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breckenridge lifty

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Current Employee - Lift Operator in Breckenridge, CO
Current Employee - Lift Operator in Breckenridge, CO

I have been working at Vail Resorts full-time (less than an year)

Pros

- mountain living
- free ski pass
- near CMC (local community college)

Cons

- lack of benefits
- cost of living in breckendridge is really high!!
- dealing with tourist (this can get emotional)
- seasonal

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Give us a raise!

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1.  

    Big company benefits, but employees left feeling like a number that could be easily replaced

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Vail Resorts full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Unique perks that you won't find in a lot of other companies (ski pass, retail discounts, free ski lessons, etc). Casual work place and genuine appreciation for the environment. Employees are encouraged to take ski breaks when they can and enjoy powder days. The company is totally aware that they have to maintain the environment to maintain the business. Leadership at the local resorts "get it" and most really care about each employee.

    Cons

    Average entry level position makes about $9/hour so compensation is too low for the resort towns employees live in - not really a livable wage. Company is growing and growing rapidly - most resort employees feel like a number and replaceable. Corporate office feels totally disconnected to the local resorts - a lot of emphasis on numbers and not on the employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Year after year the same complaints and concerns are raised about compensation to the point where the CEO says he will not address compensation anymore, but there is a reason that it keeps being brought up. Maybe compensation analysis team reported that the average Lift Operator makes $9/hour, but the cost of living in these resorts is higher than almost any other ski area in the country - this is not an after school job or weekend position for most people out here. This is how they make a living. Unfortunately there are so many people that have a passion for the slopes that Vail can get by and get enough employees to run the resort so they haven't learned their lesson yet. But most people can't make it work in the resorts for more than a couple seasons unless they are promoted quickly. Vail promotes that you get a free ski pass as an employee, but this doesn't make up for the lack of compensation - most people would prefer to get paid more and purchase a pass.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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    Vail Resorts oversells the "experience of a lifetime" and underdelivers in every aspect along the way.

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    Current Employee - Ski and Car Valet, Private Club in Vail, CO
    Current Employee - Ski and Car Valet, Private Club in Vail, CO

    I have been working at Vail Resorts full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    1) Ski pass. With this ski pass you will get 20% off all Vail Resorts owned businesses in the Vail/Beaver Creek area. some products and services are limited to the employee or not discounted because of demand.
    2) No matter how incompitent you are...if you stay with this dysfunctinal company long enough...you will become a manager at some level, somewhere, regardless of performance, experience, communication skills, ect.

    Cons

    long hours. poor pay. poor trainning. harrasment. aminities for employees. Communication on all levels.

    ECO bus system (operated by the town of Vail and not VR) the ECO bus system is a disaster. You can count on one-hour commutes each way to-and-from Vail. (5-10 mile range)
    -most times you are standing throughout the bus ride in very tight quarters becasue of limited bus time offerings.

    mid-level managment at every VR operated establishment.
    *80% of Vail Village, Lionshead Village & Golden Peak is monopolized by VR and some are even run under parent company names to distort this truth. This includes but is not limited to: Hotels, Food, Valet, rental shops, fashion, on/off mountain activities.

    interview process: the more appealing you are as the employee the more lies they will feed you to aquire you at the VR discounted rate. -the perks offered (and some are okay) are not worth it once you realize what you signed up for...this happens about three weeks after you are hired and realize the mess you're locked in for over the next few winter months.

    Educated, Qualified, Experienced, High-Performing Professional: AKA what could be Vails saving grace, it's growth and future...the people who make it run- Its brightest employees are not retained do due 1) budget restrictions 2) they know better than to sign up for another disaster season 3)underpaying full-time job (very limited) with no ability to change anything. Working for this company for any reason other than to stuff the resume while in town enjoying as many seasons as you desire would be an avoidable mistake.
    -To those professionals seeking a future with VR...Don't. come enjoy as many season as you can handle and then pursue the career you yearn for.

    No tipping jobs...Vails private ski clubs, six in Vail. also, some in Beaver Creek. Low-end entry: $10,000. High end-entry: $300,000. If you agree to work at one of the VR ski clubs you are signing up to slave for your managers and members @ no more than $12.50 per HR. and receiving no tips for a 100% service oriented job. Jobs with these requirements pay between $20-$40 in average cities with tips involved.

    Vail has a monopoly on the town. You do a poor job for them...you will have a tought time getting another job in town. Working hard for this company has no reward, no great future and if you stay for long you will secure a place on the underachieved wall of Vail. This towns service industry is a joke and needs to be infused with real talent from experienced professionals in the industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I believe upper managment just like the lowest level employee has a passion for something involving the mountain lifestyle. The love, if channeled properly from top-to-bottom at every level could transform the companies mission statment "experience of a lifetime" into a reality. This billion dollar company has a long road ahead of them when not blessed with great winter conditions and the more demanding visitors become informed. Socal medail is becoming more previlent every day and one day VR will be exposed for what is it. A ski town sweat shop.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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