Columbia Sportswear

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Columbia Sportswear Reviews

Updated November 30, 2014
Updated November 30, 2014
135 Reviews
3.3
135 Reviews
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Columbia Sportswear President, CEO, and Director Tim Boyle
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80 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Many easy jobs (outside of design) with a healthy work-life balance (in 9 reviews)

  • Awesome discount, and you're able to share it with friends and family, including family out of state (in 6 reviews)


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

  • Employee retention is not the best due to poor upper management (in 6 reviews)

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  1.  

    Wonderful company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Columbia Sportswear full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Very family friendly, great benefits, amazing co-workers and management.

    Cons

    Cut backs caused lay offs every year, this year it was my position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This is a great company, we all miss it. I'd rate 5 stars if I still worked there.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Decent company to work for.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Floor Supervisor
    Former Employee - Floor Supervisor

    I worked at Columbia Sportswear full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Growing company. Well organized and good training. The company has a lot going for them but they tend to turn a blind eye to SM's that aren't the best. Basically if your store is making money they don't care about anything that happens behind the curtains. Decent discount and products. Really enjoyed working for the company but ultimately left due to my SM.

    Cons

    Not much room for advancement unless you want to move to another city or state or someone leaves a store. Employee retention is not the best due to poor upper management. Products tend to be the same every year, just different colors.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Works around college school schedule

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Retail Sales Associate in Anthem, AZ
    Former Employee - Retail Sales Associate in Anthem, AZ

    I worked at Columbia Sportswear full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great hours (mall opens at 10am and closes at 8pm, holiday hours only extend 1 hour). Shifts usually 9am-3pm or 2:30pm-9pm. Flexible around school schedules, days off change weekly, they don't keep you there long after close usually 30-45mins max. Breakroom fridge, microwave, lockers. rotating department shifts every two hours, so you're not stuck on register or in fitting rooms for an entire shift. Great coworkers, fun and exciting products, great discounts. Employee parking is close to the store.

    Cons

    Most of the customers are foreigners stopping to stretch their legs on the way to the grand canyon. Many don't speak english, mostly from Europe and asia. Lunch breaks are only 30mins, which is fine in the summer, but pack a lunch in the winter or else you'll spend you're entire break in line at the food court. Ads change every week, so you're constantly changing mannequins and displays. No snaks or drinks are allowed outside of the break area (which isn't a bad thing until you're flooded with customers for hours).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Review

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    Current Employee - Apparel Designer in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Apparel Designer in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Columbia Sportswear full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    work life balance is good.

    Cons

    Family owned businesses have unique challenges

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Laid Back

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Retail Sales Associate in Grand Prairie, TX
    Current Employee - Retail Sales Associate in Grand Prairie, TX

    I have been working at Columbia Sportswear part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Pay is decent for starting out
    Managers aren't really on your butt about everything
    Super friendly

    Cons

    Can get really boring
    Exhausting
    On your feet constantly
    No set schedule
    Room for growth

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great for High School/ College Kids

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Columbia Sportswear part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    One of the benefits for working at the columbia employee store is undoubtably the the discounted sportswear. they also provide a cheap trimet pass and flexible work hours. The people are who work there are nice. this is a great part time job for college kids (who don't mind making around minimum wage)

    Cons

    I applied to Columbia employee store thinking it might a good way to get into the headquarters across the street. This was not the case. They need warm bodies to work the crazy weekends. This work is basically zipping zippers and resizing clothing while helping customers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    a pay increase couldn't hurt...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good company just bad manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Las Vegas, NV

    I worked at Columbia Sportswear part-time

    Pros

    good hours, good perks if goals are made

    Cons

    no benefits, to many hours for part time, majority of staff is male

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    I mean it was okay

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Allen, TX
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Allen, TX

    I worked at Columbia Sportswear part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Low stress
    Good core of sales associates, "teamwork"
    relatively good management
    Pretty good discount... if you like cargo pants and fishing shirts.

    Cons

    Working in an outlet mall. Lower management turnover. Secret shopper reports taken more seriously than actual visible customer service. Lack of opportunity for more responsibility, never challenging. (could be a pro depending on the person) Constant emphasis on what has been done wrong, extremely rare emphasis on what has been done right. (no incentive for going above and beyond)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just treat the people who work there a little better, if people were told there doing a good job, they would probably care more. The criticism fell on deaf ears, seemed to be checking (establish authority) and (keep workers uncomfortable) on the daily check list.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Losing Company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Columbia Sportswear

    Pros

    I didn't encounter any pros for this job or company for that matter.

    Cons

    There are too many to put in this list but I will start with the local management all the way the chain to senior management is lacking personal attention to employees and their needs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Employees are nice, managers are a mess

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Retail Sales Associate in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Retail Sales Associate in Portland, OR

    I worked at Columbia Sportswear part-time

    Pros

    Worked at the employee store, the other sales associates were very nice and easy to get along with. You need a pass to get into the store so the customers are usually pretty excited to be there. Got a Trimet pass for only 2 dollars out of my paycheck.

    Cons

    There are too many managers and they are all telling you to do something else. They don't know how to speak to people in a professional manor, they treat you like a child. The pay is extremely low and they almost only hire part-time so there are no benefits. The work is extremely boring most of the time, but that's retail. It's frustrating that there is all this amazing half price clothing and gear, but they still don't pay you enough to be able to afford any of it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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