Challenging environment, good compensation, opportunities for advancement
Valet attendant/Closing manager (Former Employee) – Albany, NY – October 7, 2015
Of all the companies I've worked for in the last 5 years, VPA was the most fair. Valet attendant pay ranges between $6-10 an hour, and tips range from $3-12 an hour. Usually you're taking home somewhere between $12-17 an hour. Compared to my other friends with partial college degrees, I was doing pretty darn well. The work itself is physically demanding, on a busy day you can expect to run 6-8 miles, and short of nuclear fallout, work is never cancelled on account of the weather. For $150 deposit, you are supplied two company polo shirts, an L.L. Bean Fleece and a rain shell jacket. These are a good start, but if you are working through the winter you will need to drop at least a few hundred bucks on layers, hats, gloves, footwear, neck/face gaiter etc. I've worked through 90-100 degree days and -30 windchill, it's not a joke. Management isn't perfect, but most managers are fair and responsive to the guys that work under them. VPA only promotes from within, so if you stick around and do a good job, you'll probably be recognized. They do a good job of promoting the right guys. Also, you get a chance to drive tons of different cars. After about a year with VPA, I had driven pretty much every common, mass-produced car and a handful of high-end luxury vehicles in the $1-200k range. If I was ever returning to the capital region of New York, I would re-train with VPA and get back to parking cars unless I had a better career opportunity.
Good pay, effective management, quality coworkers, cool cars
Physically demanding, year-round outside work despite ANY weather conditions