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

I worked at Vail Resorts full-time for 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

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    You Can't Always Get What You Want

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

    I worked at Vail Resorts full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    You get a free ski pass
    You get mediocre benefits

    Cons

    You will never make what you're worth
    Your work load will only increase the longer you stay, yet you won't receive raises
    People rarely advance
    There is quite a bit of mismanagement
    The turn over rate is excessively high and, therefore, quality of work and efficiency are slim to none

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take better care of your employees. They are, after all, the legs you stand on.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion 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 for 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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