Oakley Reviews

Updated October 21, 2014
Updated October 21, 2014
155 Reviews
3.3
155 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Very cool work environment, upbeat with a progressive vibe (in 17 reviews)

  • Laid back atmosphere, Casual, No real dress code, Can be fun (in 13 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.  

    Great Product, Great Environment; Not Very Rewarding

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

    I have been working at Oakley part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    +The work atmosphere is very relaxed and enjoyable. It's nice to be able to wear a t-shirt and jeans to work.
    +The product is great. The brand is strong and unique. I genuinely stand behind the products and that makes my job much easier.
    +Scheduling is very flexible. This is a good job if you are in school or you have another part-time job and are looking to supplement your income.
    +The employee discount is huge. If you are a big Oakley fan it might be worth working here part-time for the discount alone.

    Cons

    -The pay is below average.
    -Depending on your individual store situation it may take longer than usual to move up within the company.
    -There is virtually zero incentive to meet your daily sales goals aside from avoiding a possible lecture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer a decent, livable wage and provide some type of incentives if you are serious about consistently meeting sales objectives. Focus on promoting from within rather than filling management positions with people hired from outside the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    3 years of employment

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

    I have been working at Oakley part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Awesome Product to Sell
    Amazing discount

    Cons

    Poor opportunities for advancement in job positions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Needs to focus on keeping true to their word in moving people up in the company.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    IT Review

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

    I worked at Oakley full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    It's a great company with a good history. There is a lot to do and a lot to learn. They are very good with work/life balance. They provide a lot of activities to stay active.

    Cons

    A lot has changed since Luxottica took over. It's not the same Oakley that it once was. Parking SUCKS at HQ.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Loosing their culture.

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

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

    Pros

    Fun place to work, great environment, and benefits. On campus cafeteria and health care center, gym, bike trails.

    Cons

    No room for advancement. No communication between departments. HR is in another world and is not helpful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your culture back, promote from within.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good perks/atmosphere, lack of growth opportunities

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

    I have been working at Oakley full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Discounts are great and employee store selection is huge. Depending on your department scheduling is flexible and micromanagement is pretty minimal, you're basically held self-accountable. No dress code.

    Cons

    Pay is low and you're lucky to get if you get a 2% raise during your one yearly review. Employees are expected to be held in awe of the historic brand and hype that is Oakley, even though since Luxottica's acquisition it is becoming harder to justify. Upward mobility is pretty much nonexistent. Seen as a stepping-stone job and highly recognizable brand to pad your resume with as you leapfrog to another company in a couple years and get paid 30% more.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Implement training programs for eager, young professionals so talent stops leaving your company. Hire from within instead of bringing in outsiders for every mid and upper level position. Seems like every person here is either a 20 year vet or leaves in the first three years.

    I'm almost at the 2-year mark, and will probably look elsewhere soon for a more lucrative opportunity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Alright Company

    Current Employee - V Minute Assembly Line in Lake Forest, CA
    Current Employee - V Minute Assembly Line in Lake Forest, CA

    I have been working at Oakley full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Its a decent job that hires quickly and you get paid weekly

    Cons

    language barrier many non english speakers

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Merch

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

    I have been working at Oakley

    Pros

    Sunny California, employe discounts on product

    Cons

    Cost of living, Luxottica is killing Oakley's brand

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Laid back place to work.

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

    I have been working at Oakley full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great Work environment
    Fun place
    Lots of events
    Free Food

    Cons

    Not much growth
    Running on brand which was built earlier

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To motivate people and take employees ideas and utilize it

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Oakley sales driven

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Oakley

    Pros

    Good discounts and workers were friendly

    Cons

    Management was not helpful in achieving your goals.

  11.  

    Large company functioning like a small business

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Oakley full-time

    Pros

    Oakley is an innovative eyewear company. A lot of employees have been at Oakley for a very long time.

    Cons

    Systems were very antiquated. Due to the companies location in Southern California, it was really tough to recruit great talent.

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