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Able to learn and teach the culinary arts
Executive Chef (Former Employee) –  Park City, UTNovember 14, 2017
My typical day of work start with asking all the team members how they are doing and make sure they are aligned what is expected from them and make sure they have the correct supply and information to do their tasks.
i also make sure that they don't compromise quality and pay attention to details. I make sure the environment is safe, clean and productive.
Most enjoyable part of my day is when I shake my team members hand and thank them for their efforts and say see you tomorrow.
Pros
fun place and able to ski during winter
Cons
Seasonal resort
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Great place to work
Intermediate Cook (Former Employee) –  Jackson Hole, WYNovember 7, 2017
I have absolutely nothing bad to say about Vail as a company. I learned and grew as a chef the 6 months I was employed with them. I had to quit because of money and personal issues, but quitting was not my intention.
Pros
Great learning experience
Cons
nothing
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Fast paced work in beautiful scenery.
Server/Cashier (Former Employee) –  Truckee, CANovember 2, 2017
Vail resorts is a great place to start a career and be able to fulfill the need to advance in a career. You have very good job security with many ways to contribute your personal skills to the whole of the company.
Pros
Free ski passes, food, and winter/summer gear
Cons
Very high tempo, with lots of customer traffic
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Vail Resorts
RESERVATION AGENT (Former Employee) –  Keystone, COOctober 31, 2017
My childhood dream was to work at Ski Resort and this company help made it possible. They had employees housing and free skiing at 5 resorts.

