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"Experience of a Lifetime...Employees Need Not Apply"

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Former Employee - Developer in Broomfield, CO
Former Employee - Developer in Broomfield, CO
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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

Pros

Free coffee
Free granola bars
Decent work/life balance
Newer office
Enjoyable co-workers

Cons

HORRIBLE pay (Vail pays 20-30% less than most other employers for experienced professionals)
Vacation policy is mediocre at best
    -2 weeks of accrued PTO for the first five years, but ALL holidays must come out PTO
   -1 week of sick time
Other benefits are mediocre
   -Only one medical plan to choose from with two tiers of coverage
   -Dental plan is average
No attempt to develop internal employees
    -Most new and exciting work done by a staff of contract resources
    -Training is almost non-existent (Internal online training is a joke)
    -Annual training budget is rarely communicated
    -Identifying, communicating and advocating for outside training falls on the individual employee and is rarely, if ever, approved by management
Tiny cubes in cube farm unless you're middle to upper management
Little to no upward mobility
    -Hiring external candidates for management positions is typical for almost all departments
      -This goes back to the lack of internal employee development
    -Flat organization leads to rare openings for upper management positions
    -No career path defined for technical leaning staff.
Micro-management from executive staff
    -Executives must approve EVERY minor decision by middle management
       Example: Executives sign-off on hiring of contract staff
Poor communication for upper management
     -Decisions made by upper management are never communicate well with leads to departments blaming each other for unilateral executive decision that were NOT well thought out
    -When decision are made by executives there is no communication regarding the reasoning behind these key decisions.
Lack of innovation
    -Executive staff seems to believe that if they weren't the source of an idea it isn't worthwhile
    -Many key staff members have been with company too long and aren't open to new ideas or ways of running the business
    -Company is not willing to invest money in key systems. Many believe, "if it ain't broke, why fix it"

Advice to Management

Invest in your staff and your infrastructure. Trust the management and staff you hired to make the right business decisions and stop micro-managing everyone. The company is one that could attract talented professionals, but you continue to force talented people to look else where b/c you fail again and again to develop, trust and pay them accordingly.

Other Employee Reviews for Vail Resorts

  1. Helpful (3)

    "You Can't Always Get What You Want"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Coordinator in Broomfield, CO
    Former Employee - Marketing Coordinator in Broomfield, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You get a free ski pass
    You get mediocre benefits

    Cons

    You will never make what you're worth
    Your work load will only increase the longer you stay, yet you won't receive raises
    People rarely advance
    There is quite a bit of mismanagement
    The turn over rate is excessively high and, therefore, quality of work and efficiency are slim to none

    Advice to Management

    Take better care of your employees. They are, after all, the legs you stand on.


  2. "Really Bad Pay but opportunities to expand your service industry resume"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Fine Dining Server in Breckenridge, CO
    Former Employee - Fine Dining Server in Breckenridge, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    work where you play
    able to move up quickly if you are financially able to stay with it - HIGH turnover rate creates open positions!

    Cons

    Areas of jobs tend to be of high real estate value (HIGH RENT)
    Pay is marginal to pathetic
    Most employees must work multiple jobs to pay for life expenses

    Advice to Management

    Retain the talented, key employees with higher pay so that they will stay longer than 1-2 years max before they have to move on in order to pay off college loans, start a family, etc. Seasonal employees can be payed low wages as they are generally looking to "escape reality" for a winter or year

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