Timberland

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Great Brand but the company is run as if it was a social charity

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Current Employee - Director in Stratham, NH
Current Employee - Director in Stratham, NH

I have been working at Timberland

Pros

It has a great brand presence and awareness. It's icon products - Yellow boots, handsewn boat shoes - are good looking and good quality. If you want to have a social concious this is the place to work. They give a week per year to do community service and have multiple events per year to put the time to use. They pay well and have good benefits. If you want to work for a company that is highly respected for it's activities, TBL is it. The new products are good quality but the designs may not be the most desired. The people working here are treated with respect and generally valued for their work and ideas.

Cons

The company is pushing environmental issues before they are able to make it work consistantly. It has marketing based on these issues and it is not ready to execute it. Leather shoes are not an environmentally friendly product. The company did not understand that the yellow boots were a fashion fad, they made a lot of money on them when they were hot. They were not able to invest that money in the next trend. They tried to find new products and companies but could not get any that would ofset the loss of sales when the boot fad ended. It will be a low growth company for a long time to come. Although the Smartwool division is having good growth. If a company can't grow revenue the have to cut costs to increase margin. That's what is happening now. It is a company of smart motivated people but the vision and correct direction is not there

Advice to ManagementAdvice

It does not work to have two different goals for a company. If it is to make money then focus on that, if it is to be a social and environmental activitist, then do that. Can't be both. The CEO needs to run a NGO and let a professional manager run the company. He is a great motivational speaker but has the wrong message. People in the company follow the social ideas and forget the purpose of the company is to make shoes and clothing to sell for a profit.

Disapproves of CEO

41 Other Employee Reviews for Timberland (View Most Recent)

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    Terrible

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Ellesmere Port, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Ellesmere Port, England (UK)

    I worked at Timberland part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Friendly staff who are easy to get along with on a personal level but not business wise, made some great friends

    Cons

    After having started a new job i realize how bad of company this is in regards to staff treatment. Managers do not care about staff who are part time only full time workers were treated with respect and consideration, Guilt tripping in regards to taking holidays and made to feel bad for requesting holidays and after a former colleague booked a holiday 3 months in advance he was forced to leave the company as the area manager quoted to him 'if you don't work it, you know where the door is' i found this completely inappropriate and completely unfair as he was a hard worker . . They do not work around other commitments such as college/university having agreed to do so in interviews and would work you into the ground given the opportunity. It was discussed with many different store workers that the area manager was rude, smug and definitely did not have staffs best interests in mind. Overall i would never work for this company again and all staff who i worked with felt the same had they not money commitments and while i worked there 3 people walked out of this job and 6 people quit in the short time i was there and one lady only lasted one day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To take in to consideration what kind of people you are employing to run your shops as much of what takes place goes against numerous HR Regulations and fair treatment to staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good, very informative and a lot of technical information

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    Former Employee - Fashion Consultant in Pune (India)
    Former Employee - Fashion Consultant in Pune (India)

    I worked at Timberland full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    good, technical, technology, winter wear, new fashion merchandise, accessories, shoes, very nice store layout in India.

    Cons

    under reliance in India,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Indian market: no marketing done, market potential can improve if marketed well. NO PR done, price bracket too high for the Indian Market. Target audience not justified in India. Targeting premium customer is not the way to go about for timberland. Timberland caters to different social catogeries depending on what intent the product is being purchased for

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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