American Leisure – New York, NY
To lifeguard and maintain the pool area while providing the highest level of hospitality to the residents and their guests. Proper Lifeguard… Job Board
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I worked at American Leisure Corp full-time (More than a year)
Easy, mindless work. Pays above minimum wage. I guess its ok for high school kids and working college students, but if you're a trained, educated, or experienced individual over the age of 25, do not expect your abilities to be utilized, recognized, or appreciated in any way in any entry level position here.
Practically everything other than the Pros mentioned above. Terrible managers who do not respect their employees at all. An almost endless turnover rate because of how much every lifeguard and receptionist hates their job, you barely learn someone's name before they quit or are fired. VPs are also condescending and rude to lower level employees. You work for terrible, terrible people. American Leisure facilities are located within "Luxury Residential Buildings," which means really rich people. I worked in two of the largest buildings/accounts in New York City, so we are talking people with multi-million dollar apartments. They are the ones who use your facilities, they are not open to the public. Unless you are in a location inside a luxury hotel--and still, rich people. So needless to say you are constantly dealing with spoiled, entitled, bratty, rude, jerkoffs. I said one of the Pros is that AL pays above minimum wage, but not by much. I started at $12 and then magically went down to $11.50 just by virtue of being transferred to another building. DO NOT EXPECT ANYONE TO EVER TIP YOU. AL also hosts catered parties inside the building where you will be expected to serve food and alcohol to people despite not being hired for a service position. You will serve them all night, you will be scoffed at if you ask for an ID, you will clean up after them, and NO ONE WILL TIP YOU A SINGLE $1. At the lower management level, you have a mix of older, jaded jerks who at least have some actual experience but who ultimately see everyone as a threat to them; and then there are the managers who have zero experience, are 21-year old back-up dancers or whatever who got lucky and were either friends with or banged the right person and got a job they are completely incapable of and didn't deserve. At the upper level, you have these VPs who have been there waaaaaay too long who are waaaaaaay too secure in their jobs to care about doing them correctly.
Advice to Management
Treat your employees like human beings that matter. Try actually using their strengths and skills instead of suppressing any ideas that aren't yours. Do not lie to your employee's faces. Do not underestimate the intelligence of your employees. Do not hold yourself and your friends to completely different standards than others. VPs should pay closer attention to what their managers are actually doing with their budgets and what hours they claim to be working. Give actual opportunities for rising up in the company and utilizing the few talented and honest workers you have. Pay a living wage. $11.50 may be above the legally mandated minimum, but it is NOT A LIVING WAGE for New York City. Pay all of your workers a living wage that is adjusted for the cost of living where they live. Try giving better insurance and benefit options.