Holiday Retirement

Holiday Retirement Video

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Holiday Retirement – Why Work For Us?

​​A pioneer then, a leader now​​

When we founded Holiday Retirement in 1971, we set out to create an independent retirement lifestyle unlike anything seniors had ever experienced before -- cheerful communities filled with friendly neighbors and staff who feel more like family, live-in managers dedicated to the safety and satisfaction of each resident, innovative activities, programs and travel opportunities for fun and personal growth, and all the chores and daily details of life taken care of. When people talk about life at Holiday, they can’t help but smile and burst with memorable experiences. And that’s because of something we call the Holiday Touch.

The Holiday Touch is all about going above and beyond to make every day special for our residents. Today, we invite you to become part of the Holiday family and experience the Holiday Touch for yourself. Discover a satisfying career working for a company that truly treasures seniors -- where everything you do, in whatever capacity, is contributing to their happiness and wellbeing. Join a team that strives to create a welcoming atmosphere in which residents know they’re right where they belong. In the process, we’re confident you’ll find the place where you belong, too.

Imagine defining the future of retirement, a destination that many spend a lifetime planning for. As North America’s largest independent senior living provider, Holiday Retirement associates are working toward the singular goal of producing a world-class senior living experience. If you have a passion for helping others, are driven to excellence, and find the challenge of continuous innovation exciting, we’d love to talk to you.

​​​​​Community Positions​​​​

​​​​Community Manager: Managers are the heart of a Holiday community, working together to manage day-to-day operations while sharing their lives with our independent senior residents.​​​​

Community Sales Leader: As a Community Sales Leader at Holiday Retirement you’ll use your proven sales skills to maximize occupancy for our independent senior living communities.

Chef/Server: Test your culinary prowess in an unlikely place. At Holiday, it’s about more than just sustenance. It’s four million made-from-scratch meals served with pride.

Maintenance: Simply put, the work you do will have a significant impact on residents' quality of life. You’ll perform tasks like general building repair, grounds keeping, and most importantly, ensuring safety.

​​Housekeeping: With a housekeeping career at Holiday, you’ll perform one of the most valuable services we offer - assisting residents with "the little things," an integral part of the Holiday Touch. ​​

​​​Corporate Positions​​

​​​Corporate Team Member: At Holiday, we are serious about helping seniors enjoy a well-earned retirement.​​ We don’t just develop. We define. Join the leading innovator in senior housing technology and one of the top 5 largest cloud-based platforms in the world.


​​​​Our seniors aren’t the only ones benefiting from your employment here – you will, too. Employees receive a competitive compensation package that includes:​​

  • Paid Training
  • Health Care Plan
  • Dental Plan
  • Vision Plan
  • Life Insurance
  • Short & Long-term Disability
  • 401 (K), United States or RRSP, Canada
  • Paid Vacation
  • Paid Holidays
  • Holiday Retirement’s exclusive travel program
  • Bonus Packages​​

​With more than 300 Holiday Retirement communities across the United States and Canada, there is sure to be a location just right for your career.



























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​​Our Story​​​

​​​​Holiday Retirement was founded by William E. Colson, often recognized as the father of Independent Retirement Living, with his father Hugh Colson in 1971. At the time, William was operating Colson & Colson construction, specializing in building high-level care facilities for seniors – referred to as “nursing homes”.​​​​

William and his father realized that while seniors were benefitting from the quality care they received in these facilities, they could be benefiting even more from a nurturing, community environment that met seniors’ other needs: social, physical, educational and spiritual, at an affordable, all-inclusive monthly rate.

They opened their first independent retirement community in Vancouver, Washington in 1971. Today there are more than 300 Holiday Retirement senior living communities across the United States and Canada, and tens of thousands of seniors are enjoying the one-of-a-kind lifestyle only Holiday can provide.

Although we have grown in size, we remain true to the core values instilled by William E. Colson, and are as committed now as he was then to improving the lives of seniors.

A History of Growth​

1971 – William E. Colson and his father Hugh Colson found Holiday Management Company. First community, Kamlu Retirement Inn-Vancouver opens in Vancouver, Wash. on Nov. 1.

1977 – Edgewood Downs in Beaverton, Oregon opens on June 1 and is Holiday Management Company’s second community.

1985 – Harrison Regent in Ogden, Utah opens on July 1, 1985 and begins Holiday Management Company’s expansion east. The company’s first nine communities were exclusively located in the western region of the U.S. (Washington, Oregon, California, and Idaho). Communities are also opened in Colorado (Pueblo and Colorado Springs), and Texas) (Amarillo).

1987 – Holiday Management Company changes name to Holiday Retirement Corp. and opens first Canadian community, The Victorian in Victoria, British Columbia, on August 1, 1987.

1988-2009 – Holiday Retirement adds at least two communities to the portfolio every year.

1998-1999 – Holiday Retirement experiences record growth by adding 44 total communities.

2007 – William E. Colson sells Holiday Retirement to Fortress Investment Group LLC of New York. Colson passes away from colon cancer on May 20, 2007.

2008 – Jack R. Callison Jr. is named Chief Executive Officer.

