Joie de Vivre

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Joie de Vivre Reviews

Updated October 12, 2014
Updated October 12, 2014
21 Reviews
3.2
21 Reviews
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  1.  

    Reality Not The Dream

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Focused on Expansion, Not Necessarily the Current Situation

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

    I worked at Joie de Vivre full-time

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Hotel Erwin

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Server in Venice, CA
    Former Employee - Server in Venice, CA

    I worked at Joie de Vivre full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    You get a different perspective of how good it feels to go above and beyond for guest experience. Teh Dreammaker program challenged you to turn the tables and get to know the guest and how to interactive with them.

    Cons

    In smaller staffs lack of flexibility.

    Recommends
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  5.  

    It's Bigger Than Hospitality

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

    I have been working at Joie de Vivre full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    There is a passionate group of people that work very hard to make a difference in the industry. They are humble and caring. The company is growing, which means lots of career opportunities and growth. You can make an impact, be creative and have fun! There is open discussion and the CEO (Niki) and leadership team are very approachable and willing to listen.

    Cons

    Growing quickly, so it can be challenging for the processes and internal procedures to keep up with that growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work! Try to continue to expand the benefits packages. Don't grow too fast. Protect the unique culture that you have been building for the past year.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Wonderful Company

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

    I worked at Joie de Vivre full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Fluid work schedule. Easy work environment. Great co-workers.

    Cons

    Not an international business which is fine if you want to stay in country.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Overall a good experience in my career

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

    I worked at Joie de Vivre full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    -If you are hardworking, there is opportunity for advancement.
    -Despite the issues I had with certain people there, my department manager is one of the best managers I've ever had. Received training I will use for the rest of my hospitality career
    -Stayed at many great properties in the company, free!
    -Made many friends and contacts. Referral bonus for getting friends hired

    Cons

    Politics.
    Too many changes. After the merger with Thompson and Commune, it didn't feel like a small company or a big corporation, it was like an identity crisis.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not hire supervisors who say "I shouldn't have to praise people just for doing their job".

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not the company it use to be, and that's not a good thing.

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

    I worked at Joie de Vivre full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some really good people in place at the mid level management level.

    Cons

    No opportunity for advancement. A lot of talk of the company growing, but they have lost more hotels from their collection than they have added over the past 2 years. New CEO doesn't walk the talk. The Senior Leadership team she has assembled from her Kimpton days are all talk and little to no action. Overall poor communication from Sr. Leadership. the company culture is worse than ever. Unfortunately, when Chip left, so did Joie de Vivre.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire some top quality talent that doesn't have a Kimpton pedigree.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Doesn't live up to the hype

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

    I worked at Joie de Vivre full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    A couple free nights at a JDV hotel each quarter

    Cons

    - Dysfunctional management
    - Lack of integrity
    - Low pay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees with respect. Be honest with them. Pay them appropriately so they don't flee to other companies. Give them genuine career opportunities. Offer decent benefits. JDV doesn't compare to other local companies. There's quite a bit of lip service to old JDV programs and services, the reality is a disappointment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Growing company, new CEO making big changes

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Sales in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Joie de Vivre full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Growing company with the merger of Commune hotels. Opportunity for growth is expanding rapidly.

    Cons

    Corporate office is going through so many changes which trickles down lack of communication to the hotels. We are not getting answers on a lot of the direction the company is heading, bonus plans changing consistently with lack of communication to external sales departments at the hotels.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Overall I would say Joie de Vivre was a pretty good company to work for.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Bartender in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Bartender in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Joie de Vivre full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I would say the best part about working for JDV were the people that work there. The hotel I was working at got purchased by JDV and they came in and made a lot of changes. All in all the changes they made to the hotel were okay. They made some renovations to the F&B outlets of the hotel and brought in a new chef ect.

    Cons

    While I was working at JDV there was a lot of change going on in upper management which led to an atmosphere of uncertainty amongst employees. With all of the renovations I would have expected to see in increase in business but that was not the case. I feel like JDV could have done a better job marketing and advertising to bring in business.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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