Brooks Sports Reviews

Updated July 21, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Customer Service Representative

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

    I have been working at Brooks Sports full-time

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

    Pros

    Awesome people to work with. Great running culture. Incredible hot lunch every day! Casual and low key work environment. Top of the line product. Community involved.

    Cons

    Huge Drinking Culture. Pay is extremely poor compared to industry. Huge lack of career development.

    Advice to Management

    Truly, the concepts and culture ideas of the company are inspiring. However, the lack of execution or disconnect from the values Brooks says they value to what actually happens is far off. Their is a lack of genuine and honest communication from C level to the rest of the company.


  2. Helpful (3)

    Great People, Low Pay

    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Forklift Operator I in Sumner, WA
    Current Employee - Forklift Operator I in Sumner, WA

    I have been working at Brooks Sports full-time (More than a year)

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, laid back atmosphere, lots of fringe benifits

    Cons

    Pay is not competitive, bonus program has been reworked so that no one gets bonus,


  3. You can’t build a business on buzz words.

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

    I worked at Brooks Sports full-time

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

    Pros

    Deep discount to employees to purchase Brooks Product. New Office Seattle Location

    Cons

    Brooks management suffers from too big to fail syndrome. No matter what, nothing bad will happen to them because they are owned by Berkshire Hathaway and BH is there to bail them out. It has produced an ineffective management team that feels entitled and is not held accountable. The business is suffering. RIP fun quirky Brooks because Brooks has sold out. It isn’t about people, passion and product; it’s about money. The focus is on becoming a billion dollar brand. That’s why all the zero-to-heroes have been brought in; to lead them to the billion dollar Promised Land. The zero-to-heroes go around Brooks spouting buzz words while riding on the shoulders of the individual contributors. Management is impressed by their buzz words, but don’t square it up to see if the “buzz” is beneficial. A big problem is that Brooks management is out of touch. When key people started leaving management buried their heads in the sand and listened to the “spin” verses finding out why they left. For example, when I left, HR did not contact me. No call, no exit interview…nothing. When long term employees start leaving it is a problem. Brooks was a good company to work for. That is all gone. They drank their own kool-aid. Now it’s an ivory tower for a shrinking company with management that self-promotes and builds their career on buzz words until someone catches on; and then they are off to the next job leaving a mess in their wake.

    Advice to Management

    Management please stop being passive aggressive and be leaders. Talk the talk and walk the walk. People don’t leave a company, they leave their managers. Find out why people are leaving and remember you can't build a business on buzz words, but people build their careers on them.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Leadership Level

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Manager in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Brooks Sports full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Good Benefits New Corp office - very nice! Newer Warehouse in Sumner, WA too! Nice and clean! Very Professional facility. Good People. CEO is a good person and walks the talk at least at his level.

    Cons

    Seniors work normal hours and mid managers work many hours. Politically corrupt lower lever managers being very petty toward their seniors managers and running to HR; Too much "behind to closed door" gossip by HR and lower managers. HR falls into the gossip trap as a result of personal relationships all to often - ongoing issue. This is Brooks weakness and could destroy the company if someone does not wake up quickly. Senior leadership team is spending too much money. They hire consultants do all their thinking and then call it a day at 5PM sharp, or sooner. . Junior managers pretty much not devloping their own people as they see them as a threat. There are some amazing managers at corporate, but there are some weak non-corporate immature managers being developed through the hourly ranks that have lots of baggage and biases that have halted progress. I assume junior managers are threatened and feel their opportunities are being taken away by more qualified new hires.

    Advice to Management

    Stop promoting uneducated non-degreed hourly peeps into leadership just because they learned the MRP software. Software, for example, can be learned. Stop hiring overpaid outsiders to do simple operational functions. Hold junior managers accountable to develop ALL their people not just ones that are their friends off site. Do not be selective about exit interviews. There is a reason why some do not exit interview everyone! Have a third party do exit interviews and do not have junior managers select those that will be surveyed for employee satisfaction surveys.


  6. Helpful (4)

    Run Happy but not Work Happy

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Guru - Field Representative in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Guru - Field Representative in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Brooks Sports 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 has ushered in some amazing products, and green initiatives specifically with their LEED certified new HQ. They offer full benefits and perks, but most of the really great perks are only offered those who work in HQ vs those who work in the field.

    Cons

    Work life balance doesn't exist. Pay is lackluster. Upper management could definitely benefit from efficiency training. On the Guru team in particular, there are a lot of men leading the charge. It lacks diversity in more than just gender. The brand has focused their energy on become a billion dollar company and has started to lose sight of what a running brand is all about. Professional growth is slow and can be stifled if you aren't falling in line like a soldier. Questions are encouraged as long as you don't question their business model.

    Advice to Management

    Nurture your employees, pay them better, and support their personal and professional growth. Life isn't all about work - the balance is important. Work/Life integration is only going to work for those that are passionate... There is no one size fits all in any industry.


  7. Getting big and losing identity.

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

    I have been working at Brooks Sports full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    -Flexible work schedule -Great new global HQ -Lunch on site at an affordable price -Discounted product

    Cons

    -Rarely hire internally like Brooks used to -LOW PAY!!!! You have to leave the company and come back to make decent money - Brooks pays low b/c they know people want to work for the company so low ball -Trying to act like small company (company runs), etc but no one participates anymore -Executive team is disengaged with the rest of the company


  8. Retail Project Coordinator

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

    I worked at Brooks Sports

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great innovative company to work for. Co-Workers and thoughtfulness towards its employee's are great!

    Cons

    Need to support their new product lines on a more consistent basis and keep good contractors.


  9. Helpful (2)

    mismanagement and complete chaos

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

    I worked at Brooks Sports full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    fantastic smart people who have great experience working at other great companies. a ton of talent and fun brand spirit.

    Cons

    complete chaos in product and marketing mismanaged and no real direction other than company push to make hundreds of millions.

    Advice to Management

    remember what run happy means


  10. Helpful (1)

    Enjoyable place to spend work life, but upper management continues to reorg regularly, every 6-12 months.

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

    I have been working at Brooks Sports

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

    Pros

    Green new office building, friendly employees, discount on running shoes and apparel. CEO actually runs though and that's worth something.

    Cons

    Career development, vertical growth opportunity and behind other industry leaders with go to market strategies.


  11. Helpful (3)

    Run Happy, Work Happy

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

    I have been working at Brooks Sports full-time (More than 3 years)

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    This company has provided more opportunities for learning than I've experienced anywhere else. The review process is thorough, and rewards for the business succeeding are shared. Running at work with other runners is great.

    Cons

    The company is going through some growing pains. There have been a lot of changes in roles and responsibilities and it can be hard to keep up with the changes.

    Advice to Management

    Reward hard work and be careful not to outsource the most intriguing work.



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