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Starwood Vacation Reviews

Updated October 24, 2014
Updated October 24, 2014
58 Reviews
3.4
58 Reviews
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Starwood Vacation President and Chief Executive Officer of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. Frits van Paasschen
Frits van Paasschen
25 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Relaxed environment and HOT rates are great (in 5 reviews)

  • Flexibility in work-life balance, travel, and wonderful people to serve and work around (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • The executives are micromanagers and do not provide work life balance (in 3 reviews)

  • The upper management was questionable in their practices (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Laid back atmosphere

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Accountant in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Accountant in Orlando, FL

    I worked at Starwood Vacation as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Flex Time. Family oriented departments.

    Cons

    Hours a little long at times.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great Culture

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

    I worked at Starwood Vacation as an intern

    Pros

    Best values and culture in a company I have ever seen. Everyone wants you to succeed and there's a lot of cross-functional work that is handled well.

    Cons

    Don't have a bad thing to say.

  3.  

    I have worked for two years on the Front Line sales team for one of the Starwood Resorts in there SVO.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Executive in Myrtle Beach, SC
    Current Employee - Sales Executive in Myrtle Beach, SC

    I have been working at Starwood Vacation full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The place is a great place to work at with talented co-workers, who work as a team. The managers main goal is to help you make as much money as possible. My manager every morning reads inspiring stories, and they drill into you having a positive attitude, do the right thing, and never give up. Motivated to succeed constantly.

    Cons

    The worst part about the career is also the best, your client in front of you. No one EVER comes to purchase anything from you, they were simply lured in with our marketing teams gifts. The customer has to sit and her a 90-120 minuet presentation and can recieve show tickets all the way to 100 cash. The guest often has an attitude and obviously it is NOT where they want to be on vacation, In this business you will fail 70 percent of the time and you have to stay mentally tough because 3 sales out of 10 will make you 250 plus a year. You have to give 110 percent every time regardless because you really never know who will buy, and if you don't sale essentially you make no money,

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Best internship I've had

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Starwood Finance Intern in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Starwood Finance Intern in Orlando, FL

    I have been working at Starwood Vacation full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Full-year internship; great work environment; fun and exciting company morale; high pay for an intern; people are always looking to reward and compliment the work you complete; even interns get hotel benefits; internship program is very structured. Overall, I am very impressed with this company.

    Cons

    You definitely have to put in a lot of work hours, but your hard work is always acknowledged.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    I love my Job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Document Processor in Saint John, VI
    Current Employee - Document Processor in Saint John, VI

    I have been working at Starwood Vacation full-time

    Pros

    Benefits,
    Friendly staff
    Work- life balance
    Annual raises

    Cons

    It needs more opportunities to grow with SVO on site

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    loving it!!

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

    I have been working at Starwood Vacation full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Values,Compesation,culture career growth love working here

    Cons

    Health benefits just that not as good

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mortgage Ops Intern in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Mortgage Ops Intern in Orlando, FL

    I have been working at Starwood Vacation as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great company, great senior management. They spend time and money on employees to keep them happy.

    Cons

    Small company, but growing. Mortgage Ops is trying out the Intern program and are doing well. Will get better each year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great job but once it sucks you in it's hard to do anything else

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

    I worked at Starwood Vacation full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Time off, money, fun talking about vacations all day, travel perks

    Cons

    Telling people you sell timeshare,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Build new resorts in new locations

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Best of the Best

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Myrtle Beach, SC
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Myrtle Beach, SC

    I have been working at Starwood Vacation

    Pros

    Starwood has a view of itself as an innovator in the industry, and because of that is an excellent environment for people who like to have the freedom and autonomy to manage in their own style. In addition, they have wonderful employee benefits that rival an company in the industry. What people look for in an employer is a company that can provide opportunity for career advancement, fair compensation, needed benefits, and a pleasant work environment. Starwood does all these things. For these reasons if anyone feels like their company just doesn't provide everything they're looking for one should really take a look at Starwood Vacation Ownership.

    Cons

    Being that it is a division of Starwood Hotels, there are things that individuals who have worked at private companies might find frustrating at times. These are primarily the corporate shared service departments. They serve a vital role in standardizing the message across the company, but these departments do add time to any process that involves them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to stay lean, not just in difficult times when pressure to cut is heavy, but also when economic times are good. You will find there's more fat during the good times then there is during the bad.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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