Starwood Hotels & Resorts Reviews

Updated March 1, 2015
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  1. Brand Team Member

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Brand Team Member in Stamford, CT
    Current Employee - Brand Team Member in Stamford, CT

    I have been working at Starwood Hotels & Resorts

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    matrix organization and a lot of accountability

    Cons

    less communication between departments, personal growth

    Advice to Management

    employees need to be more motivated time to time

  2. Great company that really cares about its associates

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stamford, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stamford, CT

    I have been working at Starwood Hotels & Resorts

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

    Pros

    I can't speak too much to other departments, but my leadership encourages associates and challenges them with new projects beyond standard job roles. Successes are rewarded well. Work-life balance is a priority and 'life' time is respected.

    Cons

    salaries tend to not be competitive enough for the area

  3. Helpful (1)

    It was great

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Intern in Stamford, CT
    Former Intern - Intern in Stamford, CT

    I worked at Starwood Hotels & Resorts as an intern (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    As an Intern they wasted no time making me feel valued at the company. I was allowed to sit in on huge conference calls and shadow employees in various fields; sustainability, digital marketing, social media, etc. The highlight was presenting a mock advertisement for the Global Homepage to the board of executives! Overall it was a great learning opportunity.

    Cons

    I could have taken on more real-life assignments during the course of the summer. It felt as though they did not fully trust us interns to take on any heavy tasks, even though we were all more than capable.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management was great. Very willing to help.

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  5. Great people, great business!

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stamford, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stamford, CT

    I have been working at Starwood Hotels & Resorts full-time (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    Lots of smart, driven people; great benefits (hotel discounts!); clear company-wide goals from a strong management team

    Cons

    Work-life balance can be hard depending on workload (which can vary a lot); stronger individuals tend to carry weaker individuals.

  6. Director, IT

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    Current Employee - Director in Stamford, CT
    Current Employee - Director in Stamford, CT

    I have been working at Starwood Hotels & Resorts full-time (more than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Innovative Company, hiring many people, lots of growth

    Cons

    Benefits are a bit pricey, running out of room in the Corporate office

  7. Good company

    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Stamford, CT
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Stamford, CT

    I have been working at Starwood Hotels & Resorts full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    good team, interesting project, best management

    Cons

    no any appropriate negotiation, sesson project

  8. Helpful (2)

    Great company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Specialist in Stamford, CT
    Current Employee - Specialist in Stamford, CT

    I have been working at Starwood Hotels & Resorts full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Global company, good pay, many opportunites, good work environment

    Cons

    due to the global nature of the company, you can work late but it gets compensated by time off

    Advice to Management

    keep innovating

  9. Helpful (1)

    Enriching

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in Stamford, CT
    Current Employee - Analyst in Stamford, CT

    I have been working at Starwood Hotels & Resorts full-time (more than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    The company is in the Upper, Up Scale segment. We have fabulous properties around the world to provide solutions for our customers. You have the ability to travel and can experience many different career goals, if desired, both domestically and internationally. We are able to provide experiences to our customers like no company in our industry. Great work environment. Colleagues that are engaged and happy to be here.

    Cons

    At times, change happens and it is not always positive. Opportunities to learn from others is not always available.

    Advice to Management

    listen to employees and drive change that affects everyone

  10. Helpful (1)

    Innovative company, smart people -- sometimes too political and corporate

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Director in Stamford, CT
    Current Employee - Marketing Director in Stamford, CT

    I have been working at Starwood Hotels & Resorts full-time (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Really smart colleagues, amazing brands and industry, autonomy/ability to run with ideas, work/life balance, perks

    Cons

    Unclear career growth, politics, takes too long to get things done in an extremely matrixed organization

    Advice to Management

    Take goal of being "agile" seriously -- why does it take 9 months to hire someone? 60 days to make a decision? Why is fighting for capital dollars so difficult?

  11. Helpful (1)

    Really sharpened my skills at Starwood

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    Former Contractor - IT Project Manager in Stamford, CT
    Former Contractor - IT Project Manager in Stamford, CT

    I worked at Starwood Hotels & Resorts as a contractor (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people there are smart and really care about the company.

    Cons

    Lots of growth over the last couple of years and now its important that the management systems catch up. Heroics typically needed to meet IT launch commitments which would not be necessary if all processes were documented and and there was rigor around enforcing compliance.

    Advice to Management

    Relying too much on contractors, especially given the little to no knowledge management at Starwood, means that there's no significant institutional memory. This inhibits Starwood from achieving a true environment of continuous improvement. Progress is made but the turnover means mistakes are repeated frequently because no one remembers the lessons learned previously.

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