Princess Cruise Lines

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Princess Cruise Lines Reviews

Updated October 19, 2014
Updated October 19, 2014
125 Reviews
3.6
125 Reviews
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Jan Swartz
7 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Travel perks obviously, getting to see the world for free (in 6 reviews)

  • They have a good work-life balance, 9/80 schedule is nice to have (in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • Communication needs improvement from upper management (in 6 reviews)

  • long hours, dorm style rooms, may be sharing with any age range (in 4 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Work in the wild

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    Former Employee - Bartender in Healy, AK
    Former Employee - Bartender in Healy, AK

    I worked at Princess Cruise Lines as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, got to live in Alaska, discounts on excursions, transportation from housing to work, promote quickly

    Cons

    very remote location, horrible employee meals, micromanaging, very strict firing rules that were unecessary, taxes on pay are very very hight

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more careful in hiring process. There were many of my fellow employees that were unqualified to do their job.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Overall a good experience, not a lifetime choice

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    Current Employee - Entertainment Staff in Santa Clarita, CA
    Current Employee - Entertainment Staff in Santa Clarita, CA

    I have been working at Princess Cruise Lines full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Travel perks obviously, getting to see the world for free!
    - Meeting a huge network of people and friendships that last a lifetime. The crew are always friendly and fun.
    - Majority of passengers are really enjoyable and fun to be around, making most jobs easier.
    - Job security is pretty good - as long as you do your work you'll get rehired, just don't think you'll get promoted.

    Cons

    - Depending on position, the job can be very tiresome, working upwards of 10 hours a day for up to 10 months.

    - Growth within the company is near impossible - despite having high appraisals and customer satisfaction scores, you won't get promoted unless you're simply at the right place at the right time. Many poor leaders are around because of it.

    - The pay is pretty low, even though you don't pay rent, food or any bills. Pay is determined from your home countries' cost of living, so some lower positions get paid close to nothing.

    - Accommodations for non-officer positions can be bad - small rooms with roommates, and poor food selections.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees more - what you think happens in head office and what happens out at sea are two completely different things. We know what's going on out there, listen to what we have to say!

    A happy crew = a happy product. Focus more on equal accommodation for all crew. You have made some good strides in recent times, but you could do a lot more given your recent earnings.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    One of famous cruise line company in the world

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Pactry Chef in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Pactry Chef in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Princess Cruise Lines full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great experience to work on board cruise ship.

    Cons

    teach us how we can handled jobs in high volume mentality

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More opportunity for Indonesian hotelier to join as Princess

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Invest in employees to invest in the company

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Front Desk Clerk in Denali Park, AK
    Current Employee - Front Desk Clerk in Denali Park, AK

    I have been working at Princess Cruise Lines as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    *Many types of incentives and recognition programs
    *Great management

    Cons

    *Pay is awful
    *Lack of people returning due to poor pay makes the job harder

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    With the high turnover rate related to poor wages, you would save more money just investing in people and paying them more. Recruiting and hiring is an expensive process, and if you actually made wages livable you might get a few more returners each season.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    This is a dream job with free room and board and unlimited travel potential

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    Former Employee - Production Vocalist in Santa Clarita, CA
    Former Employee - Production Vocalist in Santa Clarita, CA

    I worked at Princess Cruise Lines full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great shows, amazing ports of call and cheap booze for the crew.

    Cons

    Small living quarters, lots of in port drills and curfew is 1:00am.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You get what you negotiate. Go in high as it is a 6 month contract.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Hard work does pay off, and can make a real difference!

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    Current Employee - Supervisor in Santa Clarita, CA
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Santa Clarita, CA

    I have been working at Princess Cruise Lines full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Having been with Princess for several years, I have had many opportunities for advancement. Working within Supply Chain, we are in a unique position to work with multiple "internal customers" to impact the experience our passengers have on their vacations. If you've ever been on a cruise, you can't help but be impressed what "customer service" means on a Princess vessel. To be able to work closely with the crew on one of our vessels to make it possible, makes the work that we do that much more rewarding. Going home at the end of the day, you can really know you've made a difference. The company also offers competitive benefits, such as tuition reimbursement, a 9/80 schedule, and cruising benefits. The company as a whole strives to improve employee job satisfaction, educational and career goals, as well as addressing physical wellness for both shoreside and shipboard staff.

    Cons

    As the company strives to minimize costs, employees face smaller work spaces, heavier workload, and smaller yearly merit increases, all of which can wear down the morale of even the most dedicated staff. Large scale efforts in the company are often lost in the day to day reality of too much to do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Speak clearly and directly to the issues that matter for the Company, to avoid the constant churn of rumors and half truths that always seem to be in circulation.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Follow up to HR 's response below

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    Former Employee - Supervisor in Santa Clarita, CA
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Santa Clarita, CA

    I worked at Princess Cruise Lines full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Co-workers are generally nice and willing to help you with questions etc

    Cons

    As HR pointed out in the review below that employees are eligible after 1 year of service to take advantage of cruising benefits - while this maybe true, those employees that have more than 5 years of service are the one's that truly reap the benefits. As employees with seniority get first choice, you are placed on a waiting list and you get called sometimes the day before the cruise is set to leave "if" there is space available for the cruise that you have requested. You are better off paying the friends and family price to actually get on the cruise. Also, if by some stroke of luck you get on the cruise (with a day or two notice), then its up to your manager to approve your time off - how can anyone plan a decent vacation and time off in that case.

    All the other benefits are the same as any other company, there is nothing special. As for their Health benefits they are not the same or comparable to any other company. The rates are ridiculous and very expensive - you would think that a sizable company like Princess Cruises would have and be able to offer their employees a decent health package. Your better off purchasing health insurance on your own, this is NOT a perk. Be sure to ask what the actual out of pocket expense is before signing an offer letter.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    +

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

    Great benefits, mediocre salary

    Current Employee - Coordinator in Santa Clarita, CA
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Santa Clarita, CA

    I have been working at Princess Cruise Lines full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great travel benefits, 401k matching, and programs put on by HR

    Cons

    Hard to get a raise, and limitations when negotiating salary

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Reservation Sales Agent

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    Former Employee - Reservation Agent in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Reservation Agent in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Princess Cruise Lines full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Decent management, great training program

    Cons

    office cubical setting, dealing with the customers, literally no room for advancement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    office culture and personal growth

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Princess Cruise Lines Response

    Jul 8, 2014Talent Acquisition Manager

    Thank you for your feedback!

    You may not know this, but Princess Cruises has a Reservation Agent "Loan" program in place specifically to help contact center employees learn more about
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  11.  

    pricess is very friendly cruise

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    Current Employee - Crew Member Cook Chef Entertainer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Crew Member Cook Chef Entertainer in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Princess Cruise Lines full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    very nice people.

    Cons

    learning quickly on my feet handing different customers in all parts of the world .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    they need too to listen more clearly and be more out going and understanding of different people's cultures. have mor e patience and be more loving.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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