World Travel Holdings

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World Travel Holdings Reviews

Updated 23 October 2014
Updated 23 October 2014
71 Reviews
2.9
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World Travel Holdings Co-Chairman and Co-CEO Brad Tolkin
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Pros
  • Great for people who want to work from home and don't need daily contact (in 20 reviews)

  • But seriously, the best reason to work here is perhaps the people (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • If you have worked in a call center then you know how bad those places really are (in 6 reviews)

  • Same rude people, same pushy team leads on a power trip (in 6 reviews)

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  1.  

    Don't be fooled this company makes a living from lying

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at World Travel Holdings

    Pros

    Work from home, full time position

    Cons

    I'm not the first to say this here but their job descriptions are far from being true. You are hired as a customer care rep but in truth you are nothing but a sales agent. The way they build it up in training is you will get mostly customer service work and very little sales. Nothing more far from the truth. You are constantly hounded by your team lead to sell, sell, sell. I was hired with no sales experience and honestly I never wanted any but here I am. Your job relies on your sales stats whether you like that or not.

    Team leads are really a joke. They spend more time putting stupid pictures into emails then they actually do their own jobs. If a customer wants to speak to a supervisor they actually don't get to speak to upper management. They speak to a customer care rep that's been there for over a year! All that means is they will basically get a $25 discount refunded or offered a future certificate off another vacation that nobody ever uses. So really asking for a supervisor is a waste of time for people and it makes it harder on the employees. I guess that's how team leads are able to find stupid pictures for emails, they don't have to deal with irate customers.

    It's not about the employees, it's about how much money they are making. That's really it. If you do a great job nobody cares, they only want you to sell sell sell sell. This job is not easy. It's not fun. It's nothing but a stressful call center with a pretty picture painted over their lies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Don't Be Suckered In!

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Jacksonville, FL (US)
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Jacksonville, FL (US)

    I worked at World Travel Holdings full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The pros - well, it's a job in "travel" I guess & you work from home.

    Cons

    Where to begin...1st of all, the people in this company couldn't care less about anyone new. They don't even advertise & hire "Sales Reps". You are considered "Customer Service" however your only job-goal is to SELL. They treat you like they expect you to fail & the give nothing extra to ensure that you don't. They ILLEGALLY gather ALL phone numbers of customers without their knowledge. When a customer calls into one of the many phone numbers, they think they're getting an actual cruiseline customer service when in actuality, they're getting a call center that answers calls for MOST of the major cruiselines. The customer's phone number is visible to the phone agent, if if the customer blocked their number. IS THIS EVEN LEGAL Even if you've never done a work-from-home job before. It's like a factory & working on production. They will never allow you to send an email or written note to a customer. They ask "why do you need to send an email"? Well, because the customer specifically ASKS you to send them an email. WTH says there's never a reason to NOT close a sale when you've quoted a rate. It's absurd & agents are setup to fail. If you happen to luckily make some sales, then you will be scrutinized as to why you said a instead of b, or should have upsold the cruise with a better cabin. NOTHING IS EVER GOOD ENOUGH...NOTHING. The only people who do well with this organization are the ones who are already working there. DON'T BE SUCKERED IN!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    HERE'S A NOVEL APPROACH...START WITH HONESTY, both with yourself & with new employees. Stop illegally capturing all your callers' phone numbers, stop treating your new employees like you have no faith in them & expect them to fail. Spend more time placing value on your staff & you might see a decrease in your mind-boggling turnover rates. Correct the job titles & call it what it is...customer service & sales are 2 different things, in the rest of the world outside of WTH. STOP taking on more & more cruiselines as clients until you FIX what you already have.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Very dishonest company

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Altamonte Springs, FL (US)
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Altamonte Springs, FL (US)

    I worked at World Travel Holdings full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Call center is full of energy and busy most of the time. Pay is ok and benefits are ok

    Cons

    I read the post about this company being shady and dishonest. I could not agree more. I worked there for over a year and most of the fellow agents were cool, but the team leads and managers are shady. I found most of them did not know what they were doing, but would pretend and lie in a minute. Very disorganized, training offered months before it is ever needed thereby leading to one forgetting most of the info. This company simply lacks honesty, and the majority of managers spend most of their time covering up their mistakes and ego tripping. Horrible place to work unless you enjoy being sneaky and dishonest. The first act of dishonesty that this company perpetrates is in their job posting. They post the job as a customer service rep. position, but in reality it is strictly a sales rep position. Whether you stay or get fired is based strictly on your sales regardless of the quality of the customer service you deliver.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None. The issue is not a dishonest manager, it is dishonest MANAGEMENT. WTH is content operating like they do and do not wish to change.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Lost Cause

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at World Travel Holdings full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great for people who want to work from home and don't need daily contact.

