Best Hotel Jobs in the US?
With 142,000 hotel properties in this country and over 2 million hotel jobs, it might be hard for job seekers to decide which paths to take when pursuing their hospitality careers. The options of hotel careers are staggering. Thankfully, Fortune Magazine puts out a yearly list of the Top 100 Companies to Work For. This year, the hotel industry made an impressive showing, with four companies making it to the list.
Fortune’s Best Companies to Work For list is generated primarily upon surveys answered by employees, with questions ranging from their views on management credibility, job satisfaction and coworker camaraderie. The remaining portion of the score is based on company culture, consisting of pay, benefits, training, recognition programs, and hiring practices. With benefits such as high pay, job growth, free travel, career development training, and even a “bring your pets to work” policy, it’s no wonder these hotel companies landed themselves on this year’s list.
The inclusion of Marriott International in Fortune’s list is no surprise. They’ve made the list every year since its inception in 1998. After 3% job growth last year, approximately 4,300 hotel jobs, it’s no wonder Marriott International is back on the list.
Marriott has received accolades for their job training and continued professional development throughout their employees’ careers. Marriott’s team of hospitality professionals average 78 hours of initial job training when first hired, and an additional 34 hours of professional development each year. Through such a commitment to workforce development, Marriott boasts the fact that 3,000 of their managers started out with Marriott working entry-level and hourly jobs.
Providing job training for their 109,000 US based hotel employees is not the only reason Marriott has stayed atop this list the last 14 years. Marriott prides themselves on their people. Each year since 1987, the J. Willard Marriott Award of Excellence recognizes staff members for their contributions to Marriott and their hotel guests.
One of the most inspiring facts job seekers may learn when pursing their careers at Marriott is, when the economy crashed and hotel business slowed, some Marriott employees couldn’t get enough hours to qualify for health insurance, so Marriott changed their policy to help those staff meet their requirements.
If you’re a job seeker interested in the hotel careers available through Marriott International you can find many of their openings right here at Hoteljobs.com by searching Marriott jobs. You can browse a complete list of Marriott’s career opportunities at Marriott’s job site, or get additional info on Marriott career opportunities on the Marriott careers Facebook page.
As Marriott puts it, their commitment to putting people first is the reason so many employees make Marriott their “career-long destination.”
Four Seasons Hotels
Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts is another company that’s been on Fortune’s top employers list for the entirety of its 14 year run. Between great pay, health insurance, job growth and some of the best employee discounts in the business, it’s no wonder Four Seasons employees love their jobs so much.
Four Seasons has experienced strong job growth this past year, creating approximately 700 new hotel jobs in the United States. Joining their staff of 12,450 hospitality professionals may grant you eligibility for automatic 401(k) contributions, free dental and up to 78% coverage of their health insurance premiums. Four Seasons Hotels has also received acclaim for high pay wages, with many of their hourly employees making over $30,000 a year.
Apart from great pay and benefits, Four Seasons employees enjoy a work environment where their suggestions are heard and creativity is encouraged. Kathleen Taylor, CEO of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, states the high level of gratitude owed to their employees is in part due to, “Constantly creating new ways to welcome and enrich the experience of their guests.”
At Four Seasons’ Hotel Boston, to accommodate the busy schedule of guests, a group of hotel staff implemented a 15 Minute Room Service menu. This menu not only remains a fixture of Hotel Boston room service, it has been implemented in all Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts throughout the United States.
As with creativity, Four Seasons encourages philanthropy amongst its hotel staff. They’ve established the Four Seasons Living Values website to feature the work of their employees. The combined efforts of these hospitality professionals range from running marathons for cancer research, to planting 10 million trees, to donating books and teddy bears to children.
Hotel job seekers pursuing careers with Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts might also be interested in their employee discounts, renowned to be some of the best in the industry. Four Seasons employees enjoy free nights’ stays and half off food at any of their high end, luxury hotels. An employee of 3 months to a year is eligible for 3 free nights, while veteran employees of 10+ years are eligible for 20 free nights.
