Vail Resorts Employee Reviews

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Great way to spend some winters
Lift Operations Team Lead (Former Employee) –  Vail, COMay 8, 2017
Working at Vail as a Lift Op is fun. You work in the beautiful Colorado Rockies, ski or snowboard every day and work with interesting and unique machines. While working there I learned I was a competent and reliable manager and built a great rapport with other departments. Average day is waking up early, getting out on the mountain around dawn and preparing the lifts for the day. During operating hours you spend your day at your lift station, helping people and making sure things run smoothly. It can be a repetitive job and is physically demanding: have to stand for hours, work in very cold and variable weather, customer service is a key part of the job. If you like to ski or snowboard and want a job where you can do that everyday, Vail Lift Operations is a great way to do that.
Pros
Free season pass, subsidized housing, discounts
Cons
Physically taxing, seasonal nature
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Great place to work. Interesting mix of colleagues.
Cashier/Food Runner/Busser - Bistro 14 (Former Employee) –  Vail, COMay 7, 2017
I enjoyed nearly two years of working for Bistro 14. My manager was the best! I learned a great deal and had a wonderful time living and working in Vail.
Pros
Shift meal
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Cool views and place to work.
Food and Beverage Warehouse Clerk (Former Employee) –  Vail, COMay 5, 2017
Processing shippments for restaurants on the mountain. Cool, fun management. Moving heavy bins up an incline was challenging. Fee ski pass was awesome
Pros
Affordable housing
Cons
Skiing was hard to master.
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Lift Operator (Former Employee) –  Vail, COMay 4, 2017
Long hard days. Replaced easily, under paid for type of work. Was a seasonal experience and met a lot of good people throughout the company. Would do the same style work, but not at Vail.
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hard work with no reward
Guest Services Representative (Former Employee) –  Dillon, COMay 4, 2017
This was a nice way to learn how to snowboard but this job did not pay enough. the hours were long and compensation was minimum. i would not do it again
Pros
discounts
Cons
short breaks and over worked
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Productive place
HOUSE PERSON (Former Employee) –  Keystone, COMay 1, 2017
Good time with hard work and great people. Beautiful location in the mountains. Any time of year is a great time to work there. The managers were friendley as were the people around you.
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Fun work enviornment! Would definitely recomend to a friend!
Ski Instructor (Former Employee) –  Beaver Creek Village, COApril 29, 2017
Training is paid, subsidized housing for employees offered, and a ton of great coworkers that are all passionate about what they do! Great experience!
Pros
On the mountain everyday, meet people from all over the world, great industry benefits
Cons
It gets really busy around the holidays but you make great money!
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Large company run like a small company
Customer Service Representative (Current Employee) –  Broomfield, COApril 27, 2017
Vail is a large company run like a small company. Advancement is difficult, compensation is meager and consists of a lower salary than competitors and a free ski pass. Tasks are not well delegated and responsibilities are not well defined, particularly amongst departments. Upper management can't understand why there is heavy staff turnover, middle management will often find out their department is responsible for a report or a project at a team meeting, instead of having it assigned previously. Lower management will often take on responsibilities without consulting their team or analyzing their team's capabilities, and then expect their team to perform even when overwhelmed. Staffing at all levels turns over constantly, to the point that a contact for one season will be gone partway through the season.

