OTO Development

  www.otodevelopment.com
  www.otodevelopment.com

OTO Development Reviews

Updated August 22, 2014
Updated August 22, 2014
14 Reviews
2.3
14 Reviews
Rating Trends

Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
(no image)
Corry Oakes
5 Ratings

Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    No growth potential

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

    I worked at OTO Development

    Pros

    Great people to work with

    Cons

    No growth potential; lack of pay increases; no communication; too top heavy

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    OTO development is one of the worst companies to work for!

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

    I have been working at OTO Development full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I can honestly say the best thing about working for an OTO Hotel (Hyatt Place) would be our guests. Nothing else!

    Cons

    management is crap! They don't care about their workers which is front desk, housekeeping, Houseman, maintenance, everyone! We don't have human resource on site, there's a lot of favoritism, discrimination and no type of recognition. Not one thank you! The general manager is a nice guy but does not know one thing about working for this hotel which makes it difficult for the actual assistant manager to do his job because he has to do the general managers job as well! Since the assistant manager can't do his job we have to do his job plus our job plus everyone else isn't doing their job because management can't discipline. Another thing is that every time you try to talk to the general manager or assistant manager about a problem they can't help you or they have an attitude. It seems like the front desk is running the hotel and for the crappy pay they give us, it's to much work. Even guests complain about management and instead of OTO looking into it, they do NOTHING! I can keep on going on how HORRIBLE it is to work for this company but it would be a never ending story. They are waiting for a lawsuit to get them!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice to management would be to ACTUALLY MANAGE! Appreciate your employees and MAYBE then you will have a successful hotel and make way more money with happy employees.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Get your Branded Hotel Experience elsewhere

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

    I worked at OTO Development full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    beautiful hotels. some, more like few, at corporate are incredible and really truly care about the company. o

    Cons

    COO is a very unprofessional person. cares only about himself. Does't care about the team at all. HR is a joke. Nothing is confidential or objective. Turnover is outrageous and there is so much pressure to perform that it's focus is all about dollars and could care less about team members...because "everyone can be replaced"...well, replace the COO. CEO is a great person but perhaps focused too much on development and growth and not involved anymore in daily operation. COO covers things up so it doesn't reach CEO. They talk the talk but never walk the walk

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a new Executive Leadership Team, from COO, to VP of HR to Regional Directors. Too self centered.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    A great place to learn and grow

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

    I have been working at OTO Development full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    You're able to assume a lot of responsibility quickly and to see the results from your efforts. I like the autonomy to run my own organization and there are great people in the company who help me get things done. The company continues to grow and there are lots of opportunities if you live or can move to the places where the growth is happening.

    Cons

    The investors are pretty tight with cash for rewarding management and employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    They just care about money

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

    I worked at OTO Development full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    New Hotels, they work with great hotel brands such as Hyatt, Marriott, Hilton.

    Cons

    They don't appreciate their employes, the "open door" policy doesn't work, low pay for line associates.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Doesn't matter if the Hotels are new and beautiful if the associates are unhappy the guests are going to be disappointed (Hospitality 101)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great caring people who value family and treat their employees well

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

    I worked at OTO Development full-time

    Pros

    Great management team who is easy to work with, sets clear goals and expectations, and helps you acheive them. Benefits are decent and work/life balance is good. Good resume-building company.

    Cons

    Possibly as a result of being based in SC where it is extremely cheap to live, company management doesn't respect cost of living differences. Pay is not very good unless you live in Spartanburg, SC, which is where they prefer you live but simply isn't realistic for many people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More company profit needs to trickle down to the employees. If the company isn't making a profit then more of the perks need to be cut from upper management so that some profit can be made and shared.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very disappointing ! OTO does not have a Culture in place.

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

    I have been working at OTO Development full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The Front line employees work very hard.
    They have beautiful and new hotels.
    They work with great Hotel Brands such as Hyatt, Hilton & Marriott.

    Cons

    Corporate just care about money, no employee recognition program.
    They try to have as many part time employee as possible.
    Horrible communication between corporate, hotel managers & staff.
    Upper management don't take the time to carefully look for competent GMs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take the time to know your staff. We are not just numbers. Beautiful hotels any one can have but a outstanding team that is proud of their job take a lot of work and commitment.
    Don't hire your GM & AGM based in only 1 interview or 2.

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

    Pretty good culture

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

    I have been working at OTO Development full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    They work hard & hire great people

    Cons

    Helps if you are "connected" to the owner

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Negative work environment and culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Hotel Accountant in Spartanburg, SC
    Former Employee - Hotel Accountant in Spartanburg, SC

    I worked at OTO Development full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great really great and dedicated coworkers in operations.

    Cons

    Working at the corporate office of OTO is like being in a time warp. It’s as if every employee advancement made during the last 100 years disappeared. They have none of the perks of a modern employer – no flexible work arrangements, no option to work from home at least occasionally, not even a business casual dress code. They desperately need some human resource management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start treating employees in operations with a little respect.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    A Very Young and Inexperienced Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Herndon, VA

    I worked at OTO Development full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    You will find a great deal of hard working and experienced employees (mid level management and below) who have come from other great companies. Everyone is under a great deal of stress from upper managment but supports one another to maintain a positive atmosphere.

    Cons

    The company/hotels are VERY new and turnover is VERY high. The hotels rarely make budget and every month/quarter that budget is not made, finger pointing begins. Stress is very high with little importance on employee growth. During the interview process they will rave about immediate potential for growth but this is rare since you are not likely able to maintain employment long enough to move forward. Perform immediately or be let go immediately! Upper management constantly lies to cover their butts and unfortunately the employees suffer. This is not your normal hotel... In Sales, they have to complete Quarterly Action Plans, Weekly Sales Plans and Daily Traces which are combed through with a fine tooth comb. EVERYTHING is criticized on a weekly basis so be ready to constantly be on the defense!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more training and tools so that employees can have a chance to grown "within" your company. Training needs to be consistent and continual with an emphasis on good attributes within employees and less on mistakes made by them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

Work at OTO Development? Share Your Experiences

OTO Development

 
Click to Rate
or

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.