Quiksilver Reviews

Updated July 3, 2014
Updated July 3, 2014
106 Reviews
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Pros
  • No commissions which I found made for a better work environment (in 12 reviews)

  • The company culture is laid back and friendly (in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • There is absolutely no room for promotion (in 6 reviews)

  • Changes are made by upper management poorly implemented (in 6 reviews)

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  1.  

    Don't even bother!

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate  in  Waikïkï, HI
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Waikïkï, HI

    I worked at Quiksilver full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Medical benefits and the employee discount.

    Cons

    There is NO room for upward advancement. And even if there was an open position they'd promote someone by default because there wasn't anyone else. Yes there is, hire outside people who are qualified. Management is too lazy to take the time to search for quality people and train them. They can be sometimes difficult to work with and not flexible at all.

    Turnover was so high because they pay their associates crap but managers get bonuses and $6k raises while the front line gets $.25, if that. They talk a big deal about treating you like family but when it comes down to it, it's every man for themselves.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If they respected their staff they'd get some respect too. You've talked a good talk to get naive fresh out-of-high schoolers to drink the Kool-aid but what are you going to do to keep hard-working, qualified workers?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Wish I could erase the time I spent here

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Quiksilver

    Pros

    When there are creative people in the right posts your work can be rewarding. There was about 9 months in which I had a positive outlook.

    Cons

    Co-workers constantly complain about workload and processes. The "old guard" holds on to the past by doing things inefficiently and are resistant to change or different point of views.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Holding on to the same work force certainly appears to be the right thing but you must continue to train people. Keeping mediocre talent does not help you grow and diversify the product.

  3.  

    Good brand, Fun environment, bad pay.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous  in  Huntington Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Huntington Beach, CA

    I worked at Quiksilver full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Both buildings on corporate campus are very nice and museum-like, have great food, and a great office gym (only one gym). Workloads are never overwhelming for anyone who isn't an executive. Most people leave right at 5:30 and doing so isn't really shunned upon. The company is not ran "lean"... there is basically an employee for every facet of the business (at least when I was last there)... This lifts heavy responsibility from any one team member. In retrospect, I was a lot more relaxed and had a great work-life balance while at Quik.

    Cons

    Compensation. Ability to move up and attain deserved raises. The budget for salary/raises is extremely tight... Quik has been negative on their bottom line for a number of years now. Only employees who "have gone above and beyond the expected progress" get a raise... And the raises are VERY small- about half of the national average of % raise increases.
    Do yourself a favor and don't go to Quik unless you desperately want to work in the action sports industry and/or you're looking for a "chill" job where you don't want to push your limit. But, There have been so many layoffs in the last year, looks like they've finally got the picture and trying to eliminate excess positions... I was lucky to get out when I did.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You shouldn't have allowed Slater to leave.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Unorganized disaster

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Quiksilver full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Very casual, laid back atmosphere.

    Cons

    Management are recruited on whether or not they surf (or if they know the owner through surfing) not whether or not they are qualified for a specific position. Probably why they have a takeover group in now trying to turn things around

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire QUALIFIED people with experience in their particular areas (whether or not they surf). Get rid of the "Bro Club"!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    horrible and getting worse

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Quiksilver full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    used to be a cool place to work, casual dress

    Cons

    this place is a corporate nightmare, top execs overpaid, upper middle is uber political...and they just keep laying off more and more..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    sell now before the bottom falls out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Great Retail People Shadowed by Corporate

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Quiksilver full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Some of the people you meet in the retail stores.

    Cons

    Poor upper management, unorganized, no company direction, questionable practices, no support from home office.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop hiring people that look good on paper but can't handle the job in person. If you want to create aloha and ohana you can't do it by taking steps backwards. Also, stop hiring people from companies that are so outside of our lifestyle they try to change what made Quiksilver great back in the mid 2000s.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 7 people found this helpful  

    One of the most hostile environments I've ever experienced

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    Former Employee - Design  in  Huntington Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Design in Huntington Beach, CA

    I worked at Quiksilver full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Your coworkers and health benefits.

    Cons

    Management is unorganized, abusive, defamatory, immature, and favoritism is evident. There are layoffs every other month. There is absolutely no room for promotion. They hire inexperienced people over good people which makes others have to work harder for less. You are never safe or secure in your position. When there are layoffs they expect you to absorb every position and do it all with a smile. Empathy doesn't exist. They hire people with connections over talent, and that cripples the company and the employees. There are often over-night work nights or far into the early mornings. You cannot question the management because you are "lucky to be there at all". They make interns work over night.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees with respect. Realize that work-life balance is important. Times are tough but you don't have to be. Let people go home and see their children. Allow talented people to grow. Don't hire people because they are your friend. Speak kindly of your employees behind their back, don't turn your employees against each other. Take your time hiring for specific purposes, don't hire mass amounts of people and then lay them all off. People work for you, with feelings, families, lives, and passions. We aren't robots that live on this planet to serve you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    This Ship is Sinking...

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    Former Employee - Manager  in  Huntington Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Huntington Beach, CA

    I worked at Quiksilver full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Updated work environment, creative spaces, good place to work if you're action sports oriented

    Cons

    Poor management, company priorities are not in order, ineffective leadership, career growth path is minimal, execs have good quality of life while worker bees do most of the heavy lifting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Coach and encourage your people to grow and take responsibility for their actions. The sign of bad management is withholding information, excluding your team from decision making and communication - stop keeping people in the dark like mushrooms...Stop promoting unqualified "Bros" into executive positions, just because they make great surfing buddies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Sales Associate

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate  in  Universal City, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Universal City, CA

    I have been working at Quiksilver part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Working with the cool supervisors and fellow associates at Universal City.

    Cons

    Terrible store manager who knows how to talk. I have never worked for such a individual who gets away with everything. All hard work gets credited to the store manager, when in fact, he has done nothing for the store other than cause stress to all employees, and working a 25-30 hour week.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get to know your employees from the bottom up. We also need role models for store managers, not irresponsible thirty year olds.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Maybe not for me

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Quiksilver part-time

    Pros

    Pretty good working hours and conditions

    Cons

    Too little freedom in being able to express ideas

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