Tour Guide (Current Employee) – YNP, WY – February 15, 2017
Yellowstone is a beautiful place to work! The whole park is your backyard. You meet people from all over the world, who love the outdoors, and it is easy to find co-workers to explore with on your days off.
Security and Safety Officer (Former Employee) – Yellowstone National Park, WY – February 19, 2017
I worked for Xanterra at Yellowstone, and basically got paid to go on a four month adventure. They offer food and housing and when you aren't on the clock you get to see some of the most beautiful places on the planet.
Bellman (Current Employee) – Crater Lake National Park, OR – February 12, 2017
It's not meant to give you a living. It's a working vacation and an alternative living if you can maneuver it. Great for gaining experience. Keep in mind the environment can get political about global warming hoax. If you treat it like a real job. You can become management. Then you want to get in good with other management so you can comeback.
People come there not expecting to work and get their feelings hurt quick
Guaranteed food and rent, being in national parks, can move up if you try
Whiners, long hours, when others call in you are shorthanded.
PORTER, CANYON (Former Employee) – Canyon Village, WY – January 28, 2017
a seasonal job working in yellowstone national park is a unique, once in a lifetime sort of opportunity. the only problem is that to get any days off to go camping i had to work everyday for weeks in a row.
Very lovely area far away from city life hussles and bussles. Great opportunities for advancement in may departments within. Warm and friendly people in and out of the park area. Not to much I can say bad about this experience I had with them. The only thing maybe to have more training classes for management and do more with recreation for employees.
Assistant Personnel Manager (Former Employee) – Yellowstone National Park, WY – January 24, 2017
Nice company to work for. Can be long hours, fun working with people from all over the world, sometimes difficult in working with seasonal employees. Management did a good job of encouraging promotions and advancement. Company tried to make the new employee experience a good one but may have overlooked the returning employees experience.
Meeting people from all over world
Dorm living, better wifi, more opportunity to enjoy parks
SERVER (Former Employee) – Yellowstone National Park, WY – January 23, 2017
Serving thousands of people a day, spilling something on your shoes or apron was a daily thing. Some of the best people are you co-workers, but the hardest part was work every day morning until night and then waking up to do it all again.
great place to work, if you remain positive and/or come with someone
Fine Dining Server/Bartender (Current Employee) – Death Valley, CA – January 16, 2017
I love working/living in Death Valley. The park is beautiful and I think I've lasted as long as I have because I am here with my boyfriend. Management is blah, but you are able to make lots of money & meet amazing people from all over the world.
Kitchen Crew (Former Employee) – Old Faithful – January 16, 2017
A typical day at the Old Faithful Lodge was very hectic. Hundreds of thousands of people every day flooding in every hour as the Old Faithful geyser went off. I was always tired. It took a long time for schedules to be set and make sense. Managers were always busy and overworked. Communication wasn't great between employees and managers. Everyone was very friendly and fun to be around, but not super professional. Also, the employee food was basically high school cafeteria food. Not good. Not to mention the dorms are very poor. Showers lost heat a few times, only three showers to maybe 50 girls, three girls to a room, broken faucets. Also not good. The bright side of the job comes from being in the park. Taking your two days off to explore the park(I was in Yellowstone). Also there are employees and tourists who come from all around the world to work there and visit, so you have a chance to meet all sorts of new people and make plenty of friends. In my opinion, I would definitely go back to the park, but I doubt that I would work for Xanterra again.
Great environment(the park itself), great people
Long work hours, hectic/busy, employee food was sub-par, dorms were out of shape, etc.
General Maintenance (Former Employee) – Death Valley, CA – January 14, 2017
You live there, you work there. You meet great people but the job itself is meh at most. Some managers just don't respect you and the higher ups rarely care. But its still worth trying if your ready for a change.
EDR Crew, EDR Lead, and EDR Cook (Former Employee) – Wyoming – December 28, 2016
Working for Xanterra was really fun and rewarding. I had a job that was both challenging and fun. I had a variety of tasks and had a nice group of fellow workers. There were some challenges (rain, snow, overtime, very busy times) but there were more rewards. For such a large company, Xanterra did a great job of taking care if their employees.
Camp Host (Former Employee) – Yellowstone National Park, WY – December 22, 2016
Working for Xanterra was really fun and rewarding. I had a job that was both challenging and fun. I had a variety of tasks and had a nice group of fellow workers. There were some challenges (rain, snow, overtime, very busy times) but there were more rewards (great co-workers, group dinners and bar-b-ques, day trips). For such a large company, Xanterra did a great job of taking care if their employees.
Hourly pay, getting to wake up in Yellowstone every day.
Food & Beverage Assistant Manager (Former Employee) – Death Valley, CA – December 5, 2016
Xanterra has some positives and negatives. In most cases the upper management is great to work with and for. As with any large company there are to many rules and regulations. The company is quick to write up associates for the smallest of issues and will terminate as quick as possible. This makes it hard on management to run a consistent successful business. It also makes it hard for management to keep returning management and associates season after season.
Great Retail and upper management for the exception of a few
to many rules and procedures for a 4 month season.
Food Server (Former Employee) – Keystone, SD – December 2, 2016
Very fun and productive workplace and friendly environment. Free lunch and snack during break. I love the environment and the nature surrounding my workplace. Friendly co-workers. Comfortable dorm that we stayed in. Clean environment.
Store Manager (Current Employee) – Death Valley, CA – November 29, 2016
Overall a good Company to work with. Great benefits in return for isolated living conditions. Currently undergoing renovations which spurs uncertainty. Have developed a strong retail team here and have excelled in my position.
Near free private residence, free utilities and restaurant meals.
Inadequate communication both between departments and within departments.