Oakley Reviews

Updated August 16, 2015
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Oakley CEO Colin Baden
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Pros
  • Very cool work environment, upbeat with a progressive vibe (in 17 reviews)

  • Amazing work life balance, still corporate but you can work out during lunch breaks and adhere to a casual dress code (in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • Constant conflicting directives from silo-ed upper management, resulting in fire drills (in 10 reviews)

  • Then compound this wiaht no career path and pay which is at least 15-20% below the area average (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Corporate Review

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lifestyle, Iconic Brand, Brand Strength, Oakley Family, Heritage, Overall Dedication and Team Environment.

    Cons

    A lot of silos and egos. A bit of a stressful place to be nowadays with the massive restructure. Inconsistent direction from the top down (multiple areas) or even lack of direction for that matter.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Nowhere to go

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fun company (at the time), well paid, new team

    Cons

    Brofest, felt like a fraternity at times, senior management watched the clock and expected a lot of face time regardless of productivity

    Advice to Management

    they're all gone anyway


  3. Great Company

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ocoee, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ocoee, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Oakley (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Team in apparel, knowledge of eye wear manufacturing

    Cons

    bought out by another company and culture has changed

    Advice to Management

    get people in apparel that know apparel


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Fun place, great people, but left

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Oakley full-time

    Pros

    The environment is fun and the people are nice.

    Cons

    Management needs to take some team building classes.


  6. Helpful (10)

    "A full on Monet"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Foothill Ranch, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Foothill Ranch, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Oakley full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Mostly great people, good work life balance depending on your manager and department. Used to have great culture and employees were excited about coming to work. Quality products, decent customer loyalty, great benefits.

    Cons

    Remember the movie Clueless circa 1996, where they reference a "full on Monet" (looks good from far away, but when you look closer it's just a mess)? Welcome to THE NEW Oakley. Unfortunately the company looks a lot better from the outside than what the reality actually is on the inside. Recent Luxottica infiltration and impending layoffs have decreased employee morale from Marketing to Manufacturing and every department in between. Long time employees are jumping ship so fast, they don't even care if they have something else lined up...they just want out. The culture is dead. The old Oakley is gone. If you are looking for the inspiring, fun, sport driven, technology and design obsessed, carefree Oakley, you're not going to find it; those days are over. The new Oakley is very corporate; from the policies to the procedures, walk down the hall and all you see is frowns.

    Advice to Management

    Unfortunately the good leaders we had either left or were let go by Luxottica. There's only a couple (literally 2) of good leaders left, who unfortunately are at the mercy of the Italians. They are doing what they can to help employees stay focused, but can only do so much. Advice to Luxottica: you are about to ruin a 40 year old brand and all of the culture behind it. Think fast before you annihilate every good employee you have left- these are the people who make the brand what it is.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Going through Massive Integration with Luxottica

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foothill Ranch, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foothill Ranch, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Oakley full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Making eye-wear for Sports, Lifestyle and Military. Built on the philosophy of 'Science Wrapped in Art.' Still the best performance sunglasses in the world.

    Cons

    This year has been a big step change in the structure of the company as it goes into further integration with the parent company. Has not stabilized yet, may see further integration cuts as we bring more manufacturing within, which has been a long time coming, about time. This means changes and movement of resources out. More of a manufacturing beast.

    Advice to Management

    Better keep the personnel with the knowledge of our core manufacturing processes, "injection Molding of Plastics.' Allow the creative, innovative freedoms that created this brand. We understand the need to meet the bottom line, but sometimes you just have to go for it. Do something crazy every 2 years so that the world can say WTF! did they really do that? Wish we thought of it.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Current Employment

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    Current Employee - Sales Coordinator in Foothill Ranch, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Coordinator in Foothill Ranch, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good people, fun environment, lax schedule

    Cons

    less than desirable wage compensation

    Advice to Management

    become more competitive with compensation.


  9. Oakley Foothill Ranch

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foothill Ranch, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foothill Ranch, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Oakley full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Many amazing people. The environment is meant to be creative and outside of the box thinking. Product based off innovation and irreverence.

    Cons

    Has become very corporate in its approach to treating people, product. Lots of meetings that potentially cause gridlock, as the decision makers are not well defined.

    Advice to Management

    Create a culture of clarity around who are the decision makers, create the plan and stick to it. Second guessing direction has been inherent over recent years, to be authentic stick to a plan


  10. Helpful (1)

    A shadow of its former glory

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    oakley has made a name for its innovative ideas, unique company virtues and world class quality.

    Cons

    All of the previously stated pros are disappearing under new management

    Advice to Management

    Let Oakley do what it does best


  11. Product Developer Accessories

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Big budgets, great travel, willing to spend $ to innovate and try new things.

    Cons

    Very low worker moral. Everyone was scared after Lux buy-out. Very risk adviser to new product.



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