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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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Great Ideas at the Executive Level - Poor execution at the Mgr level
IT Analyst II / Telecom OSP (Current Employee) –  Avon, COSeptember 17, 2017
The executives of Vail Resorts really do try to make the company a great place to work. However, there is an ingrained culture of very poor management at the lower levels that hamstring the initiatives almost every time.
Pros
Free ski pass
Cons
Poor Management
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Valet
Valet Attendant (Former Employee) –  Vail, COSeptember 2, 2017
Working at Vail Cascade resort and spa we did whatever it takes, whatever the way to prove and deliver the best service bar none. I exemplified what a hard worker is.
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Arrabelle Resort
Guest Service Agent/Door Attendant (Former Employee) –  Vail, COSeptember 2, 2017
I liked working at the Arrabelle resort, we have a great and talent staff that does what it takes to provide the best customer service in the vail valley.
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great company
Front of House Supervisor (seasonal) (Former Employee) –  Vail, COSeptember 1, 2017
fun work environment, unbeatable views, if you enjoy skiing or snowboarding, or mountain life in general, it's a great place to work. management was great and attentive
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Buen ambiente de trabajo
Hotel Housekeeping (Former Employee) –  Vail, COAugust 31, 2017
Trabajar en esta empresa fue genial, pues mi desempeño creo fue buena.. aprendi varias cosas y me gusto..
Pros
Seguro medico
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stressful
Snow Maker (Current Employee) –  Northstar, CAAugust 30, 2017
very stressfull with EXTREMELY POOR management. constanly leaving workers to unsafe and dangerous conditions with unsafe non osha safe equipment. frayed tie downs. not strong enough for what we are carrying
Pros
ski pass
Cons
short breaks
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Good place
Lift Operator (Former Employee) –  Keystone, COAugust 29, 2017
A fun, relaxing place to work, met a lot of good people who will be friends for life. It was a seasonal position, the pay wasn't good, but I had cheap cost of living.
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Experience of a Lifetime
Sr. IT Applications Manager (Current Employee) –  Broomfield, COAugust 23, 2017
Vail Resorts truly provided me the opportunity to merge my career goals with my lifestyle ambitions.

Vail provided me an opportunity to grow, and I am forever grateful.
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