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NIKE Reviews

Updated Jul 20, 2014
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3.8 729 reviews

92% Approve of the CEO

NIKE President & CEO Mark G. Parker

Mark G. Parker

(479 ratings)

81% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work-life balance is good as long as your direct manager is on board too(in 57 reviews)

  • It is a laid back work environment, but there is definite emphasis on getting the job done(in 52 reviews)


Cons
  • If you have a family it can be difficult to manage work life balance(in 22 reviews)

  • Sometimes long hours and late nights at work in order to communicate with overseas vendors(in 22 reviews)

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    just don't

    Senior Security Analyst (Former Employee) Beaverton, OR

    Prosmost folks I met at Nike were ambitious, intelligent, and driven

    Consdespite a lot of lip service suggesting that individuals can make a difference and should look for new ways to improve processes and policies, it's actually frowned on to be over ambitious or to "create work for oneself."

    Advice to Senior Managementlearn the real meaning of work/life balance & practice what you preach

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsDiscount and meeting new people

    ConsThey didn't care about you, you are easily replaceable

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    How NOT to keep good people...

    Senior Project Manager (Former Employee)

    ProsNice campus, decent gym, good 401k plan.

    ConsBy far many of the WORST managers work at this company. The ones I ran across (and there were MANY) simply had no idea as to what the company's' strategic plans are, how their group fit into the picture or how to actually lead (vs. manage) their staff. Lack of vision, inability to read above the 6th grade level and lack of empathy for employees (especially contractors) makes this place not much more than just a sweatshop. No support in career planning and advancement, no training unless you are willing to do it on personal time, and lips service by the "good ol'l boys network in the norm here. If you are a minority, female or over 40 expect to be pushed aside by people who are way less qualified than you.expect to

    Advice to Senior ManagementFor goodness sake - get your heads out of your rear! Look around at the rest of the employees you have on staff and try to actually USE their talents and experience. You have WAY too many "frat boys" running the place and little, if any, who know how to actually run a business and get things done without wasting so much time and money! Stop wondering at why so MANY senior level professionals leave Nike so soon after they start!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Nike Tech Contractors Treated Unprofessionally

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat Nike Tech campus, good pay, flexible hours.

    ConsInexperienced Directors, flawed leadership. Nike Tech ETW contractors are demeaned and treated unprofessionally. High contractor turnover.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTrain your Directors.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Used to wonder why many people would quit, now i know

    Athlete (Former Employee) Chicago, IL

    Prosyou meet great people
    great discount
    good family discount
    great uniforms
    meet many interesting people
    Celebrities walk in often
    fun events

    Conshard work goes unnoticed
    managers think they're better
    no respect to those who have worked there longer
    Don't listen to employee ideas that can make things better
    no training but expect you to know everything
    managers have favorites
    Slim chances of moving up unless popular
    politics reign above skill
    managers are rude sometimes

    Advice to Senior ManagementTry to talk to a few employees to see how things really are. Managers ruin the company by having favorites because there are many people who are passionate about your product and work extremely hard for their paycheck but yet, they go unnoticed and unappreciated.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Athlete (Current Employee) Kansas City, KS

    ProsThe discount and the gear and shoes that you get for free while working there

    ConsManagement very shady, only looked out for themselves. Would guide them on how to grow with company

    Advice to Senior ManagementActually care about employees

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A toxic political environment

    Desktop Support Analyst (Current Employee) Beaverton, OR

    ProsThere are some very nice people working at Nike.

    ConsSupport is not properly mapped out. Everyone is just winging it. There are no manuals to follow. They are still cleaning up PCs and Macs one machine at a time. There are no automated tools such as CCleaner and automated drive defragging to keep machines running. Employees should reboot machines weekly. Mac's should be reset (SMC and NV&Pram) every few months. Talking to the wrong person can get you fired. Taking gifts will result in firing. Not wearing Nike gear will get you fired. Employees must purchase their own Nike clothing at their own expense. I wear a size 3X shirt, which is nearly impossible to find. My shoes are 11 4E, which means I can never wear Nike shoes. At around $12/hr, it is not something an employee can afford. No training whatsoever is provided.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTechnical support is way behind because employees want to make sure they have jobs.

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    Good people in a bad situation

    Software Engineer (Former Employee) Portland, OR

    ProsSome good people coping with really difficult software development work environment.
    Some departments are well-run and do interesting work (or so I have heard). Not my experience at all.

    Cons* Not a technology company
    * More contractors than full-timers means zero continuity and huge technical debt
    * Management is all about moving on to the next position, not actually leading or managing
    * Very cliquish and political - Who you know is much more important that what you can contribute
    * No on-boarding process or documentation
    * Very little system documentation (at least where I worked)
    * Getting anything done takes lots of meetings and coordination among many silo'ed departments; a 1 hour task can expand to fill 2 weeks
    * Developers are low on the totem-pole when it comes to resources and respect
    * All IT infrastructure is outsourced and off-site; no local dev/test resources available
    * Very little actual development taking place; mostly production support
    * Did I mention Nike is not a technology company?

    Advice to Senior ManagementI get that Nike makes shoes, not software. However, you depend intimately on software to sell the product. Give the developers the resources and opportunity to do good work. Treat your developers as if they DO work for a software company. You might be able to retain them as full-time employees instead of having to fill 70% of your developer positions with contractors. Treat your software as an asset, not a cost center.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Not what it used to be! Cult atmosphere and power bases

    Management (Current Employee) Portland, OR

    ProsSport Company, product at good prices

    ConsNo say, no risk taking, no "simplify and go" which is one of the maxims of Nike. No real relationships but all based on internal politics.
    Not the Company to go if you want to grow and learn.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBecome less political, promote on merit, discipline the "cliques".

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Stay away from the IT organization if you want work/life balance

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Beaverton, OR

    ProsEmployee Discount Store.
    Life at Nike outside of the IT organization is radically superior.

    ConsThe IT organization is a sweat shop with very poorly managed programs and no regard for work / life balance. Get used to 60+hour weeks and forget about taking advantage of the Summer Hours where the rest of Nike takes off at noon on Fridays. Salaries and benefits are sub standard. Culture is extremely passive-agressive and feels like you're back in high school.

    The business units that IT supports make incredibly unrealistic demands and the ineffectual IT management bows to their every whim with no regard to the impact of their staff. 60 hour work weeks are common for FTEs getting paid for 40 and can peak to 70-80 hours for critical deadlines due to poor planning. The Digital group works some of their teams (2) 8 hour shifts per day to meet the demands of their business partners. How is this sustainable and humane?

    To say Nike is a heavily matrixed organization is an understatement. There are no accurate org charts published and most business units run as their own fiefdoms that shun centralization of common functions as they don't want to be told what to do. Ratio of contractors is too high compared to FTEs with little regard for the ROI of experienced staff on future projects.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRead the Nike Maxims again and apply them to the IT (Lean Business Solutions) organization.
    Take more visible action to the employee surveys.
    Balance the demands of the business units with the lives of your staff.
    Invest in your people for the long term and reduce the number of contingent workers.
    Just Do It is a marketing slogan not a mantra to run a sustainable business with respect for your employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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