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Starwood Hotels & Resorts Stamford Reviews

Updated July 21, 2017
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Pros
  • Wonderful culture and good work/life balance (in 54 reviews)

  • Employee rate called starhot offers best rates and staff discounts to for leisure stay at thousands of excellent hotels around the world (in 30 reviews)

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  1. "Great company to work for"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Stamford, CT
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Stamford, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Challenging environment, innovative projects, great industry and very nice people

    Cons

    Teams morale in corporate office is very low after we got acquired by Marriott, hard to get things done, many people leaving


  2. "Pockets of good and bad"

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    Former Employee - Specialist in Stamford, CT
    Former Employee - Specialist in Stamford, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Starwood Hotels & Resorts full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Being a hospitality company, there were many great people and working for corporate was fulfilling to help all of the properties and their employees be successful!

    Cons

    Many people in leadership not listening to employees and not doing a good job, but able to move around or be promoted based on favoritism or fear.

    Advice to Management

    Not much. After the purchase by Marriott, I see through my linkedin that much of the corporate dead weight was removed and hopefully this is a positive for the property-level operations and employees.

  3. "Sales Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Sales Specialist in Stamford, CT
    Former Employee - Sales Specialist in Stamford, CT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Starwood Hotels & Resorts full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    My last role evolved throughout my career at Starwood for which I am grateful.

    Cons

    I became very complacent and didn't push myself to advance.


  4. "Paralegal"

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    Current Employee - Senior Paralegal in Stamford, CT
    Current Employee - Senior Paralegal in Stamford, CT
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Starwood Hotels & Resorts full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, work flexibility, independence, annual reviews and recognition for paralegals.

    Cons

    Just completed merger with Marriott. Many changes with structure, leadership, feels less like we belong.


  5. "None"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stamford, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stamford, CT
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Great It working technology culture

    Cons

    Not many opportunities for advancement in the field. Only in hq


  6. "PMO"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Stamford, CT
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Stamford, CT
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay .. flexibility of time

    Cons

    Politics is too much

    Advice to Management

    Be neutral and recognize politics


  7. "Great company... Marriott lost some of the best"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stamford, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stamford, CT
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Starwood Hotels & Resorts full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    fun work-culture, amazing benefits, and quality exposure to senior leaders.

    Cons

    bought by Marriott so the culture is gone.

  8. "Director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stamford, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stamford, CT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Starwood Hotels & Resorts full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great culture and people who are dedicated

    Cons

    Acquired by Marriott so no longer around

    Advice to Management

    Not sure given acquisition now


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Starwood IT - Antiquated and Reverse-Biased"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer/Architect in Stamford, CT
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer/Architect in Stamford, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Starwood Hotels & Resorts full-time

    Pros

    They hire people
    Big systems with some mid level technology about 20 years old
    Nice to talk about

    Cons

    Reverse discriminate against people
    Hire illegal l1-b's and replace good American employees with them
    Treat people very badly
    Firing people left and right after takeover - a good thing if they get rid of more bad senior management hurting company and employees
    Fire good management and keep poor management that is abusive and antiquated in technology
    Say bad things about best people to keep poor people and bad outdated tech and managers that never meet a deadline

    Advice to Management

    Stop the bad practices to cover up for bad managers that can't deliver, stop firing best people to hire more outsourced low end people which is probably illegal with all those l1-b visas to hire tons of low end unqualified people to replace American IT talent saying Americans should step aside for outsourced illegal immigrants and aliens. If new Marriott management can accomplish these things will help the people, company and country.


  10. "A long term employer you enjoy working for"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stamford, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stamford, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Starwood is in some ways bizarre. While being a Fortune 500 company with over 150.000 employees, it feels like a star-up company, with everyone trying to contribute to its success. Starwood has developed a management culture that fosters innovation and trying out things. Is it perfect? Definitely not. (see cons). However, the more I experience other companies and their culture, the more I value Starwood's company culture. It's worth a lot more than pay and pay isn't bad (average, I would say).

    Cons

    The Human Resources function in this company is poorly developed. While this can vary by hotel or office, the former global HR leadership has been detrimental to the otherwise positive culture of the company (which is not shaped by HR, fortunately). Complex hiring process, lack of initiative and many other aspects have disappointed me on more than one occasion. Once, I even only found out my new salary (internal promotion) by looking at my pay-check. Way to go, HR!

    Advice to Management

    Advice seems redundant, as Starwood has been acquired by Marriott. To the Marriott HR leadership I would recommend: learn from the culture, try to understand where the entrepreneurial spirit came from (which is underdeveloped in Marriott from what can be observed), and try and contribute the HR process and leadership in Marriott that the company is so famous for.


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