Burton Snowboards Reviews

Updated August 2, 2014
Updated August 2, 2014
23 Reviews

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Burton Snowboards Chairman & CEO Jake Burton
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  1.  

    Good place to work that often gets taken for granted.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Burton Snowboards full-time

    Pros

    If you like to ride and care about product you'll be happy here. Employee discount, free season pass, free product and ride days make it worthwhile. No better "big" snowboard company out there.

    Cons

    Of course salaries need to be raised. Product quality could be increased. HR is a joke. Need to hire more riders and work harder to retain them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you're not riding 20+ days a season, why are you here?

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    You should know how to snowboard if you want to lead.

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    Former Employee - Marketing Specialist  in  Burlington, VT
    Former Employee - Marketing Specialist in Burlington, VT

    I worked at Burton Snowboards full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great perks. Jake and his wife really care about the employees on a social level. I could bring my dog to work! Employee discounts were great, too! Burlington is a great little town but cold as hell in the winter!

    Cons

    Leadership was random at best, but mostly lacking consistency. They did a lot of stuff behind Jake's back that I found really disturbing. New hires are brought on by who they know and seldom on what they know. Anyone that was hired from outside the 'boys club' was gone within a year or two. Interactive and marketing were good. Hardgoods usually seemed like they know what they were doing and the results were great boards, bindings and boots. Softgoods on the other hand was a clueless. I don't think they ever turned a profit. Creative leadership that doesn't even snowboard! Seriously? Simply clueless as to what snowboarders actually buy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get back to the basics of what made Burton a leader in the industry. Hire people that know what they are doing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Meh. Thought I would be doing better work.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Burton Snowboards full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Free Pass, big discount on products.

    Cons

    Unorganized, disconnected upper management holds teams under them back. Brand has a great creative legacy but is now kind of lost due to inadequate employees who somehow get promoted to leadership roles regardless of their level of expertise around their job title.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn about the workflow and processes of those who work under you and you'll be rewarded with a stronger more innovative brand.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to work, but working for a company with high turnover gets old really quick.

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    Current Employee - IT Analyst  in  Burlington, VT
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Burlington, VT

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

    Pros

    Absolutely the best benefits in the greater Burlington area - 401k match, childcare match, health care, vision, and dental is fantastic. Great people to work with and ride on the hill with. Passionate founder/owner (Jake) and uppermost management. Ride days, free pass to Stowe (or a discount to other mountains), extremely generous discount on gear, and dogs at work. Many company-sponsored events with great local beer. Employees here are very driven to perform at a high level. Awesome focus on environmentalism and sustainability. Beautiful campus, with a renovated pair of buildings, a company garden, skate bowl/ramp, and a ski lift in the parking lot.

    Cons

    Goals and overall review process is a joke, along with the 'raises' handed out annually. The company goals are too sales-focused to apply to all employees - most make generic and loose connections to those goals, which does nothing to benefit the company. Systems training is limited to parking you in front of a computer and saying, 'go' - you are forced to learn a very complicated system with very little support. Creative and Product departments are given free reign to do whatever they want, with no repercussions for the absolute havoc their inconsequential changes make downstream. EXTREMELY high turnover rates in the last year, with veterans leaving and being replaced with inexperienced and untrained college grads. The experience that has gotten the company to where it is now is walking out the door on a weekly basis. Career opportunities are limited for the most part to lateral moves. Development planning is left to the individual employee, with little to no assistance from managers. Compensation is poor at best.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on stability, and try being less reactive to issues that crop up. Ditch the flaky goals 'map' concept, and do a lot more to develop and retain employees. The level of brain drain is going to seriously damage the company if it's not stopped immediately.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Not sure if it's really worth it

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    They have a fun staff, are known for being really cool and the pay is good.

    Cons

    Job security is dubious at best, they go through people fast and growing with the company is hard if not impossible. The sales focus creates unhealthy competition on the sales floor, as we are all working to keep our jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your people a little more, they are what makes the company cool.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    A very dynamic place

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    Current Employee - Product Manager  in  Burlington, VT
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Burlington, VT

    I have been working at Burton Snowboards full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Lots of like minded colleges, relaxed work environment (dress /language/hours), lots of passion, tons of perks.

