Joie de Vivre Reviews

Updated May 28, 2015
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  1. Always Something New

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Joie de Vivre full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    -Growth within the company is highly attainable.
    -The people you work with are typically great
    -Always busy and now growing/expanding much more than before
    -Great support from superiors
    -People in Home Office (Corporate) actually take their time to answer your questions.

    Cons

    -Not 100% stable considering losing many properties within 5 years
    -Some management (definitely not all), need to improve on their practices and be more encouraging and supportive of their team.

    Advice to Management

    For the handful of managers that need to improve, remember that your actions speak louder than words. Your team looks up to you as a guide, and when you blatantly look like you don't care, that carries over to your team.


  2. meh...

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Front Desk Agent in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Front Desk Agent in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Joie de Vivre part-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    This company empowers employees by trusting our judgment.

    Cons

    Training is minimal. Hr dept is not that responsive when you try to move from location to location. Also they post open position positions to the public and don't tell current employees FIRST.


  3. Great company, lack of employee
    Training

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Coordinator in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Coordinator in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Joie de Vivre full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Positive feedback from management, great customer engagement with guests, always make sure guests are satisfied and take care of on a daily basis.

    Cons

    Lack of management training, Limited
    HR resources, lack of training for career advancement, limited resources for employees looking for career growth.

    Advice to Management

    None


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  5. Good Companh

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Joie de Vivre

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work environment, values, work life balance

    Cons

    Corporate management not involved if not local to headquarters


  6. Galleria Park

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Front Desk in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Front Desk in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Joie de Vivre full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I work at the Galleria Park, which is a Commune property. I think it's the best job I have ever had in my career. All the managers, including the general manager, truly care and they walk the talk. They make it fun to go to work. It is like a family in that hotel. The managers communicate well and don't have the elite attitude.

    Cons

    Other hotels in the company are not the same when I speak to other employees.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


  7. Great company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Joie de Vivre

    Pros

    Joie de vivre under chip Conley was a great company with a wonderful spirit of hospitality

    Cons

    Expansion has caused some dilution of the wonderful joie de vivre spirit that I grew up with

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the spirit of joie de vivre


  8. Happy place to work.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Night Auditor
    Current Employee - Night Auditor

    I have been working at Joie de Vivre part-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Supportive, smart, capable managers and coworkers. Humor, creativity and flexibility in the workplace. Excellent training. High level of trust and respect for employees. Employee feedback is valued and taken seriously. Feedback from managers is positive and constructive. Fair pay, stylish uniforms.

    Cons

    A lot of multi-tasking. Fast pace can be stressful.


  9. Reality Not The Dream

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Joie de Vivre full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Company has aggressive expansion plans to add many new hotels.
    Decent work/life balance.
    A few strong employees supporting everyone else.

    Cons

    Company paints a great picture for the future, while failing to focus on actually creating a better organization in the present.
    Too many people resistant to change and comfortable simply collecting their paycheck and doing things as they always have.
    Lack of sophistication in middle/upper management.
    No formal on-boarding/training.
    Lack of resources in general.

    Advice to Management

    Consider injecting new managers, removing others, and training all in management.
    Invest more back into the company to build your resources.


  10. Company culture dwindling by the day

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Joie de Vivre

    Pros

    Best are the co-workers.

    Cons

    Pay is too low to keep good staff, hence there is a lot of turnover and frustration; not fun in the long run.

    Advice to Management

    Improve the company culture by more than just offering a food truck coming by once a month for lunch.... (As example).....Generally, the company culture which Has been at the core of JDVs success is not there anymore and nor are adequate wages so good employees take the next best offer and leave. There is no formal training and the JDV university seems to have ceased to exist except for introduction classes. The lack of all these 'minor' issues will mean that JDV become just another mediocre hotel chain, not a very strong model for success. Compare yourself to all the successful companies out there- they all build on a strong employees & a healthy corporate climate- JDV not anymore!


  11. Helpful (2)

    Focused on Expansion, Not Necessarily the Current Situation

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Joie de Vivre full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good company values (at least in theory), nice office space, nice co-workers (for the most part), good work/life balance, decent benefits, exciting company growth plans

    Cons

    Too focused on opening the next hotel instead of what is currently actually going on, still scrambling to recover from turnover and instability following Thompson merger, disorganization, lack of training program and formal on-boarding process, department management not supportive and seem to be more focused on covering themselves, cliques

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on organizing the company and supporting employees instead of what is next



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