Aspen Skiing Company

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Former Employee - Cook I  in  Aspen, CO
Former Employee - Cook I in Aspen, CO

Pros

You get a great benefits package with an all access season pass to all four of the mountains. The pay is pretty good.

Cons

During the season they work you like dogs then come off-season you drop to part-time and struggle to pay bills. It's good for seasonal work.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Try to keep a more balanced work/life structure throughout the year instead of all at once then none at all

Recommends
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No opinion of CEO

Other reviews for Aspen Skiing Company

  1.  

    Not everything I thought when daydreaming about a ski resort job but fun still the same.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Information Technology Manager  in  Aspen, CO
    Current Employee - Information Technology Manager in Aspen, CO

    Pros

    Free skiing with very decent benefits for the family. Everyone in the family gets a season pass, discounted ski-school and I get a free meal everyday. Challenging and rewarding plus you can't beat the view or the valley in general. Need a lot of experience or time in job to rise through the ranks but it it doable. At a certain level you can expect to make 6 figure salaries but most are not.

    Cons

    Expectations can be absurd and sometimes top level management seems to be arrogant. Culture around the ASC sites can be good ol' boy nepotism. Sometimes great employees and peers are let go quickly. Have heard the term often "Higher slow and fire fast" around this place. Salary can be paltry compared to the rest of the US and is shocking considering the cost of living here. Things are worn and tired behind some curtains and the capital dollars often go towards ski-lifts "yay" .....but those same dollars often don't go toward other useful upgrades. Communication can be abysmal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen more to employees on what we would like to see changed.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Nice Place to work, if you can afford to live here.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Ski Professional  in  Aspen, CO
    Current Employee - Ski Professional in Aspen, CO

    Pros

    One of the most beautiful places in the Rocky Mountains to live and work.

    Great place to ski/ride.

    The majority of the guest/students are great to work with.

    The company has tried to hard to maintain a decent benefits package to it employees in an increasingly difficult economic environment.

    The company, particularly in the Ski School, does not give new managers/supervisors enough education/train when they are elevated from with in.

    Seasonal Work

    Cons

    Wages have not kept up with the cost of living

    It is difficult, but not impossible for a few, to find an affordable place to live, that is not:
    -so small U may need to open the door to change your mind
    -a dump
    -so far away you must commute 45min to an hour each way.

    The company, particularly in the Ski School, does not give new managers/supervisors enough education/training in being a manager when they are elevated from with in.

    The Aspen Ski Co's IT department seems to be constantly finding new way software that makes job more difficult for the employees and the transaction time for the customers longer. (Although, I must say that last season 10/11 winter, the new ticket scanning system worked so much better than I thought it would! based on my previous experience with SkiCos implementation of computerized systems.

    Interdepartment relations/cooperation tends to function poorly. One department does not know what other department is doing. Each department appears to guarding their own turf and/or competing with each other rather than working together enhance the guest experience so the Aspen Ski Co can better compete with the rest of the vacation/leisure industry.

    Company/community can be a bit slow/resistant to new trends ie, snowboarding, terrain parks. (This may not be true for "Haute Couture" trends though:)

    There can be an "Aspen Superiority Complex" that operates within the minds of many of the long time employees in the Ski/Ride School. It is seems to manifest in the belief that Aspen is so much better than any other ski area that there is not much that could be learned from outside our lovely little valley and that we are somehow inoculated from the troubles of the outside world. This blinds them to new ideas and potential threats.

    Seasonal work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a way to make the transaction time shorter for the guest when they r trying to buy lifts tickets.

    Lets look at best practices from other companies in order to make ours better.

    Approves of CEO
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