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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)

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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 Management

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.

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    Drugs and laziness

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    Former Employee - Busser in Vail, CO
    Former Employee - Busser in Vail, CO

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

    Pros

    Ski pass. Food discounts. If your lazy you got it made

    Cons

    Terrible management at certain lodge in Beaver Creek. Employees basically allowed to do whatever they want to on shift. Steal, take and sell drugs on the job, hide in closets, not perform their functions because they are too high. I was the oddball because I took pride in my job, was ethical, was sober, and cared for the company. Mgmt will deny it but i know management was aware of most of it. GM told me he doesnt hire for and rarely wants return employees. That is how he backed up the fact that many of the employees were as lazy as ive ever seen. Then Human Resources had no sympathy if you quit because you cannot handle the drug infested workplace. Human resources had no desire to counsel on career advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Be a manager.


  2. Helpful (3)

    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


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