    Cons

    below average pay, long hours, poor training, incestuous and ego or status driven senior management team, lots of drug use, lots of "knee jerk" business decisions from management and lavish perk spending.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    too many promotions of elite earners. too much focus on the "boys" club.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    SAles

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Burton Snowboards part-time

    Pros

    Really fun environment, great balance between fast paced and laid back. Everyone enjoys being and working there, and the common passion for the outdoors and snowboarding really helps to unify the workforce.

    Cons

    The season changes and Christmas time were very stressful and required long hours, but management bought us beers to reward us and unwind after hard days!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great overall, keep working hard and playing hard!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Awesome place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Burton Snowboards

    Pros

    Company Culture, work environment, and career development

    Cons

    Pay is a little below average and friend circles are tough to enter

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up, maybe a little more communication amongst different channels

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Fun...for about a year

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Burlington, VT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burlington, VT

    I have been working at Burton Snowboards full-time

    Pros

    Nice fringe benefits, cool and driven coworkers. People really love snowboarding and what they are doing for the industry, however company uses that drive to keep salaries low. Location/city is superb.

    Cons

    The novelty of working for a snowboard company wears off quickly. Then you realize management has a serious lack of loyalty and a "you're lucky to work here" attitude toward employees. For various reasons (low pay, age, failure to buy in to the hype, failure to fit in with "the culture"), no one can survive long enough to make a career at Burton. Good people constantly move on or are pushed out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your employees and treat them fairly. This isn't a social cub, it's a business. Just because someone is your bro doesn't mean they deserve a job (and def. not a Sr. Mgr position). Constant turnover, mystery firings and perpetual layoffs are devastating to the morale of your staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  11.  

    Great place to work if you were one of the cool kids in school.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Burlington, VT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burlington, VT

    I have been working at Burton Snowboards full-time

    Pros

    The company culture is a huge part of working for Burton - so much so that it was specifically part of our goals until recently. There are still plenty of fun perks like discounts on gear and lift tickets, dogs in the office, sumer flex time, and pretty good insurance. We can hang out with a lot of pro snowboarders a few times a year, and it's great that Jake is still mostly hands-on with the company.

    Pay is OK for the area for non entry level jobs, but Burlington is expensive and costs add up more quickly than raises. There are opportunities for the entry level jobs to move up, but careers can stagnate if you're not working for the right manager.

    Cons

    Some of the other fun stuff has gone by the wayside lately like parties every month, and at least one person that was reprimanded for taking a morning to go boarding on a pow day (the unofficial policy used to be that work hours were flexible if you wanted to go riding in the morning). When the company identifies you as a star, you're promoted quickly without concern for your actual performance, but if they set you in their targets you'll be fired or forced out the door.

    There's pressure to work physically in the office, even when the job functions don't require it, and the office environment is hit or miss depending on where you sit. Be prepared to walk a lot: to find a trash can (removed from our cubes), printer (same), while looking for an open space to hold an unexpected meeting, or from your parking spot in a different building if you come in late or after the lunch rush (there's not a lot of restaurants nearby and the kitchen is too tiny, so lots of spaces open up from 12-1). There's often problems with the physical building, which may or may not have fixes (the roof leaks, heating/cooling sometimes doesn't work, bathrooms are inadequate).

    Internal culture seems to take more hits every year as budgets tighten. There are the star departments that still get the team outings, conferences and travel perks everyone used to be able to have and get newly upgraded facilities and bathrooms, while the rest of the company has had budget cuts and hiring freezes and a crack the whip mentality. It has fostered a sense that you and your team don't matter if you're not in the product or marketing teams, and that gets demonstrated with the promotions constantly happening in those departments. Senior management reinforces those ideas of the haves and the have nots, whether it's intentional or not, through these unofficial policy changes that aren't applied consistently through the company. One specific example is that employees aren't allowed to park in the store parking, which makes complete sense. But the owners always park there, and so does at least one other executive and his secretary. These same managers were shocked when the company didn't make the "best places to work" list, and the lip service they paid to improving the biggest issues was exactly that.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat all of your employees fairly and pay more attention to the folks in the back office who work just as hard (if not harder) without much recognition.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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