Bacara Resort & Spa Reviews

Updated March 17, 2015
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  1. Bacara= illusion of Barbara

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bacara Resort & Spa

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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

  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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Hopefully, the new management is better.

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    Former Employee - Executive Office
    Former Employee - Executive Office

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    They paid well for Santa Barbara. Collegues were nice people. It's a pretty place to go to work.

    Cons

    A ruthless, New York real-estate mentality. Ownership enjoyed being cruel and making employees uncomfortable.

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  5. 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 Management

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

  6. 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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.

  7. 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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.

  8. Helpful (1)

    Awesome people that u can become lifelong friends with..but the work environment/culture on the property is stressful.

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

    I worked at Bacara Resort & Spa

    Pros

    This is a good place to get some valuable experience in the hospitality industry if you didnt get it elsewhere. HR seems to give most candidates a chance to be a part of the "BACARA" experience unless you are a complete screw up. They will provide you with uniforms, free meal, and the rare opportunity to check out the ranch and other amenities if you are on good terms with management. You will find alot of the staff to be UCSB undergrads sprinkled in with more seasoned professionals that probably came from Wyndham-Marriott or other large corporations seeking the independent hotel job. Also dont forget those in the typical housekeeping or banquets positions. One of the reasons I took a job here was because they also seem to pay slightly higher than other places that I had worked. Yes the property does sit next to the pacific ocean and is really beautiful despite vigorous walking you will do to get around the resort.

    Cons

    For an independent owned resort they make it feel very corporate in a not so good way. Eventually you begin to find out that they dont take paid time off requests very highly. They make it known that your life revolves around this resort even when you leave to go home. I knew many people that got "brainwashed" into the whole scam about the resort being the greatest thing that has ever been built. It is not unheard of to be speaking to someone that works for the property and listen to the way they come off since it is a way that is ingrained in them. I should know because I used to the same thing! The executive management team is comprised of various top level directors in different departments and they all share duties in managing the resort. Essentially, too many people makes it too top heavy! You wil also find that security for the resort to be overly intimidating. Security will go out of their way to make people visiting the beach near the hotel a pain in the rear end. Bacara also has a huge hang up with its image and reputation and because of this it is often common that things will be extremely hush hush with regard to the business of the resort. Many local residents are curious about the place and unfortunately the resort management and owners do the community a disservice by staying clouded in mystery. Does the word "militant" come to mind? You show up late for your shift and say one word and I can guarantee you that by the time you arrive to the property security and managers will be standing there to discipline you! Another thing that will come as a surprise is when you as an employee start making waves to get promoted or move into another department. All of a sudden your plans for transferring into the marketing/sales dept. is derailed because your managers out of the clear blue sky bring up that you have an infraction on your record stemming from a failed guest transaction that occured 8 months prior! Wait a second....as far as you remember they never wrote you up for an issue involving a guest 8 months ago? But then you also discover that the politics of getting the transfer also has to do with your home department not willing to let you go for whatever reasons? Welcome to the nonsense of working for this place!!!

    Advice to Management

    None, I believe that I have stated enough information already!

  9. 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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fun job, great team, low stress environment.

    Cons

    You don't make your own schedule.

  10. Helpful (1)

    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.

  11. Helpful (1)

    Great college job

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    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    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

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