Columbia Sportswear Reviews

Updated August 19, 2015
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Columbia Sportswear President, CEO, and Director Tim Boyle
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Pros
  • Many easy jobs (outside of design) with a healthy work-life balance (in 9 reviews)

  • Employee discount on the merchandise and you can have the same employee discount for your friends and family (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance could be better for the management team (in 5 reviews)

  • Getting a response from upper management is a rare occurrence (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Manager

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Columbia Sportswear full-time

    Pros

    Very focused on their people

    Cons

    A difficult company to learn


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    Sales Associate

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    Current Employee - Retail Sales Associate in Deer Park, NY
    Current Employee - Retail Sales Associate in Deer Park, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Staff is very friendly, easy job

    Cons

    Work on holidays, no extra bonuses or incentives, retail overall isn't a job to be desired, boring

    Advice to Management

    give incentives


  3. Great Values

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    Former Employee - Freight Supervisor in Vancouver, WA
    Former Employee - Freight Supervisor in Vancouver, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Columbia Sportswear full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Best work-life balance of any retail management job I've had. Schedule always felt fair and balanced. Opportunities for additional training and advancement are plentiful.

    Cons

    None that aren't included in most every retail job!


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  5. Fun but not strategic

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Columbia Sportswear full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great environment. Fun people. Work life balance.

    Cons

    Not much strategic planning and thinking.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your people. Remove obstacles and focus on long term vision


  6. Employee recognition

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    Current Employee - Sales/Stock Associate in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Current Employee - Sales/Stock Associate in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Columbia Sportswear full-time

    Pros

    Employees must be recognized for their hard work .....every day you hear managers getting praises when they only supervised us...and that's unfair..some managers don't work but get recognized.

    Cons

    Great company to work for ....the best retail company ever.

    Advice to Management

    Managers and supervisors please stop taking the credit for the employees who worked hard....You all need to do your job not just sitting down and supervising but actually worked.


  7. Great company

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Columbia Sportswear full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fabulous discounts; encourages employees to pursue other opportunities within the company if they are interested; offers lots of activities during lunch and on Thursday afternoons in the summer.

    Cons

    Compensation for certain positions might not be up to market level based on experience. Some departments not as flexible with regard to working remotely. It all depends on your manager whether or not working from home on occasion is acceptable.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing with regard to product roadmap. The company is doing fabulous and will only get better with more innovation and focus on trends.


  8. Good Place to work during college

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Grove City, PA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Grove City, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay for a college employment position

    Cons

    Management was overbearing and micromanaged employees


  9. Might be great for some but not for me

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    Former Employee - Accounts Payable in Beaverton, OR
    Former Employee - Accounts Payable in Beaverton, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of fun events and perks on site.

    Cons

    The location is only okay if you also live in Beaverton. Not worth it from Portland. Also they don't pay a competitive wage for accounting.


  10. Corp HQ

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Columbia Sportswear (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great employees, great benefits, great products

    Cons

    Lack of vision, lack of investment in key drivers of talent

    Advice to Management

    Be open to change


  11. Great people

    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Mashantucket, CT
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Mashantucket, CT
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Columbia Sportswear (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Everyone that I work with, and even the higher-up employees, are so down-to-earth and fun to work with. Great company to work for.

    Cons

    I have yet to encounter a downside.



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