Princess Cruise Lines Reviews

Updated August 20, 2015
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Pros
  • Working on a ship affords you the ability to see the world or at least parts of it depending on your job and schedule (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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  1. Dancer - Princess Cruises

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Princess Cruise Lines (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Dancer in production shows onboard Wonderful friends made, brilliant travel, great work-life balance in this role (one of the few that have most in-port time free to go ashore) Great safety training and customer service culture

    Cons

    Tendency to promote yes-men, management not open to new ideas. Crew culture is very gossipy- like a small town or like Big Brother- everyone knows everything about everyone.

    Advice to Management

    Be open to new ideas, and stand up to your superiors. "because we say so" is not a good reason to ask an adult to do a menial task. Give reasons and respect the intelligence of the crew.


  2. Intern

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Princess Cruise Lines full-time

    Pros

    Good comp it was really fun to work there

    Cons

    Good Comp Good comp it was really fun to work there


  3. Great travel benefits low pay

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clarita, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clarita, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Travel benefits amazing. Nice ships.

    Cons

    Low pay, IT reorg, poor management.

    Advice to Management

    Stop promoting people to leadership roles because they have the most seniority.


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  5. Intern Princess Cruises

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company to work for!

    Cons

    Not really any cons that I can think of!


  6. Food And Beverage

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Princess Cruise Lines part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Beautiful deck that overlooks the Kenai River. Gracious and uber friendly management staff

    Cons

    Difficult to get consistent days off due the nature of the work.

    Advice to Management

    Ensure that the employees are provided a confidential form to submit concerns


  7. MBA Intern

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - MBA Summer Intern in Artesia, CA
    Former Employee - MBA Summer Intern in Artesia, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Princess Cruise Lines (Less than a year)

    Pros

    People are great and very friendly. They are not cut-throat or very competitive, the team atmosphere is very congenial. If you work there for more than 6 months, you can get cruise benefits/discounts. They don't encourage working overtime, so you are expected to leave when it is time to leave and try to finish your work at the office instead of taking it home. Their location is next to a mall so there are a variety of food options for lunch. Most teams also offer a 9/80 schedule, so you can have 3-day weekends every other week which is great.

    Cons

    It can be kind of slow and quiet. The atmosphere is kind of like a government office sometimes. Pay is not the most lucrative (graduate student interns get paid $25/hr). It was not the most challenging or stimulating environment.

    Advice to Management

    I think the management is doing a good job, but I worry that Princess Cruises might fall behind the other cruise lines if it doesn't change its corporate culture so that it stimulates more innovation. Right now, it feels like it's too slow and people are complacent and you have a lot of people who have been working there for decades and have done the same if not similar jobs for most of the time. However, I love the time that senior management gives to employees. There's a good amount of face time, and I think that's great for building a close knit community.


  8. Princess Cruises Internship

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clarita, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clarita, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great internship experience, hands-on training and personal / professional development. Happy to find a paid internship for once as well.

    Cons

    There was not always enough work to be tackled by the interns, leaving a good amount of (boring) free time.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work with including your interns in your teams' activities and providing a great experience, but try to make sure there's enough for them to do.


  9. Senior Assistant Purser

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    Former Employee - Purser in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Purser in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Princess Cruise Lines (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Nice working environment. Travel a lot

    Cons

    No benefits. Low salary compared to other cruise lines.


  10. Assistant Manager, Escorted Tour Operations

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    It is fairly flexible in day to day operations. Decent travel perks. A great manager. The business itself is fun and interesting.

    Cons

    Compensation should be more competitive. Culture is fairly stiff and corporate, not very relaxed. Not as much upward mobility potential as I would like as a young professional.

    Advice to Management

    More focus on teamwork and collaboration. Less emphasis on traditional corporate structure and consider the company as a whole, all employees included, not just upper management.


  11. Good experience to have but I wouldn't want to stay longer.

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    Former Employee - Photographer in Anchorage, AK
    Former Employee - Photographer in Anchorage, AK
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I would say that if you have the opportunity and you're early on your carrier path, give it a try. I took it as a summer job and had a lot of fun. You will see some of the world and you will meet interesting people. Depending on your schedule you might spend most of the time onboard though ;) If you're looking to save money it's more than possible given that you don't have to worry about food and accomodation.

    Cons

    Be prepared to spend a lot of time in a very small cabin under the sea level. Depending on your position you might be lucky to have a window. Split shifts are painfull. They will ruin your day, you might have some of the hours free but there is not much you can do with that time anyway. The crew bar is open till midnight (what?). Drinks are cheap though and everybody orders them in large quantities ;)



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