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Oakley Reviews

Updated May 30, 2014
Updated May 30, 2014
140 Reviews

3.5
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Very cool work environment, upbeat with a progressive vibe (in 16 reviews)

  • Laid back environment, Great Benefits (in 12 reviews)


Cons
  • There tends to be a disconnect from upper management and the floor staff (in 9 reviews)

  • Lack of structure is fun, but makes for many lazy, unaccountable colleagues - be prepared to do the jobs of others (in 4 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    An innovative company in the past now mired in corporate politics, indecision and lack of clear responsibilities.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great eyewear products. Young team is smart and dedicated, but is kept down by upper management that is just cruising to retirement.

    Cons

    Completely silo-ed decision making. Very little cooperation between different business divisions and also IT. The result are myopic and partial decisions, double work, lack of a consistent strategy and clear decision making authority. Everything is "group think".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember that you are paid to make timely decisions. Break down the barriers between divisions. In regards to your Apparel, Footwear and Accessories business: play to win. Right now it is teetering between a legitimate strategic line of business and a bust.

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

    Great Brand, Poor Leadership

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

    Pros

    great brand and heritage, can be a fun environment, good employee discount, benefits are decent, opportunity for travel, good work/life balance, fun parties

    Cons

    Leadership is not focused on driving the business and does not have enough talented, forward thinking people in place. If there is a challenge, instead of trying to solve for it, the focus instead is put on the person who presented it and why they brought it up. So many talented co-workers left to find more rewarding positions in the past 2 years

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set a strategy, create a roadmap, share the vision, and drive toward it. Communicate the business plan-let all employees know how they can contribute. Share business results regularly. Reward high achievers. Set great examples by your personal conduct and values. Hold top leadership accountable. Maintain transparency.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Disappointing

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    No dress code...flexible with start times.

    Cons

    Favoritism is out of control! It's not what you know, it's who you know.
    Low salaries...working at a "cool" place doesn't pay the bills.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care about your employees. Don't just expect loyalty , but return it!

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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    Oakley Employee Store. No brainer job, no desire for growth opportunities!!!

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    Former Employee - Management  in  Foothill Ranch, CA
    Former Employee - Management in Foothill Ranch, CA

    Pros

    Only skilled required is know how to fold a t-shirt. (Folding board included).
    Retail store on a corporate schedule, closed on most holidays.

    Cons

    Work hard does not pay off.
    Compensation is very poor. Bonus structure is ONLY for upper management.
    Favoritism by upper management. It is all based on who you know.
    HR does not take any complaints seriously and does not look into resolving any situations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Length of employment does not always mean they are the most qualified person for the job. Show more appreciation to the little people (store associates) , without them, your business would not be as successful as it is.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    The all believe in their own HYPE.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great discounts on products, can bring dog to work occasionally.

    Cons

    The pay is disgraceful, but they got them lined up at the door begging to get in because it's so "cool". Very unprofessional attitudes, reckless behavior. Some of the stuff that goes on is a lawsuit waiting to happen.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop drinking your own Kool-Aid.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work until...

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager  in  Bloomington, MN
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Bloomington, MN

    Pros

    Employee Discount, Clothing Allowance, Great Culture, Great team atmosphere, Great customers for the most part.. it is retail.

    Cons

    No advancement opportunities, Upper management will make up reasons to get rid of you if you dont do everything they say.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The Oakley brand has taken a huge hit since Luxottica group took over. The glasses are made extrememly cheap with an 80% mark up. Listen to your employees and stop trying to increase the bottom line at the price of the brand.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Retail Division lacks structure, communication, and accountability.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Retail Store Manager
    Current Employee - Retail Store Manager

    Pros

    Discount, Quarterly Clothing Allotment, Passion for the Brand.

