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Old 04-29-2012, 03:59 PM
 
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Hi, I'm just looking for advice in regards doorman work... has anyone had a job as a doorman before? What is a good management company to work for, and how does the process usually go? What are the average tips, p/ month?

Also would be interested in some management companies that operate in more luxurious, high end apartments, as tips are more there

Thanks!
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Old 04-29-2012, 07:39 PM
 
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A position as a doorman ( in hotels and residence buildings ) in NYC usually a VERY lucrative position , so they are highly sought after.

It's very hard but your best bet is knowing someone or just getting lucky.

In hotels , a doorman position will usually be filled by an internal candidate.

In a residence its usually who you know. These doorman NEVER leave because it pays so well. It's not rare to see a 99 year old doorman.

It depends what the size of the building or hotel is when it comes to tips. I know for sure though that during the Xmas season thats when you get " several envelopes" from residents that you are nice to with nice " gifts" ...anywhere from 50$ to even 300 $
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Old 04-29-2012, 07:50 PM
 
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I used to know the head doorman/concierge at the Caryle Hotel on 76 and Madison.
He drove a brand new 7 series BMW, had a boat, a $3,000 Cartier watch ,and lived in a huge 3 bedroom apt on Park Ave that he later sold for millions.

They once wrote a story about him in the New Yorker {i think} and he was quoted as saying he makes well over 200k a year.
....that was in the mid 90s.

You think a guy like that is just gonna let you apply for his job?
Don't bother. That industry is all about who you know.
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Old 04-30-2012, 12:14 AM
 
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I know in the hotel industry, you start out as a night porter and work your way up from there. Which it would most likely take years before you are getting the nicer shifts, then from there you might get a doorman position.
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Old 04-30-2012, 07:11 AM
 
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I use to work as a doorman for a couple of years myself on the upper east side as well. Your best bet to get your foot in the door (pun intended) is to apply right before the summer season. The staff is always looking for seasonal spots for people to fill in for the guys who take their vacation time off. Yeah, it's part-time work, but sooner or later, you MIGHT see a spot open up.

Good luck with your search!
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Old 04-30-2012, 01:08 PM
 
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If my retirement income runs out before my life's hourglass, I might be asking the same questiion as the OP.
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Old 05-05-2012, 08:15 AM
 
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Thanks for all your answers guys, interesting and helpful!!

Dapanza, may I ask who you worked for/ any management companies you can reccomend in applying for a summer position? Thanks a million!
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Old 05-05-2012, 08:39 AM
 
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It's a union job. You inherit it; you do not apply to it.
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Old 05-05-2012, 08:42 AM
 
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I've heard of people who got part-time seasonal work, not part of any union.
I'm not talking about permanency here.
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Old 05-05-2012, 08:46 AM
 
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Part-time, maybe, but it is still a very strong union with a well-known history of strikes and stuff. When NYC doormen strike, or threaten to strike, all hell breaks loose in the city

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