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Aspen Skiing Company Reviews

Updated March 24, 2017
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Pros
  • Amazing perks to working at Aspen Skiing Company including ski pass and other discounts for the four mountains (in 12 reviews)

  • great people - so much respect for work/life balance (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Below average pay, especially for cost of living in town and surrounding areas (in 4 reviews)

  • It is an expensive place to live (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "First-Year Seasonal Employee"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Aspen Skiing Company full-time

    Pros

    great environment, ability to ski, meet many new people

    Cons

    pay isn't great, not many perks to being a first-year... doesn't give you much reason to want to stick aroung


  2. "Kids Ski Instructor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Aspen Skiing Company part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Work/life balance, great team, healthy workplace

    Cons

    Long hours and hard work for small amount of pay, unless you do private lessons


  3. "Horrible ski school management"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Ski Pro in Aspen, CO
    Former Employee - Ski Pro in Aspen, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Aspen Skiing Company full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Beautiful environment, instructors truly care about guests.

    Cons

    Truly malicious middle management and direction of ski school program. Complete disregard for stated company wide guided principles. Dishonesty at management level engenders a back-biting and suspicious attitude throughout ski school.

    Advice to Management

    Truly listen to long time employees. Realize that there is a problem at the ski school management level.


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  5. "Great Company to Work for"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lift Attendant in Snowmass Village, CO
    Current Employee - Lift Attendant in Snowmass Village, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Aspen Skiing Company (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits and great work environment

    Cons

    Almost every other position within this company pays more such as ticket sales, lift mechanic, rental tech, etc

    Advice to Management

    Raise lift attendant pay


  6. "great work life balance, inconsistent time fram"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Guest Service Agent
    Former Employee - Guest Service Agent
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Aspen Skiing Company full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    work life balance
    industry benefits
    great co-workers

    Cons

    disconnect between upper management and employees
    periods of time with very little or no work


  7. "Not a professional workplace, extremely poor management culture"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - General Cashier in Aspen, CO
    Former Employee - General Cashier in Aspen, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You get a free ski pass and learn how to deal with unprofessional co-workers & managers

    Cons

    I worked in the accounting department handling cash at the Little Nell. From day one, management demonstrated a lack of professionalism. I was constantly being asked to do things with cash against the GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles) such as cashing employees' paychecks from the company safe.

    It became increasingly uncomfortable after asking for a pay raise and being told "We don't give merit-based raises here, it's our philosophy as a company." Interestingly, I had been told the opposite when I was hired on. I later found out that Skico does, in fact, give merit raises and that a round of raises had just happened. I resigned at this point.

    Their "affordable" health insurance plan will put you out of pocket over $200/month for an individual. Their argument for paying low wages is that you get a free ski pass and two weeks vacation a year (only for full time year-round employees). So, if you value cash compensation, a professional work environment, honesty/integrity, and opportunities to increase your pay, don't even think about working here. One senior manager described the company to me as a "free-for-all" and I couldn't agree more.

    Advice to Management

    Managers need training in workplace ethics, workplace conduct, employee relations, and company policy, especially as it regards to accounting and finance. Stop propagating the phrase "This is how we've always done it."


  8. "Server"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Server in Aspen, CO
    Current Employee - Server in Aspen, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Aspen Skiing Company part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay
    Employee housing
    Ski pass
    Lots of incentives
    Fun co workers
    Promote from within

    Cons

    Living in or near aspen is extremely expensive, employee housing is only offered for a year which causes many good employees to quit because they can no longer find affordable housing.


  9. "Fun Place to Work for Short Time"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Ski Professional in Aspen, CO
    Former Employee - Ski Professional in Aspen, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Aspen Skiing Company full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Outdoors
    Skiing
    Good People
    Paid training days throughout the year - which entailed high level skiing.
    Working with a new group of people every 3 or 4 days and watching them progress.

    Cons

    Manager was a very old man very set in his ways.
    Structure is very hierarchical.
    Lack of initial training - on the slope with a group.
    4 month Job

    Advice to Management

    Use some operations supply chain software to manage how many ski instructors will be needed on a certain day. Showing up for work and not getting work is tough.


  10. "Ski Instructor at Aspen Snowmass"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Aspen Skiing Company full-time

    Pros

    Great terrain, willing clients, good training and great tips.

    Cons

    Scheduling and management making each individual employee feel important.

    Advice to Management

    Give instructors frequent updates on how their performance is. This will make them feel more important.


  11. "Working in a ski town"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great if you can get employee housing

    Cons

    It is an expensive place to live

    Advice to Management

    I don't have any advice



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