Columbia Sportswear Reviews

Updated July 31, 2015
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  1. Store Manger

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Columbia Sportswear

    Pros

    Company values the employees . I have been in retail over 25 years this is by far the best company out there. District Managers are real they listen and speak up for you. This company cares and listens to their people. You are not a number but you actually have a name and they know it and care about you!!! If you love retail join the top company out there!!

    Cons

    Having to follow mall hours. When your business is not always there. Being able to offer more Full time advancement. This Company has great growth coming and it is very well deserved

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work. You have awesome products and the best group of people to work with. Very proud to be a Columbia manager . Anyone that's loves retail but not sure on their company jump on our ensembles and you will never regret you did!!!


  2. Stock Associate

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Stock Associate in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Stock Associate in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Columbia Sportswear

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The discount is a great perk, once a year we get 50% off store wide, and also ballistics is awesome!

    Cons

    Only bad thing I have to say is the hours getting cut during the slow seasons spring/summer

    Advice to Management

    There needs to be better communication throughout management, I have issues with telling one person one thing and it doesn't get around to the next manager when I mention something to them.


  3. Great company, mediocre management

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Columbia Sportswear full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Passionate people who care about the brand. Everyone is friendly and the employee discount is great. It's a great time to be a part of the company as there are opportunities to shine.

    Cons

    Mediocre management that makes questionable hiring decisions and even more questionable business decisions. My experience was tarnished by having a manager who wasn't supportive of career advancement out of fear for their own job

    Advice to Management

    Promote and hire people based on merit, not based on how much you like them. Value talent over politics and make sure people are adequately trained for their role so they can perform to expectation


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    Bittersweet

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Freight
    Former Employee - Freight

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

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

    Pros

    Training, Employee Discount, great coworkers, it had a great family vibe. Pay wasn't too bad. Could lead to better opportunities if trained properly.

    Cons

    GM at store was freshly put in place. Did not know how to talk to people or give them a good action plan on areas to improve. Rushed fast into yelling at associates on floor including his fellow managers. He didn't know how to manage, his idea of managing was to micromanage. Got fired after only one write up even with the write up was not given a plan to improve in my areas of "weakness".

    Advice to Management

    When you promote from within, make sure that who you selects knows how to manage. People can be great in interviews but failed as leaders after getting the jobs. Store has been unhappy for awhile, turnover has been high and that should say a lot. Overall I loved working here until the new GM came into this location. His young and wanting to make a name for himself but treating people like garbage and micro managing only gives you a name and it's not a very positive one.


  6. Great leadership and training

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - sales manager apparel France in Allen, TX
    Former Employee - sales manager apparel France in Allen, TX

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Managers care about more than how their employees are doing in store.

    Cons

    None. Management does well in training you with everything you need to know.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up.


  7. All team positions are cross trained of floor sales/cashier/stock: schedule flexibility helps advancement.Relaxed paced.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Easy to learn merchandising, product technology, selling clothes, jackets, and shoes, to outdoorsmen, mall tourists, and families. Awesome discounts, with friends and family list too.

    Cons

    Too many customers in your zone to handle while cleaning up their mess. People try on too much not knowing their true size.

    Advice to Management

    customer service is people friendly and knowledgeable, but some team members slack off talking personal too much. Keep up the sales training of customer service skills.


  8. My experience at this company was bitter sweet.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Columbia Sportswear

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The best reason to work here hands down would be the staff.

    Cons

    The manager that was there when I was working was very uptight and always on your back even when you were doing what you were suppose to do.


  9. Great Part Time Employment: Great Community

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Sellwood, OR
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Sellwood, OR

    I worked at Columbia Sportswear

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A great place to work full of customers and coworkers passionate about outdoor adventure and gear.

    Cons

    Customers are consistently difficult to deal with and some merchandise is of less than top notch quality.

    Advice to Management

    Make certain policies especially return and warranty information easier to access to customers and employees.


  10. Store

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Columbia Sportswear part-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Learned a lot about outerwear, and their uses in the outdoors. They do offer fair benefits, and wages

    Cons

    They care more about the sales than their employees.T

    Advice to Management

    Please look and listen to all your employees, not just ones who talk the loudest.


  11. Horriable management very rude however I did like the other associate s

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales in Ellenton, FL
    Former Employee - Sales in Ellenton, FL

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

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

    Pros

    Friends family discounts , nice co workers nothing else really for the pros

    Cons

    Horriable management , crappy hours crappy pay confusing , pushy, dramA



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