Collette Vacations, Inc.

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Collette Vacations, Inc. Reviews

Updated August 14, 2014
Updated August 14, 2014
22 Reviews

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  1.  

    This is the best company I have ever worked for--all past work experiences have led up to this.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Copywriter/Editor  in  Pawtucket, RI
    Current Employee - Copywriter/Editor in Pawtucket, RI

    I have been working at Collette Vacations, Inc. full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Growing company. Great employee culture: we're like a family here. Respect from superiors. Travel opportunities abound, of course. Brand-new employee Wellness Center. Great training and employee development, including tuition reimbursement. Profit-sharing; year-end bonuses. Four hours volunteering per month on company time. Open-door policy with management. Low turnover. I love coming here every day!

    Cons

    The growing number of employees at headquarters has led to parking challenges, which the company is trying to eliminate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Let the professionals run the show

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

    I have been working at Collette Vacations, Inc. full-time

    Pros

    The health insurance is well above average. I can't say enough about how wonderful this benefit is for employees and families.

    Cons

    Ridiculous demands by clueless leaders, being forced to answer to incompetent people who advanced because of who they are related to but have very few marketable skills, micromanaging runs rampant

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Owner and his immediate family should not be involved in the day to day business running this company. Hire good people and sit back and collect the check. You do more harm than good.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Growing company with opportunity

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

    I have been working at Collette Vacations, Inc. full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Location- commutable from Worcester, southern MA, and RI
    Benefits
    Travel perks
    Free gym w/ trainers
    Philanthropy- local & global
    Conveniences like dry cleaning services, blood drives, flu shots, etc...
    Room for growth
    Great people
    Awesome culture
    Open door policy- management is always looking for ways to improve
    Great marketing that will continue to promote name recognition / brand

    Cons

    Due to company's growth, the parking situation is a constant battle. Employees have to block each other in during the day, so leaving for lunch is generally not an option.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to work!

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

    I have been working at Collette Vacations, Inc.

    Pros

    The benefits that Collette provides to their employees are really amazing - full access to a Wellness Center (built for employees and their family members), awesome health/dental (I had one Dr.'s Office tell me how lucky I was with Collette's payment of my deductible), 401k, etc. One of the best things about Collette is the ability to travel - who doesn't want to see the world!?! The employees are really what make this company great - I've never worked with so many positive, friendly, and caring people. Everyone is involved in volunteering efforts and we are always giving back to the community! I honestly never dread coming to work because we sell fun and get to work with amzing people.

    Cons

    I think some of the challenges for Collette are the 1/2 hour lunch and the inability of all members of the team to participate in activities during working hours - both of these "cons" are, of course, because of the need to be accessible to our customers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Ridiculously Under-qualified Management! If you're not in Sales....nobody cares what you're doing all day!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Can't Disclose  in  Pawtucket, RI
    Current Employee - Can't Disclose in Pawtucket, RI

    I have been working at Collette Vacations, Inc. full-time

    Pros

    The company is dedicated to helping the community and the parts of the world that we travel to. However, it is no secret that they get tax benefits from it! Plus, it helps boost their reputation when people are candidly speaking about the company's real problems.

    Cons

    Benefits are average. Travel is unusual, but don't be mistaken! When you travel as an employee, you WORK throughout the tour! Nothing is as good as it looks on the surface.
    Leadership is a joke!! How can there be good leadership when there isn't much good Management!! Management is so under-qualified and there is very little accountability and follow-through. Don't count on anything being promised today to be reality tomorrow! Personal growth?? I have seen good, hard-working people be stunted and held down by management over and over again! Many of them are just robots, doing what they are told to do. There is no room for individual growth, and if you share a great idea, you will NEVER be credited for it! Creativity and personal experience are not welcome here! If you work at Collette,be prepared to leave your intelligence in the car! You won't need it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leadership at Collette sucks! J G seems to be the only one with any intelligence and maturity. Just because someone is related to you, does not qualify her/him to manage people! You can't teach people to be smart! It is partly because of these individuals that personal growth is pretty non-existent at Collette. It is amazing how employees with education, intelligence, experience, and motivation are quickly squashed! If they have any leg-up on their Supervisors, they are quickly slapped down! Do not tell anyone about your future goals and desires OR about your helpful experience!! It's not worth the punishment for actually using the brain-matter that you started here with!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    One of the best places to work in Rhode Island. Amazing benefits that include free travel.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Collette Vacations, Inc.

