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The hype doesn't match the reality

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Ventura, CA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ventura, CA

I worked at Patagonia

Pros

Very 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.

Cons

YC'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 ManagementAdvice

Don'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.

Disapproves of CEO

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  1.  

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

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in 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 pay was pretty spot on. There are tons of perks (i.e. free swag, cheap swag, flexible hours, free benefits [to some] and a plethora of other good and different policies).

    Cons

    It is, after all, just retail. No matter who the company, retail is retail is retail. Also, patagonia is obviously very focused on sustainability. Sustainable growth often means slow growth; here you'll see that's exactly the case. When you get a higher up position within the company at large, you stay - it's good spot to be. That makes it a bit difficult for aspiring young adults (such as myself) to climb the ladder with efficiency you can find in other outdoor retailers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    larger bonuses (possibly more than a maximum of one yearly) to reduce on retail staff turnover.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Believe the hype.

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    Former Employee - Product Developer  in  Ventura, CA
    Former Employee - Product Developer in Ventura, CA

    I worked at Patagonia

    Pros

    Truely Green company with many benefits to employees (day care, free healthcare, organic cafe)

    Cons

    It is a very large company, so it is difficult to have full viability of the corporate strategy.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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