Cascade Designs, Inc.

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Cascade Designs, Inc. Reviews

Updated August 2, 2014
Updated August 2, 2014
7 Reviews

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  1.  

    Great benefits, loyal employees

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Cascade Designs, Inc. full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Made in the USA! Non-union, private company; employees are given stocks and profit sharing. Good parking on site. Low turnover rate. Growing markets/channels for our products.

    Cons

    Located in Seattle. USA manufacturing is great, but Seattle is not very business friendly and the traffic sucks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Projects tend to be a mess due to a lack of clear leadership; communication needs improvement.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Family-oriented outdoor equipment company in a great city

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Cascade Designs, Inc. full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Cascade 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.

    Cons

    Advancement 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Below average company with poor working conditions that indicate a general lack of respect for its workforce.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Cascade Designs, Inc. full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    As with any organization, there are individuals who are competent and for no reason other than a sense of self-respect at least try to do the right thing. Unfortunately, they are given no support by management and eventually all move on.

    Cons

    I used to work here and it was the worst job ever. The management and supervisors treat the regular employees like animals. They also hire a lot temps, and though I didn't think it possible, the temps are treated even worse. Factory conditions are barely passable. Poor lighting, poor ventilation, sweltering hot in the summer, cold in the winter. The buildings are old and decaying with bathroom and lunchroom facilities that would embarrass your average persons. Not so with this company. The management (and unsurprisingly portions of the non-production staff) have convinced themselves that the company is some sort of paradise with a workforce that is grateful and eager for the opportunity to be a part of it. The reality couldn't be further from the truth. The workforce is given little reason to feel invested in the company's success or the products they are producing. The result is an unmotivated workforce that routinely produces products of dubious quality since their main preoccupation is counting down the seconds until they can go home. Of course, given the low quality of the product designs and the inability (or unwillingness) to control the quality of raw materials, it isn't really fair to blame the workforce for the quality of the end product.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to respect your employees. Improve working conditions. Improve the quality of product designs and raw materials Encourage non-production workers to spend some time on the floor so they can experience the reality of the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

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

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Cascade Designs, Inc. full-time for more than a year

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Weak, 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Pretty Good

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cascade Designs, Inc. full-time

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Poor planning. Too much traffic.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    wear more bowties

  7. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    Current Employee - Supervisor  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Cascade Designs, Inc. full-time

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Low pay. Cross functional teamwork is non-existent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Okay place to work, for an outdoor gear manufacturing company

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Cascade Designs, Inc.

    Pros

    Cascade 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.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve communication and accountability. Reward success.

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