Gander Mountain

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Gander Mountain Reviews

Updated February 26, 2015
Updated February 26, 2015
234 Reviews
2.7
234 Reviews
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Gander Mountain Chairman and Interim CEO David C. Pratt
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Employee Discount Program ( but not enough to off set Cons) (in 20 reviews)

  • Most people were fun to work with, and working within the outdoor industry was also fun (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • We spend more time trying to hawk credit cards than we do selling anything (in 56 reviews)

  • Over do it on getting protection plans (warranties) and credit cards (in 34 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great company to work for

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gander Mountain

    Pros

    Laid back with obvious sales expectations

    Cons

    Too much emphasis on metrics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be nicer to employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    It's a fun and relaxed work environment.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Fishing Sales Associate
    Current Employee - Fishing Sales Associate

    I have been working at Gander Mountain

    Pros

    The best thing about working for Gander is the work environment. All of your coworkers are very friendly and get along. Work is not hard, it's your typical retail job.

    Cons

    Some of the cons are the focus on credits and summits. They seem to be the main basis your performance is evaluated on. I think the company could greatly improve through better marketing, more efficient software applications, and better target market recognition.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think Gander Mountain's mission is great, and I enjoy working for the company. I do fear that they are heading down a dark road. There needs to be some improvement to stay afloat to keep up with other competitors in the same industry. I think that there's a huge separation between district and store level management that creates miscommunication and lost sales opportunities.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Rewarding if you stay focused

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gander Mountain

    Pros

    Work with people that have common interests, sell to customers that do as well.

    Cons

    Benefits are lacking, full time employment is difficult to get, but not impossible.

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  5.  

    NiNice job for college kids

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    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Gander Mountain

    Pros

    Easy to work around schedule

    Cons

    Pay isn't awesome but definitely reasonable

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Phenomenal team in a store level with a corporate company the clearly does not care for its employees.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Firearms Associate in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Firearms Associate in Madison, WI

    I have been working at Gander Mountain

    Pros

    Lots of autonomy, work \life balance for part timers, great team, decent product selection.

    Cons

    The company clearly does not care for its employees and this is shown through the focus on driving controllables (credit cards, firearms protection plans, and summit protection plans). If you work there for several years as I have, do not expect a raise. You are fully replaceable and are treated as such. 1% on firearms as commission for a company that routinely charges over 20% above industry standards is ridiculous. Training is non existent and management does not seem to care to change it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your people fairly, have a legitimate training program, have products in a store that people actually want, and re-engineer your website. It is horrible compared to the competition's I.e. Bass Pro and Cabelas.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Mediocre

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Firearms Specialist in Albany, GA
    Current Employee - Firearms Specialist in Albany, GA

    I have been working at Gander Mountain part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    talking about guns all day is fun but annoying depending on the customer

    Cons

    all the metrics pushing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    reboot the whole place

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    It's retail. Be prepared to get card applications or not get any hours.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gander Mountain part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Can be fun, generally good people to work with, decent discount.

    Cons

    Low pay, no full time opportunities outside of management, unfair scheduling, constant pressure to sell credit cards, inconsistent hours (20 hours one week and 6 the next)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lead by example.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Footwear Sales Associate in Auburn, AL
    Former Employee - Footwear Sales Associate in Auburn, AL

    I worked at Gander Mountain

    Pros

    The management is great, good hours, worked with my course schedule

    Cons

    Little foot traffic into store could make job very boring

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good company, huge turnover.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Hunting Sales in Hermantown, MN
    Current Employee - Hunting Sales in Hermantown, MN

    I have been working at Gander Mountain part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The discount on most everything is great. You can make quite a bit in any of the areas with commission.

    Cons

    Particular members of upper management were unprofessional. Turnover is so massive you will spend most of your work day training in a new member.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do a better job with training before employees are placed on the floor.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Fun

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gander Mountain

    Pros

    Fun environment and decent incentives

    Cons

    Not enough employees for daily work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work harder for good employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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