Gander Mountain Reviews

Updated April 20, 2015
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Gander Mountain Chairman and Interim CEO David C. Pratt
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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. Okay

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Associate in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Customer Service Associate in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Gander Mountain part-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    The managers were really nice and were understanding with schedules.

    Cons

    It was boring and most the ploys only cared about themselves

  2. Generally a very good experience.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gander Mountain

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent benefits and discounts for store products.

    Cons

    Pay is not great compared to similar positions at similar companies.

  3. Run of the mill retail

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Gander Mountain full-time

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

    Pros

    Benefits/discounts were decent, and pay was a bit better than other retail companies.

    Cons

    All about the sales, and not enough about helping customers. Pressure to upsell on everything. Work hours not the greatest, and forget having holidays off.

    Advice to Management

    Put more emphasis on actually helping customers find the right fit for them, and less emphasis on trying to get as much money out of them as possible. Let people spend time with their families.

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  5. Good Place to grow.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gander Mountain

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity for movement.

    Cons

    Changes company directions quite often.

  6. I enjoyed working at this company, they worked around my schedule and it was a good job to have during Christmas

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Gander Mountain

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Gander mountain offers a fairly reasonable base pay for a high school/college student

    Cons

    The closing method used is very inefficient, it sometimes take approximately 1.5 hours to close when it should take around 30 mins

    Advice to Management

    Wagon wheel is not very efficient

  7. Sales Manager

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Sales Manager
    Former Employee - Sales Manager

    I worked at Gander Mountain full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Discounts, fun people, accommodating Management schedule (during off peak, Feb - Sep)

    Cons

    Managers are overworked and underpaid. Not enough full-time employees for busier departments. No more in-store gunsmiths. Not enough pay raises unless you are willing to move a lot. Disconnect between corporate and store needs. Product not regionally relevant to accommodate individual store needs. Too much micromanaging.

    Advice to Management

    Not enough pay raises to keep qualified employees happy.

  8. It was a great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Footwear Sales Associate in Lake Mary, FL
    Former Employee - Footwear Sales Associate in Lake Mary, FL

    I worked at Gander Mountain part-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Coworkers are great. Customers are super nice. There is a good chance for growth in the business there. Their just nice people all around.

    Cons

    If your family is management you can't work there

  9. Long hours with no regard to time off

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    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Rochester, NY

    I worked at Gander Mountain

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    fun atmosphere at times but too hectic and not enough customer service

    Cons

    low pay and no time off. and the firearm dept needs a complete overhaul company wide

    Advice to Management

    treat associates better with more flexibility

  10. Pretty decent place to work. Lots of freedom when it comes to working with customers to make them happy. Great discounts

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Signing Specialist in Lakeville, MN
    Former Employee - Signing Specialist in Lakeville, MN

    I worked at Gander Mountain

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Freedom to work with customers. Great opportunity to move up in the company if you do your job well. Able to take the bull by the horns and become a leader if you want to. Good discounts.

    Cons

    When higher-ups come it is chaos, running crazy to make everything perfect, even if it wasn't necessary. CEO will fire on site, but in my experience didn't. Will get fired if you don't sell credit cards and summit protection plans. Pay sucks.

  11. Seemed good at first, then the ship started sinking

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Zone Supervisor
    Current Employee - Zone Supervisor

    I have been working at Gander Mountain full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    3.5 product knowledge and vendor discount

    Cons

    Going to work there in the 1st place. Horrific management styles, you get screamed at and humiliated on the store IRAD/Radio system continuously where every other employee can hear you get humiliated and disciplined by store manager for the slightest infractions. At first you get lots of overtime, then they start cutting hours and expecting you to finish all work on time and wait on customers without getting behind. THEN, district manager sends you hateful emails, to your attention, telling you to bilk customers out of more and more money with worthless warranties and protection plans! If you do not do this, he threatens you with termination along with all those you work with being fired. Its all about the almighty dollar and selling over priced guns that are warrantied for life with more over priced warranties that goes straight into the pockets of Store and District Managers. I see a sinking ship here. This company failed once before in the 90's, and will again. They hire the worst ever management and the least qualified employee's and then beat them down hard on a daily bases until they sell worthless crap to customers or quit or get fired. If you don't sell a credit card to 1 in 50 customers you get fired for that to. Don't waste your time here, get further education and get a real job.

    Advice to Management

    Advise is to the CEO, what are you thinking? Hire the worst bullies you possibly could and beat down your defenseless employee's? SAD.

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