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Vail, a good company to work for?

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Is this a good company to work for...Vail, Breckenridge, Keystone?

post #2 of 18
As what? As an entry level seasonal employee, expect minimum wage in exchange for the coolness of the job. Still might be fun though. Read other threads on working at a resort for a season

You would be the labor that makes the corporate machine run. Of course if you are up the ladder, being fed by those below you, then things are better.
post #3 of 18

Open ended question, as Vail Corp has many facets. Ski Operations? Vail Resorts real estate? Vail Corporate (IT, HR, Marketing ... )?

 

From Glassdoor.com, avg salaries:

Snowboard instructor $18.90/hr

Housekeeper $9.90/hr

Sales $10.15/hr

Liftie $10.14/hr

Accountant $13.07/hr

Corporate Marketing $42k/yr

Sales Mgr $38k

Director $115k

Development Director $160k

 

http://www.glassdoor.com/Reviews/Vail-Resorts-Reviews-E6662.htm


Edited by asp125 - 2/22/13 at 8:58am
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You live in Summit County and are asking this question, on a forum owned by VR?

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You live in Summit County and are asking this question, on a forum owned by VR?

 

Oh shi.....

 

I hear VR is a great company with great pay and bennies... sure wish I could get a job with them at Corporate! ROTF.gif (what's that sucking sound?)

 

yeah.. that's the ticket.


Edited by asp125 - 2/22/13 at 10:33am
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Oh shi.....

 

I hear VR is a great company with great pay and bennies... sure wish I could get a job with them at Corporate! ROTF.gif (what's that sucking sound?)

 

yeah.. that's the ticket.

to be honest though, if you were working in corporate at Vail, it'd be way better for you to be on the corporate monster with deep resources as compared to a struggling to survive local's ski area.

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I work at one of Vail's retailers.  I've made more money from other retailers, but the pay is fair, and the benefits are good.

 

I'm extremely pleased with the health care program.  I just had a season ending surgery in January.  My insurance plan covered a majority of the costs.  I'm fine with the small out of pocket costs on my end.

 

Now I just have to recover, so I can go back to work.

 

One of the things that attracted me to Vail Resorts is the ability to move from one part of VR to another.  I could work my retail job in the winter, then I could have the opportunity to work in Colorado, Wyoming, or Jamaica for the summer.

 

Dennis

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Is this a good company to work for...Vail, Breckenridge, Keystone?

Not in the legal department...

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Vail Resorts .. and other mega ski corps can pay low wages because people are willing to work for them to get good ski and health bennies, and it looks sexy to have their name on a resume if you’re at all interested in tourism/marketing.  Similar to working at Apple, bennies are pretty good for mediocre pay, but having that cachet attracts recruiters.

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I currently work in corporate sales, and would gladly take a bit of a pay cut if it meant selling something ski industry related. It's a compromise for sure but I'd rather make decent money and be happy than make good money and feel like I'm droning away my life.
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Vail Resorts .. and other mega ski corps can pay low wages because people are willing to work for them to get good ski and health bennies, and it looks sexy to have their name on a resume if you’re at all interested in tourism/marketing.  Similar to working at Apple, bennies are pretty good for mediocre pay, but having that cachet attracts recruiters.

Apple is a bit different, as their engineers employeesand fairly well compensated.  Sure there are a lot of low-line employees drones that you see in apple stores; but that isn't the cornerstone of Apple's strategy.  They can fold all the apple stores, and yet still maintain the same cachet.


Disney is a better example, especially as it is also a resort-based business.  And most of the staff at disney resort fall along the same lines as those working at a ski resort.  

 

While a skier holds their loyalty more to the mountain instead of who operates it, Disney is a bit more insidious as they are able to brainwash their future drones at much younger age to swear loyalty to Disney and go for unpaid "internships" or minimum wage jobs just to be associated with Disney. 

post #12 of 18
Thread Starter 

Thanks for all the good information. I have a friend thinking about working for Vail in the guest services department, ski instructor, etc.

However, it seems the pay is very low for all the resposibilities.

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Not in the legal department...

OK; this comment intrigues me.  What's the back story?

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Apple is a bit different, as their engineers employeesand fairly well compensated.  Sure there are a lot of low-line employees drones that you see in apple stores; but that isn't the cornerstone of Apple's strategy.  They can fold all the apple stores, and yet still maintain the same cachet.


Disney is a better example, especially as it is also a resort-based business.  And most of the staff at disney resort fall along the same lines as those working at a ski resort.  

 

While a skier holds their loyalty more to the mountain instead of who operates it, Disney is a bit more insidious as they are able to brainwash their future drones at much younger age to swear loyalty to Disney and go for unpaid "internships" or minimum wage jobs just to be associated with Disney. 


Apple does underpay (I would say 5-10% for engineers), but not at the same level as working for Vail, many big name tech companies do.  But it's really not the same as work for a resort, I looked at an IT job at Northstar not too long ago and it was about 70% of market wage in an already depressed area, Reno/Tahoe pay isn't great for tech work.

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OK; this comment intrigues me.  What's the back story?

 

GC is a challenge.  Cannot retain talent. 

post #16 of 18
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Originally Posted by raytseng View Post

Apple is a bit different, as their engineers employeesand fairly well compensated.  Sure there are a lot of low-line employees drones that you see in apple stores; but that isn't the cornerstone of Apple's strategy.  They can fold all the apple stores, and yet still maintain the same cachet.


Disney is a better example, especially as it is also a resort-based business.  And most of the staff at disney resort fall along the same lines as those working at a ski resort.  

 

While a skier holds their loyalty more to the mountain instead of who operates it, Disney is a bit more insidious as they are able to brainwash their future drones at much younger age to swear loyalty to Disney and go for unpaid "internships" or minimum wage jobs just to be associated with Disney. 


  Disney has older people brainwashed as well, i lived in orlando for 3yrs and now live in the tampa area i currently know 4people who work there, one is a head gardener she makes good money lives 5min away, one is a security guard, he lives in sarasota and drives 90 min each way to work just to work there, not sure how well he is paid, the other 2 are just in the office.  They seem to love the 16 free passes a year which used to be unlimited for family coming down from up north, i enjoy being friends with them as i golf and get on the course free, they used to just have to call and id show up now they have to ride with me so they are getting strict,  they do seem to have great bennies, They love talking/bragging that they work there but also make just as much fun of the place as the same time when talking to me,  Tragic Kingdom, EPCOT means every paycheck comes on thursday and so on i really dont know if they love it or hate it or just want to brag that they work there. 

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Used to know a guy who worked as Sys Admin at Winter Park. He'd be able to get in a few runs each day on his breaks.No idea how much he made, but his office was facing the bottom of the chairlift.

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GC is a challenge.  Cannot retain talent. 

I'll give you that.  She is a ball of fire.  Am a GC myself.

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