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White Lodging Reviews

Updated August 15, 2017
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  • Not an ideal work life balance, but a lot of my friend are from work so our weird schedules can mesh well together (in 48 reviews)

  • No work life balance NO MATTER WHAT THEY SAY (in 13 reviews)

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  1. "General Manager"

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    Current Employee - General Manager in Brandon, FL
    Current Employee - General Manager in Brandon, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at White Lodging full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    White Lodging's interviewing process for their leaders is like no other hospitality company out there. Leaders in this company are chosen very carefully to ensure the best of the best are selected. White Lodging is a highly desired management company and proves its value based on the amazing results of their hotel portfolio. The continuous growth of the company allows you to advance within and achieve whatever goals you may have for your career. White Lodging is extremely structured and thorough regarding all aspects. The entire Executive team at corporate office genuinely cares at everyone at the property level and will do anything in their power to help you personally and professionally. I highly encourage anyone looking to pursue a career in hospitality to seek out opportunities within White Lodging. You will not be disappointed.

    Cons

    The expectations for leaders in this company are very high and can, at times, be overwhelming. Holding yourself accountable and being disciplined will make your job easier.


  2. "Executive Chef"

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

    I have been working at White Lodging full-time

    Pros

    Best learning experience for beginners

    Cons

    i fill that is not cons is alot of

  3. "White Lodging= passion killer"

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    Former Employee - General Manager
    Former Employee - General Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at White Lodging full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    GM conferences are great parties. And if you're lucky enough to either be banging an RVP or in the boys club, they have a ranch you can get invited to that's an awesome trip. Those are the biggest pros as the company sucks any personal time out of you, so all you have to look forward to are work functions.

    Cons

    As I said in the title, White Lodging is a passion killer. Prior to working for White Lodging I had a passion for hospitality, however, the 80-90 hour weeks that are required because of the new CEOs financial outlook and labor focus, really drained that. You're required to run super thin on staff so you can flow and get a bonus. 90% of the GMs in the company didn't bonus last year due to unrealistic budget targets set by ownership and WLS. Those targets are set by the "higher ups" because you as a GM have no say in them. But those targets affect your bonus, and your just a peon GM who is just there to clean rooms and work desk shifts so Ken the CEO can sit in his office and create bitmojis, because that's going to connect with the millennial's Ken. Don't worry about your older generations that have literally given their lives in some cases for this company.

    Oh and don't forget that if a NEW owner just decides they don't like you out of thin air, WLS shifts you out of your hotel and puts you in a traveling role or another hotel and doesn't have your back even when you have given them YEARS of great results with other owners.

    Advice to Management

    Stay away GM's. This company has been on a steady decline for the last couple of years and with Ken at the helm it's on a fast track crash course. The worst company I have ever worked for in hospitality by far. They don't care about their upper management at all. They talk about genuine care and shift back to you're just a number within months of their big song and dance at conferences. Really just sad.


  4. "Still learning"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at White Lodging full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great health and dental benefits

    Cons

    Hard time keeping up with the growth


  5. "Sales Manager"

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    Former Employee - Front Desk Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Front Desk Manager in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at White Lodging full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You can grow quickly with the company if you are competent.

    Cons

    Where do I begin. You get 0 vacation your first year with the company. Thought it was illegal but White Lodging manages to get away with it. They work you to the bone for very little compensation. Yes you can move up quickly but you will not get a big increase when you are promoted. They should have better practices in place to created a better work culture/environment for their employees. And better benefits as well.

    Advice to Management

    Give your employees more vacation time. They work hard and deserve it.


  6. "Room for Growth"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at White Lodging full-time

    Pros

    Tons of room for advancement, great resources, relocation possibilities are endless, and wonderful networking opportunities.

    Cons

    Each property is different, but upper management doesn't tend to stay in one place for much longer than 18 months. Once a turbulent property stabilizes, there is a good change that stability will be derailed when the new management team comes in.


  7. "Fantastic"

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    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at White Lodging full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    White Lodging has an extensive interview process, but completely worth it. They truly only hire talented individuals. It improves the working environment and end results for the property

    Cons

    I worked in Austin, TX and I did struggle with a work/life balance because the property was so busy. I was needed for long hours.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Love the family, burn the company"

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    Current Employee - Loss Prevention Officer in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Loss Prevention Officer in Indianapolis, IN
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at White Lodging full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Close coworkers made it feel like you were working with family and you would love to hang out.

    Cons

    You can't hang out with anyone because your schedule is random, decided days in advance of being posted and always a surprise.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your employees and they'll take care of the customers. The key is caring about your employees which isn't evident now.


  9. "AP Administrator"

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    Current Employee - AP Administrator in Merrillville, IN
    Current Employee - AP Administrator in Merrillville, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at White Lodging full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great Business owner. Company always growing.

    Cons

    Company focus is on degreed individuals. Little to no opportunity for those that are not.

    Advice to Management

    Not a possibility for many.


  10. "Wish I Never Left"

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    Former Employee - Banquet Server in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Banquet Server in Austin, TX
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at White Lodging full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits and growth opportunities from within and one of the best teams I have ever worked with. Cross-training, management training, good reviews process with raises and overtime for those who want it. The company is vibrant and growing and there are lots of opportunities to be on task forces to open new hotels. The guests were happy and they took good care of their employees, with enjoyable onboarding and even an annual banquet put on for employees and their families to enjoy.

    Cons

    There are no cons for people who want to work hard.


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