Carlson Companies

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Carlson Companies Reviews

Updated January 19, 2015
Updated January 19, 2015
35 Reviews
3.8
35 Reviews
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Carlson Companies President, CEO, and Director Hubert Joly
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  1.  

    Great Experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Corporate Finance Intern in Minnetonka, MN
    Former Employee - Corporate Finance Intern in Minnetonka, MN

    I worked at Carlson Companies as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Culture, people, commitment to excellence, provides feedback necessary for growth

    Cons

    No cons - I really enjoyed my time at Carlson and enjoyed reporting to my supervisors. As an intern, Carlson provides great recommendations and is a great building block.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Carlson Companies

    Pros

    Lot's of room for advancement

    Cons

    Communication from top management could be improved

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication from top management could be improved

  3.  

    Great people to work with

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Carlson Companies

    Pros

    Location, coworkers, and the hospitality industry itself are all great

    Cons

    Opportunity for constructive feedback is lacking at times

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great benefits & pay.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Executive Administrative Assistant in Minnetonka, MN
    Former Employee - Executive Administrative Assistant in Minnetonka, MN

    I worked at Carlson Companies full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    It was a fun company to work for. Our department worked well as a team and independently as needed. Upper management was hands on and worked well with the all reports.

    Cons

    My position was newly created when I started and there wasn't much work at first.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management in my department was amazing. He took the time to talk to his reports daily and ask for feedback.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great environment with flexibility and strong ethics

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Carlson Companies as an intern

    Pros

    The company as a whole has a strong forward outlook when making business decisions. They are able and willing to invest in their employees. There are many people that have been with the company for a long time which builds a unique community.

    Cons

    There is not a lot of room for vertical growth which makes it hard to get in the company and move into higher roles. They make up for this with horizontal growth and opportunities to work with other departments and Business Units.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to reward tenure and strong ethics since this is what draws many people to the organization.

    Recommends
  7.  

    Excellent company, a little short on compensation

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Manager in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at Carlson Companies full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    This is a great company to work for, they have a lot of opportunities for growth and learning.

    Cons

    Based on everything I have seen, they are usually 10% or 20% below market in compensation, especially on their long term employees. Then they are surprised when someone leaves . . .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You get what you pay for, the good people will go to where the money is!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Fun place to work!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Server in Erie, PA
    Former Employee - Server in Erie, PA

    I worked at Carlson Companies part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The team was great and the management team was flexible. It was an upbeat, fun atmosphere in which to work.

    Cons

    It was rare to get a chance to sit down for a few minutes during an 8 hour shift on a busy evening.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ensure people take a few minutes to sit down during a long shift.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Great place to work, good people from the top down. Just little room for growth.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Host in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Host in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at Carlson Companies full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Periodical raises, good benefits, employees are appreciated

    Cons

    Little to no growth within company starting from a very low level

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Believe in your employees more.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Fulfilling and rewarding

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager Operations & Infrastructure in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Manager Operations & Infrastructure in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at Carlson Companies full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity, competitive pay and benefits, friendly culture. Global spirit and culture. Family ownership brings interesting history and strong commitment.

    Cons

    Unrealistic growth expectations given private ownership and capital constraints. Family issues in the past decade have been a distraction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue the return to core values.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Good company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Carlson Companies full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Decent work/life balance, flexible hours depending on your group, they care about employees being happy, ability to move up and around, development opportunities, a lot of community involvement

    Cons

    Too much emphasis on things that don't matter, way too many surveys, always asking for donations for EVERYTHING

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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