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10 year tenure, Full Time & Part Time

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

I worked at REI full-time for more than 10 years

Pros

Far better than your average retail working experience. Most employees, even if they are somewhat transient, are happy to be working there as many enjoy using the products sold. Benefits are very good for any company, and outstanding for retail. Promotion from within was encouraged so if you're looking for a career in management starting as an hourly employee may be an alright move.

Cons

It is retail so there is some amount of transience among the hourly floor staff which can be disruptive, but there's typically a core group of people at each store that have been there for awhile so it's not too bad.

Recommends
No opinion of CEO

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Disappointing at best

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Sales Specialist  in  San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Sales Specialist in San Antonio, TX

    I worked at REI part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Nice co-workers from all walks of life, interesting customers

    Cons

    highly fluctuating hours, extremely low "pay raise" (0.11 per hr), obvious "favorites" that get more hours, LOTS of stocking, no way to move up in the company without relocating

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's a pity and a shame that talented people are not COMPENSATED for their hard work and dedication to the company. It's also amazing that someone could get a "'perfect" review, with NO need for improvement, yet they do NOT qualify for the "top" raise (.22 cents/hr--what a JOKE and an INSULT.) Most employees have more skill, knowledge, and DEGREES than the "management," yet make only 1/5 of their salaries.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Inexperienced management, poor strategic planning, and overall poor communication

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Kent, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kent, WA

    I worked at REI full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great discounts and good atmosphere of folks that love the outdoors

    Cons

    Management is not experienced and is unprofessional and lacks strategic planning ability. Communication is poor throughout the organization, but especially poor coming from top execs down.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't sit in your ivory tower, you need to talk and work with the people "below" you to make decisions and to learn what is really going on.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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