For the second consecutive year, Fortune magazine and Great Place to Work ranked Hilton #2 on the World’s Best Workplaces list. What makes Hilton one of the best places to work in the world? In this five part series, we asked Team Members around the word why they love Team Hilton and we consistently heard the culture, benefits, opportunities for growth and travel perks make Hilton stand out above the rest. Keep reading to learn more about Thrive at Hilton, our employer value proposition that gives Team Members a flexible ecosystem of offerings designed to meet individual Team Member needs.
At Hilton, we believe that when our Team Members are at their best personally and professionally, they can better care for our guests and one another. That philosophy, or what we refer to as Thrive at Hilton, is the underpinning of everything we do for our Team Members.
Thrive has inspired programs and benefits that allow Team Members to shape workplace experiences that work for them and help them flourish in their careers – through access to innovative learning and career development opportunities, a flexible work environment, or industry-leading benefits.
Read on for a look at how a few of our Team Members around the world thrive at Hilton.
Last year, Team Member Mira Macud had a life-changing experiencing through her Hilton Thrive Sabbatical, an industry-leading program that gives selected Team Members four weeks of paid sabbatical time and $5,000 to either live a dream or give a dream to a person or community in need.
Mira, who had left her home country of the Philippines more than a decade prior to work in Dubai and send money home to her deaf son, spent her time learning sign language at the Philippine School for the Deaf. Her sabbatical allowed her to have a conversation with her 15-year-old son for the first time. During her experience, she also built a relationship with the team at Conrad Manila, who offered her a position at the property so she could live with her son again.
“To learn sign language, you have to spend hours and hours a day. I have so many responsibilities in life that I don’t have time to learn sign language. But the Hilton Thrive Sabbatical gave me that time,” Macud said. “I think this is the start of our new chapter in life. To Hilton, I’m forever grateful.” Learn more about Mira’s experience here.
After beginning his career in Food and Beverage and Operations at Hilton properties in Venezuela, Ecuador and Trinidad & Tobago, Team Member Vasco Baselli has gone on to develop a career with Hilton spanning several continents and cuisines.
“I like the idea of being able to Thrive while at work and outside of work. I started working at Hilton in 1993 and my career began in the kitchen,” Baselli said. “I love getting to share my passion for cooking with our Team Members on special occasions and as employee recognition for my teams.”
Most recently, he has joined Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino as the General Manager. Vasco has experienced many corners of the world through his journey with Hilton, including roles at hotels in Venezuela, Malaysia, Mexico, Ecuador, Peru, the U.S. and the Caribbean.
“Recently, after joining the Hilton Aruba team, I was able to share my passion for cooking at the hotel’s 60th anniversary this past June. I cooked traditional Portuguese Piri-Piri chicken for the whole team.”
Executive Chef Alexis Atlamazoglu has also worked for several different Hilton properties in countries across the world and believes that every new experience has enhanced his quality of life, whether through learning or doing.
“To showcase how we Thrive at Hilton, my team and I have created a special inspirational hub in our kitchen. This special hub includes various culinary books and magazines so that chefs (including myself) can escape from the fast-paced and sometimes stressful environment,” Atlamazoglu said.
My culinary motto is: “You can always cook without recipes, but you should always cook by your heart. This will make the difference.”