Columbia Sportswear

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Updated Jul 25, 2014

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3.2 116 reviews

79% Approve of the CEO

Columbia Sportswear President, CEO, and Director Tim Boyle

Tim Boyle

(70 ratings)

61% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Many easy jobs (outside of design) with a healthy work-life balance(in 8 reviews)

  • you get to creat a friends and family list that get your disount also(in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Getting a response from upper management is a rare occurrence(in 5 reviews)

  • Work/life balance philosophy also was not well balanced(in 3 reviews)

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    Great Place to work good benefit

    SAP Security Analyst (Former Employee) Portland, OR

    ProsNot in California Rain too much

    ConsFriendly environment good employee discount

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

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    Most calming job I have had

    Stock Associate (Former Employee) Livermore, CA

    ProsVery friendly and upbeat coworkers. Worked around my schedule for the most part.

    ConsIt seems you get more hours based off of performance but I was a stock associate in the backroom for the majority of the time so what I'm saying is I wasn't on the sales floor like most of the other people that worked there so how could I be judged on performance when I'm alone 95% of the time? I got over 30 hours a week during the holidays but after that was lucky to get 15 hours until I eventually resigned in May. I think I just got snuffed. Oh well.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMain manager was a bit impatient and unreasonable lots of times. The 3 assistant managers were good for the most part.

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

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    Sales Associate (Current Employee) Johnson Creek, WI

    ProsGreat co-workers here, good managers, especially the swing and freight supervisors. Customers usually are in a great mood coming in. Store layout is great and only switch things when need be and do not overdo it.
    Culture and pay are on par with the rest of the area around Johnson Creek.
    Great discount for employees, family and friends of such employees.

    ConsI'd say the turnover is a bit surprising right now having worked there. Some of it is for a reason like going to a different city but others are more surprising but regardless those positions should be filled.
    I'd say help out the managers with a 401k or something and give the sales associates some sort of benefit plan like health care (even if it is minimal)

    Advice to Senior ManagementI think if they focus on what makes them as them, that is really good. Also bring in more of the other styles like Montrail, Mountain Hardwear, prAna, and such into the outlet stores. Customers really want them and it is a huge seller. Upgrade customer support as that is a frequent thing customers bring up. Also the 10 percent off for signing up as a rewards member was an enormous hit with customers, so I'd suggest bringing that back as well.

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

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    Not Worth It

    Department Manager (Current Employee) Portland, OR

    ProsIt's great to work for a company that seems to be well liked.

    ConsAt one time, this was a great place to work. Columbia has been ruined by layoffs.

    The company decided to stop hiring and lay off a lot of people in an attempt at to cut costs and show a profit during a down economy. The workload never decreased so HR spread the job duties around instead of replacing anyone. We were all over worked and getting burned out to begin with and over the past several years, it has gotten progressively worse. Now that the economy is turning around and there are better paying jobs in the market, Columbia is steadily losing employees. When management is finally allowed to hire someone, candidates are turning down the job offer because HR is offering far below industry standards for compensation. It's like Columbia thinks the privilege of working there is compensation enough.

    If you are career minded, expect to be fairly compensated and need work/life balance, this is not the company to work for.

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

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    Miserable and exhausting - DO NOT WORK HERE!

    Sales Associate (Current Employee) Palmetto, FL

    ProsSome of the employees are nice, you don't have to stay too late at night, traffic is usually slow-decent

    ConsNEVER FOLLOW AVAILABILITY, TERRIBLE managers always spread rumors & very fake, LONG HOURS, try to cheat you out of breaks, not professional at all, if they were caught doing some things they do they would be fined a LOT of money.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThey need to GROW up and stop acting like children. Learn to be a LEADER and say things to employee's face rather than talk about their weaknesses behind their back. Lacked guidance and professionalism. Stick to availability, learn to respect the staff. The management is what makes this store so terrible & is the cause of MANY people leaving. Since I have started working there (less than a year ago) there have been over three managers and 10+ people who have left because of the terrible management.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Companie to work for

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsProducts, techologies, channel of distribution, customers, they follow the direction they choose.
    I do feel confident to repeat what I heard as project to my customer as they are not changing directions all the time.

    ConsWe work really hard and it is not COLUMBIA requirements but we are having so much opportununity to go get and as you enjoy your work, sometimes it is hard to say no and tink of yourself.

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

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    They'll sell you on culture and then never deliver.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThe employee store and ability to extend employee discounts to friends and family.

    ConsPoor leadership at the top creates an environment of political games that are neither productive or rewarding. If you decide to take advantage of things like volleyball rather than working 18 hour days your career will suffer.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEngage the Senior Executives to drive toward a cohesive vision rather than each chasing their favorite shiny object, otherwise you'll always be in the bottom quartile.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Mixed feelings

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsFexible hours and great co-workers

    ConsNo job security and unclear future direction

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    Okay place to work for. I wish some things were different within the management setting.

    Stock Supervisor (Former Employee)

    ProsThe company offers great time-off policies. Great medical insurance plan. Flexible schedules.

    ConsThe company did not have an organized set of goals that the store could accomplish for each quarter. Many of the employees who worked for this company were not given compensations for their hard earned work. Very low trust employees and the culture of the organization. Work/life balance philosophy also was not well balanced.

    Advice to Senior ManagementReadjusting company values. Creating better training sessions for all employees. Better bonuses for company meeting store goals. Management needs come off as more friendly with their employees. A little recognition goes a long way. Without staff members, the company loses its value. A little attention to detail goes a long way.

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

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    Good Employer

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsWorked as a worker in their distribution center as a summer job while I was in college. There wasn't much to my job as far as perks and such go, since I wasn't there for very long.

    ConsDefinately room to grow if you are qualified. Many jobs were filled internally when I was there, so I think that if you are what they are looking for you have a good shot.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore training from management would be nice, more involvement in employee growth, and more communication could go a long way for you.

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

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