Callaway Golf

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Callaway Golf Reviews

Updated September 5, 2014
Updated September 5, 2014
50 Reviews
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Callaway Golf CEO Chip Brewer
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  1.  

    Very Dissappointing; bad management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Callaway Golf full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Pretty nice product, nice location. Many nice employees. When I first started working there, seemed like a stable company.

    Cons

    The Executive staff is the good ol' boy's club. They like to spend money on their perks but not on the development of their employees.
    Way too many layoffs. People were always worried who was next. They've let go so many first line employees but kept so much management. Finally got to laying off managers and VPs so they're not too top heavy.
    HR Department has cliques in the worst way. They look the other way when the executives misbehave and even when their own HR staff misbehaves. If you're best buddies with HR management, then you get preferential treatment. The HR Director and staff have way to many meetings to discuss what they will meet about next week. And, most of their meetings turn in to social hour and are a total waste of time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pick a CEO and upper management and stick with it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Nice co-workers, but not what it used to be

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Callaway Golf full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Work environment is good. Pace of work is good and they are flexible with the work schedule, a great amount of vacation/time off.

    Cons

    Benefits have dropped dramatically, regular layoffs for the last 3 years, a ton of cost cutting measures, morale is horrible.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    great place to grow that has gone downhill

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA

    I worked at Callaway Golf full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    When I started it was very entreprenuerial, I was able to advance from a Sr. Analyst to a Director in 9 years. Lots of freedom to make decisons that were right for the company, and to pursue training and education in the fields that interested me. great benefits, great work life balance.

    Cons

    6 CEOs in 9 years led to a lack of cohesion. Each CEO had a new direction, each one brought in a slew of upper management that came from many industries, but no real plan to improve the bottom line. 6th set was enough for me.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get a plan, expand and find new markets. Golf is pricing itself out of the average person's life, you must expand into something else. Quit retreating.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    If it weren't for my peers, I would have been gone long ago ...

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    Current Employee - Corporate IT  in  Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Corporate IT in Carlsbad, CA

    I have been working at Callaway Golf full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    People you work around , perks

    Cons

    dated offices, poor middle management, lack of vision, old technologies, LACK OF MONEY FOR ANYTHING NEW - The answer is always, "We don't have the money for that" - even tech support for enterprise software, very FRAGILE and OLD tech environments, peers are AFRAID to say anything in fear of retribution by managers. If there is a tech issue, you are expected to respond even on your days off because there is no back-up for your position and if you think you are calling tech support FORGET IT because they don't buy maintenance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    ADVICE? They don't need advice because they either know everything or will refute what you offer. They say they have an "Open Door" policy but don't want to ever be told of issues - they are in DENIAL. Get real or lose what little talent you have left.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Opportunity

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA

    I have been working at Callaway Golf full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Callaway provides an opportunity for employees to develop their own vision, implement it, and see it through. The management team has fostered a culture that is centered on passion and hard work-- and that's very rewarding.

    Cons

    The cons are perhaps working within an industry that is high growth that can lead to strong YOY growth, etc. However it is within an industry that I'm passionate about and the culture and attitude reflects that.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to find talent that is passionate about golf but has the ability to manage, inspire, and move organizations forward.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company, tough times as of 2010

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    Current Employee - Senior Principal Analyst  in  Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Analyst in Carlsbad, CA

    I have been working at Callaway Golf full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    1 - Great team to work with, a lot of support and very open to answer just about any question.
    2 - IT open door policy.
    3 - You are challenged by doing projects (if you get them).
    4 - Very flexible work environment.

    Cons

    1 - Very little or no opportunities for advancement.
    2 - Very little or no raises since 2008. But it has been tough times for the company.
    3 - There have been layoffs and management has tried to saved the managers (that did nothing) and throw some of the employees under the bus.
    4 - Management gets benefits (iphones/ipads) even though the company is loosing money.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1 - Do not buy stuff we do not really need. I know that Apple products are cool, but nothing says I do not care like spending a lot of money for such products while we are loosing money. If you want to promote change, show that you are diligent with your expenses.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Short Stint

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    Current Employee - Information Technology  in  Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Information Technology in Carlsbad, CA

    I have been working at Callaway Golf full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    People you work with, compensation, great perks (if you enjoy golf)

    Cons

    Limited advancement opportunities, poor middle management, frustrating lack of communication, not a creative environment, poor decisions continue to hurt this company, poor performance quarter after quarter

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire true project managers to manage large scale projects. Stop ridiculous spending when the company is in a 'turn-around' phase. Losing good people in favor of almost comical decisions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Company was not keeping current as the industry and workforce changed

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    Former Employee - Manager  in  Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Carlsbad, CA

    I worked at Callaway Golf full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great people. Hopefully the recent changes to senior management at the company will make it a more progressive place to work. Benefits were good, but declining.

    Cons

    Challenging to work in a declining industry such as golf. Non-traditional work situations rarely taken into consideration (telecommuting, job sharing, alternate work hours). There were layoffs so regularly for the last 5 years that many of the people that were great at there jobs and role models have left the company or were laid off because they were highly compensated.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Enjoyable, but limited opportunities

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    Former Employee - Sales Operations  in  Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Operations in Carlsbad, CA

    I worked at Callaway Golf full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Sporting goods industry is more interesting than, say, insurance
    - Good people
    - Great location - Carlsbad

    Cons

    - Lack of strong, focused leadership
    - Priorities change on a whim
    - Limited advancement possibilities - mgmt. either hires from outside or promotes friends
    - Declining benefits
    - Regular, ongoing layoffs
    - Overall, poor performing company in a very declining industry - golf

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    I was so disappointed. Callaway is the good old boys club.

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    Former Employee - R&D Engineer  in  Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - R&D Engineer in Carlsbad, CA

    I worked at Callaway Golf full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -Nice building
    -Good benefits
    -Some good looking girls

    Cons

    -Personal looks mean more than personal performance.
    -Have to be part of the boys club to get anywhere.
    -Bunch of 8 - 5 slackers. Even in R&D.
    -Lack of commitment to products.
    -Politics
    -Living in the past of the Bertha thinking eventually they'll get market share back.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Work!
    -Stop with the politics.
    -Commit fully to a product.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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