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Marriott Reviews in Bethesda, MD

Updated August 14, 2014
Updated August 14, 2014
1,257 Reviews

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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Marriott really focuses on a good work-life balance (in 32 reviews)

  • Great benefits such as steeply discounted hotel rooms when traveling (in 68 reviews)


Cons
  • Work Life Balance went away with the re-organization of the sales department (in 38 reviews)

  • Some times the demands to work long hours proves to be a burden to associates family members (in 63 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Company for Career Growth

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Front Desk Associate  in  Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Front Desk Associate in Bethesda, MD

    Pros

    Good career growth opportunities
    Very Diverse

    Cons

    If you want to move up, you have to network. But that's true just about anywhere, right?

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Since Mr. Marriott retired, IR has consistently and steadily declined to a shell of its former self - outsourcing UGH.

    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Bethesda, MD

    Pros

    There is lots to do; especially if you like to oversee a consulting companies destroying systems.

    Cons

    CIO is a clown without the big nose and floppy shoes. Most of management are a bunch of yes-men that lack principles and intelligence.

    Since the re-org, developers can't develop, project managers can't manage projects - instead they must oversee consulting firms.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Eat fatty foods, don't exercise and abuse yourself, so that you can live painful but short lives.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    I enjoyed working for Marriott for the most part. The company is outstanding for work/personal life balance!

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

    Pros

    Work/personal life balance
    Community Outreach
    Benefits (hotel discounts, especially)
    Flexibility

    Cons

    Compensation in relation to your individual contributions
    Management's inability to deal with employee conflict

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Managers should be forced to attend mandatory training on an annual basis. Some managers have favorites who they cater to and others are so aloof that they don't know what is going on within their departments.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Intern at Corporate Tax Department

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - At Corporate Tax Department  in  Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - At Corporate Tax Department in Bethesda, MD

    Pros

    Good work environment. My supervisors were willing to teach and help if you ask. They take good care of their employer, and it is a very positive and supportive environment, with good compensation. In return, I was motivated to work hard.

    Cons

    Strict deadlines due to the nature of the tasks. The IT department is not the easiest to work with, not the most responsive.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    So far, so good...

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

    Pros

    I've had the pleasure of dealing with some of the nicest, smartest, and most engaged people. The environment that I work in doesn't take itself too seriously and still gets a lot of work done. I enjoy having the opportunity to manage multiple projects simultaneously and interact with different disciplines throughout the company, globally. My manager is hands-on but doesn't micro-manage; my team is fun and helpful; my clients are mostly good to work with (though, I do have a few who are difficult) and let me be a strategic partner to them.

    The company itself seems to care for its employees, though some may disagree. I personally have not experienced anything negative in that area. Marriott offers decent benefits, decent salary and bonus structure (for mgmt positions), a decent building (currently under renovations to increase collaborative work spaces) with an amazing cafeteria, a gym, fitness classes, innovative learning opportunities, volunteer opportunities, and social networking. Most opportunities for advancement are internal (some would say that's a con because it is hard to get into Marriott from the outside). Marriott is all about collaboration (sometimes, a little too much) among teams and flexibility. The company has a flexible workplace philosophy, which is mostly adopted and modeled by leadership. And, there are the discounts when you stay at specific Marriott properties (not all properties give them).

    Cons

    The biggest con for me is the vacation and salary. As a new hire - my vacation is terrible. Your vacation and sick time are combined and you only get 12 days total the first year. Plus, you accrue it so don't think about making plans until after the first year. This used to be different but recently changed to the new system. Also, the salary isn't that great for a company of this size (and span) but it's decent and they do have a decent bonus structure for management positions and above. The commute is long, but that's a personal choice (not the fault of Marriott).

    And, depending on what discipline you're in - Marriott loves to restructure. I think my team has been restructured and placed under new management three or four times over the past several years. That doesn't help the team's morale or the appearance of stability.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Strong resume builder, but need to move on to move up

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing  in  Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Marketing in Bethesda, MD

    Pros

    Very diverse company with many different job functions to expand your skill set.

    Cons

    Good company if you want a long-term stable job without a lot of upward mobility

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look to promote from within faster (e.g. clear out dead wood faster)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Best Employer to Date

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant  in  Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Bethesda, MD

    Pros

    Marriott's culture of "employee first" is very strong, and because the culture is truly practiced, employees go above and beyond to be excellent. The atmosphere fosters collaboration, team work and innovation, resulting in the best service to our customers, earning our customers' loyalty.

    Cons

    Management don't always practice the Marriott culture, causing tension and stifling innovation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If several employees complains about a manager, especially over an extended period, it is time to take action and remove the weak links

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    10 years of progressive Hotel Operations experience with proven results

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant General Manager  in  Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Assistant General Manager in Bethesda, MD

    Pros

    Best company to work for

    Cons

    excellent benefits and employee training

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    do not discriminate based on race and color

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Marriott Corporate Internship

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern  in  Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Intern in Bethesda, MD

    Pros

    Working within the Americas division exposes you to incredible senior leadership.

    Cons

    Working as an intern gives you very limited corporate strategic input .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep giving your college interns exposure to senior leaders. This type of culture is conducive to professional growth.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Fine place to start a career but advancement can be very slow.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Architecture and Construction  in  Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Architecture and Construction in Bethesda, MD

    Pros

    Good hours and benefits, work-life balance, exciting things happening in the company but it is not easy to get a job in new areas. Nice people and consensus organization style.

    Cons

    Hard to advance, very corporate, longevity is rewarded over skill and innovation, rigid structure of management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more opportunity to keep people interested in their jobs. Have job feedback be more personal and less "canned".

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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