Virgin Holidays Limited

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Virgin Holidays Limited Reviews

Updated July 10, 2014
Updated July 10, 2014
10 Reviews

3.8
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  1.  

    Brilliant culture, but poor leadership at board level

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Crawley, West Sussex, South East England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Crawley, West Sussex, South East England, England (UK)

    Pros

    Wonderful atmosphere - far and away the best I've worked in.
    Flexible working.
    The travel perks are amazing - see the world in premium cabins!
    Looks great on your CV

    Cons

    The board level directors are uninspiring and risk averse. Dinosaurs who go with the status quo.
    Decisions are made by committee.
    Very hard to get a promotion.
    Hierarchical - loads of people have offices who don't need them. Parking is impossible to get unless you're senior.
    Pay is poor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recruit from outside of travel.
    Get rid of all those GM offices, and create more meeting rooms.
    Make some long-term decisions rather than reacting at Trading meetings.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Administration

    Current Employee - Administration  in  Las Vegas, NV
    Current Employee - Administration in Las Vegas, NV

    Pros

    Recreational benefits such as flight benefits and opportunities to go to free shows and tours.

    Cons

    Most positions are part time and you do not get paid enough

  3.  

    Sales - Worldwide Travel Specialist

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Worldwide Travel Specialist (Sales)  in  Crawley, West Sussex, South East England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Worldwide Travel Specialist (Sales) in Crawley, West Sussex, South East England, England (UK)

    Pros

    Part of the Virgin family which gives you access to discounts, free flights, and educational trips.

    Cons

    Big, corporate call centre run by try-hard youngsters who have no concept of the real world. Your time and tasks are micro-managed and daily work there is nothing like you would think Virgin would be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit the call centre mentality for sales and think outside of the box to take advantage of the experience and ideas that your employees can bring.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Company with Exceptional Benefits !

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Retail Sales Consultant  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Retail Sales Consultant in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    Training
    Work life balance
    Benefits
    Recognition

    The company is very Fun To work for and You are always recognised for your contribution to the business.

    Cons

    Not a clear progression route - It is not pushed enough by the senior management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Express Opportunities and Advise Employee's about Progression and how to get to a level where you can be promoted within the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to work, but don't expect to progress.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Executive  in  Crawley, West Sussex, South East England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Marketing Executive in Crawley, West Sussex, South East England, England (UK)

    Pros

    Working for a Virgin brand comes with a certain prestige and is certainly exciting being a part of such a huge organisation. The staff are generally all great and take a real pride in their work, wanting to do their best for the company at all times, which is reflected in their performance. Fantastic, industry leading benefits make it easy to see the world and the product you are marketing. You will often find yourself being stretched beyond your job spec, giving regular exposure to new disciplines.

    Cons

    The culture within the business is very much geared towards external recruitment for management positions. Many people who have been with the business a long time, had an intimate knowledge of the workings of the company and their role would be constantly overlooked for promotions to management in favour of external candidates, many of who were not as suitable for the role as the people they come in to manage.
    Whilst everyone is happy to work long hours and is committed to the cause, this is something that is taken for granted and rarely recognised or rewarded, instead just seen as the norm, even for employees not at management level.
    The benefits, whilst fantastic, have really stunted the development of a lot of people who are purely there for the benefits and as such have found themselves terrified of leaving, as having been there a long period of time, have not developed their skill set sufficiently (the non-existent training doesn't help this) and do not want to lose out on cheap flights. This causes a slight undercurrent of resentment in a number of people there who now find themselves unable to find a job elsewhere that will challenge them or give them equivalent benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More communication is needed with employees, as almost every year one department would have an exodus of staff leaving at once. These would often be people who had been there a long time and had a huge amount of knowledge, leaving gaps and putting departments back a long time. There was never any communication from management to determine why this was happening.
    Putting in place better structured training and development plans would also be of benefit and enable them to retain the staff that they should be doing more to keep. A number of people leave there to take on far more senior roles in other companies and flourish, having been overlooked for similar positions within Virgin Holidays.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Airport Rep

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great environment, coworkers, company culture and benefits. It's a fun place to work!

    Cons

    I don't see any cons. For someone interested in moving up, you may have to relocate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great job!

  8.  

    Really easy to work in this culture, pretty easy

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - QA Test Engineer  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - QA Test Engineer in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    Really high pay for few years of experience, Agile environment, free computer, a lot more

    Cons

    Located far from central city

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I wish management to sponsor visa to immigrants

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good Company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Test Consultant  in  Crawley, West Sussex, South East England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Test Consultant in Crawley, West Sussex, South East England, England (UK)

    Pros

    Nice people, Good Management, Informal Environment

    Cons

    Small Office, No Cafeteria, No meeting rooms

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should move to a bigger office

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Good place to work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Customer Service Officer  in  Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Senior Customer Service Officer in Bangalore (India)

    Pros

    Good customer service and work life balance

    Cons

    nothing much to talk about..

    Recommends
  11.  

    Never before experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bangalore (India)

    Pros

    Environment, People, Campus, Work, Everything.... You will love your job right from the word go...

    Cons

    None i feel as i have come across nothing, there is no downside to VH.... It rocks

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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