Cabela's Reviews

Updated August 30, 2014
Updated August 30, 2014
215 Reviews

3.0
215 Reviews
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Cabela's President & CEO Thomas L. Millner
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125 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • The employee discount is pretty good too and it's tiered based on seniority (in 22 reviews)

  • It was a fun work place to just go and talk about hunting fishing and camping (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • If you work in the warehouse you'll have some fairly steady hours, otherwise you'll have a pretty bad work-life balance (in 8 reviews)

  • The pay isn't great and it's almost impossible to get a full time spot (in 10 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Professionalism

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cabela's full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    great people to work with and a company that tries to make things happen

    Cons

    Teaching others what your job really meant was difficult. The customer service area was in change and there was resistence.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great company in a family friendly town.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cabela's

    Pros

    Great work - life balance
    Great culture
    Values-based
    Ideal for the outdoor enthusiast

    Cons

    Location - great town but you have to drive a ways to get any shopping/concerts/events/etc.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Typical Retail Job

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    Current Employee - Outfitter  in  Greenville, SC
    Current Employee - Outfitter in Greenville, SC

    I have been working at Cabela's part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    If you are looking for the typical retail position within a different setting, this is the place for you. Benefits are offered to both regular part-time and full-time Outfitters.

    Cons

    The work hours are so varied (unless you are just wanting a part-time job to pick-up extra cash) this is not a place to find real opportunity for growth. Full-time positions are very limited. Upper management seems very hesitant to hire and/or fill any open lead, management, or even FT hourly positions from within.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The Management needs to get a handle on the scheduling system. They constantly have problems (in all areas of the store) with not knowing what hours the Outfitters are and are not available to work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great For Some, Not for Everyone

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    Current Employee - Club Card Outfitter
    Current Employee - Club Card Outfitter

    I have been working at Cabela's part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    As of this review I have worked at Cabela's for just over a year, and when I first started I didn't really feel like I should be working there because I had no interest in anything the store was about. However, the longer I worked there the more I came to appreciate the store, the people who work in it, and the culture it all creates.

    Having been there over a year I can safely say it is the best retail/service job I've had. I have heard complaints about pay, but I made over $1 an hour more starting out than I ever did before at other retail/service jobs. It is retail, meaning you'll have bad hours or crappy schedules a lot of the time, but all told it is a pretty nice place to work.

    The company is also expanding and seems to like hiring from inside, so there is always the chance of moving up to a salaried position later if that is what you're after.

    Cons

    I haven't had many negatives on the job, there are a few managers who I see actively avoid helping out there subordinates, and a few fellow employees don't seem to want to do anymore than the bare minimum or refuse to work outside of their comfort zone.

    Also, it is not easy to get full time status with Cabela's. I've heard it attributed to everything from Obamacare to lack of profits, but have not seen a solid reason as to why yet.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more open to helping your employees, most of the management at my store is amazing. They do not hesitate to go out on the floor and work with customers or help out where ever they can. But every so often you'll see a certain manager flee a long line of customers and leave one or two subordinates just so they don't have to talk to customers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Friendly environment, but the negatives almost outweigh the benefits of working there.

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    Former Employee - Cashier  in  Hazelwood, MO
    Former Employee - Cashier in Hazelwood, MO

    I worked at Cabela's part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Cabela's can be a fun place to work. Everyone is pretty friendly. Received a raise after one year of working there.

    Cons

    One of the biggest problems working as a cashier for Cabela's is that a lot of the merchandise would ring up wrong. Cashiers would have to waste time calling the departments to find out the correct price. This would hold up the lines. Another problem is that some of the leads would group the cashiers together. When I worked for Cabela's most of the cashiers were young adults, either finishing high school or going to college. A majority of these people would goof off. Leads would set strict rules for all cashiers when only a few were causing a problem. It was like they were treating us like children. There was a lot of favoritism. If you were friends with leads or management you could be promoted to customer service, which was mostly composed of gossiping girls. Cabela's is really pushy with Club Cards. A lot of the customers don't want another credit card. They also push protection plans, which are the biggest waste of money. Most of the products already have manufacture warranties on them. Overall, my experience started out good. After almost two years of working there, I couldn't stand it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    If it's "NOT IN YOUR NATURE" don't work here

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    Former Employee - Outfitter  in  Omaha, NE
    Former Employee - Outfitter in Omaha, NE

    I worked at Cabela's full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I was fortunate to find a position in this retail establishment that had consistent hours every week (working as the bargain cave processor) so it was easy to plan other things around that. Loved the people I worked with in my department and others on the sales floor. Lots of customer interaction, which is what I like to do. You learn a lot about different outdoor activities and you get plenty of chances to win or earn big discounts on products.

    Cons

    Management asks a lot from, and it was definitely NOT worth what they were paying. I felt under-trained in my position; when I was doing what I was supposed to do (so I thought) I got in trouble, and without even a warning, and had severe consequences. They keep driving "the club card" and really hammer us for not getting any (which was pretty much impossible for me to achieve in my department).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please train your outfitters FULLY, so that when we think we're doing the right thing, we're actually "not" and get in trouble for it. Think of the little guy more often, too, please!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Awesome Store, Great Team, needs a little Help!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cabela's for less than a year

    Pros

    Enjoy the work and everyday interaction with staff and customers. The core values are awesome and unlike anything I have ever seen in the corporate setting. The outfitters work as a team no matter what department they are in. A truly enjoyable experience so far with only a few let downs.

    Cons

    The work hours come and go for scheduling. Like in most retail stores more sales = more hours! NOT something you can rely on sadly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on the core values. Figure out the solution for less need on club card and more on in store sales.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    power sports department technician

    Current Employee - Marine Technician  in  Dundee, MI
    Current Employee - Marine Technician in Dundee, MI

    I have been working at Cabela's full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    free tech school to dealerships

    Cons

    it is a corporation so it takes forever to get things done

  10.  

    Good

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    Current Employee - Anonymous  in  Triadelphia, WV
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Triadelphia, WV

    I have been working at Cabela's full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Pretty laid back until it's time to work. Get stuff done then relax. Compensation is good, time-off policy is not real strict. As long as you're fair about notice and show up for work when need be then you're fine. The company is building stores like crazy, so you know it's growing.

    Cons

    If you want to go long term with this company, you might have to move to the corporate HQ in Sidney Nebraska. Health insurance from what I heard is ridiculously expensive for families.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would say move your HQ, but I know that isn't happening.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Alright

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    Current Employee - Cashier  in  Hamburg, PA
    Current Employee - Cashier in Hamburg, PA

    I have been working at Cabela's part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Decent hours during holiday rush.

    Cons

    Corporate does not really think rationally, we spoil customers, metrics are unreasonable.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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