2009 – Holiday Retirement makes $82,500 donation to American Cancer Society.

2010 – Three seniors win free rent for life through Holiday Retirement’s national Swing into Spring promotion.

2011 – Holiday Retirement donates $1.2 million to Outward Bound for Veterans and $61,000 contribution to Outward Bound Canada, Veterans Program in March. Holiday Retirement adds first community since 2009, acquiring The Chateau in McKinney, Texas on July 1.

2012 – Home office relocates from Salem, Oregon to Lake Oswego, Oregon on April 16, 2012.
Holiday Retirement acquires Parkview in Allen (Allen, Texas) on March 1, Village at the Falls(Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin) and The Regent (Corvallis, Oregon) on June 29, and Holiday at the Atrium (Glenville, New York) on July 31.

A Proud Tradition of Giving​

​​​​Holiday Retirement is honored to be among the senior living industry’s philanthropic leaders, supporting numerous organizations and causes.​​

Our more than 300 communities were founded on the spirit of service. We firmly believe in the power of giving back to others, and we happily offer residents regular volunteer opportunities through our award-winning Seniors Serving Seniors/Seniors Serving Society program.

Collectively, Holiday Retirement is dedicated to participating in a variety of charitable endeavors and causes, both locally and beyond. Holiday Retirement donated $82,500 to the American Cancer Society in 2009 and $1.2 million to the Outward Bound for Veterans program in 2012.

Want to get involved with us? Contact a community near you to get started.​

Outward Bound for Veterans

Since its inception, ​Holiday Retirement's Outward Bound initiative has helped 600 deserving veterans experience life-changing journeys.

2013 - Holiday Retirement pledged to raise another $1.2 million to continue the Veterans course.​

2012 - Holiday Retirement donated $1.2 million to fund​​ the Outward Bound for Veterans course for 600 veterans.

2011 - Holiday Retirement made its first donation of $61,000 to Canada's Outward Bound program.

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Holiday Retirement President & CEO Kai Hsiao
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    You are the OWNER of your Building ! HaHa!!

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    Current Employee - Community Manager
    Current Employee - Community Manager

    I have been working at Holiday Retirement full-time (more than 3 years)


    You have minimal expense, so you can save for your OWN Retirement! The relationships you build. The associates who work sooooo hard ! The team you Build. Overall Home office is trying!


    The long, hair on fire, Hours. The Co managers have no clue as to how the business needs to run. If you try to teach them how operations work they are not interested in learning. They get to be social, and do not understand what it takes to balance ALL the hats the Mangers wear. This is why the management turnover at the Community level. If the RD would practice what the Company preaches and take care of the Managers and have their back , the Managers could build a TEAM. We do the division of LABOR.. but still do it ALL. When you have an accountability talk with the COs and they don't like the delegation they CRY fowl.. to RD We as the OWNER of the business, to make it successful should have our boss on our side.
    The hoops that we have to JUMP through to get what we need to take care of residents and the building upkeep is a JOKE. We are told to know our budgets, sales, take care of the CUSTOMER (the Resident)... but don't do anything unless you get APPROVAL on any decision. We love what we do .... but burn out is a given !!! No one should have a pit in their stomach everyday they are on the job. Work Life Balance -0-.. We can not get floaters as NO one coordinates relief for a Team. We earn vacation time but can not take... the Teams cover for each other so when you do a take a day or two.. you come back and work 5-9 days straight 24/7 so the time off Is voided.. back to being exhausted. You do it every day/week/month to be there for your RESIDENTS.... at very low wage based on the hours.. and get NO pay increase. Even as a top level Community your earn no more than struggling Manager.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    HELP do not hinder us! Please quit taking advantage of your LEAD Managers.... Do something for them.. Let them rub their Communities.
    You know what Communities have poor Managers ... coach those teams.... Reward your top teams. Everyone, under we take care of with praise, rewards , associate appreciation. But the Leads, (US), get nothing from above. Yet the buck stops with us on all levels. Please stop the abuse of the Community managers.

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Holiday Retirement Interviews

Updated Nov 20, 2014
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    Community Manager Interview

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    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Holiday Retirement.

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    The recruiter ask you a couple questions about your background and tells you about the position over the phone. I was then scheduled for a face to face and spoke with the managers about the community. Offered the position with a couple weeks

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    • The unexpected question was "Are you aware we have bad reviews on Glassdoors?" I never heard a recruiter start off making a statement like that   Answer Question
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    After all the bad reviews I declined

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Additional Info

Headquarters Lake Oswego, OR
Size 5000+ Employees
Founded 1971
Type Company - Private
Industry Real Estate

The simplest definition of Holiday Retirement is that we’re a robust family of more than 300 senior living communities that provides seniors a safe, carefree, all-inclusive independent retirement lifestyle. But really, we’re so much more than that. As a pioneer, and the nation’s leading provider of Independent Retirement Living, our residents know that they’re experiencing a... More

Mission: We are in the business of providing security, comfort and value to seniors seeking an independent and fulfilling lifestyle. We provide The Holiday Touch.

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