Columbia Sportswear

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Great Company - Great Work-Life Balance

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Business Analyst in Portland, OR
Current Employee - Business Analyst in Portland, OR

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

Pros

Great work life balance, great pay, opportunities for growth, company culture is fantastic, sand volleyball and benefits are amazing. Senior management is visible and accessible. Very friendly work atmosphere - informal.

Cons

Not much for tuition reimbursement (2k a year), flat management organization may limit opportunities for some,

Recommends
Positive Outlook
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    Great Part-Time Job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Retail Sales Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Retail Sales Associate in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Columbia Sportswear part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule which is great, fun and friendly co-workers, and not to mention the managers are pretty cool for the most part...

    Cons

    Honestly there aren't too many negative things that I can say about the company and the staff. A few of my co-workers complain about some of the other associates stealing sells. But I guess that a few of the ones that suck horribly at selling (and/or just too lazy to even sell) take it upon themselves to actually "Steal" some of the other associates comission. It's not that hard to walk up to a customer, greet them, and ask if you can help them. But then again why do such a thing when u can easily just steal someone else's sell...Anyhow, I personally dont have any problems with the management and I get along with just about everybody that works there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My only advice for management is to stay calm and positive at all times!!!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Good part time work during school

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Columbia Sportswear part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    -As a student, scheduling is very flexible.
    -The team is a group of fun, outgoing and generally good people.
    -The discount and additional perks are great.
    -Many great connection and networking opportunities.

    Cons

    -High stress levels lead to a negative working environment. In general, management does not deal with the stress of working on Michigan Ave well. Instead of remaining calm and collected on a busy day, management snaps at employees and shows no recognition to hard work from sales associates. For example, on an extremely busy, low-staffed morning, GM came in late and accused associates of not doing a good enough job maintaining and straightening the floor.
    -GM has many great connections but is extremely difficult to develop a relationship with. One moment, GM is friendly and talkative and the next is criticizing and punishing for talking. GM exhibits extreme distrust and paranoia frequently. GM is constantly afraid corporate will show up at any given moment. This propels the stress levels higher. There is also a problem with cronyism.
    -Strange firing policy. HR is unwilling to fire employees despite bad, disruptive behavior. Verbal fights, throwing objects out of anger, extreme truancy and absenteeism is overlooked.
    -Lies and false expectations. Despite their hard work, the sales team is frequently lied to about secret shops and promised raises. When the team does well on a secret shop, it is hidden until the end of the month for fear that associates won't take their work seriously afterwards.
    -Lack of training and standards. Training is left to sales associates. Standards are not communicated to new employees and there are no guidelines. This takes longer for new hires to be assimilated into the working environment and heightens stress levels.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lying is not ethical or right under any circumstance. The competitions and games do not help nor spark excitement. Stop blaming others for your shortcomings and take responsibility. Real respect is earned with hard work and sacrifice; it cannot be bought or demanded.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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