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Vail Resorts Reviews

Updated August 16, 2017
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Pros
  • Many Pros including free ski pass (in 184 reviews)

  • Having a free ski pass and company outings to the mountains was always a great reward for hard work (in 105 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. "Front Desk experience"

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    Current Employee - Front Desk Supervisor in Vail, CO
    Current Employee - Front Desk Supervisor in Vail, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Getting a pass for all Vail Resort mountains, several comp tickets for friends, full time employees begin accruing time off immediately and can receive extra time off as well

    Cons

    Lack of development, cost of living vs. pay rate is too low, not enough employee housing to combat average apartment prices

    Advice to Management

    Take time to actually develop your talent like you say you do in your leadership classes. Work to modernize the hotel systems.


  2. "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Friendly, fun coworkers and reasonable management

    Cons

    Doesn't pay too much, but that's expected

  3. "Liftie"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Vail Resorts full-time

    Pros

    A great excuse to be on the hill every single day

    Cons

    might miss powder days working


  4. "If you like to ski, it's worth it."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Vail Resorts full-time

    Pros

    I worked with a fun group of people.

    Cons

    High turnover rate between seasons.


  5. "Fair job to have being new to the area"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great job for being a ski bum

    Cons

    expect to work every holiday and 6 day weeks in January


  6. "Good Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Vail Resorts full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits with good work life balance

    Cons

    Low pay. Promote wrong people for jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Pay employee's more, they are your future!


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Listen to your gut. Recruiting processes are disjointed and disorganized."

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    Current Employee - Talent Development in Broomfield, CO
    Current Employee - Talent Development in Broomfield, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free water bottle when you interview and reimbursement for your expenses. Some employees are very nice while others are very egocentric and rushed for time. Company is growth oriented and has aspirations of extending footprint internationally.

    Cons

    Poor communication throughout the corporate building. Large claims about leadership based culture, but observed no evidence of servant leadership with execs. Seemingly interested only in local talent and for minimal salary with immediate needs for transactional level work.

    Advice to Management

    Benchmark against other service or hospitality companies and I think you'll see where VR falls short. Disney, McDonald's, Chick-fil-A, and Marriott would be a good start. You won't get top talent if your talent acquisition approach is disjointed. Your talent "brand" will suffer if the current recruiting experience continues.

  8. "Don't be idle!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Vail Resorts full-time

    Pros

    excellent perks, health insurance, unreal resorts, like-minded co-workers.

    Cons

    pay, lifers are jaded, time off, management is not passionate about skiing/snowboarding.

    Advice to Management

    create effective upward movement, get rid of pay grades as it distracts, pay competitively to reduce turn over and loss of top-notch talent.


  9. "Rental tech"

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    Former Employee - Ski Rental Technician in Snowmass Village, CO
    Former Employee - Ski Rental Technician in Snowmass Village, CO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Vail Resorts (More than a year)

    Pros

    Provides ski pass, rentals and mountain discounts. Friendly work environment.

    Cons

    High volume and high demand customers


  10. "ski instructor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Vail Resorts full-time

    Pros

    if you like to ski, this will be a fun job. get a ski instructor certification for better pay and working with higher level skiers, then you will find yourself not feeling like your at work.

    Cons

    working with kids can get old fast.

    Advice to Management

    allow employees to have a few days where they can bring a friend free of cost, rather than half off tickets.


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