While Sandals continues to frantically search company computers and intimidate employees by telling them they are searching their personal computers at home, Sandals need not worry about correct information that is being revealed.
Instead, Sandals needs to focus on treating Bahamians right in this country! While countless qualified Bahamians are seeking employment, Sandals is able to bring in expats for hotel jobs that Bahamians are more than qualified to perform. lets take a look a what Ingraham is allowing to occur in the Bahamas.
1. General Manager
2. Hotel Manager ($156,000 salary + $9,000 work permit + $24,000 housing allowance + $10,000 St. Andrew’s School fee = $199,000 plus Christmas bonus of 5%)
3. Director of F & B
4. F & B Manager (work permit says F & B Trainer)
5. Financial Controller
6. Asst. Financial Controller
7. Internal Audit (Accounts Clerk)
8. Operations Manager (high school drop-out $65,000 salary + $9,000 work permit + $18,000 housing allowance = total compensation $92,000. If he sees a cup on the ground he radios a Bahamian to come and pick it up. He would stand there for 15 minutes if he has to until someone from the other side of the hotel arrives.)
9. Operations Manager (high school graduate)
10. Director of Sales (former Bahamian Director of Sales, held a Marketing Degree and was certified by the Caribbean Hotel Association. After he trained expat (high school drop-out) he was fired)
11. Asst. to Director of Guest Services (came in as intern now permanent employee)
12. Restaurant Hostess (Work permit says Translator)
13. Watersports Manager (Bahamian was demoted to make room for expat)
14. Cost Controller (former Bahamian was terminated)
15. Concierge Manager (was previously a clerk at Beaches in Turks. She curses at employees and is rude to guests. She has many letters on her file at HR, but nothing has been done. Dresses inappropriately. $30,000 salary + $7,000 gratuities +$9,000 work permit + $18,000 housing allowance = total compensation $64,000.)
16. Concierge Hostess (came in as an intern for 6 months. Has now been in The Bahamas 3 years. Work permit says translator. This is a lie she works in the concierge department. Is known for ‘performing favours’ for Sandals managing director. These favours have earned her a silver Pandora bracelet that she brags to everyone about.)
17. Public Relations Executive
18. Regional Gift Shop Manager
19. Grounds Manager (former Bahamian was terminated)
20. Chief Engineer (former Bahamian chief engineer is employed at the Hilton as Chief Engineer, so what’s wrong here?)
21. Ass Chief Engineer (Bahamian was terminated to make room for expat)
22. Security Manager (Can’t tell Bahamians enough how much he hates us. He is trying to get his Jamaican daughters residency. He intends to bring them in as students and then get them straight.)
23. Executive Chef
24. Asst. Executive Chef (former Bahamian is Executive Chef at Hilton)
25. Asst Executive Chef
26. Senior Executive Chef
27. Sous Chef (Chinese restaurant)
28. Executive Pastry Chef (Bahamian was terminated to make room for expat)
29. Entertainment Manager (After 15 years in The Bahamas, Sandals has decided to send him back to Jamaica next week.) A work permit application has already been submitted.
30. Spa Manager (referred to as The Hurricane)
31. Projects Manager
While less than 6 of the expat managers hold degrees or certification, almost all of Sandals Bahamian Managers hold degrees from respected, reputable institutions.
1. Director of Human Resources – certification
2. Director of Lodging – Caribbean Hotel Association Certification
3. Director of Guest Services – Bachelors Degree
4. Training Manager – Bachelors and Masters Degrees
5. Weddings Manager – Bachelors Degree
6. Transportation Manager – Bachelors Degree
7. Photo Shop Manager, Associate Degree
8. IT Manager – Bachelors Degree, Technology and Computer Certification
9. Duty Manager, Bachelors Degree, American Hotel Association Certification
10. Beverage Manager, Bachelors Degree (has been demoted over the years)
** Store room Manager was demoted to resort chauffeur
** Executive Assistant Manager demoted to Night Manager
** Former Public Relations Manager, Bachelors, Masters Degrees
** Former Executive Housekeeper, Certification
Last week Gift Shop Manager was again placed on probation. He has now been on probation for over a year as Sandals attempts to find a way to get rid of him and bring in an expat.
What is interesting about this is 2 things. While Sandals has an almost 90% expat management team in The Bahamas (Cable Beach and Exuma), this is not the case in Jamaica. In Jamaica Sandals management teams consist of 98% Jamaicans; in St. Lucia 95% St. Lucians. Even the General Managers are St. Lucians. How can the Minister of Labour and Immigration allow this?
In St. Lucia, work permits are only for one year and a St. Lucian must be identified to be trained and take the position over. But not in The Bahamas. We allow persons to have work permits for 15 years.
Here’s how Sandals operates. In most cases no ad is placed for management positions. If they do place an ad no interviews are conducted. If they interview qualified Bahamians Sandals offer a stupid salary. For example:
Sandals advertised for a transportation manager. Many qualified applicants responded. The salary offered was $20,000 they knew the father of 3 could not expect such a low salary. When Sandals advertised for an environmental manager many Bahamians with Bachelors and Masters degrees applied but none were hired because they were considered over qualified.
If Atlantis, Sheraton, Hilton and Breezes can identify and hire qualified Bahamians why can’t Sandals? This picture is not right. Which other hotel in The Bahamas holds so many work permits? Let’s go a little further which hotel in the Caribbean holds so many work permits.