led initiatives; employee feedback regularly solicited; great sense of (global) community

    ConsLarge size occasionally means slow to move; salaries are not the most competitive; when times are tight, expect drastic operational budget cuts (in lieu of lay-offs, granted); mediocre time off benefits; those promoted to management do not always receive adequate leadership training; 'promotion from within' usually only applies to lower-paying positions

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe message often gets lost in the middle. And sometimes doing more with less just burns out the less.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Leading company in exciting industry

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Stamford, CT

    ProsGreat hotels, really great people working at HQ

    ConsLack of job rotation; some expectation to move out to property after working at HQ

    Advice to Senior Managementbetter career tracking, coaching & mentoring.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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