At the time of this writing, we have no Four Seasons jobs featured at Hoteljobs.com, though feel free to visit their website to view all openings for Four Seasons careers. You can also get more info at Four Seasons careers Facebook page.
InterContinental Hotels Group
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) is a global organization operating seven major hotel brands. It is a massive organization requiring a hospitality staff to service guests in over 4,500 hotels and maintain over 665,000 hotel rooms worldwide. To show hotel employees their appreciation for contributing to such success, IHG offers career advancement, health and preventative care insurance, generous 401(k) programs, and an entire week dedicated every year to employee recognition.
InterContinental Hotels Group is a fast growing company providing hotel and hospitality professionals great opportunities for career advancement. Over the next three years they’re forecasting a need to fill over 160,000 hotel jobs in the US alone, and a total openings of over 400,000 hotel jobs worldwide. With so many job opportunities opening up, IHG is committed to helping their staff advance their hospitality careers. IHG’s Lori Gaytan, Senior VP Americas HR and Global Reward states, “We have a robust personal development program designed to identify internal talent and help them manage career growth. Once we find the right people, we are committed to investing in their development.”
IHG employees enjoy not only a work environment conducive to job growth and furthering their hotel careers, they receive some of the best health insurance in the industry. Programs include medical, dental, vision, flexible spending accounts and preventative health care programs like Weight Watchers, free on-site flu shots, and personalized programs to help smokers kick the habit.
While IHG’s health insurance helps their employees retire healthy, their 401(k) plans help insure they retire financially secure as well. InterContinental Hotels Group offers a dollar to dollar match on their employees’ 401(k) programs, a 4% return for hotel staff and a 6% for corporate staff.
“It’s the people that bring our brands to life for our guests,” states IHG’s, Lori Graytan. To commemorate that dedication IHG sponsors an entire week every year in July, called Celebrate Service Week. For one week, IHG recognizes those people in their hotels who deliver great service to guests. Last year about 3,000 offices and hotels participated in Celebrate Service Week. IHG thinks it just might be “The world’s biggest thank you.”
You can find all IHG jobs right here at Hoteljobs.com. To get more info on working for InterContinental, you can visit their InterContinental Hotels careers Facebook page, or visit their corporate job site.
Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants
Of the four hotel companies included in this year’s Best Companies to Work For list, Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants is ranked the highest. With perks for your pets, rewards for providing exceptional guest service, and a chance to toilet paper your boss, it’s easy to see why the hotel staff at Kimpton loves their jobs so much.
Kimpton Hotels and Resorts has 53 hotels around the US and 7,000 hospitality professionals employed. Kimpton continues to grow and provide additional job opportunities for those pursuing hotel careers, with 6% job growth in 2010 and an additional 4% job growth in 2011.
Guest service and a rewarding work environment are embedded in the culture at Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants. The term “Kimpton Moments” has been coined to embody the high level of service expected for their hotel and restaurant guests, and employees are rewarded handsomely when these moments are delivered, receiving gift certificates, cash, prizes, and a $10,000 reward for the best “Kimpton Moment” of the year.
Lucrative job compensation doesn’t stop with rewards for guest service. Other benefits hospitality professionals receive at Kimpton include health insurance eligibility at only 30 hours per week, free meals during work shifts, and top pay. Those seeking hotel management careers may be interested to know Kimpton’s average hotel General Manager earns over $130,000 per year.
Kimpton knows hospitality professionals aren’t just motivated by financial rewards. They like to have fun at work as well. Every year Kimpton conducts the Housekeeping Olympics at their hotels throughout the country which include a Vacuum Dash, Blindfolded Bed Making, and a Toilet Paper the General Manager competition.
Pet loving job seekers may be particularly interested in a career at Kimpton as all their hotels are pet friendly. In fact, guests aren’t the only ones who get to bring their pets along with them. Kimpton offers one of the most pet friendly workplaces on the planet, with each hotel property adopting their own policies allowing employees to bring their pets to work on certain days.
If you’re interested in a career at Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants you can view all their job openings using their hospitality jobs search and view additional information about working for Kimpton on their Kimpton Careers Facebook page.