You get a free ski pass but that's it. You get lots of stress, responsibility, and low pay in return.
Pros
Free ski pass, complimentary tea and coffee, surprisingly good health plan and associated "professional" discounts.
Cons
Long hours, low pay, little recognition, hard to advance.
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Mountains
Superviser (Former Employee) –  Keystone, COApril 25, 2017
Its a job where your main benefit is the view and a lift ticket to one of the most amazing sking resorts in USA. Very active social life here - all the yang kids from all over the world so its Friday everyday.
Pros
free lift ticket
Cons
expensive housing
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Dream Job
Customer Service (Former Employee) –  Vail, COApril 24, 2017
Perfect opportunity to enjoy the ski industry from the inside and be able to enjoy to wilderness at the same time. I experienced a quick paced job at times that was very rewarding to help guests share the same love and passion for the outdoors that I have.
Pros
Ski breaks, enjoyable coworkers, working in a resort town
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Friendly and open minded
Lead terrain park assistant (Former Employee) –  Wilmot, WIApril 20, 2017
Vail was an awesome experience. They were open minded with ideas and kept people on their toes with new ideas. Very friendly employees and never had a problem with anyone on the job
Pros
The park was an AWESOME time
Cons
none really
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Productive and fun place
Line Chef (Former Employee) –  Keystone, ColoradoApril 20, 2017
• Busy working hours
• Working calmly under great pressure I learned in this company
• Working sincerely every second
• Multitasking and fill up for you coworker whenever in need
• The end result of you hard work (salary) was the most enjoyable part of the work
Pros
Free lunches
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Underpaid
Manager (Current Employee) –  ColoradoApril 14, 2017
No chance to move up in retail above manager of a store. Once you get there you top out in the high 30k's. How is anyone supposed to live in a resort town on that salary? You are always over managed by area managers that are so terrified of upper management they will not stand up for you. The focus of employee engagement is a joke, no one in Broomfield cares what happening in stores but you better be cleanly shaven and dressed to the nines with the store in perfect order before they do their "walk trough's" (vacations) or you will be hearing about it. Oh and you better make it salaried if not expect to take 2 months off a year with no pay. Good Luck!!!!
Pros
Flexable off season if you are salaried
Cons
Low pay, over managed, no support due to budgets, no online presence, old systems and point of sales
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Outdoor workplace with a great group of co-workers
Lane Attendant (Former Employee) –  Wilmot, WIApril 10, 2017
Vail Resorts was a very productive and enjoyable job/company to work for. The pay is very good and the work environment is a great experience. The management was always done in a professional fashion. The hardest part of this job had to be the weather, because there were days that were below freezing but we all had to stay outside and keep the customers safe and give them the best experience they could have.
Pros
50% off food and free refills, Great hours
Cons
work for more than 40 hours a week
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Sounds cooler than it is
Legal (Former Employee) –  Broomfield, COApril 10, 2017
VR very much relies on their employees' "passion for the product." Salaries are below industry average. Management preaches leadership and to be "out front" but frequently shuts down those hoping to achieve more. No clear path for advancement. Frequently, sub-par employees are praised and promoted.
The coworkers are fun, culture is light-hearted, casual dress is a bonus.
Pros
fun culture
Cons
low pay, never actually go to the mountains, no opportunities for advancement
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On the cuttingbedge
Masters Race Coach (Current Employee) –  Wilmot MountainApril 3, 2017
New and inovative ideas, listen to employees wants and needs.
Work to make season long as possible.
Latest technology always in use train employees well.
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Fun environment with great people and room to grow
Developer (Former Employee) –  Broomfield, COApril 3, 2017
I loved my time at Vail Resorts. I gained a lot of valuable experience and felt my ambition was met with lots of opportunity granted by needs in the organization and good management. I also had a lot of fun with lots of team days that turned me on to different sports and outdoor activities. It is a great place to work and grow in Colorado. Sadly, I left for personal reasons - a desire to travel and experience some new things outside of work.

Highly recommend working here!
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Vail Resorts
CERTIFIED SKI INSTRUCTOR ǀ (Former Employee) –  Vail, COApril 3, 2017
Free ski pass when teaching skiing for Vail Resorts was very helpful. Group leaders and supervisors were nice but never competent. Vail Associates overall was one of the worst companies I have ever worked for. Benefits were terrible and unaffordable and the pay was a joke. Would consider working for again if pay, leadership and benefits were changed and desirable.
Pros
Free Lunch
Cons
Terrible Leadership, benefits and pay
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Lift Operations
Lift Operator (Former Employee) –  Breckenridge, COMarch 30, 2017
Hard work, lot of fun, felt unappreciated by management. Worked four 10 hour days, 3 days off, per week. Most time off of any of the ski bum positions.
Pros
Skiing at work
Cons
Hard physical labor, poor upper level management
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easy going life style
Golf Course Maintenance (Former Employee) –  Avon, COMarch 29, 2017
early morning hours , working a lot with the public,daily tasks managing work area and the safety thereof ,running lift and the safety ,sharing the knowledge of the mountain and provide information too public
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