NIKE Reviews

Updated August 24, 2015
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Pros
  • Great work life balance if you are looking for that (in 70 reviews)

  • Great physical work environment (in 56 reviews)

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  • Work/life balance issues (varies between teams) (in 27 reviews)

  • Sometimes long hours but that is alleviate with good work (in 25 reviews)

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  1. Avoid

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    Former Employee - Oregon in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Oregon in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at NIKE full-time

    Pros

    Access to company store, nice campus, great cafeterias.

    Cons

    Stagnant, outdated, dinosaur-like management and corporate structure. Abusive to employees. Inflexible, hostile towards innovation. Extremely high human cost, low pay, poor hours, forced to work holidays with no extra benefit, forced to work weekends with no extra benefit, treated as a third rate person, not allowed to play sports on campus, no skills built or improvement to be had, management cares only about themselves, misleads employees about both the likelihood of permanent employment and even what job they're being hired for.

    Advice to Management

    For starters, listen to the people you hire to do the job. Take advice from them, let them create and improve, and actually try to make working at Nike seem fun. Be honest with expectations, let people do work which is beneficial to them and which builds skills.


  2. sales

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at NIKE (Less than a year)

    Pros

    They offer generous employee discounts. You get to be around new footwear and apparel. Flexible schedules...

    Cons

    The work gets tedious. Hard to advance. Hard to survive on paychecks. What does one expect in retail? Benefits and pay can be much better.

    Advice to Management

    You can offer good employees better pay and perks.


  3. Would NOT Recommend This Location

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at NIKE as a contractor

    Pros

    Free Gear , Great Customers, 30% Discount Plus Sales In The Store , 1 Nice Manager

    Cons

    FAVORITISM !!! They Would Not Let You On The Register Because Their Are "Key People" They Let Work There . You Will Not Be Able To Show Full Potential Because They Either Stick You In The Fitting Room Or Have You Greeting . They Also Make You Hound Customers With Shopping Bags When You Clearly Already Tried . Job Is Like A Big High School Full Of Teachers Pet . Only Job I Have Never Been Able To Show Full Potential.

    Advice to Management

    Favoritism Will Ruin Your Company . Treat Everyone Equally


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  5. Work there if you enjoy career stagnation

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at NIKE full-time

    Pros

    Playful campus, college-ish atmosphere, summer hours (1/2 day Fridays in the summer)

    Cons

    Low salasry (Nike is a big fish in a little pond); stale everything (most people work there for their entire career. Old-boy network with most of management in place for extended periods (old guard). Systems and tools are horribly outdated because they have no reason to improve (downside of being a market leader). Its the only place I've ever worked where lethargy and rust is celebrated. Work here if you are at the end of your career or fresh out of college.

    Advice to Management

    None...they are largely checked out.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Retail side is horrible-ESPECIALLY factory stores

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    Former Employee - Various Management Positions in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Various Management Positions in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you're a freak for clothes and shoes, not actual important things in life, this may be enough to keep you. Corporate side is great and you'll hear that, forever.

    Cons

    Very Stepford and "who you know (alternatively, who you will smell their farts and smile about it)" type culture on retail and corporate side. Brag about how they're "all about people" but are one of the worst at how they treat retail employees. Especially factory stores compared to even Nike Brand Experience stores (formerly known as NikeTowns). And factory (outlets) stores are what makes all the cash! Nike has a TON to learn about retail! A company wants to have its own retail arm so it can keep more profit off the top. So get serious about it! You're a leading company with GOBS of tech and R&D money! I have my MBA and was constantly APPALLED with their operations and treatment of employees. Store managers are not even tracked on turnover rates of employees! They dump cash down the toilet training and onboarding new hires rather than keep people. The debate was over looong ago on that, folks. Before I rant any longer, just know that if you get on the retail side plan to stay and not make much money, ever. I was at the top of my pay scale for every position I held and it was always a joke. Moved on and got a 150% raise with another company. If you think you want corporate side, go to Oregon, know somebody there at corporate, get an internship during school, all three, or forget it.

    Advice to Management

    Read a leadership book and actually use it. Read a management book and actually use it. Track turnover. Look at how great companies treat the lowest workers and the ROI from that. Another simple fact that isn't out for debate: treat your employees well and you don't have to worry about them treating the customers well. Lot to learn at this industry leader.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Software Engineer

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Beaverton, OR
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Beaverton, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nike corporate has good benefits and on site facilities.

    Cons

    If you are actually interested in engineering and expect to get the job you are hired for, look elsewhere. They shift people without regard and training is actually inhibitive and policy is to do it on your own time. There is not investment in employees as in other branches of Nike.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees in line with the rest of company culture.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Engineering nonexistent

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at NIKE full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nike corporate has some perks like discounts on merchandise, help with phone bills, some generic full-time employment benefits.

    Cons

    If you get sold on a multi-region, multi-VPC architecture, don't be surprised when you don't find it at Nike. They don't trust their developers, force mandates, claim participation in the open source community but often bar engineers from contributing, learning and collaborating with the community at large. Change is slow, in some cases stagnant. Many cases, the current tools and vendors have little to no knowledge or best practices on site. Engineering is not solving any cutting edge problems or using any proven methods to improve engineering practices. If you like being an engineer more than climbing a corporate ladder, this is not a place for you.

    Advice to Management

    Get your engineering in line with your company culture. Stop lying to new hires to attract talent, be up front and start giving them the power to affect true change to gain real benefits instead of needlessly spending obscene amounts of money because you can't teach people how to work in the new architecture.


  9. meh

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at NIKE as an intern

    Pros

    You are on Campus, semi-good food, really emphasize work/life balance, people can wear workout clothes to work!

    Cons

    If you are not a full-time employee (black badge) you have no perks, cannot use the gym, and pretty much do not exist. The Foundation is closing and moving all operations to London, so it was a terrible time to intern there. Everyone was really upset, and stopped caring. Parking is terrible and traffic is out of control if you live in Portland.

    Advice to Management

    I imagine they were doing the best they could under the circumstances. major transitions are hard to manage and hard for everyone so it is not easy to judge due to the realities of the situation


  10. Proceed with Caution.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NIKE part-time

    Pros

    Great benefits. Getting to meet a lot of famous athletes and celebrities. Family discount. Get Nike gear to wear at work at tax rate and not full price.

    Cons

    Pay sucks for little people. Managers make all the money. Management is very selfish. Don't adhere to availability. Inconsistent hours scheduled. Customer base is really snobby.

    Advice to Management

    Actually listen to your athletes. Don't come off as condescending or rude just because you are a manager at Nike.


  11. kiss butt to get to the top

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Marysville, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Marysville, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    employee discount is the best and you meet great coworkers

    Cons

    management sucks they only care about getting to corporate and if you want to get promoted you need to started kissing butt from day one or they wont like you

    Advice to Management

    focus on your current job instead of your slim chances of getting to the top



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