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Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants President and CEO Michael Depatie
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    Former Employee - Floor Manager
    Former Employee - Floor Manager

    I worked at Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants full-time for more than 8 years


    When the people with whom you are surrounded buy into the culture, the ship sails on glass. This is a company that fosters a familial bond between its employees. Those who choose to pursue other opportunities within the industry or choose to leave the industry altogether often find this bond remains intact long after their tenure expires. In a niche specializing in employee turnover and high rates of burnout, this speaks volumes. Most properties are operated by a relatively small staff, so autonomy earns a pat on the back. Benefits for hourly employees was a staple for this company long before it was trendy. Perks: Entry-level managers earned paid benefits. Relocation opportunities abound. Driven employees have high ceilings. Fantastic discounts on hotel rooms for self, friends and family. You can bring your dog to work. LGBTQ+. Kimpton is a young company and an upstart in the hotel/restaurant industry. They will make blunders, but they are rich in opportunity. Great company.


    Like most corporate companies in hospitality, there are a few bad apples. Temptation is at every turn and when temptation meets ego, there are problems. Corporate is highly visible to the hourly employees (especially at the regional level) and the phrase "ship in every port" could easily be replaced with "hostess/staff accountant in every port." Its easy to punch holes through the company culture when you don't respect the person sitting next to you. The growth of the company can sometimes spread its resources too thin. New hotels/restaurants require a training staff, which is pooled from employees at existing/established properties. This can leave teams short-staffed and overworked. Post Bill Kimpton, the company has gradually steered away from properties creating their own identity favoring a more contiguous corporate structure. It seems to be moving away from that warm, familial quality and toward sterility and familiarity.

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Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants Interviews

Updated Aug 15, 2014
Updated Aug 15, 2014

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    Manager Interview

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    Anonymous Employee
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    I applied in-person. The process took 1+ week - interviewed at Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants.

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    The manager was misleading. The interview went fantastic and I asked them about salary right up front. It seemed like something I could work with during the beginning stages but when offered the position the salary was much lower than anticipated.Didn't end up taking the position due to pay.

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    Pay was under market for job responsibilities

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Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants Awards & Accolades

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Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality, Human Rights Campaign, 2012
Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality, Human Rights Campaign, 2010
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Headquarters San Francisco, CA
Size 5000+ Employees
Founded 1981
Type Company - Private
Industry Travel & Tourism
Revenue $100 to $500 million (USD) per year

Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant Group hopes a little style can help it stand out in the crowded leisure industry. The company owns some 12 boutique hotels and manages about 40 others in more than 20 markets across the US. Kimpton buys older buildings in urban areas and transforms them into four-star hotels hotels that feature mostly smaller, European-style accommodations. Upscale Kimpton Restaurants are located next to most hotels. The company's management services include strategic planning, sales and marketing, human resources, and administration support. Investment banker... More

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