    Pros

    Benefits
    401k match
    Health and dental
    Free new gym built for employees
    Yearly bonus
    Casual summer
    Yearly travel
    Friendly coworkers
    Potlucks and parties
    Friendly environment
    Open door policy

    Cons

    Low starting salaries
    Micromanaging on some teams
    Some long term management is afraid of change
    Sometimes too conservative monetarily
    Department segregation / need more outings as a company to get to know other departments.

  8.  

    Past Sales Employee

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Collette Vacations, Inc. full-time

    Pros

    Great company overall ...good culture. Home office is better than field. Excellent product. Long term stability.

    Cons

    Sales Dept is old school...high pressure & micro-managing. They listen in on telephone calls.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Absolute waste of time effort and money!! STAY AWAY!!!!!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Pawtucket, RI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pawtucket, RI

    I worked at Collette Vacations, Inc. full-time

    Pros

    What pros? They dangle benefits and training (Which btw is them locking you in a room and having 2 "Trainers" speak to you as if you were 4 years old and dont know what a mouse or keyboard are) in front of you as some sort of a huge perk to the amount of work you actually have to go through. Believe me there are no perks at alll

    Cons

    Too much to even write. Surrounded by people that are not professionals at all. the amount of gossip and lies that are flowing through this place is sickening. Totally unprofessional they hire their sales reps from bar-tending, waitressing, mail room backgrounds. there is not sales competition, nothing to push you. DO NOT LET THEM TELL YOU THERE IS A COMMISSION!!!!! Honestly just do not work here. Thats all I can say. there is no opportunity to grow and even if you do get bumped up ONCE its double hours double work and with barely any pay. NEED I SAY MORE!!!!???!!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hmmm recognize who the true players are and who really wants to work and succeed and ohhh i dont know CAPITALIZE on it???!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    The most negative work environment you could imagine.

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

    I worked at Collette Vacations, Inc. full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Travel perks
    Decent benefits
    Free stuff on Fridays in the summer
    Some really nice co-workers who make your day easier to stomach

    Cons

    Management has no clear vision for the future of this company. They are too busy worrying about what their competitors are doing to focus on what is actually working for them. Their answer to everything is to constantly change to the point where you don't even know what your responsibilities are on a daily basis and when you ask your manager for an updated job description they can't produce one. You will never get a fair review here because of this. Bad attitudes are rewarded...the more unpleasant you are, the longer you stay and you will probably get promoted. Their family comes first, even if it means firing highly qualified and respected managers to make room for someone who has no relevant experience. No respect for your safety! If you work in the call center you are expected to stay in the condos when it snows...don't even think about taking a personal day to stay home and take care of your house because you will be bullied and manipulated until you do what they want. No loyalty to employees-there are few people you can trust...back stabbing is rampant. The longer you work there, the more replaceable you are and they probably know who they'd replace you with..it's like walking on eggshells. Not worth your time!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are the problem with this company. Who you are or who you're related to shouldn't matter, your qualifications should! Stop enabling bad behavior and stop changing policies all the time...it makes working here unbelievably stressful. Your employees have ideas that are worth listening to and trying. The fact that they have better ideas than you do is pretty sad. Stop globe trotting long enough to address the real issues.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    They are so hard up to go and steal clients from travel agent of theirs for 11 years

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Travel Consultant( 615-386-9301)  in  Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Travel Consultant( 615-386-9301) in Nashville, TN

    I have been working at Collette Vacations, Inc. as a contractor for more than 10 years

    Pros

    I really have none to share

    Cons

    No respect and no communicaton to fix the problem

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Shame on you to allow this type business for your companyof way. No respefct for agents

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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