Snowbird Reviews

Updated April 23, 2015
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  1. It's a ski resort, and it feels like working at a ski resort.

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

    I have been working at Snowbird part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Ski pass, obviously. The skiing is some of the best you'll find anywhere, and the scenery is hard to beat. Lots of fun people come on board to work here seasonally.

    Cons

    The buildings/offices are basically dungeons. The vibe of the resort base area, locals and resort clientele isn't for everyone. There are a lot of egos (but a lot of rad folks who really know how to rip, too). The tram reeks like B.O., puke and cheap whiskey and is claustrophobic hell but people still seem to love it. It's not your charming, old-fashioned resort, like Alta or Brighton.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize talent when you've got it and find ways to put that talent to use. After every season you lose smart, enthusiastic people because you can't quite figure out how to increase their roles, responsibilities, recognition, pay, etc. Wasted potential.

  2. Good work OK pay

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Snowbird

    Pros

    Free ski pass thats pretty much it

    Cons

    Other departments, the guests, marketing and advertizing

    Advice to Management

    Stop lying to everyone

  3. Place where management runs passionate people into the ground for as little pay as they can legally get away with

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    Former Employee - Room Service
    Former Employee - Room Service

    I worked at Snowbird

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Skiing and benefits are okay if you dont get hurt

    Cons

    No room for growth, absurd hours 11am-1am, travel to work can be rescrited

    Advice to Management

    Speak with your employees about troubles.

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  5. pretty good experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Ski Instructor in Snowbird, UT
    Former Employee - Ski Instructor in Snowbird, UT

    I worked at Snowbird full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The pros are obvious: steep, deep, huge amounts of terrain. The mountain school is a well run operation with clear expectations and decent pay. I enjoyed 2 years there but thought I would try something new.

    Cons

    Some complained of a corporate atmosphere but I don't know what this means other than having to show up on time and clean shaven (even on that there is some leeway if they like you). It's probably harder to move up the hierarchy than at smaller less professional organizations, but if you get your level 2 cert and are a good instructor you will advance pretty quickly. The organization seems to lack vision but they have spent and invested quite a lot the last few years. The pay isn't quite as good as Park City, but who cares? The biggest con for me was probably living in Salt Lake City when I would probably prefer a mountain town.

  6. Not a bad winter

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Snowbird full-time

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Free skiing and food/retail discounts. Co-workers were cool.

    Cons

    The drive up the canyon every morning. Constant delays for avalanche control work.

  7. Don't get stuck there.

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    Current Employee - Front End in Sandy, UT
    Current Employee - Front End in Sandy, UT

    I have been working at Snowbird full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great snowboarding, coworkers and can't complain about working in the mountains.

    Cons

    Upper management asks for feedback yet nothing seems to change. The frontline staff is taken advantage of with mediocre pay and constantly apologizing for the company's misleading advertising(nothing costs what they advertise) The place is in a constant state of employee turnover. They can't keep people around because the pay isn't competitive enough.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees!!!
    Most mangers are in a perpetual state of hiring and interviewing new employees for the same positions over and over...

  8. Don't work here!

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Restaurant Server in Snowbird, UT
    Current Employee - Restaurant Server in Snowbird, UT

    I have been working at Snowbird full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Not much good I can say bout this place except the skiing.

    Cons

    No advancement opportunities, terribly mismanaged at almost every level, pay is worse than horrible.

    Advice to Management

    The place needs a serious transfusion, it's ran by an exclusive club of employees who have never worked anywhere else

  9. Helpful (1)

    Great Natural Beauty

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT

    I worked at Snowbird full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Un-paralleled snow and fantastic terrain. Ski season last 6-8 months. Most of the worker bees do a fantastic job, without them the resort would be lackluster at best.

    Cons

    Lacks diversity and vision. Seemingly managed by the "good ole boy" network and sometimes hypocritical in managerial decisions. Recently the owner, who claims to be a nature lover and outdoorsman, attempted to develop a open face coal mine in a pristine salmon fishing area in Alaska.

    Advice to Management

    A very close introspective look would reveal a lot.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Assistant Director: Challenging and fast-paced

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Snowbird full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    the staff is like a family and I was able to meet some of the best friends I have here.

    Cons

    didn't have the utilities I needed to perform my job better, work-life balance extremely difficult to manage as the hours needed to work to do job exceeded what I'd consider the norm, low pay for how much you're expected to work

  11. Great coworkers, mediocre pay, amazing skiing

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Snowbird, UT
    Former Employee - Manager in Snowbird, UT

    I worked at Snowbird full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Skiing is great, summer is relaxing, access to great discount gear

    Cons

    Road closures due to avalanche danger, working on a powder day

    Advice to Management

    Offer more competitive salaries, increase year-round operations and work on staff retention.

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