Patagonia
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www.patagonia.com Ventura, CA 150 to 499 Employees

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The hype doesn't match the reality

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Ventura, CA

ProsVery casual work environment, lots of flexibility in work hours, on-site daycare and cafeteria. Most of the people working at Patagonia are passionate about the company's stated mission and vision.

ConsYC's book "Let My People Go Surfing" is an idealized version of the company as it existed 15 years ago. It bears no relation to the way the company operates today. Growth has become the mantra at the expense of the company's soul. Communication from the top is absolutely horrible. Very rarely is clear direction given. The smartest people usually leave in a couple years after they realize there are few opportunities for career growth. More people would leave if there were comparable job opportunities in Ventura.
People often get layed off without warning or cause, most often due to poor management planning. The company claims to be a family friendly, top employer because it makes for good PR, but they do not value the individual person.

Advice to Senior ManagementDon't depend on your direct reports to give you the true story about what's going on. Most likely they are only telling you what they think you want to hear in order to keep their jobs. Bring back employee training and prioritize hiring from within.

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    Relax, brah. It's just retail...

    Sales Associate (Former Employee)
    Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Patagonia


    Pros: Relaxed, open, clean environment to work in with like minded people for a not so hot wage. Keeping the work load in mind, the… Cons: It is, after all, just retail. No matter who the company, retail is retail is retail. Also, patagonia is obviously very focused on… Advice to Senior Management: larger bonuses (possibly more than a maximum of one yearly)… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend More
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    Believe the hype.

    Product Developer (Former Employee)
    Ventura, CA

    I worked at Patagonia


    Pros: Truely Green company with many benefits to employees (day care,… Cons: It is a very large company, so it is difficult… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend More
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