Bodybuilding.com Reviews

Updated March 20, 2015
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  1. Helpful (6)

    Learned a lot!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boise, ID
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boise, ID

    I worked at Bodybuilding.com full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fun work environment. Monthly corporate luncheons with great food from local catering companies. Agile mindset throughout the entire company. Get to work with latest technology. Opportunities to move to different roles in the company. They live what they sell - the fitness lifestyle. Service awards employees will actually use (bb.com hands out Amazon gift cards as opposed to pens or other corporate-branded items that get hidden in a closet).

    Cons

    Work-life balance is not good in some, but not all, departments. Some teams work Christmas and New Year's holidays each year to meet Jan 1 deadlines. People seem to be fired/let go for small things - great employee with outstanding performance reviews for 3+ years is quickly fired after transferring to new supervisor. HR needs to enforce the rules around inappropriate workplace behavior.

    Advice to Management

    You're no longer a startup so quit behaving like one. No more death marches to meet unrealistic deadlines. Ensure there is work-life balance in all departments. Work on better employee development programs - not everyone learns by reading books.

  2. Helpful (3)

    Good company

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Boise, ID
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Boise, ID

    I have been working at Bodybuilding.com full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Good people, fun environment, flexible if you earn it by performing and producing. Plenty of opportunity to advance and grow if you're willing to bust it out.

    Cons

    Engineering is sometimes considered a necessary evil to support/accommodate marketing or some other upstairs department. Management often likes to change things in significant ways in the middle of major projects.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Better Then Than Now!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Boise, ID
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Boise, ID

    I have been working at Bodybuilding.com full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, great people, and great opportunity outside of customer service.

    Cons

    Personal growth and promotions are hard to come by unless you are a personal friend of the boss. I worked in customer service for over 6 years, and felt disrespected instead of valued for my insight. Anywhere in the company is wonderful, except CS. HR is useless when making legitimate managerial complaints, and will rarely take the side of the employee. Time-off used to be easy to get, but leadership in customer service changed, so that changed as well.

    Advice to Management

    Remove your current leadership from customer service. They have taken all the fun out of being in customer service, as well as the focus on health and fitness.

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  5. Helpful (4)

    Great company, mismanaged team

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior User Experience Designer in Boise, ID
    Former Employee - Senior User Experience Designer in Boise, ID

    I worked at Bodybuilding.com full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    The company culture is exciting, and the leadership really cares about making a positive effect on people.

    Cons

    Working in an environment where your ideas are stolen and pitched without you, constant gossip and insulting others, and focusing on how something looks, rather than functions.

    Advice to Management

    Weed out the toxic middle management. Recognize the true talent that is being suppressed by those individuals.

  6. Helpful (2)

    A company that means well and believes in its mission, but struggles to execute on many initiatives

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boise, ID
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boise, ID

    I have been working at Bodybuilding.com full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Bodybuilding.com is a company on a mission to improve people's lives and it's easy to get behind that. People are genuinely committed to that vision. The work is challenging and there are a lot of smart, dedicated folks to learn from. It's also a fun and relaxed environment.

    Cons

    The company has grown a lot in the past few years, but everything still seems very top-down as far as initiatives and priorities. Unless you're at or near the top, it's best not to stick your neck out and raise concerns. At best you'll be ignored and at worst you'll irritate the wrong person and find yourself pursuing other opportunities. Just keep your head down, do your job, and focus on learning as much as possible.

    Advice to Management

    The open door policy and continual solicitation of feedback are positive signs. However, when people feel like they're not really being heard, they'll stop walking through that open door and become another "Bobblehead" who feigns agreement with everything instead of rocking the boat.

  7. Helpful (3)

    Local Bodybuilding Club or Enterprise Ecommerce Company?

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Meridian, ID
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Meridian, ID

    I worked at Bodybuilding.com full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Good salary for area. Great Benefits. Gym Membership. Almost Free Supplements.

    Cons

    C-Level's micro manage the entire company from shipping, design, development and marketing. Culture is very male oriented. Company is ran like a brown nosing club rather than a company with values that rewards skill and achievements.

    Advice to Management

    Put people in VP and Director level positions because of their skillset not because they are good friends. Stop micro-managing every department. Let engineering and product related roles do their job.

  8. Helpful (3)

    great experience overall, a really good company to work for in Boise

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bodybuilding.com

    Pros

    great environment, motivating CEO, flexibility, great work life balance

    Cons

    Lots of people in positions they don't qualify for. Very slow moving decision making.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Love it or leave it.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boise, ID
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boise, ID

    I have been working at Bodybuilding.com full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Incredible benefits, great positive work environment, family-type atmosphere, upward opportunities, promote within, gym reimbursement and special perks.

    Cons

    Boys club, but it's changing. Slow to make change and accommodate growth.

    Advice to Management

    Be more focused on the individual parts and pieces that form the bigger picture. If departments are overlooked or constantly refused forward movement, then it causes stagnation and lack of motivation/creativity within morale. Several people around me are tired of banging their head against a brick wall to make advancements in their business because we aren't the "big needle."

  10. Helpful (2)

    Corporate is a blessing, Customer Service is a curse.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Boise, ID
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Boise, ID

    I worked at Bodybuilding.com full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Positive environment 100% of the time
    Fitness/life-changing oriented
    Always feel like a part of others' success
    Great company structure

    Cons

    Customer service has become overly-automated.
    Hard to break through to corporate and move up.
    Recently seen stunted growth after so much over the last few years! :(

    Advice to Management

    Get a new boss in CS and stop firing lower-level managers who are key drivers.

  11. Helpful (2)

    Dynamic fast paced Internet retailer that provides exposure to a wide variety of legal and compliance issues.

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

    I have been working at Bodybuilding.com full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Exciting opportunity to design the processes and systems to transform the company into an international global E retailer.

    Cons

    Need to work more aggressively to attract and retain needed talent.

    Advice to Management

    Investment in IT resources can grow the business and position it or long term success.

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