Cascade Designs, Inc.
3.4 of 5 5 reviews
www.cascadedesigns.com Seattle, WA 150 to 499 Employees

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Updated Jul 6, 2014

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John Burroughs

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33% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Family-oriented outdoor equipment company in a great city

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    ProsCascade Designs is one of the few remaining privately-owned outdoor equipment companies from the golden era of gear start-ups from the sixties and seventies. They've worked hard to offer competitive compensation in the areas I am familiar with. Senior management allows and encourages internal entrepreneurship in some forms--one of the key benefits of a company this size. The company rewards people who maintain a good attitude, work hard, and solve problems by giving them more independence and more responsibility.

    Top management prioritizes social and environmental issues by regularly donating equipment and supplies to emergency aid organizations and by instituting policies that minimize waste and chemical consumption. Made-in-USA is a primary focus, with over 70% of our products manufactured in our own factories. In my experience, the 'open-door' policy has been truly open and management has always shared an open ear.

    ConsAdvancement can take time, as turnover is very low and new positions are not often created. Also, like most companies, some roles are more satisfying than others and some groups have lower morale than others as a result. Compensation in the outdoor industry will generally be lower than some other industries, but there is a lifestyle element to the decision to work in this industry.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Disorganized with a toxic culture, weak management, and employees incapable of reversing a company in clear decline.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    ProsSeattle is a great city to live in.
    There are no real positives to speak of at this company

    ConsWeak, disorganized management. Managers are blind to the issues that are plaguing the company, but quick to pat themselves on the back for how great they think they are.
    A marketing company masquerading as manufacturing company.
    Subpar quality controls and no commitment to improving them.
    Cheap. Business model based on belief that the allure of being in the "outdoor industry" justifies underpaying staff while simultaneously expecting over achievement. Company exists to enrich the founder and board at the expense of their employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Pretty Good

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsLots of good people to work with. High quality products. Good proximity to mountains.

    ConsPoor planning. Too much traffic.

    Advice to Senior Managementwear more bowties

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    A nice company to work for, but the pay could be better.

    Supervisor (Current Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    ProsGreat co-workers. Creative environment. Variety of work.

    ConsLow pay. Cross functional teamwork is non-existent.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHave a policy about the engineering team including manufacturing during the early stages of projects so that we don't end up with subpar equipment. Raise your pay scale to be more competitive. Understand that people may have a strong desire to work in the field, but at the end of the day people still need deserve to be paid what they can get elsewhere.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Okay place to work, for an outdoor gear manufacturing company

    Customer Service Representative (Current Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    ProsCascade Designs is one of the few outdoor gear manufacturing companies that still makes a sizable portion of their product domestically. Mostly fun people to work with.

    ConsComparatively low pay, very basic benefits, fairly poor communication between senior management and the bottom.

    Advice to Senior ManagementImprove communication and accountability. Reward success.

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