    Cons

    Complete lack of corporate structure, deceiving incentive programs, poor communication, no disciplinary structure. Employees are well aware that there are no consequences for poor performance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    P&P need a complete overhaul and employees need to be held to higher standards and held accountable for their work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Glorified sales associate aka (Sales Lead)

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Lead  in  Foothill Ranch, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Lead in Foothill Ranch, CA

    Pros

    free clothes, great hours, contest/prizes

    Cons

    lack of promotion opportunities, micro management at it's best, high turnover, new policy changes on a weekly basis, no stability, this is not NIKE, just because you work at corp does not mean anything

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clarify that a lead is not a manager position, it's a glorified sales associate position. Hire associates with previous experience, not because they are randomly looking for summer employment...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Depends where you work in Oakley

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    Former Employee - Marketing Specialist  in  Foothill Ranch, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Specialist in Foothill Ranch, CA

    Pros

    Laid back atmosphere, Casual, No real dress code, Can be fun...sometimes, Good product discounts

    Cons

    Cliquish, Lower than average pay (they do the whole "you want to be here cause you want to be here" spiel). Fairly standard benefits and perks.

    Whether you like it here or not really depends on what department and your role in the company. The eyewear design team gets all the attention and fun, but in the Web team for example, poor leadership and management resulted in 50% turnover rates. No real professional development.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Own up. Lead. Empower and recognize those who contribute to the business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 10 people found this helpful  

    Business Model Failure

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Foothill Ranch, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foothill Ranch, CA

    Pros

    Discounts at the employee store on Oakley products sunglasses, clothing, luggage, but that was part of your compensation package when and if you get hired.

    Cons

    If your desire of a place to work is no dress code and you can wear shorts and flip-flops to work this is your place. When you interview you are warned no suit or business dress or the interview will terminate early. Really Oakley you are going to disrespect someone for wearing a suit to an interview and not hire then because they are not cool enough to work in your facility.

    Oakley prides themselves and really gloat on this in their public image and during the interview process which they push this on you as a sales pitch. Maybe it is great for people working in advertisement, marketing, sales and other departments outside of the manufacturing area. But go through those double doors with your cardkey and you step into an unprofessional, unstructured, disorganized, dysfunctional, and unsafe, out of control finger-pointing badly managed organization.

    When you sign the employment agreement you acknowledge that you are working for an “At Will” company. You can and will be terminated with no reason given if you fail to be an ideal model of employee. There is no trust in HR for fear of retaliation and being terminated. This is a big business and like any other business Oakley has their lawyers for protection and they are armed and ready for anyone who is does not fit the Oakley model of employee.

    Oakley intends on growing to a $2 billion dollar a year company but is in serious need of a lot of help, maybe they need to reconsider a person interviewing wearing a suit.

    In manufacturing you were expected to work 10 hours a day, 6 days a week, every week and if you didn’t this was looked down upon you as not being a team player. If you exceed 60 hours in a week to support the manufacturing area you could expect to be lectured by the supervisor and threatened to be written up. Several employees were working off the clock so they did not get written up. Every 3-day weekend you were expected to be there supporting the facility. Between Christmas and New Year’s people were expected to work in the manufacturing area. Oakley did now want the United States Olympic committee to think they were running a sweat factory; this comment for supervision and management was repeated over and over.

    The finger-pointing in leadership was some of the worst I had ever experienced. Mangers worried about who you spoke too. Engineering, Technical Support and Production, it was a constant battle of disrespect and poor decision making which the workers paid for giving up their weekends to get the product out. I do not think that Oakley has ever heard of SPC, Statistical Process control. In order to use that business model you need to invest in training.

    The waste of money is passed onto the consumer with the cost of the sunglasses. Again most of the waste was generated from some of the poorest training I have witnessed. Then compound this wiaht no career path and pay which is at least 15-20% below the area average. Everybody complained about the low pay. People survive, it is a job, a paycheck and not a career.

    If Oakley would hire people who had respect and wore suits maybe they could see how a true billion dollar company is ran.

    When a company is in the hub of technology in Southern California and has to go out of state to hire a person that is a big red flag.

    Oakley has 5 behaviors of respect and how they want to treat people, their supervisors and managers need a serious refresher course.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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