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Dream Big...Live Small

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Former Employee - Human Resources Specialist in Broomfield, CO
Former Employee - Human Resources Specialist in Broomfield, CO

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

Pros

For most, the season pass for snowboarding and skiing is the draw. Certainly, if you are able to take the time off, it is a valued asset. Some of the people you meet become good friends. Enjoying winter sports in some of the most beautiful areas.

Cons

The list is too long. Some of the highlights:
*Poor management
*Too much work to get done in a short amount of time, with unreliable/limited resources
*Terrible, non-existent exit strategy or procedure for seasonal employees (corporate)
*HR is a numbers game that's totally focused on volume and not the individual
*Complete disregard for new Colorado laws that legalize use of recreational medication
*Managers who are judgmental and critical of candidates and fellow employees
*Managers who openly practice favoritism among employees, based upon trivial criteria
*Managers/Leads of departments who are power-hungry bullies who push people to obey, not to succeed
*Nepotism to such an elevated degree, it's difficult to believe that room for advancement even exists for those outside of the 'cliques'
*Total disregard for employees who work at the resorts. Long hours, low pay and ungrateful managers, who threaten employees constantly with losing their job, thus the winter pass
*Emphasis on implementation of timely, costly projects that don't work
*Unrealistic expectations are placed upon employees and then they receive terrible performance reviews, that almost guarantee NO advancement or re-employment opportunities
*This company is openly biased to snowboarders
*Promises, promises, with no intention of owning up to them
*Employees are treated differently across the board. Example: uniformity during season's end in HR are non-existent. Some employees receive exit interviews and a performance review; some do not.
*Too many to list

Advice to ManagementAdvice

My advice to management is: remember the dreamers who so looked forward to being part of the VR culture. Without these 'dreamers,' you would have no one to run the lifts, cook your food, check in guests, hire employees (talent acquisition), handle guest complaints, or even teach people to snowboard and ski. People expect to be treated like people, not pushed around by your incapable management staff. I was one of those who believed that this was the experience of a lifetime. It's sad to be so sorely disappointed. Change your culture to fit the reality you've created. Theoretically, the VR culture system works. In fact, no one truly practices it, except those who have lower-level jobs. Someday you will have to treat people better, or those you don't truly accept will turn on you. Who will keep your resorts running then?

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  1. As to be expected

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Vail Resorts full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Ski passes, lessons and parties

    Cons

    Small Cog in a huge company

  2. After 6 years as an instructor, I can't think of another mountain I'd rather teach at, or a company I'd rather work for.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Vail Resorts part-time

    Pros

    Free ski pass, discounted friends and family passes, discounted rates around/on the mountain, team culture

    Cons

    Low base salary for starting employees, over time the benefits for part time employees went downhill, the new heli hanson jackets were not as warm as the old DNA jackets.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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