Bacara Resort & Spa

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Bacara Resort & Spa Reviews

Updated February 24, 2015
Updated February 24, 2015
14 Reviews
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14 Reviews
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  1.  

    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
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  2.  

    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

  3.  

    Enjoyable, yet stressful place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bacara Resort & Spa

    Pros

    Overall, Bacara was a nice place to work...the staff is for the most part, well polished and professional. Resort is gorgeous..

    Cons

    It can get very stressful on staff at some points due to guest/senior management requests and sometimes short/poor staffing. Run by a committee, which brings up the old saying: "too many cooks in the kitchen"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bacara should really go back to the days when there was a Resort Manager instead of a Board of Managers who take turns "being" the Resort Manager.

    Recommends
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  5.  

    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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    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
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  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great college job

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Agent in Goleta, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Agent in Goleta, CA

    I worked at Bacara Resort & Spa full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    This was one of my favorite jobs I've had. I worked there all through out my college years. They were very flexible with working with my school schedule. The training is very thourough and managers are happy to coach you through difficult situations. While working there I tried out three ditfferent positions and enjoyed them all: Honor Bar, In Room Dining Sales Agent and I also worked in Banquets. Banquets was fun but very long hours. But once the paycheck came around it was all worth it. Some of the great perks of working at Bacara are: Celebrity sightings, free meals at the cafeteria, friendly staff, good pay, opportunity to move up/change positions, easy to make friends, fun place to work =D

    Cons

    Horribly ugly uniforms, have to work weekends, early morning shifts, and holidays, dealing with very difficult demanding guests

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Quality of Service is No. 1 Here

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bacara Resort & Spa

    Pros

    Company culture was extremely pervasive from top to bottom. All staff were indoctrinated on how to provide the same high quality level of service.

    Cons

    Because quality of service was consistent on all levels, management tended to have a downsized role.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Expect much from your employees, and respond more in defense of their service when dealing with customers

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Beautiful place to work, so-so management

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    Former Employee - Banquets Server
    Former Employee - Banquets Server

    I worked at Bacara Resort & Spa

    Pros

    Excellent pay, great food in break room, beautiful location, friendly co-workers, laundry in-house so uniforms are always ready to go, and room for growth.

    Cons

    Not a lot of attention paid to time-off requests, very long hours, but other than that not a bad place to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
  10.  

    Pastry Cook

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    Current Employee - Pastry Cook in Santa Barbara, CA
    Current Employee - Pastry Cook in Santa Barbara, CA

    I have been working at Bacara Resort & Spa

    Pros

    The people are great and they have a sense of family here. There are new banquets and parties that keep things exciting also.

    Cons

    They are experiencing a slow time so they are cutting back peoples hours a lot. Which is putting more work on to each employer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would love to see new employees have a longer training program with in the dept. The welcoming and group orientation was great.

  11.  

    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.

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