Columbia Sussex

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Columbia Sussex Reviews

Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014
52 Reviews
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52 Reviews
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Columbia Sussex President and CEO Bill Yung III
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35 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • A well understanding senior VP of F&B operations (in 3 reviews)

  • If you are a young person, it is a great way to get your foot in the door and get good experience (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Very low pay below industry avarage (in 5 reviews)

  • Upper management had no regard for its employees and treated them like dirt (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Ok

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    Current Employee - Services in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Services in Cincinnati, OH

    I have been working at Columbia Sussex full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Fun group of people to be around.

    Cons

    Management should be restructured. Focus more on employee relations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to the little folks.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Columbia Sussex

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Columbia Sussex full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Entry level position available.

    Cons

    Everything; corporate doesn't take care of its employees. Overworks and under pays everyone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop a shred of humanity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sales

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Columbia Sussex full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Worked with great people with hours that were great for raising a family. Flexible days with weekly outside sales calls and cold cold calls

    Cons

    Lack of management
    GM is a need to be replaced and so does the directory of sales
    Pay is terrible for the amount of work that you do

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Terrible place to work.

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    Current Employee - Bartender in Savannah, GA
    Current Employee - Bartender in Savannah, GA

    I have been working at Columbia Sussex full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Bartenders make very good money.

    Cons

    Poorly run and the building is falling apart.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend money to fix the illegal hotel and spend the labor to properly staff your hotel.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Horrible low class, low intelligence Management

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    Former Employee - Finance
    Former Employee - Finance

    I worked at Columbia Sussex full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible scheduling work life balance

    Cons

    Management or should I say lack of it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire all of your management and start over. Very uneducated bunch. Just because people have been with you awhile does not mean they should be Management. I have seen better Management at Motel 6's

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    All around awful

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Anchorage, AK
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Anchorage, AK

    I have been working at Columbia Sussex full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Opportunity for advancement due to high turnover rate. Works good to get your foot in the door for experience. Move on as quickly as possible! Almost always overtime offered due to low staff. Great to just make a few bucks. Don't try to start a career here.

    Cons

    With the high turnover rate, you have to work so many hours. I work 12-14 hours a day almost 5-6 days a week and I NEVER feel caught up. I do the work of four people with the salary of one underpaid employee. I have also never heard employees talk to each other the way they do here. It's rude and disrespectful.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

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    Former Employee - Banquet Bartender and Server for 11 Years in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Banquet Bartender and Server for 11 Years in Boston, MA

    I worked at Columbia Sussex full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Bare bones operation allows growth and experience from within

    Cons

    Seemed to saddle managers with too many hats at times

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to us we want the same result you do and face solvable problems daily.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Columbia Sussex

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Columbia Sussex

    Pros

    Columbia offers a great start for up-and-comers in their respective positions. There is a lot of room for upward movement.

    Cons

    The management does not seem to care for their employees (employee meals, health benefits, salaries). Get EVERYTHING in writing upon hiring.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take better care of your employees and they will take better care of your corporation.

  10.  

    Work for Free

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    Current Employee - Restaurant Manager in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Restaurant Manager in Cincinnati, OH

    I have been working at Columbia Sussex full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    good experience and resume builder

    Cons

    Pay. They will pay you significantly less than industry average. If you are on salary, be prepared to work for $9 an hour when its all said and done

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    dont try to fix something that isnt broken. Upper management always feels the need to come in and "change" something regardless if its been working. I dont think Ive seen anyone from corporate smile. Also, when they dine in the restaurant, they are demanding, and rude. Some wont even say thank you or make eye contact.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    A foot in the door in the hotel industry. Low pay. Great for gratuity workers.

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    Former Employee - Banquet Assistant in Stuart, FL
    Former Employee - Banquet Assistant in Stuart, FL

    I worked at Columbia Sussex full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    A good start if you don't have experience. Many depts. with room to grow...to a certain depth. There will always be a chance to make money during respective periods. Awesome travel perks. Management gives you enough space to resolve problems. As long as your eyes are open you can learn alot from senior employees that come from other companies.

    Cons

    Properties are funded unproportionate. Food stamp-level pay; You will need another job. Equipment most times are third hand and last leg. Outdated systems of accounting, and filing(check your pay twice) . Favoritism rules. Your boss may not understand your job, despite seniority. "Policy" never makes sense in reality, despite numerous changes. Regional heads have disapproved of their own "specs", if they were not told beforehand. The companies structure is stuck in the cut-throat 80s.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider promoting on merit. Invest in modern systems. Have confidence in senior employees to do their jobs. Hire competent managers. Raises, proper evaluation, and titles would STOP the high-churn. "Spec" should be done by a chef.Hire from within, with respective degrees. A modern version of general "policy" or standard business practices will improve all areas.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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