    Cons

    What they say is not true…” Our mission is to deliver a remarkable experience through providing superior quality and service and a passion for having real conversations with our customers.” Nope they want your money. They care much about past customers as they do their employees. They will burn you out and make you work 45 hours consistently just like they make past customers wait for service. They don’t care about tenure or loyalty.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leadership has nothing to do with seniority or one’s position in the hierarchy of a company. Leadership has nothing to do with titles. LEADERSHIP is a process of social influence, which maximizes the efforts of others, towards the achievement of a goal. ADVISE: Stop running around like monkeys treating employees like slaves and realize everyone is a really person and you actually CARED and LISTENED about your employees they would follow natural. All you do is command. No one the companying is worsening.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    They simply don't care, no constancy and show favoritism only if you're a yes person. Over 10 years, lol who cares!

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    Current Employee - CCR in Woburn, MA (US)
    Current Employee - CCR in Woburn, MA (US)

    I have been working at World Travel Holdings full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Work from home, travel perks

    Cons

    They lie to you and are very shady! They remove you from positions with no reason, no advance warning or if they so desire to give you a reason it's bs. No matter who you go to in management to address concerns, they don't care they all stick together, even in HR. Open door policy doesn't exist! They will find any reason to fire you. People who've worked there for a Centry are treated like they just started yesterday. Dedicated, loyal and hard working employees mean nothing to them. People who have stayed that long only stayed for the travel perks and work from home. I'm one of them. Honestly at this point in my opinion it's not worth my sanity. Every thing most come to end and I feel the end is near. I believe in karma and believe there's a better plan for me.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    GROW SOME! Stick up for your employees, look out for them and stop abusing them because of the title you hold, you think you can treat people that way. Give poisonous boss classes and instead of finding everything wrong with agents that are forced to sell vacations or forced to stay in available when most of the time it's highly impossible, investigate the team leads and the CS managers, that's where you need to clean house. Come visit us, email us and ask us how where doing and what issues we have and you will be surprised that while you're sitting on your yacht some where or in some fancy million dollar home. Your management team is taking advantage and mistreating us like slaves! Slavery days are over! We are the reason wth is business!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    It"s all about the bottom line and the owners egos...NOT about the employees

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at World Travel Holdings full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The best thing is the other employees, though that has changed since most people now work from home...NOT management....the are terrible...UPPER management that is...

    Cons

    You name it...unprofessional, no one knows what is really going on, management is a mess, will work employees until they quit or are fired for a simple mistake (or whenever they want new blood in), want to appear as though they are a good company,but the budget is the most important thing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of some of the upper management in both cruise and villas. They are shady and only looking out for themselves.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Keep looking! There are reasons why the turnover is so high.

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    Former Employee - Sales Pro in Pittsburgh, PA (US)
    Former Employee - Sales Pro in Pittsburgh, PA (US)

    I worked at World Travel Holdings full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    You can be promoted if you can endure the schedule, team leads, dubious ads and still act like you are the happiest person in the world.

    Cons

    Advertising usually is targeted at those people who want the absolute cheapest cruise, while management creates pressure to maintain the highest results. What suffers is usually the sales peoples earnings. Much of your earnings would be from selling travel insurance and someone who is looking for a $99 three night bargain is not interested in increasing their costs.

    The software program that drives their system is a patched up, decades old relic that should be retired. It will cause you to waste hours of time talking to their tech people to try to get cruises booked, which is time when you would be earning $0. It can be very frustrating, especially when you are trying to end your shift and you end up staying over on your time to try to get things done.

    Their phone system is designed to sort out the incoming calls. People who want longer cruises or international cruises will go to those employees who typically been there the longest and have the best closing rates and insurance sales. It is very hard to generate the necessary level of results that produce the better incoming calls when the phone system channels people looking for a cheap 3 day cruise bargain to your phone. Even if you get to the top levels of performance it is still possible that management will flood the market with a massive amount of emails that are designed to get that super cheap shopper to call in and flood the phone lines which then goes to everyone and will drive everyone's performance down.

