Clif Bar

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Clif Bar Reviews

Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014
14 Reviews
3.7
14 Reviews
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Gary J. Erickson
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    marketing crew

    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at Clif Bar as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    GREAT crew and fun work environment

    Cons

    pay is below average and some members are unreliable

  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Never a dull moment. Wonderful products and great people.

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    Former Employee - Administrative in Emeryville, CA
    Former Employee - Administrative in Emeryville, CA

    I worked at Clif Bar full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Company values, products and the people

    Cons

    The rapid growth has led to occasional frustration when processes haven't been updated quickly enough.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Salaries closer to market rate would help to get and retain more of the best people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Amazing Work/Life Balance, Great People

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA

    I worked at Clif Bar full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    If you value work/life balance, Clif Bar will feel like your second home. The campus is wonderful, stocked with a sustainable cafe, gym, personal trainers and much more. People keep regular schedules and the workforce is family oriented.

    Cons

    Some teams have minimal growth opportunities. Cross-functional team projects can be a big challenge, and there are a lot of people in management that are very set in their ways.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out ways to innovate, not just with products, but in how to reach new customers, instill trust in employees and grow all teams.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 11 people found this helpful  

    Good understanding of great corporate culture/values but falls way short on actual execution

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Clif Bar full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits/Perks/Vacations - in many employee's opinions referred to as the golden handcuffs
    Passionate and creative people. Personal relationships with good people
    If you want an easy 9-5 job and/or to stop being pushed/developed, this is the perfect laid-back culture
    Mostly employees parents who love the day care and no after hour emails - their priority is not work anymore

    Cons

    Leadership. Many of the leaders are here based on personal friendships with the owners/founders
    I have never experienced more of a clique - not even in school. Management talks behind everyone's back and people are watched carefully. Don't you dare think about speaking your mind - you have to agree with the path the company is taking. There is no room for people who think outside of the box or propose to do things differently - even to have these discussions are dangerous. Clif believes in their formula - and it's worked for 20 years but are not open to change and they are suffering. Just look at the packaging and slow product launches - easy to see why Kind and others have taken significant market share in less than 5 years. Culture changed dramatically from the beginning to end of my career at Clif and they have treated many people very poorly. I agree with one reviewer who said, "Go-getter types may not get enough from the gym and free bars to feel professionally satisfied at Clif" Promos are a thing of the past as they are only hiring experts in their field and you'll be lucky to get a lateral job if you want to try something else.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Practice what you preach. Your values all point to authenticity and bringing your true self to work but that's far from where you have gone. Work hard to find the spirit of the company Gary and Kit started.
    Be transparent about career growth and development
    Clean up management team for ethics issues - you have some of the wrong people in place

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Verdict is still out

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Clif Bar full-time

    Pros

    Genuine to culture, friendly and professional work environment. Laid back attitude. Zealous about work life balance. Good pay and benefits. Great food.

    Cons

    Silos abound. Many people work on their projects and there's little cross pollination. Stuck on 'this is the way we have done things' mentality. Management needs to see that grassroots approach that worked 20 years ago won't continue to work as the landscape for how we reach consumers has drastically changed over the last two decades.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide clear direction, make decisions and share information in the open way so people can be effective at their jobs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good for a start

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Clif Bar full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    A great place to work for someone just out of school, or just starting a career. Some departments have more promotions than others, as there is A LOT of mobility—upwards, sideways, outward. It has a young, active culture, so the energy is high.

    Cons

    If you are fluent and experienced, there might be times where the interaction with newbies' inexperience causes inefficiencies and failure. Some departments are able to balance work-life more than others. The hierarchy is multi-layered.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 6 people found this helpful  

    Unfriendly, total clique company.

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    Former Contractor - Planning in Emeryville, CA
    Former Contractor - Planning in Emeryville, CA

    I worked at Clif Bar as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Free Clif Bars. Thats about it. oh. Dogs in office is pretty awesome

    Cons

    People are shallow. If not part of the "Clique" then be prepared to be laid off or walked out. Operations department is very scattered.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    try to be kind, and show regular employees and contractors some respect. especially In the planning department. LP is particularly a manager you do not want to deal with

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 7 people found this helpful  

    Things are changing. Still true to being about more than the bottom line, but people are stretched.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Clif Bar full-time

    Pros

    Great people, company truly lives the values, tons of passion & creativity. Creative and idea driven environment. Nice perks (gym, onsite child care, cafe).

    Cons

    Work / life balance getting way out of whack as the company grows. People are getting too stretched and exhausted. It's really starting to show...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better resource for growth

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 8 people found this helpful  

    Great place, if you're "one of them"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Clif Bar full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, casual environment, very liberal organization

    Cons

    Seems great, at first...Lacks infrastructure, processes, and clear leadership. You must be one of them to fit in. They don't want to hear opinions that don't align with their approach to the business. Duplicitous leadership team

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Practice what you preach

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    My review

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    Current Employee - Brand Ambassador in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Brand Ambassador in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Clif Bar

    Pros

    The company has a grassroots approach that is very palpable. The values are in the right place for the most part.

    Cons

    Because a traditional corporate structure is not in place the boundaries are not as clear as far as employee relationships which is great for the most part but can also contribute to some employee tension.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clif Bar is run like one would want most companies to run; with their heads and hearts in the right place, however their business ethics are seeming to become more compromised as they grow larger and more lucrative as a company.

    Recommends

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