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"Dream Big...Live Small"

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  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Former Employee - Human Resources Specialist in Broomfield, CO
Former Employee - Human Resources Specialist in Broomfield, CO
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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

Pros

For most, the season pass for snowboarding and skiing is the draw. Certainly, if you are able to take the time off, it is a valued asset. Some of the people you meet become good friends. Enjoying winter sports in some of the most beautiful areas.

Cons

The list is too long. Some of the highlights:
*Poor management
*Too much work to get done in a short amount of time, with unreliable/limited resources
*Terrible, non-existent exit strategy or procedure for seasonal employees (corporate)
*HR is a numbers game that's totally focused on volume and not the individual
*Complete disregard for new Colorado laws that legalize use of recreational medication
*Managers who are judgmental and critical of candidates and fellow employees
*Managers who openly practice favoritism among employees, based upon trivial criteria
*Managers/Leads of departments who are power-hungry bullies who push people to obey, not to succeed
*Nepotism to such an elevated degree, it's difficult to believe that room for advancement even exists for those outside of the 'cliques'
*Total disregard for employees who work at the resorts. Long hours, low pay and ungrateful managers, who threaten employees constantly with losing their job, thus the winter pass
*Emphasis on implementation of timely, costly projects that don't work
*Unrealistic expectations are placed upon employees and then they receive terrible performance reviews, that almost guarantee NO advancement or re-employment opportunities
*This company is openly biased to snowboarders
*Promises, promises, with no intention of owning up to them
*Employees are treated differently across the board. Example: uniformity during season's end in HR are non-existent. Some employees receive exit interviews and a performance review; some do not.
*Too many to list

Advice to Management

My advice to management is: remember the dreamers who so looked forward to being part of the VR culture. Without these 'dreamers,' you would have no one to run the lifts, cook your food, check in guests, hire employees (talent acquisition), handle guest complaints, or even teach people to snowboard and ski. People expect to be treated like people, not pushed around by your incapable management staff. I was one of those who believed that this was the experience of a lifetime. It's sad to be so sorely disappointed. Change your culture to fit the reality you've created. Theoretically, the VR culture system works. In fact, no one truly practices it, except those who have lower-level jobs. Someday you will have to treat people better, or those you don't truly accept will turn on you. Who will keep your resorts running then?

Other Employee Reviews for Vail Resorts

  1. "Excellent experience, but don't expect to get paid well working for this company."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Broomfield, CO
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Broomfield, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Access to some of the best ski resorts in the country.

    Cons

    Low salary, benefits aren't great

    Advice to Management

    It's easy to get people to work for the company. You hear Vail Resorts name and instantly want to be a part of it. However, keeping employees for more than a year or 2 is challenge that the company faces, but no one is willing to do the right things to correct it.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Epic Fail"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Ski Patrol in Beaver Creek, CO
    Current Employee - Ski Patrol in Beaver Creek, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Wonderful co-workers. Great ski mountains- good place to get started.

    Cons

    Disconnect between Broomfield (corp hq's) and the real people who make the resorts work. It is all about the profit margin, nothing else. There are better places to work and live. Benefits are minimal, apathy is everywhere. Mid management is young and inexperienced.

    Advice to Management

    This company needs a new CEO who is truly into creating the "experience of a lifetime". It will never happen under CEO Katz- a Wall Streeter who only gets excited about carressing the books to amake him look good.
    Terrible turnover in all depts. Lousy pay. Too many people on the hill- it is DANGEROUS skiiing in Vail.

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