NIKE

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good if youre in it for discount

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Current Employee - Athlete in Ontario, CA
Current Employee - Athlete in Ontario, CA

I have been working at NIKE part-time (more than an year)

Pros

discount, fun enviornment, great people,

Cons

pay, hours, moving up, management

Advice to ManagementAdvice

none

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great team of engineers being led by bad management

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    Former Employee - Software QA Engineer in Beaverton, OR
    Former Employee - Software QA Engineer in Beaverton, OR

    I worked at NIKE as a contractor

    Pros

    -contract pay rate was above average
    -most of the engineers are smart and dedicated
    -lots of free lunches
    -good place to gain experience managing many concurrent tasks at once

    Cons

    -big egos coming out of management
    -image is everything
    -non technical managers making poor decisions without enough feedback from technical team members
    -no standardization across the groups so very disconnected feeling when interfacing on projects
    -culture suffers due to high rage of contractors rotating in and out leaving few that are truly invested
    -mostly work with little play
    -FTE takes advantage of ETW during their shortened summer hours. ETW winds up covering the FTE that can go home early.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Allow the smart people you hire to have more creative freedom and autonomy
    -Encourage team to bond and get excited about having a long lasting positive impact even though majority of the teams are contractors
    -Lose your ego if you have one and get on the same level as your engineers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 15 people found this helpful  

    Just Do Politics

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    Former Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in Beaverton, OR
    Former Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in Beaverton, OR

    I worked at NIKE full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    One of the best things about Nike is that the company Maxims can be used in your everyday life. It might seem strange, but it's true. I've worked for very few companies that actually place their corporate values dead center in the middle of the action. Also, unlike some companies, every Maxim is considered equally important. Some companies highlight one or two values as key and the rest as exposition. At Nike, that's not how it works. And, the Maxims are such that you can take them anywhere and find success. On the whole, employees really do try to live out the company values. This creates an engaging and lively work environment.

    If you're a team player, like team sports, and are very social, Nike is a great place to work. The entire organization, from hiring and job evaluation practices, all the way through project assignments and resource management, rotates around the team concept. Project stakeholders are numerous and diverse, often stretching across the organization. Team building, team thinking, and team identity are de rigueur at Nike. The people on your team are not only coworkers but also friends (and even teammates on extracurricular basketball, soccer, flag football, or volleyball teams). Just as a your teammates in college became an essential part of your life in school, so your teammates at Nike will become an essential part of your daily life.

    The benefits package the company offers employees is one of the best around. The Beaverton campus has two state-of-the-art workout and fitness buildings, offering every form of exercise and athletic recreation imaginable. There are two pubs and five restaurants, two convenience stores, and an employee store on campus. Company buildings are surrounded by running tracks, trails, soccer pitches, parks, football fields, beach volleyball courts, and more. The health, dental and vision plans provided are exhaustive. During the summer, WHQ even offers half-day Fridays as an incentive for employees to find the optimal work/life balance. And, they even have intramural sports team. And, if you have children, they provide two separate preschool facilities. In short, the only reason you would ever need to leave work is to grab a few hours of sleep.

    Cons

    One of the drawbacks to a company culture so rooted in the team mentality is that nothing gets done without a meeting. Any decision, no matter how mundane, cannot be acted upon without at least one meeting. When you make everyone a stakeholder, it becomes very difficult to move quickly or to simply get anything done without a lot of leg work. Most managers spend their day at the office in meetings and their evenings at home working on everything else. Not only does this slow things down, it can create roadblocks where stakeholders (or those who feel they should be stakeholders) hold decisions or projects hostage.

    This leads to the greatest "Con" about working at Nike. If you're no good at politics, then you won't go far in the company. Every stakeholder (and every person who thinks they are or wants to be) must be appeased to get anything done. If you move to quick, toes can be stepped on and you can find yourself on the outside-looking-in on your own project, as those with more company connections, better political skills, or more social savy push you out. This is the dark side of team-centric organizations. On a sports team there are hard numbers and clear ways of measuring impact, performance, and success. In the company cultural setting, these are more fuzzy and harder to define. Thusly, it comes down to perception. Be prepared to work more on company politics and your social reputation than on actual projects.

    Remember all those amazing benefits? Well, they come with a price. Nike pays significantly less than other companies of comparable size and wealth for the same jobs. It's not uncommon for HR or recruiting staff to inflate salary ranges by including all those great benefits in a quote or offer. The reason is simple. Nike believes that simply having the chance to work them should be reward enough. In some cases, I've seen as much as $10,000 difference in salaries. When this is combined with a work/life balance that is non-existent (because coworkers are expected to be friends in their personal life and all those meetings make for typically ten hour days), the convenience of all the great benefits offered in place loses much of its charm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think two things that could have a big impact on improving employment at Nike are pay and performance reviews. First, including all those benefits as part of a salary is disingenuous at best, and outright devious at worst. Yes, working for Nike can be rewarding and some amazing benefits are provided. But, you can't spend them. Having a place to workout is nice, but so is paying off student loan debt. Second, if performance reviews were based on hard data and structured around measurable goals, as opposed to perceptions of managers and teammates, some of the personnel bloat could be eliminated by rewarding those who are actually doing things as opposed to simply talking a good game.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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