Oakley Reviews

Updated July 27, 2015
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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 (8)

    "A full on Monet"

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Foothill Ranch, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Foothill Ranch, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Going through Massive Integration with Luxottica

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foothill Ranch, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foothill Ranch, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Current Employment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Coordinator in Foothill Ranch, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Coordinator in Foothill Ranch, CA

    I have been working at Oakley

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    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.


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  5. Oakley Foothill Ranch

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foothill Ranch, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foothill Ranch, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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


  6. Helpful (1)

    A shadow of its former glory

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

    I have been working at Oakley

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    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


  7. Product Developer Accessories

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

    I worked at Oakley

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    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.


  8. What you make of it

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foothill Ranch, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foothill Ranch, CA

    I worked at Oakley full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Fun company to work at. Must be passionate about the industry and be able to bring something to the table. Awesome perks with a lot of parties.

    Cons

    Getting lost in the shuffle and sometimes feeling like a spoke in the wheel. It's hard to move up in the ranks if your not on salary.

    Advice to Management

    Try not to be so corporate, go back to the original company culture of work hard, play hard and reward those who are rock stars.


  9. Culture slipping

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Aliso Viejo, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Aliso Viejo, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people to collaborate with

    Cons

    Becoming way too corporate. They are hemorrhaging good people because of it.

    Advice to Management

    Value the people


  10. Helpful (4)

    A subsidiary of Luxottica

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foothill Ranch, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foothill Ranch, CA

    I have been working at Oakley (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    This used to be a place that valued the employees and showed it with lots of perks, good benefits and salaries, regular parties for employees, a fairly nice (though small) gym, a cafeteria on premises, and a new medical center. They stress fitness and encourage all employees to participate. Free spirited place, casual attitude and attire but people work hard and are generally passionate and good at what they do.

    Cons

    Purchased by Luxottica 7 years ago - they have slowly imposed more and more corporate structure and expectations onto Oakley. At this point (6/15) we are undergoing major restructuring to a Lux brand model making Oakley as generic as the rest of their brands. Expecting to have some massive layoffs within the next 30 days. Currently very unstable.

    Advice to Management

    Just tell the employees what's going on. The rumors are bad for morale and productivity.


  11. Helpful (7)

    Luxottica-fying

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Yorba Linda, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Yorba Linda, CA

    I worked at Oakley (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Culture is strong and proud and there are still people there that "get it." Company's ideals are committed to excellence, innovation, and giving back to community. The vibe is generally relaxed in tone, but hectic in approach.

    Cons

    New management is "Luxottica-fying" the company. Focus has tightened to short-term thinking. Some good has come from a tighter ship, but there's a new culture of tough-love without so much of the love. Not much recognition or appreciation going on. High turnover. Company is not focused on elevating employees but in demanding they perform. Performance is important, but morale suffers when there's little regard for employee satisfaction, advancement, training, recognition. There are pockets that defy these changes, thankfully. Communications is an issue. Company has shifted from one in which people would help one another as part of a greater whole to one where they must look after their staff/department first. So now you hear phrases like "What's your cost center?" rather than "I've got it." There are a few HR leaders that are hurting the company more than they know.

    Advice to Management

    Don't neglect employees as you try to grow and improve the brand. They got you to where you are and can take you farther if you just include them as partners and not treat them as cogs. Stop the incessant focus on quarterly performance. Steady growth is healthy growth. Obsessive growth is just obsessive.



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