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Middle management promotion/hiring decisions based on politics instead of moving the business forward

Staff (7 Years) (Current Employee)
Kent, WA

ProsBenefits in general -- including health care, employee discounts, bonus, above average vacation accrual per years served, 15 year sabbatical, casual attire.

ConsSay you were the owner of a professional football team and had an opportunity to obtain the best quarterback in the league that gives you a better than 50% shot to win the Superbowl. Everything else being equal (e.g. salaries), would you (a) acquire/promote the super-star quarterback, or (b) make your buddy who once played pop-warner football as a kid, your franchise player in the key position as quarterback? Sadly, the answer is (b) in significant areas at corporate REI. Who, what suffers? The rest of the "team" who become demoralized and demotivated -- and more importantly, the business.

Advice to Senior ManagementBreak the middle-management (managers and directors) cliques/alliances of years-gone-by flushing them out and promoting competent, proven people from within or outside the company. Some current management "veterans" (who would never have been promoted or hired into their current positions now), are holding back REI's business growth, as they are more concerned with their own advancement and covering for, or promoting themselves/each-other, that there is no time left in the day for anything else. The result is that you have a steady trickle of your best "smartest, and most competent" staff people leaving the company (ebbing or flowing based on economy). On the up side, some recent promotions (to fill new mgt positions, and the all-too-seldom replacing of existing mgt positions), have been very good and encouraging. Not surprisingly though, these kind of promotions have come from the "straight-up" side of the house, i.e. managers who are either fairly new themselves (as managers promoted from within, or hired from the outside), or have rightly chosen not to participate in the politics because it violates their personal code of ethics. Please continue to encourage and promote these kind of folks who take the core values on the back of our badges seriously !!!

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    REI is great!!

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    Sumner, WA

    I have been working at REI


    Pros: The company takes a very pro-active approach to supporting employees and making REI an employer of choice. I've worked here for… Cons: REI is a retailer, we have ups and down in business volume. As… Advice to Senior Management: Thank you for your guidance and leadership. Thank you for offering great benefits… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend More
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