Poor management and hours always either too long or too short
Room Attendant/Housekeeping (Former Employee) – Okotoks, AB – 19 April 2017
I found there was very poor management while working at the Best Western in Okotoks, AB. There were multiple times where we were given trouble because we had listened to our supervisor over an issue, but our supervisor had not been told how to deal with the issue but the blame always goes downhill. The manager would get angry very easily and on multiple occasions would yell at his employees, almost every situation that arose was dealt with very, VERY poorly. There was constant gossip going on between the staff causing a toxic environment. The management expected you to get far too much done in the sad amount of time they allowed. The hours were sad, some weeks we would each get two shifts, not even full 8 hour shifts, some weeks we would have to work up to 7 days in a row all very long days. There was never a balance with this job, I found that myself as well as other staff suffered in their home lives due to the stress of the job. I would never recommend working here to anyone that I care about.
Poor management, poor treatment of the staff, horrible hours
Housekeeper (Former Employee) – Moose Jaw, SK – 7 April 2017
I learned how to effectively clean a kitchen, bathroom and bedroom which has carried on into my home. The hardest part of the job was getting the rooms done in a timely manner and the most enjoyable part of the job was working with my coworkers.
Housekeeper (Former Employee) – Golden, BC – 5 April 2017
The main reason I enjoyed my job so much was because of the manager and the team I worked with. The job itself wasn't always the best but was made enjoyable because the manager was very pleasant and well organized to make sure everything got done in the most efficient way possible.
Front desk Agent / Assistant Front Office Manager (Former Employee) – Edmonton, AB – 8 March 2017
I unfortunately got caught up in one of the Best Westerns who's owner did not overly seem to care about his staff or his customers. Although I would not recommend the specific hotel I worked for, Best Western as a brand seemed to be okay, and if you end up at one better than the one I was employed with, you should have a great experience. I unfortunately was promoted only to supervisor when I was doing the job of the front desk manager, an accountant, as well as still preforming regular front desk shifts. Although I did payroll and did the schedule for my employees, I was not given the power to hire and let go of people in order to make my front desk as strong as possible. Basically, just be wary of things going on, and I'd suggest sticking to the simple front desk position, I wish I had.
Very much enjoyed meeting differnet customers, as well as repeat customers,
Front Desk Agent (Former Employee) – Langley, BC – 7 March 2017
My day would start at 7am, take care of check outs, check log for any problems to except, handle any complaints, book reservations as well as groups, accountants receivable, assign rooms for check in for afternoon evening, communicate with housekeeping
Fun place to work and loving people all around to help.
Housekeeper (Former Employee) – Fort Saskatchewan, AB – 17 February 2017
I love to keep my mind busy by cleaning and alot of amazing people worked there and it was easier because it was more of a family working as a team. To get everything accomplished.
The management wasn't the best at the one I worked out West. But I'm sure everyone has there problems From the start until the end it was a good experience and no matter what everyone was there to help and do respectful.
Banquet Server and Bartender (Current Employee) – North Bay, ON – 15 February 2017
The employees that I work with are fantastic. Everyone is extremely friendly, helpful and fun. The hours can be too long or not long enough and there are no guaranteed hours per week. I love getting free food when there are left overs and on busy nights the tips are pretty good.
Busy environment, highest level of customer service, computer skills, and reception
Night Manager/Auditor (Current Employee) – Campbell River, BC – 15 February 2017
Answering phones, solving guest issues. Balancing front desk revenues, reporting to General Manager and Owners, and rolling over computer systems. Prepping and cooking breakfast for guests. Hardest part of the job is time management.
free breakfast, use of swimming pool, sauna, and gym.
Housekeeper (Former Employee) – Brantford, ON – 12 February 2017
I have been cleaning now for 4 years and I just really enjoy it. I love working in a hotel because you get to meet people from all over and there is the opportunity to move up in the company. I had been at Best Western in Brantford, ON Canada for a year, than got a working holiday visa and moved to Sydney Australia where I also worked for Best Western!
Maintenance Worker (Current Employee) – Richmond, BC – 24 January 2017
i was working as maintenance supervisor and i was responsible for buying every item we needed for maintenance department. I was a very good worker and successful and had good connection with the general manager.
Preparation Cook (Co-op placement) (Former Employee) – London, ON – 23 January 2017
By far one of the most amazing places I have ever worked at even if it was for a very short time. Management was amazing as well as the staff, people you could get along with and have a wonderful time doing so. The hardest part of the job was that it was pretty physically demanding but that's what's expected of Kitchen Prep people. All in all it was one of the best experiences in my life.