With four holiday villages set in acres of woodland, it is not hard to see that a key benefit of working for Center Parcs is Center Parcs itself.
The physical working environment has obvious attractions, but the parks offer other benefits for employees, says Margaret Mitchell, senior HR manager. “We didn’t set out to make it that way, but we know what our employees like and so, working at Center Parcs, they have access to discounted breaks and they do make the most of that for their family,” she says. “It’s a huge part of what we are.”
Employees can bring their families in on day passes and also have access to the leisure facilities, which include a swimming pool and gym. Staff also get a 20% discount at the villages’ retail and food and drink outlets.
As a short-break operator, Center Parcs averages 1.6 million guests a year. Since its first village opened in the UK in Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire in 1987, the organisation has been growing, and will open its fifth UK village in Woburn, Bedfordshire in 2014. Its diverse workforce includes lifeguards, retail assistants, housekeeping assistants, maintenance staff, beauty therapists and forest rangers.