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Updated July 18, 2017
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Pros
  • Many Pros including free ski pass (in 183 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. "Intermediate Cook"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vail, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vail, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Vail Resorts full-time

    Pros

    - Great boss and place to work. I worked at The Lodge at Vail.
    - Free sky pass, and many other VR benefits

    Cons

    Housing is hard to find for many employees


  2. "Very boring and under payed"

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    Current Employee - Front Desk in Vail, CO
    Current Employee - Front Desk in Vail, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Get to live in one of the most beautiful places the people here a super nice and fun too but other then that vail is a waist of time

    Cons

    Vail is a super shiffty company to work for they super under pay and treat there employees like cattle. "They go off the thinking that does not matter how good of a job you do as an employee if we want to fire you we will and will fill your spot just as fast".

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees the way you treat corporate, god knows half those people got to wear they are because they know someone NOT because they fit the position

  3. "Garbage corporate atmosphere that has ruined true resorts atmosphere with imported labor"

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    Former Employee - Mountain Operations in Vail, CO
    Former Employee - Mountain Operations in Vail, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    None, It costs more to live and work than they offer in pay. The only people that happily work for this company are on a salary or send all the money they make out of the country to live off seasons as immigrants.

    Cons

    Employee housing is a disgusting ghetto due to what they pay. Migrant workers that are illiterate make terrible co-workers. Management is terrible, old, burned out, and tired of the corporate overseers giving them illiterate and bad manored employees. The only people with any sense that work here are college drop outs that quickly find it's not worth a ski pass for the effort they put in or pay they won't receive.

    Advice to Management

    Quit and find a better employer


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Lifestyle vs pay"

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    Current Employee - Base Area Attendant in Vail, CO
    Current Employee - Base Area Attendant in Vail, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great lifestyle, outdoors, discounts on many brands.

    Cons

    Terrible pay, bad management, employee housing is awful.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Sales Agent"

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    Current Employee - Sales Agent in Vail, CO
    Current Employee - Sales Agent in Vail, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very fun job and great perks for ski bums.

    Cons

    Mislead when hired about compensation and potential for income.

    Advice to Management

    Pay the sales team a fair wage because they bring most the income to the mountain and generate business for everyone. It starts out with sales.


  6. "Love Vail"

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    Current Employee - Lift Operator in Vail, CO
    Current Employee - Lift Operator in Vail, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Everyone is super cool to work with and the benefits are great.

    Cons

    some company policies are pretty strict

    Advice to Management

    be more lenient on policies


  7. "Large company support, with a small company feel"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Vail, CO
    Former Employee - Manager in Vail, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Vail Resorts full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Even with 20,000 employees, Vail Resorts is good at supporting every employee. All mid-level managers that I came across care, and are engaged. I always felt like I was apart of a team that was always striving for better. There are plenty of professional development opportunities. Vail Resorts supports their employees and is motivated to keep and build a tenured staff. The ski pass and discounts help offset some short-comings in compensation. Geographically speaking, work opportunities are diverse.

    Cons

    Although I feel very positive about mid-level managers I do not share the same sentiment for all leaders. I felt there was some haste and politics that went into selecting upper-level management, leaving more to be desired from some leaders. The pay is nothing to write home about, especially when taking into account the cost of living in most ski towns.

    Advice to Management

    Don't let the constant drive for financial results cloud the spirit of the ski industry.

  8. "If you want the mountain lifestyle for a few years…"

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    Former Employee - Operations in Vail, CO
    Former Employee - Operations in Vail, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Vail Resorts full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    If you want the mountain lifestyle for a few years… I highly recommend working for Vail Resorts. You’re not going to get $ rich, but I have lifetime memories that are worth more than money.

    Cons

    Lack of affordable housing in the Vail Valley


  9. "Ski instructor"

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    Former Employee - Ski Instructor in Vail, CO
    Former Employee - Ski Instructor in Vail, CO
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Vail Resorts part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great perks. Free ski pass & discounts on equipment.

    Cons

    Pay is not great. Parking is terrible.


  10. "The Arrabelle at vail square"

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    Former Employee - Bellman in Vail, CO
    Former Employee - Bellman in Vail, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Vail Resorts part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits such as health care and a 401k, you also get a free epic pass to ride all vail resort mountains for free.

    Cons

    upper management does not really care about their workers, they tend to just burn through workers because they know they can get people to fill the spots.


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