Royal Caribbean Cruises

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Royal Caribbean Cruises Reviews

Updated January 28, 2015
Updated January 28, 2015
256 Reviews
3.5
256 Reviews
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Royal Caribbean Cruises Chairman and CEO Richard D. Fain
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Everything is onboard, you can meet different people from around the world (in 13 reviews)

  • Pros: You're being paid to travel the world (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • The cons for working at Royal Caribbean Cruises LTD would be the work life balance, there is none (in 7 reviews)

  • Long hours for crew members over officers & staff (in 9 reviews)

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  1.  

    As a LAST resort work here!

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    Current Employee - Sales Support in Springfield, OR
    Current Employee - Sales Support in Springfield, OR

    I have been working at Royal Caribbean Cruises full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Free gym to use in building and NO ONE is EVER in it! They ONLY promote from within which you have to know all aspects of the job before you can be promoted so don't be fooled that hiring outside for management positions is even a possibility!

    Cons

    Highly underpaid and upper managements goal is to figure out ways to pay you less and less. Due to state agreements (they pay NO taxes) they are unable to lay off employees yet they are also required to hire "X" amount of new employees every year. To accommodate this agreement they do MASS firings. From April to October it is VERY normal for 150-200 employees to have been fired EVERY year to which they then hire on the average 250 new employees between October and December. January through May they hire handfuls of people off and on. The state only cares about their "new hires" the local media ONLY hears about them constantly hiring and ONLY their ex and current employees likewise the department of employment know how they really work! They have one of the highest unemployment claims in the state! This company is currently being sued for millions on top of millions of dollars for ilegal work practices, inadiquately paying their shipboard employees and ilegal work conditions. To the untrained ear this company sounds great to work for but you soon find out differently! In a pinch work there IF you need a job but keep your resume out there and keep interviewing! Longevity with this company is rare to nonexistent!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not enough time willing to be wasted on how management could improve theirselves!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Nice for cruising, treat employees like trash.

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    Former Employee - Groups in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Groups in Miami, FL

    I worked at Royal Caribbean Cruises full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    You get a work out facility, vending machines, time off and retirement.

    Cons

    Management will trash you. No room for advancement. The building is covered in mold. The pay doesn't even come to 50 percent of the workload you do. They discriminate constantly. Then tell you they are either going to fire you or lay you off. The call volume is insane. They offer you overtime, but yet it never gets paid correctly on your check. The list goes on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire all of upper management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    A good company to work for, and striving to become the BEST company.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Royal Caribbean Cruises full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The overall atmosphere is good. The most exciting part is the end product that is put out to our customers. Our ships truly are incredible and offer so much to the guests. From a work perspective, there are many areas under the main umbrella, from finance to purchasing, sales to call centers, marketing to hotel and marine operations, etc.

    Cons

    Organizations within RCL tend to work in silos. Although such a diversified work environment, often hard to break into an area outside of your past experience. Commitment to investors and Wall Street cause undue stress for less people to do more work with the same or fewer resources.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in developing your people. Take notice to salary benchmarks in the industry and in like positions in the job market.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great life experience, horrible wages.

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    Former Employee - Bartender
    Former Employee - Bartender

    I worked at Royal Caribbean Cruises as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Travel, coworkers become life long friends, and great way to advance up the ranks. Great Resume builder.

    Cons

    The ships are flagged outside the US, so minimum wage and labor laws aren't followed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your employees fairly, don't work them like dogs and you will build a better reputation.

    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Bandleader

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    Former Employee - Bandleader in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Bandleader in Miami, FL

    I worked at Royal Caribbean Cruises full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great Company to work for, love their product. You get to travel around the world doing what you love to do.

    Cons

    Always out of the country, That is the hardest thing about about working on a cruise ship...

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Manager

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    Current Employee - Manager in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Manager in Miami, FL

    I have been working at Royal Caribbean Cruises full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Cruising Benefits and personal growth

    Cons

    work life balance and location

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good place to work if you land the right position!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Head Broadcast Technician in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Head Broadcast Technician in Miami, FL

    I have been working at Royal Caribbean Cruises as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Travelling the world. Easy way to save money. The company will work with you if your wife or significant other is an employee to get you on the same ship at the same time. Great oppportunity for someone to get international work experience.

    Cons

    Each ship is like working for a different company. Officer's and staff lack of respect for crew. Long hours for crew members over officers & staff. Americans, Canadians are treated better than every other ethnic background.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to work on getting the GOLD Anchor values the same across the fleet, not ship to ship.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Best cruise experience in the world

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Cruise Representative Agent in Wichita, KS
    Former Employee - Cruise Representative Agent in Wichita, KS

    I worked at Royal Caribbean Cruises full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The company values it's employees, has a great work environment, partcipates in the United Way GIVE DAY each year, has a potlucks in each department.

    Cons

    The cons include not helping to train older employees on a continual basis. Some need better training in sales, customer service, even typing on a keyboard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer more training to older employees, don't terminate employee(s) who are very close to their 10 year anniversary. Mike Semler was a great director, very people oriented. More like him

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great company growing at a very fast pace.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Royal Caribbean Cruises as a contractor (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good salary and fast promotions.

    Cons

    Quite agressive approach lately and very stressful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More flexibility.

    Recommends
  11.  

    It is what it is

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    Current Employee - Ship in Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - Ship in Jacksonville, FL

    I have been working at Royal Caribbean Cruises full-time

    Pros

    Its a Job and free travel

    Cons

    Every job has its cons

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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