A hospitality management institution. Militant and rigid, but pays extremely well and there is no experience like it.
Pros: unrivaled learning experience, develop a great network
Cons: management culture is only focused on negative
This is a company that is willing to go the extra mile and spend any amount of money imaginable to create extravagant and consistent guest experiences. The guest is first, no matter what, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
You may not learn much about a P&L, balance sheet or budgets; but you learn an incredible amount about having humility, respect, attention to detail, developing a vision, and taking pride in what you do. Hillstone provided the solid managerial foundation I needed in order to operate at a high level. The tools given to me here helped me be successful at other, less structured companies.
However, don't think you get this foundation without effort. With this company you only get out what you put in. You need to be able to adapt to different management styles, different clientele in different areas of the country, and you need to be willing to relocate.