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Vail Resorts Breckenridge Reviews

Updated January 15, 2018
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Breckenridge, CO

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Vail Resorts CEO Rob Katz
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Pros
  • Having a free ski pass and company outings to the mountains was always a great reward for hard work (in 196 reviews)

  • Awesome energetic people and FREE SKI pass (in 113 reviews)

Cons
  • Lack of development, cost of living vs (in 33 reviews)

  • it is difficult for upper management to apply their styles across all the resorts (in 33 reviews)

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  1. "Lift operator"

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    Former Employee - Lift Operator in Breckenridge, CO
    Former Employee - Lift Operator in Breckenridge, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fun, If you like people and are a hard worker then this is the job for you!

    Cons

    None, really, but pay is low

    Advice to Management

    Pay more


  2. "If you want a "free" pass or employment during mud season..."

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

    Pros

    Free ski pass, partial benefits, nice staff, opportunity for advancement if you stay during mud season

    Cons

    passing the buck by bigwigs, unable to ski for the entire season if you quit/are terminated, very low pay in expensive town.

    Advice to Management

    doesn't matter because it is ALWAYS changing.

  3. "Seasonal Sales Employee"

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    Former Employee - Sales in Breckenridge, CO
    Former Employee - Sales in Breckenridge, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A great way to travel, move, potentially save money (but probably not much), great support and hr team, willing to work with you, provide housing,

    Cons

    Low pay, very long hours, somewhat remote locations.

    Advice to Management

    Professionalism matters, be more verbal about that.


  4. "Underpayed"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Breckenridge, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Breckenridge, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Vail Resorts (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Really fun to work as a ski instructor at vail resorts.

    Cons

    underpaid comparatively to other companies in the area


  5. Helpful (6)

    "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


  6. "Hospitality in Breckenridge"

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    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


  7. "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

  8. Helpful (3)

    "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


  9. 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.


  10. "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


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