adidas Group
3.5 of 5 227 reviews
www.adidas-group.com Herzogenaurach, Germany 5000+ Employees

adidas Group Reviews

Updated Oct 28, 2013
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3.5 227 reviews

                             

83% Approve of the CEO

adidas Group Chairman and CEO Herbert Hainer

Herbert Hainer

(127 ratings)

72% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Horribly Organized

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at adidas Group as an intern

ProsGreat discounts, relaxed environment in which you can wear anything you want. Get your own desktop computer

ConsThe system used is terrible and from the 90's. I was one of the few who went to college in my department. People were amazed at my basic level of understanding of Excel.

Advice to Senior ManagementJust switch up the culture. Hire some intellect

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Miserable stepping stone to something better

Analyst (Former Employee)
Canton, MA

I worked at adidas Group full-time for more than 3 years

ProsI worked out of the Reebok headquarters in Canton, MA. The facility is unbelievably awesome, including fitness facilities to die for. Since I hated my job so much, I spent most of my time working out, and because of the sport mentality of the company, my boss had a hard time telling me no.

Awesome educational benefits that I used fully. Option to travel to the company's headquarters in Germany, where they actually seem to have a positive culture and employees who are hanging on by more than a thread. If I didn't have a family to think of I probably would have asked to transfer.

ConsI am willing to admit that my miserable experience was probably fully due to my boss, director, and group who were seriously dysfunctional. The director pitted employees against each other for her personal amusement and actively promoted yes-men who she could control with absolute authority. There wasn't enough work to go around, so everyone spent most of the day fuming over perceived or real slights from bosses and co-workers. No sense of teamwork, no camaraderie, no motivation to do anything other than work out and get out at 5pm on the dot.

Advice to Senior ManagementA shared sense of culture and purpose would probably have prevented a lot of the misbehavior I witnessed. I know business is bad, but try to do more than just through the motions.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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You can't work at Adidas after you've worked at Nike, it will suck

Color Design (Former Employee)
Portland, OR

I worked at adidas Group as a contractor for less than a year

ProsBut if you get fired from Adidas you can get hired at Nike or if you do a horrible job as an intern at Adidas you can get hired at Nike. If you start out at Adidas as a Color Designer, you can get hired at Converse as a Design Director, but never has a Nike Color Designer been able to become a Design Director.

ConsIf you leave Nike and end up working at Adidas, and you realize you've made a mistake, (the job you're doing doesn't at all match the job description, you're design but you're spending 70% of your time doing what would typically be development), it will be difficult if not impossible to go back to Nike.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Be careful of the stripes

Area Sales Manager (Current Employee)

I have been working at adidas Group full-time for more than a year

ProsFree clothes and shoes, employee discount

ConsUpper management is out of touch, the company talks about people all the time but the company only talks the talk. Environment is a locker room. Everyone has something to say but does nothing. Backstabbing and stepping on people to look good is the norm. Company threatens people all the time.

Advice to Senior ManagementWake up. The company is out of touch with the Stores. Step on too many people and soon there will be none to step on. The word will get out about the company. You talk about people but you chew them up and spit them out without a care.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Poor communication across field leadership levels.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Osage Beach, MO

I have been working at adidas Group full-time

ProsWorking together as a team to complete all task. Focus on well being for full time employees.

ConsPoor communication across field leadership team to store level team. Field leaders are out of touch with the store because they are managing from out of market locations to often.

Advice to Senior ManagementWork on communication to field store team and the effects it has when leadership team does not follow up on committements!!

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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No chance to move up..

Turret Driver (Current Employee)
Spartanburg, SC

I have been working at adidas Group full-time for less than a year

ProsBrainless work, sit around most days

ConsManagers are incompetent. No chance for promotion or shift change.

Advice to Senior ManagementLearn to read and type..

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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This was the most awfulest expericence I've ever had!

Inflation (Former Employee)
Spartanburg, SC

I worked at adidas Group as a contractor for less than a year

Prostheir are none,they don't care about the people their!

ConsThey don't care about their employess,you don't get paid enough money,they hire temps,can't keep no help.Want you to make production,but yet you don't get paid no extra money.It's like a slavery camp.I don't recommend that work place for no one! Addidas should be ashame,as much money as they make ,and don't want to pay enough to the employes!

Advice to Senior ManagementChange the way yall treat people.if you want good workers,you got to know how to treat them,and not to have a ATTITUDE! More than half the people that work there have a nasty ATTITUDE!

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Miserable place to work

Sales Associate (Current Employee)
Bluffton, SC

I have been working at adidas Group part-time for more than a year

Pros30% discount on top of other promos

ConsTerrible management, don't care about their employees, unrealistic expectations
I ran our stock room by myself for 12 months, and all the winter people they hired that we're supposed to help in the stock room made it worse. During the summer we get 50 boxes minimum and all the responsibility to process all the product and get it out on the floor was on me. I made 8.50/hr to start and even after working there for 17 months, I only got a .13 cent raise and am still expected to process all the freight. Not to mention management icing us our raises 3 months later than they said. It's a terrible company to work for unless you work as a cashier, which you'll be able to do minimum work and not move from behind the register and still get paid the same as the single person in the stock room busting his balls to get everything out

Advice to Senior ManagementStop sucking at running the company and care about your employees

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Avoid unless desperate

Color Design (Former Employee)
Portland, OR

I worked at adidas Group

ProsGood location, if you live in downtown Portland. On-site sample room for creating new product was awesome, extremely helpful.

Cons70% of my time was spent doing production/development, 30% on actual design. Simple processes were over-complicated, and when suggestions where were made to help simplify, the standard response was, "welcome to Adidas." People who had been there for years were extremely negative, most of the younger designers wanted to be working at Nike. The sweatshirt of choice for the apparel team was Uniglo, not even an Adidas sweatshirt. I think this says something about the brand. There's a lack of integrity, absolutely zero passion behind the product. Targeted consumer is a 17 year old suburban boy, which leaves very little opportunity to push the envelope and there's no risk taking, at all. Obvious, current trends were ignored. The team I worked with was surprised to find out that denim silhouettes have changed in the last 8 years!!.

Advice to Senior ManagementJob titles/job description should match the job. Don't hire someone with 10 years of industry experience to do entry level production work. You must evolve, the brand, the product and the people.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Portland, OR

I have been working at adidas Group

ProsThe two best things about adidas are it's rich history and the workforce.

ConsNo career paths, outdated technology and equipment, European management that doesn't understand American pop culture, too much red tape, undefined rolls and responsibilities,

Advice to Senior ManagementIt takes money to make money. In Europe you might be able to get away with simply making great product. In the US you have to get the message out and realize that adidas hasn't been the most relevant brand in sports and pop culture since the 80's. It's time to spend a lot more advertising money.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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