It was one of my best life experiences and glad I had courage to do it
Pros
Looked out window at work with river flowing through heart of the Rockies
Cons
Cost of living is high
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fun and always an adventure
Warehouse Worker (Former Employee) –  Vail, COOctober 29, 2017
so who would not want this job show up work and get paid to ride the mountain but of course there is some work involved as to sending food up the mountain to the restaurants and collecting the trash from sed restaurants and the end of the day and your in the mountains in gods country what more could you ask for
Pros
getting a free season passed
Cons
nothing
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Great environment
Snowmaker (Former Employee) –  Vail, COOctober 25, 2017
Was able to enter into this company with little knowledge of a ski resort industry. And was able to find multiple jobs to fit what I was looking for..
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Fun
Children's Ski School Inside Operations Manager (Former Employee) –  Vail, COOctober 25, 2017
A typical day at work was focused on running a great operation that provides excellent service for our guests. There are rush times in the morning and afternoon and you have to teach your team how to do a job in 7 days of training. Things are difficult at the start of every season and once a few weeks go by everything starts falling in line. --You learn tons about working with teammates, as well as how to handle difficult conversations with guests. It's a great place to develop confidence and soft skills that will help you succeed later in life. They do a great job of promoting within up to manager roles after you hit management the next step is very hard to get to. The culture is getting much more corporate but it still retains traits of the ski industry. It's easy to have fun on the job, fun is one of the company's core values. Hardest part of the job is to make a living in the high country in Colorado. Best part of the job is making friends and living an active outdoor lifestyle.
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Employees received a season ski pass
Parking Attendant (Former Employee) –  Vail, COOctober 23, 2017
Traveling can be stressful, at Vail Resorts their are people visiting from all over the world. This job is rewarding because if your aware of this and can help navigate or greet someone with a smile, you can tell the guests appreciated it greatly. Anyone working for this company will agree Vail Resorts takes care of there employees in a way that encourages you to take care of the guests needs.
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Great Fun Great Work
Adventure Ridge Senior Ropes Course Guide (Former Employee) –  Vail, COOctober 18, 2017
Some days felt like I was not even working. Great place to work, enjoyed every bit of the workplace. Work and life balance was perfect, especially living so close to the lifts.
Pros
Environment, Colleagues
Cons
No Room for advancement
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Great company
Ski School Instructor (Former Employee) –  Vail, COOctober 12, 2017
Promoted Vail Resorts brand, sold Vail Resorts product offerings and taught 3-6 year old’s the fundamentals of skiing
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Nothing to write home about!
Fine dining server and bartender (Former Employee) –  Vail, CO & Beaver Creek, COOctober 5, 2017
if you are looking to live on ramen noodles and ski for free then this is the place to work. If you are looking for career advancement
and opportunity to live in a real community this is not the place to work.
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productive and fun
Cook (Former Employee) –  Beaver Creek, COSeptember 28, 2017
Vail resorts is a great company to work for they are a very productive and fun place too work they give all of there employees a free season pass to snowboard or ski with on your time off.
Pros
free season pass
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Relies on "cool job" perception
Coordinator (Current Employee) –  Broomfield, COSeptember 26, 2017
cool industry, free ski pass, discounts around the industry, fun work environment/coworkers
low pay, poor management (preach better leadership, but don't follow through), expanding too quickly and hiring doesn't keep up, favoritism
Pros
cool industry, free ski pass, discounts around the industry, fun work environment/coworkers
Cons
low pay, poor management (preach better leadership, but don't follow through), expanding too quickly and hiring doesn't keep up, obvious favoritism
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Poor pay and Overworked Employees
Front Office Manager (Former Employee) –  Vail, COSeptember 25, 2017
Vail Resorts was a great place to get a foot in the door if you want to work in hospitality. However, once you reach a salaried position you will likely work 60 to 70 hours a week. Benefits are mediocre and the work/life balance is not as advertised. They bait you in by providing you with an annual ski pass/benefits and say it outweighs the low pay. However, you later learn that your ski pass is blacked out on many dates and the health and dental benefits are poor. I would highly recommend to not work for Vail Resorts.
Pros
Free Lunch
Cons
Overworked and Underpaid
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Level Two Mountain Activities Guide (Former Employee) –  Breckenridge, COSeptember 25, 2017
You come to an amazing crew and begin the day inspection all the equipment to ensure the kid's safety. You bring 3 bags that weigh 50lbs all the way up the mountain. Go through the ropes and zip line course to make sure nothing is loose. Families arrive and you make sure the kids and parents stay happy.
Pros
na
Cons
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Cut throat. Poor management.
Director of Operations (Current Employee) –  EdwardsSeptember 23, 2017
Long hours, poor communication. Ski pass was nice. Lots of wasted time on corporate projects that added little value. The experience of a lifetime was at times more focused on guest fleecing than guest experience.
Pros
Mountains
Cons
Work life balance.
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Terrible company, theives and cons ... all
Subject Matter Expert/Consultant (Former Employee) –  Broomfield, COSeptember 22, 2017
Gleening is their culture, Hiring people, milk them for all the information they have and fire them....loosers and criminals are not what they say but it is what they are.....
Pros
none
Cons
everything
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More work than there was time
Conference Service Manager (Former Employee) –  Dillon, COSeptember 19, 2017
Often times there was more group events to plan for than a normal eight hour work day could allow. Besides receiving information from event organizers late and trying to schedule all activities, last minute groups would also be assigned. Once the event was taking place, it was a constant concern of who could be calling for what, which also meant the conference manager needed to be on site to ensure the event ran smoothly.
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Great Company - Poor Local Management
Retail Managemnt (Former Employee) –  South Lake Tahoe, CASeptember 19, 2017
Though Vail Resorts is a great company to work for, most of my issues with management were at the local level. I was severely under-compensated during my time as a manager.
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Profit > Quality
Child Alpine Ski Instructor (Former Employee) –  Breckenridge, COSeptember 18, 2017
Honestly, Vail Resorts is meant to be a revolving door of employees except for a select few.

It is more cost effective to constantly turn over the work force rather than invest in the individuals actively employed.

Advancement was not based on ability but rather on the number of years you had been able to put up with working for Vail.

If it was not for the employee housing (only lasts a year and is only subsidized) I would have quit a lot earlier.

They work you hard and care little about the quality of the product they sell.
Pros
Free ski pass ($600 value)
Cons
Loss of your soul, Long hours, Incompetent supervisors
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