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Former Employee – worked at Vail Resorts full-time for more than a year
Pros – Free coffee
Free granola bars
Decent work/life balance
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 Senior 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.
No, I would not recommend this company to a friend
2012-07-12 22:06 PDT
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