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Great place to work but very hard to get promoted

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Current Employee - Senior Finance Manager  in  Washington, DC
Current Employee - Senior Finance Manager in Washington, DC

I have been working at Marriott

Pros

Exceptional senior leadership; creative, smart, hard working associates abound; most department leaders are very flexible with work/life issues and balance; some training opportunities still exist even in this economy; most managers are open and approachable to new ideas and ways of doing things; there's a good amount of comraderie among the workforce.

Cons

The company has been moving to a flatter hierarchy for a couple of years now. As a result, movement up the ladder the ladder has been hampered. HR now touts the benefits of "lateral career moves". While I see the value of such moves in these economic times, I believe most people like myself ultimately want to move up, lead a team, and receive higher compensation. Such opportunities are few and far between (even before the economy tanked). I don't recommend bloated organizations but exellent performance year in and year out deserves recognition in my opinion.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Time to start developing the "bench" a bit more. We have highly qualified people leading the company and believe the company is in excellent hands. However, given these individuals' tenure and move toward a flatter organization, it's more and more difficult to gain the experience needed to reach the next level and stay within the company. I anticipate a fair amount of talent flight once the economy picks up.

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not sure what this field means

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    Former Employee - Senior Director  in  Newport Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Newport Beach, CA

    I worked at Marriott

    Pros

    Smart, competitive, tradition of excellence

    Cons

    political, doesn't always honor the values it states

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    don't create so many layers that the top folks lose touch with what's really happening in the field

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Beware!! This is as bad as it gets for an IT organization.

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    Current Employee - Systems Administrator  in  Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Bethesda, MD

    I have been working at Marriott

    Pros

    You can work remotely with reasonable notice to coworkers. On the other hand, you will be working seven days a week.

    Cons

    Astoundingly inept project management in applicatoin development groups and shared services departments. Zero lateral movement within the organization. Once you are nailed into a position, whether you are qualified or not, you-are-stuck. This place has all the "cons" you can imagine for an IT shop: a mega-"hero" culture; no real planning or priority setting, consequently fire-fighting, panic meetings dominate activities; no training; no salary increases for three years; surprise layoffs and demotions. In short, it's an IT sweat shop run by some of the most incompetent managers on the planet.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bill Marriott - it's time to fish or cut bait. You run a hospitality business. Outsource this sick puppy of an IT organization. If you don't want to do that, clean house and bring in professional IT directors and managers. It's time to jettison your home-grown IT managers who have done nothing but accrue tenure. These dummies are wasting millions and they don't have the experience or competence to "globalize" your business. Each month you wait puts you further behind the competion.

    Doesn't Recommend
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