Bacara Resort & Spa Reviews

Updated March 17, 2015
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  1. Admin Assistant at Bacara Resort & Spa

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bacara Resort & Spa

    Pros

    I love the people I work with and the culture. I started of and retail and quickly moved my way up. Its a great place to work if you like the corporate feel.

    Cons

    The hills are intense if you are walking in heels. The offsite parking can became a headache, but its nice to work for a company that provides rides.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. On the surface, it's all beautiful and polished.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Bacara Resort & Spa full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    There are some good employees, and the grounds are stunning.

    Cons

    Asking managers to come to Glassdoor to give a positive review is pretty classless. Corporate cuts everything to the bone. So many redundant programs and systems to learn makes you feel like a robot.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the micro managing, hold managers accountable, and fire them if they don't follow though. Hire salaried managers not just 50 hourly supervisors. If you staff the place like a airport hotel, you get that quality.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  3. Valet

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    Former Employee - Valet in Santa Barbara, CA
    Former Employee - Valet in Santa Barbara, CA

    I worked at Bacara Resort & Spa

    Pros

    Fun job, great team, low stress environment.

    Cons

    You don't make your own schedule.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Always going through changes, but great place to work

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    Former Employee - Guest Services in Santa Barbara, CA
    Former Employee - Guest Services in Santa Barbara, CA

    I worked at Bacara Resort & Spa full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great opportunities for promotions. Fun work environment and good benefits.

    Cons

    Management seemed to be always changing due to several shifts in ownership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't preach about lowering turnover when management seems to change every month.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Bacara= illusion of Barbara

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bacara Resort & Spa

    Pros

    Beautiful grounds... Must submit 5 words for this survey

    Cons

    Upper managment squeezed my managers and in turn all employees where not supported and became overworked underpaid. No support from managers. Incompetent staff not trained or capable. Draconian.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reprimand employees when they are not doing their job. Create an environment that values hard work not the lowest common denominator.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  7. Great place to work

    Former Employee - Hostess in Santa Barbara, CA
    Former Employee - Hostess in Santa Barbara, CA

    I worked at Bacara Resort & Spa

    Pros

    Management was always very understanding and sincerely cared about there employees. There was a real "team spirit".

    Cons

    Time off policies were a bit difficult, given the nature of the company

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    Fun place to work during college.

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    Current Employee - Pool Server in Santa Barbara, CA
    Current Employee - Pool Server in Santa Barbara, CA

    I have been working at Bacara Resort & Spa part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Casual, friendly environment with co-workers and even managers (usually). Wealthy guests led to generally good tips. Enough staff to get requested days off most of the time, except holiday weekends.

    Cons

    Sometimes a little too casual, especially for such a top-end resort. Also sometimes guests were pompous a**holes, but not much you can do about that. Often work shifts up to 9 or 10 hours, but it's good money if you can handle it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. A company with many ups and downs.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bacara Resort & Spa

    Pros

    The pay was very good for those without a college degree. I learned valuable skills related to customer service and team work.

    Cons

    Management is a bunch of greedy, power-hungry grease-bags who value nothing more than an extra dollar in their pocket.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care more about employees needs when it comes to hours and taking time off.

  10. gorgeous place to work, okay management

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    Current Employee - SPA Reservations Agent in Santa Barbara, CA
    Current Employee - SPA Reservations Agent in Santa Barbara, CA

    I have been working at Bacara Resort & Spa part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    good money, especially if you are in a department where you can earn tips. gorgeous place to work.

    Cons

    difficult to get time off, but that's common in the hospitality industry. good training. management was often under-qualified, but this was past management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. Spa Reservation

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    Former Employee - SPA Reservations Agent in Santa Barbara, CA
    Former Employee - SPA Reservations Agent in Santa Barbara, CA

    I worked at Bacara Resort & Spa full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Some of the best perks were the lunches we'd get provided to us - always good food after a big event! They even had a great holiday ball for employees and family.

    Cons

    It was hard to move up in the company. Our department especially had a high turnover rate. I believe they are under different management now so I'm sure things have changed.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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