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Lift Operator

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Former Employee - Lift Operator  in  Vail, CO
Former Employee - Lift Operator in Vail, CO

I worked at Vail Resorts full-time for less than a year

Pros

Living and working in the mountains, laid back work environment, 4 day weeks, ski bum lifestyle, very straight forward, fun and active job, working outside and getting paid to exercise.

Cons

waking up early (duh) , kids that barely got high school degrees thought they were god's gift to the world because they worked there a little longer than you, pay sucked (as to be expected made $9.25), huge array of employees - some were awesome, some sucked, most were in between

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Take a look at some of the employees with degrees that are looking to move up in the company and hire from within.

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    Best Ski- and Snowboard School in the World

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    Former Employee - Ski Instructor  in  Vail, CO
    Former Employee - Ski Instructor in Vail, CO

    I worked at Vail Resorts as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    best, biggest ski- and snowboard school in the world

    Cons

    BIG
    as such there can be politics within the company

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    honor and acknowledge motivation of employees and the true value they add to end customers

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    Excellent work environment, amazing people in the trenches. Compensation is unsustainable.

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    Current Employee - IT Infrastructure  in  Vail, CO
    Current Employee - IT Infrastructure in Vail, CO

    I have been working at Vail Resorts full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Working in the mountains is as awesome as you can imagine; the folks that are here truly want to be, and it shows. The vast majority of mountain employees have passion for what they do and take pride in doing it well. The laid-back mountain vibe exists on-the-job as well. Perks abound, and benefits are great (if you are full-time/year-round). Healthy work-life balance in the mountain positions is easily achievable.

    Cons

    Upper management cares little about keeping good employees happy, which is reflected in the fact that compensation, across all business lines, is not commensurate with the cost of living in proximity to a ski resort. Vail has demonstrated that it happily accepts the high turnover rate of hard-working employees (which they ought to strive to retain) because people are willing to come out here and subsist on Top Ramen so they can ski 100 days in a season. Therefore, for upward mobility to occur, a current employee must move on to greener pastures, leaving a position vacant. The company is perfectly content with this arrangement; 3 years of "employee engagement" surveys have made the employees' wishes regarding compensation quite clear yet the company's response to these results is perpetual lip service. This is particularly cancerous in I.T. due to the CIO dubbing us a "high-performing" department. Meaning the company has raised the bar for greater than 3% annual raises impossibly high while increasing the workload for all.

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    Ease up on the corporate/social media Newspeak and listen to the folks that sweat and bleed to make the exceptional guest experiences your bottom line depends on.

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