Vacations To Go Reviews

Updated March 18, 2015
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  1. Not Bad Not Good

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    Former Employee - Sales Agent
    Former Employee - Sales Agent

    I worked at Vacations To Go full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Relaxed work environment. There are several opportunities win free cruises or at least partially paid cruises. Co-workers are wonderful.

    Cons

    Pay is straight commission and is subject to fluctuations of the season.

    It's not as bad of a con if you speak a foreign language, but most new employees only get odd schedules to work at.

    The truth about working here is that in order to make any reasonable amount of money (and by reasonable I mean $50k+) you have to have your nose to the grindstone 100% of the time, burning the midnight oil on your days you are scheduled to work, and putting in large amounts of time on your days off.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing, management is pretty good.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. potential to make money

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    Current Employee - Cruise Agent in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Cruise Agent in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Vacations To Go

    Pros

    potential to make money, but u must b willing to show up at least 6- 7 days a week putting in no less than 55-60hrs for those hefty paychecks

     lots of give away"s (free cruises etc), company pick nick once a year and annual recognition gala

    Cons

    you'll b responsible for sales, service and accounting. You may not take any days off between jan-mar its known as wave season, sorry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get rid of robert baker

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Good

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Vacations To Go

    Pros

    VTG in general has a great working environment... Opposite to many sales jobs there is not so much pressure

    Cons

    I believe management is very weak... It's like they do not look at people's skills before they hire them... Some of them are very knowledgeable but do not know how to supervise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to what the employees need to say

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. Career potential good for travel industry enthusiasts

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Vacations To Go full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Income potential, career growth, positive coworker interaction/building friendships

    Cons

    Life/work balance - must sacrifice personal life to get ahead, can be draining and monotonous

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need leadership training for all levels of management by an outside source. Blind leading the blind with backstabbing politics needs to be addressed. You have potential to be great, just need to stop the gossip mill.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. Former employee

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    Former Employee - Travel Counselor in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Travel Counselor in Houston, TX

    I worked at Vacations To Go

    Pros

    Not micro managed. Great motivated co workers. Very easy going management. Great perks that include free cruises if your selected. Great Hotel benefits with your IATA card as travel agent.

    Cons

    Company does not offer paid vacation time which adds stress to every vacation knowing your coming back to a small paycheck and tons of emails after your vacation. This is after you spent tons of money on your vacation and really need to have a good check to compensate for the spending. Another negative is you have to put in a lot of hours to make any money your first couple of years there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your employees what most 100% commission companies pay. They take the weekly average of what you make a year to pay vacation.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful

    Travel Counselor

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    Current Employee - Travel Counselor in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Travel Counselor in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Vacations To Go full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Best part- the majority of the time, they let you work on your own. There is not a lot of micro-managing. Most of the people that work there are very easy to get along with. You can work 20 hours a day if you wish. Some do, and make bank.

    Cons

    Commission based. When its slow, like Sept-Dec, it can be tough. Even taking call after call, you may get a deal here and there, but the cruises are so cheap, you may make only $20-$30 on a $700 cruise. There are many days you can go home empty handed. WIth heavy competition and price of cruises dropping, it can be make you mad.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No need to bother. Your best ideas will be ignored, because the people in charge are way smarter than you.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. Realistic View

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Vacations To Go

    Pros

    No stress
    Relaxed Environment
    Great Coworkers

    Cons

    You have to Live at the job to make good money. Like 70 hours or more a week.

    The upper management team needd to be shaken up and some need to be mived out of their position. One member in particular is NOT liked by many employees at all.

    The commission split could be higher/better.

    Agenta should be paid a base salary for VERY SLOW PERIODS.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Walk tge walk and talk the talk. Meaning, lead by example.

  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Great place to start your job experience, but nobody stays

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    Former Employee - Sales Agent in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Sales Agent in Houston, TX

    I worked at Vacations To Go full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Unlimited income potential. Relaxed dress code (jeans, collared shirt and tennis shoes are acceptable.) Decent bonus structure if you're willing to work more than 40 hours a week. Meetings are motivational. Executive Management is pretty reasonable. You'll make a lot of good friends here. Extremely diverse workplace - all ethnicities and ages (from 22 to 70.) You can also make decent money ($50K+) if you stay 4+ years as you will build up your client base. Sales Agents receive the best compensation (avoid going into management.)

    Cons

    Customer Service always sides with the clients and often gives your commission back to the client. Requires 40+ hours a week to make more than $50K per year. Middle management (Directors, Department Managers and Team Managers) are clueless. If you learn the basics and can resolve your own issues (which most people can do,) you'll be fine. But if you have to go to anyone above you for help, you may be shooting yourself in the foot. No vacation permitted January - March unless you have been with the company 5+ years (no exceptions.) Company tries to do fun theme days, but some are a disaster (Rock 'n Roll Day was a flop with almost 0% participation out of 750 employees.) DO NOT GO INTO MANAGEMENT. They make it sound like it's a step up, but for most people it is a pay cut. Managers are paid a salary so they're restricted to their income potential. Low-performing agents are often targeted for management positions because 1) top performers can afford the pay cut and 2) the low performers see it as a pay raise since they can't sell very well.

    Something is about to go down with this company - they have recently been firing senior management and making changes some manager compensation. Rumor has it that they are either going public or being sold. Either way, drastic cuts are being made to make the company look more profitable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Use one week per year and get back on the phones. Things have changed since you were an agent. The outdated techniques provided by the Directors no longer work.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Sales

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    Current Employee - Sales Agent in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Sales Agent in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Vacations To Go full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great people to work with

    Cons

    Bad hours and talking to idiots

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get with it

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. Not a bad place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Customer Service Manager in Houston, TX

    I worked at Vacations To Go full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good money, great for a sales career

    Cons

    no upward mobility, customers can be rude and expect the impossible

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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