    Entry level shoppers can take just as long as a high end cruise shopper and many entry level cruises will pay less than $10 in commission and can actually cost you dollars if it drops you insurance sales to a lower commission percentage. I once worked a 9 hour Saturday, sold $6600 worth of cruises and ended up earning less for the week than when I started working that morning. This was because management did an email blast featuring super cheap cruises. I sold just enough cruises to those buyers that dropped my insurance percentage down and I lost more than I gained. However management made out great. They got me work a Saturday evening, gained $6600 in cruise sales and I still sold some insurance and then they paid me less than zero for the day. Not a bad deal for them and I doubt if that policy will ever change.

    It is a real shame that this company does business this way. I was hired in a group of about 33 sales people, (I believe that over 120 total where hired that fall). Of the 33 I would say that over 30 of them had been experienced middle aged professionals who came to WTH with sales experience and the expectation that they would succeed because they had in the past, me included. When I left 9 months later, there were 7 from that group left and to my knowledge only one was let go. The others decided that a “work from home career in the travel industry” just wasn’t worth it. If you decide to work at World Travel Holdings there is a very high probability that you will not stay. Management really doesn’t care. There company has evolved with a business model where they hire and train a lot of people in the fall. Throw them on the phones for the busy season during the first part of the year and when it slows down they are glad to see you go. In the meantime most new hires will be taking all the calls and work all the worst schedules that the handfuls of their top producers just don’t want. It works for WTH but didn’t for me.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire some true professional sales and business managers from outside of the industry. Also it wouldn't hurt to try to improve your employee turnover rate. But that would take some new thinking and a lot of work to change the well engrained business model that you currently have. On second thought, just brainwash your managers that having an artificially sticky sweet personality is what sales management is all about.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Hire & Fire

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at World Travel Holdings full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    This seems like a great opportunity to work from home.

    Cons

    Every year they hire a lot of Virtual Travel Agents before the busy cruise selling season (November) & fire 99% of them after the cruise selling season is over in (March). You will never make anything above minimum wage--the commissions are completely unreachable & deceptive. I thought they seemed legit because they offered 6 weeks of training but this is not the case. In addition, you will miss most of the training because of constant computer issues while in training and after--another reason commissions are completely unreachable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a Conscious!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Beware of this sweat shop!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at World Travel Holdings full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    You are able to work from your own home & do not have to spend money on gas or other commuting expenses.

    Cons

    This is a HORRIBLE company. The couldn't care less about their employees. It's all about production. If you enjoy the setup of a sweatshop, then maybe this is for you. If you are looking for a job where your time & efforts are valued, you should go elsewhere. They use every excuse in the book NOT to pay commissions. They have their favorites & make no bones about who they are. They have a phone system that is setup so that EVERY INCOMING PHONE CALL shows the telephone number of the caller, even on those where people block their number. They don't want you to tell customers that & threaten you if you do, however, they bank these numbers illegally & use them for their marketing efforts. They pit one employee against another & are condescending in every thing they do. While in training, you will be given a very long list of items to complete in order to be offered a job once training is complete. If you don't finish all the items, then you're fired once training is complete. They never give you enough PAID TIME to do all this so that leaves you to finish it on your own time. Then after you finish it on your own time, they tell you that they don't condone working on your own time. It's a ridiculous cycle that they've created to cover themselves against law suits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to value new employees if you don't want the high turnover to continue. It could be a good setup, but new employees are setup to fail.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Kind of scammy, horrible values and ethics

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL (US)

    I worked at World Travel Holdings full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    tours of new cruise ships, cruise discounts, the occasional free cruise

    Cons

    management, values and ethics, job security and satisfaction

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This is NOT the position I was expecting in ANY regard, nor was it the kind of people I was hoping to work for. From the top down, everyone was shady. It wasn't cold calling, I'll give them that, but it wasn't your typical call center either. Rules did not apply to everyone, customers or associates. Blatant favoritism was shown in both regards. It was a miserable experience!! My co-workers were LITERALLY on Farmville 85% of the time. VERY lax atmosphere... cursing, vulgar/lewd gestures, and innuendos ran rampant throughout the place!! I was VERY disappointed and disheartened with this experience.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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