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Don't fall for the Smoke and Mirrors

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Former Employee - Corporate  in  Broomfield, CO
Former Employee - Corporate in Broomfield, CO

I worked at Vail Resorts

Pros

Decent perks, cool industry, terrible compensation

Cons

I agree 110% with all of the reviews on this board describing Vail Resorts as “Dysfunctional” with “Disconnected Management”. As one of the recently departed from the corporate office in Broomfield, after several years including the move from Keystone, all I can say is that I am glad to be gone and wouldn't recommend to anyone.

Over the past 2-3 years numerous corporate reorganizations have resulted in very high turnover and the wrong individuals in the wrong positions. Most people who have been with the company for 1+ year are not very happy and would attest to all of this. Definitely not a place where you want to go in order further or progress a career.

At one point in time, not too long ago, it did live up to the perceived experience that you would expect (good company, cool industry, etc…). Unfortunately that has all changed and it has become the “Wal-Mart” of the ski industry.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Stop running the company like a hedge fund

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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    Great perks, good people, lots of fun, so-so pay

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    Former Employee - Guest Services  in  Keystone, CO
    Former Employee - Guest Services in Keystone, CO

    I worked at Vail Resorts

    Pros

    The mountains! Everyone there is in a better mood and you get lots of discounts on ski packages

    Cons

    They tend to pay 25% below market

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advertise corporate jobs more!

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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    It's all talk. Good name to add to the resume because it is nationally recognized but overall not a good place to work.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Broomfield, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Broomfield, CO

    I worked at Vail Resorts

    Pros

    - Nationally Recognized name/brand can bolster resume
    - "Free" Season Pass for you and dependents (but they use this against you)
    - Lift Tickets for friends/family
    - Young, fun co-workers (estimate the average age in my dept to be in the early-mid 30's)
    - HRA health insurance is 'ok' (but expensive if you are healthy and don't visit a doctor often)
    - Free Starbucks coffee in the lounge (keep you hopped up and productive)

    Cons

    - Compensation is at least 15-20% below market (they know this and say that pay shouldn't be a driving factor for people to work here)
    - Time Off is virtually non-existent (they base the 'PTO' policy around the resorts and apply that to corporate office in Broomfield so you get 0 holidays off; instead you must use PTO to take off holidays)
    - Executive Committee ('EC') micro-manages everything to the point of chaos/design by committee (Senior Management/Directors have no authority to help their employees do their job and must have everything little thing approved by 'EC')
    - Poor, out-dated equipment/tools to do your job (poor support from management to have the tools to work efficiently)
    - Consistently talk about making changes to compensation, PTO, 401k matching, etc. just enough to bait people but nothing ever happens; talk the talk but don't walk the walk
    - Leadership/'EC' totally out of touch with employees work-life balance and constantly are changing course on decisions (and then mostly likely changing course back to original decision after about 3 or 4 course changes)
    - Consistently hire from outside and rarely promote from within (terribly difficult to move up and usually specialty skills are cited as the reason to go outside of the company; however they do not offer professional development for current employees to gain specialty skills and the pay is so low that you take a huge hit trying to get those skills on your own dime <the tuition reimbursement they talk about in hiring process is a sham>)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect your employee's expertise in their field and really listen to their insights. Stop repeating the same 'innovative' ideas and actually act on one. Realize that 'passion' for a company can't pay bills and to keep employees around you need to pay and provide time-off competitively.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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