Vail Resorts

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Really Bad Pay but opportunities to expand your service industry resume

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Former Employee - Fine Dining Server in Breckenridge, CO
Former Employee - Fine Dining Server in Breckenridge, CO

I worked at Vail Resorts full-time (more than a year)

Pros

work where you play
able to move up quickly if you are financially able to stay with it - HIGH turnover rate creates open positions!

Cons

Areas of jobs tend to be of high real estate value (HIGH RENT)
Pay is marginal to pathetic
Most employees must work multiple jobs to pay for life expenses

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Retain the talented, key employees with higher pay so that they will stay longer than 1-2 years max before they have to move on in order to pay off college loans, start a family, etc. Seasonal employees can be payed low wages as they are generally looking to "escape reality" for a winter or year

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Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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  1. 6 people found this helpful  

    Experience of a Lifetime...Employees Need Not Apply

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    Former Employee - Developer in Broomfield, CO
    Former Employee - Developer in Broomfield, CO

    I worked at Vail Resorts full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Free coffee
    Free granola bars
    Decent work/life balance
    Newer office
    Enjoyable co-workers

    Cons

    HORRIBLE pay (Vail pays 20-30% less than most other employers for experienced professionals)
    Vacation policy is mediocre at best
        -2 weeks of accrued PTO for the first five years, but ALL holidays must come out PTO
       -1 week of sick time
    Other benefits are mediocre
       -Only one medical plan to choose from with two tiers of coverage
       -Dental plan is average
    No attempt to develop internal employees
        -Most new and exciting work done by a staff of contract resources
        -Training is almost non-existent (Internal online training is a joke)
        -Annual training budget is rarely communicated
        -Identifying, communicating and advocating for outside training falls on the individual employee and is rarely, if ever, approved by management
    Tiny cubes in cube farm unless you're middle to upper management
    Little to no upward mobility
        -Hiring external candidates for management positions is typical for almost all departments
          -This goes back to the lack of internal employee development
        -Flat organization leads to rare openings for upper management positions
        -No career path defined for technical leaning staff.
    Micro-management from executive staff
        -Executives must approve EVERY minor decision by middle management
           Example: Executives sign-off on hiring of contract staff
    Poor communication for upper management
         -Decisions made by upper management are never communicate well with leads to departments blaming each other for unilateral executive decision that were NOT well thought out
        -When decision are made by executives there is no communication regarding the reasoning behind these key decisions.
    Lack of innovation
        -Executive staff seems to believe that if they weren't the source of an idea it isn't worthwhile
        -Many key staff members have been with company too long and aren't open to new ideas or ways of running the business
        -Company is not willing to invest money in key systems. Many believe, "if it ain't broke, why fix it"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your staff and your infrastructure. Trust the management and staff you hired to make the right business decisions and stop micro-managing everyone. The company is one that could attract talented professionals, but you continue to force talented people to look else where b/c you fail again and again to develop, trust and pay them accordingly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    The corporate office lives up to the name

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    Former Employee - Marketing in Broomfield, CO
    Former Employee - Marketing in Broomfield, CO

    I worked at Vail Resorts full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The Vail Resorts office has a nice lounge/coffee bar for all of the staff, in my department I had some great teammates and there was almost no office drama, all employees get free ski pass and some vouchers for friends and family, the lodging discounts are alright and if you pick the right time of year there are some good ones.

    Cons

    The pay is below average and the benefits do not make up for the deficiency. The work culture is awful and has very little flexibility for alternative work options like occasionaly working form home for example. The paid time off is also severely lacking. Upper management is constantly meddling in projects and causing more work for the teams.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The office culture is seriously lacking and you will need to make some moves to retain your most talented workers so don't be afraid to break away from the status quo and try something new, you do it all the time with big marketing projects like EpicMix. Also there is no incentive to bring up new ideas because the performance incentive is laughable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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