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Vail Resorts Breckenridge Reviews

Updated June 9, 2017
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Breckenridge, CO

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Vail Resorts CEO Rob Katz
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Pros
  • Many Pros including free ski pass (in 181 reviews)

  • Having a free ski pass and company outings to the mountains was always a great reward for hard work (in 104 reviews)

Cons
  • Low pay, high cost of living in every resort, (in 30 reviews)

  • it is difficult for upper management to apply their styles across all the resorts (in 32 reviews)

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  1. "Hospitality in Breckenridge"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Bellman in Breckenridge, CO
    Current Employee - Bellman in Breckenridge, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Vail Resorts full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The best heathcare in the state if not the country for the enhanced plan, great experience to see how miserable 9-5 vacationers can be , makes me feel like I am doing something right

    Cons

    Hard to move up and make decent livable wage unless you working 70 hours a week

    Advice to Management

    Make it easier to move up and trust your employees more, offer more incentive perks besides a "free ski pass" that cost 500 bucks anyway


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Unprofessional and bullying goes on in upper management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Breckenridge, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Breckenridge, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Vail Resorts full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great insurance benefits and 401 k

    Cons

    Middle management works so very hard building their teams, managing finances, paying attention to guest service and solving problems, and never gets the respect they deserve. They work 60 hrs a week 6-7 days a week and get paid for 40 hrs. At Breck there are so many men in sr. management positions that bully the people under them and consistently act unprofessional and egotistical.

    Advice to Management

    Respect the ideas and hard work middle management gives to the company. Sr. Teams need to make sure they show respect and support for their teams. It is really pathetic the favoritism they blatantly show and the way they walk around feeling so powerful. I have never been so disrespected. The expectation that you have to work 6-7 days a week without getting compensated is against the law and not fair or appropriate. It is obvious they push you out when you get to old or when you have different opinions. It's a shame because the ski industry is fun and exciting. To bad Vail resorts is not taking care of their employees the way they should


  3. "Pros and cons like any company"

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    Former Employee - Ski Instructor in Breckenridge, CO
    Former Employee - Ski Instructor in Breckenridge, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Vail Resorts (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lifestyle, relationships, lots of work beautiful place

    Cons

    Cost of living, high turnover,

    Advice to Management

    Build more and more adequate long term living situations for employees


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Very Corporate"

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    Former Employee - Lift Operations Supervisor in Breckenridge, CO
    Former Employee - Lift Operations Supervisor in Breckenridge, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Vail Resorts (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Easy to get hired, co-workers are usually fun, interesting people. opportunities to learn how a medium corporation operates, great ski resort operations experience

    Cons

    Low pay, extremely high turnover rate, very corporate, managers are often more interested in moving up the corporate ladder than being excellent, promotions often involve moving to a different state/ski area, large disconnect between employees in the corporate office and on-site at various resorts, company is far more interested in the shareholders than in employee development or morale. Standard corporate stuff.

    Advice to Management

    I left after 9 years because I failed to see any improvement in the way the company was run. The business model is based on reducing labor costs by turning staff over as much as possible. Hard to manage a complete new work force each season, especially when job benefits erode year after year. I have no advice for management. You are making money, and that is what is important. I had hoped for more than a cookie-cutter corporate culture.

    Vail Resorts Response

    Jun 30, 2016

    Thanks for your feedback. The cross-resort Lift Operations Best Practices group is working together on a universal progression path that will outline the skills and expectations for growth within ... More


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Breck"

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    Former Employee - Employee in Breckenridge, CO
    Former Employee - Employee in Breckenridge, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Vail Resorts (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    ski pass. good scenery, great people around you

    Cons

    Management will do what they can to resist your growth. you could put a lifetime of effort there and it wont really matter unless you are good friends with upper management.
    Most management is out of touch with their employees and carry an unapproachable and demeaning attitude.

    Advice to Management

    work alongside the people you manage before you carry your untouchable attitude. believe it or not, there are people much smarter than you and would be much better than you at your job. encourage growth to employees who show promise and interest. some of us are not just there for the free ski pass.


  6. "Good Perks, Low Pay"

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    Current Employee - Product Sales Agent in Breckenridge, CO
    Current Employee - Product Sales Agent in Breckenridge, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Vail Resorts full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    You get a free ski pass, Most of my the lower management cares about thier employees, the work is very easy in most positions

    Cons

    The pay is low, the upper management does not seems to care about their lower level employees, there is not much possibility for upward mobility

    Advice to Management

    I would advise upper management to pay more attention to the requests of the lower level employees and mid management. Also to consider paying their employees more so that there is not as much turnover.

    Vail Resorts Response

    May 3, 2016 – Marketing Specialist

    Thank you for taking the time to write this review. We encourage employees to be honest and transparent in their Glassdoor evaluation of Vail Resorts and appreciate your engagement with the company ... More


  7. "Vail is pretty EPIC BRAH>"

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    Former Employee - Instructor in Breckenridge, CO
    Former Employee - Instructor in Breckenridge, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Awesome benefits; great co-workers; driven management; technology focused;environmentally aware.

    Cons

    difficulty to scale; employee housing; poor international programs

    Advice to Management

    Provide more housing. Provide gym membership to ski pros. Pay a higher hourly rate.

    Vail Resorts Response

    May 3, 2016 – Marketing Specialist

    Thank you for the review. We are always looking to improve and are currently very focused on improving employee housing and pay. We offer great benefits that include a free Epic Pass, discounts on ... More


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Lift Operator - Breckenridge, CO"

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    Current Employee - Lift Operator in Breckenridge, CO
    Current Employee - Lift Operator in Breckenridge, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Vail Resorts full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Where else are you going to run a multi-million dollar ski lift and be responsible for every guest that rides it? Not to mention you get an Epic pass for the season.

    Cons

    Wages and benefits are insulting, but it's understandable since turnover is so high and the majority of employees only stick around for one season.

    Living in Breckenridge on a $9.50/hr wage is difficult, to say the least. Although many employees here are young, seasonal, and still financially attached to their parents; there are many of us who have been here several seasons, yet are still paid insulting wages that make working here an overall loss (i.e. you'll spend more than you make).

    Advice to Management

    There is a huge divide between Vail Resorts corporate and the Mountain Operations staff. Consider offering higher wages to employees who have worked on the mountain for >1 yr.


  9. "enjoying my work so far"

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    Current Employee - Lead Cook/Chef Tournant in Breckenridge, CO
    Current Employee - Lead Cook/Chef Tournant in Breckenridge, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I get to work with amazing people, great culture, full time year around work

    Cons

    cost of living doesn't line up with what I make

    Advice to Management

    just adding 50 more cents an hour to your employees wages can keep them around longer

    Vail Resorts Response

    Jun 24, 2015 – TA Analyst

    We are glad that you took the time to leave a review. One consistent theme we hear from all levels of employee is that many of us love the people and places we work. Our culture is something that ... More


  10. "Mountain Safety"

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    Former Employee - Mountain Safety in Breckenridge, CO
    Former Employee - Mountain Safety in Breckenridge, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Vail Resorts full-time

    Pros

    Working outside all day in a beautiful location
    Fun Co- workers
    Ski more than any other department

    Cons

    Not paid enough
    Sometimes difficult to interact with combative guests

    Vail Resorts Response

    May 21, 2015 – TA Analyst

    Thank you for leaving us a review! We love our locations and the opportunity many of our positions offer of spending our working hours outdoors, glad that you enjoyed that as well. One of the ... More


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