Cabela's Reviews

Updated September 30, 2014
Updated September 30, 2014
221 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The employee discount is pretty good too and it's tiered based on seniority (in 24 reviews)

  • Get to talk hunting and fishing, etc (in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • If you work in the warehouse you'll have some fairly steady hours, otherwise you'll have a pretty bad work-life balance (in 8 reviews)

  • A lot of the customers don't want another credit card (in 13 reviews)

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  1.  

    Decent Company in Regression

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Gun Counter Outfitter in Scarborough, ME
    Former Employee - Gun Counter Outfitter in Scarborough, ME

    I worked at Cabela's part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Meeting and helping people interested in the outdoors. Employee discount. Most of the other outfitters were good people to work with.

    Cons

    Being forced to hawk credit cards to customers and receiving very little compensation for our efforts. Anyone who isn't management is expendable, replaceable. Management at the store I worked at was mired in hubris; thought they were smarter than the outfitters that worked the front line everyday. I had issues with my legs (multiple surgeries) and asked for mats behind the gun counter and nothing was ever done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being so paranoid in regards to your outfitters. Listen to what Gun Counter Outfitters say in regards to customers they find suspicious. These outfitters take pride in their work. Pride is all they have, because pay isn't commensurate to the knowledge and customer service some give. I am amazed how some poor employees are still there while amazing outfitters have been fired because the Quarterly Report looks better when there are less people on the payroll. The way Cabela's hires and fires was getting ridiculous when I left.

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

    Lies and deceit.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Outfitter in Lacey, WA
    Former Employee - Outfitter in Lacey, WA

    I worked at Cabela's full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    It's a job. The discount, if you last long enough. You will learn a ton. It will look super fine on your resume.

    Cons

    The "culture" they beat into your head is a joke! Some of the issues they have experienced are retail 101, yet they struggle so hard to find solutions. You best be ready to be lied to! Pay stinks. Even if you are the most qualified, NO chance for advancement unless your "in someone's circle." You must think as they think, act as they act. There is no room for that breath of fresh are type of employee.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up on your list's of people shredding the rules. GET THEM OUT. As a manager you cannot have "friends" in the store...so favoritism cannot show it's ugly head. Honesty sometimes is painful...don't pull any punches....tell the truth.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    First 10 months awesome, next 8 awful

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cabela's (more than an year)

    Pros

    Access to 3.5 and significant discounts through 3 Point 5

    Cons

    Cabela's has loaded itself with "retail specialists", primarily Lowe's and Home Depot people, not the outdoor enthusiast that Cabela's was previously built on. We do not carry rakes and bagged dirt, or 2x4's! We are an outdoor experience, guns, fishing, camping and hunting. Cabela's set the bar high for what is referred to as "Legendary Customer Service", but sadly that is a thing of the past. We have three primary service areas, the front end which is customer service and cashiers; Hardlines, which is fishing, optics, ammo and gun library; and Softlines which is camping, outdoor cooking, Logo, shoes and clothing of any kind. They have gone from three to six Outfitters staffing the floor during open hours to one or two. They have changed hours and Job descriptions in this store that do not match what Corporate advertises and says they are. If there is a problem, too bad. Attitudes and moral are below low. Pay scale is below what the Corporation says.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire employees that know Michigan's weather, fishing, camping and hunting seasons, ordering our stock, then deliver it to us when we need it, leaving it on the shelves in the store until the season has ended, and we will sell it. Provided a schedule of hours to work the floor, or hire stock people again the work freight, we can't do both at the same time. Stop worrying about Managerial Bonus and Executive Bonus, and focus on what this Company used to do, give real customer service. The experience of shopping at Cabela's is what brought people in, give it to them and they spend more. Please stop copying other companies products and charging more, not less for them. Actually know the geographical area you have expanded to. We are not at the Birch Run exit and do not have that amount traffic from I75 pulling into our parking lot. No one but locals can find the location where we are at, and it has severely effected our bottom line. Get billboards on I-75 that actually give our location, not just listing two cross roads, which no one out of the area can spell let alone find. Stop your expansion plan until you can fix your warehousing issues, and get us the stock we need to stay in business, instead of diverting everything to the Grand Openings and leaving our shelves empty.

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    HR sucks

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cabela's

    Pros

    discounts are ok and 3 point 5 is pretty awesome. most of the employees are great to work with.

    Cons

    HR needs a complete overhaul from the bottom up. the senior leadership within the corporation has no clue what the stores do, nor do most of them par take in any of the activities that the store sells, therefore failing in their sales and operations plans for the company as a whole.

  6.  

    Be careful what you wish for.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - NICS Compliance Outfitter in Grandville, MI
    Former Employee - NICS Compliance Outfitter in Grandville, MI

    I worked at Cabela's part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Discount on sporting goods. Great customers to work with.

    Cons

    Over bearing supervisors that love to criticize you in front of other employees. The customer is never wrong - it will be your fault.
    Lots of promises when you apply that are soon forgotten when you are hired, or the policy is changed.
    A lot of talk about high values and great work culture - it's just talk.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get some personnel management training for managers. Also, screen management applicants more thoroughly.

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

    Used to be great

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Inventory Receiving Manager in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Inventory Receiving Manager in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Cabela's full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Customer Service, nice employee discount

    Cons

    New business mindset, poor communication, too much "behind the curtain"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Specifically in the store, needs to operate as a Cabela's, rather than being ran like a Sam's Club

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    If the outdoors is in your nature, working here is not.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Department Manager in Louisville, KY
    Former Employee - Department Manager in Louisville, KY

    I worked at Cabela's full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Employee merchandise discount. A lot of cool stuff, but high prices.

    Cons

    Horrible work/personal life balance. Huge turnover in retail store..........insane drama! Antiquated inventory distribution processes and systems. Aggressive growth strategy, but need to upgrade systems before.....they're putting the cart before the horse. Fully entrenched in corporate america now as they treat outfitters like numbers.............just look at the re-organization they did in first quarter 2014.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upgrade the inventory management and distribution systems and processes now before you get too big.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Just another big box

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Outfitter in Rogers, AR
    Current Employee - Outfitter in Rogers, AR

    I have been working at Cabela's part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Enjoyable work environment and friendly employees

    Cons

    pay, poor leadership, lack of hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more thought to staffing, and increase hours and pay. Product selection and in-stock levels should be reevaluated.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    No consistency in management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service Lead in Rogers, MN
    Former Employee - Customer Service Lead in Rogers, MN

    I worked at Cabela's full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Very cool hunting, fishing and camping store.

    Cons

    Too political, managed by bullying and no consistency from one manager to another. Need to work/lead employees not direct with fear.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a more employee focused culture to help make a career there. Way too much turn over - the good employees are the ones constantly leaving.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not great.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cabela's full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fairly flexible schedule. Good benefits for long term employees. Lots of opportunity to move within the company, though not always up.

    Cons

    Pay does not match work output or expectations. Ridiculously inconsistent work schedule with very few weekends off. Employees on the retail side are treated as disposable numbers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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