Columbia Sportswear
3.2 of 5 102 reviews
www.columbia.com Portland, OR 1000 to 5000 Employees

Columbia Sportswear Reviews

Updated Apr 15, 2014

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Columbia Sportswear President, CEO, and Director Tim Boyle

Tim Boyle

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62% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Many easy jobs (outside of design) with a healthy work-life balance"
    in 7 reviews
  • "In general is a good place to work and they have good benefits"
    in 7 reviews
Cons:
  • "Getting a response from upper management is a rare occurrence"
    in 4 reviews
  • "There are no full-time jobs available except for management"
    in 3 reviews
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Great Work Life Balance - Not so good opportunities for growth

Business Analyst I (Current Employee)
Portland, OR

I have been working at Columbia Sportswear full-time for more than a year

ProsGreat environment, casual dress, sand volleyball, parties on the patio. Very friendly, relaxed, down-to-earth company.

ConsNot much room for growth into Management. Business Processes are unrefined and constantly changing. Somewhat hectic at times due to changing business priorities.

Advice to Senior ManagementProvide better growth opportunities. Pay equitable wages to other sportswear companies in the same neighborhood, that way you stop bleeding talent.

More training/development and a better tuition reimbursement plan.

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

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Great place to work but not the end all be all

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Columbia Sportswear full-time for less than a year

ProsExcellent benefits - onsite gym and cafeteria, volleyball, patio party every week during the summer, great employee/friends/family discount.

Fun work environment. Great brands.

ConsThe company is big enough that sometimes collaborating across departments can be time intensive and counter-productive.

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

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I have been working at Columbia Sportswear full-time for more than 5 years

ProsGreat benefits, ability to make your own decisions. Great work life balance. Fun place to work.

ConsToo much favoritism. people are already put in place before opportunities are given to others.

Advice to Senior ManagementOffer more support to store managers.

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

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Sales Associate (Former Employee)
Seattle, WA

I worked at Columbia Sportswear part-time for more than a year

ProsFree product after every season

ConsThe pay was very low even if you had an extensive retail background and the amount of work you were doing.

Advice to Senior ManagementHave more fun

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Typical retail bs. but with great staff

Retail Sales Associate (Current Employee)
Portland, OR

I have been working at Columbia Sportswear full-time for less than a year

ProsWorking with fantastic people, management is flexible in terms of your schedule. Opportunity to work in all aspects of retail; from working the stock room to the sales floor or registers.

ConsHours are hard to come by. Management is visibly upset when sales are not going as well as the previous year. Break room is a nightmare in terms of the the amount of space provided and lack of amenities

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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I work in Sales, have an excellent customer service skills

Sales Associate (Current Employee)
Chicago, IL

I have been working at Columbia Sportswear part-time for less than a year

Prosto work in a high traffic market gives a lot of experiences

Consthere'e no stability of schedule in a retail store

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

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Innovation Drives Company and People

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Portland, OR

I have been working at Columbia Sportswear full-time for more than 5 years

ProsThe product is amazing - technical innovation of apparel and footwear is a positive focus for the company. People really care about the company's mission and core values and promote the innovation on all levels

Conshard to advance to next level

Advice to Senior ManagementContinue listening to feedback. Let's aim for being the #1 Company in Oregon to work for... we aren't even in the top ten - how can we change that?

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

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Columbia Sportswear full-time

ProsPay is ok and they have a good bonus structure

ConsTotal boys club at the top - they just removed a couple of top women who were driving sales in favor of putting someone from innovation in charge of design which makes no sense.

Advice to Senior ManagementDo your homework before you hire and relocate someone. Look beyond the boys club for promoting people. Very smart women working in analytical positions who never get promoted.

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

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Poor guidance. Senior management lacks courage. Long hours. Many good coworkers.

Senior Designer (Current Employee)
Portland, OR

I have been working at Columbia Sportswear full-time for more than 5 years

ProsSome great coworkers. Some elements of culture remain strong. Great benefits. Many easy jobs (outside of design) with a healthy work-life balance.

ConsMany leaders in senior managements are selected for favoritism, not for experiences or skills. Apparel group very poorly guided from the most senior level. Incompetent. Poor product decisions and lack of accountability result in long hours and wasted time. Many layoffs. No job stability. Very little respect to design jobs. Not recommended for designers.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Outdoor innovator with a disruptive turnover.

Senior Designer (Former Employee)
Portland, OR

I worked at Columbia Sportswear as a contractor for more than 3 years

ProsConstantly innovating outdoor technologies. Good employee benefits and team building experiences. No person is out of reach to approach. Passion for connecting employees outside of the office with volunteering and fun activities.

ConsVery hard to be promoted. Overall feel shifting from brand building to sales. Lack of research behind creative user experiences from managers. New ideas are tough to get to implemented. Getting a response from upper management is a rare occurrence.

Advice to Senior ManagementBetter compensation. Listen to employees. Feed the creatives with outings to provide inspiration and motivation for new ideas. Revamp offices to feel less sterile and more inviting. Rethink the design process and add more steps for research, wireframing, user testing and prototyping before moving to final designs.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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