Gander Mountain Reviews

Updated July 3, 2015
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Gander Mountain Chairman and Interim CEO David C. Pratt
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Pros
  • Employee discount was good then they started cutting back (in 20 reviews)

  • People were to fun to work with for the most part (in 8 reviews)

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

  • Corporate pushes hard to sell GM MasterCards and Summit protection plans (in 34 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Tough Year

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN

    I have been working at Gander Mountain full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good people, casual environment, some nice perks like employee discount

    Cons

    Below average pay, high expectations not commensurate with raises, little room for career advancement or growth.

    Advice to Management

    Value your loyal employees who often have increasing responsibilty. Everyone needs fair wages, better incentive to stay with company.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Ok

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Kingston, NY
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Kingston, NY

    I worked at Gander Mountain

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Used to be kind of
    awesome

    Cons

    Too much Walmart influence from corporate


  3. Sales Associate

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Elizabeth, CO
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Elizabeth, CO

    I worked at Gander Mountain (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I love the products they have and usually spent most all my paycheck there.

    Cons

    They used mostly part-time people.

    Advice to Management

    Give cudos to those who really work hard.


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  5. Stay or go

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gander Mountain full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Vendor discounts are great. I've also met numerous people that have made the experience a better one.

    Cons

    Stores can't give feed back to Basecamp about assortment or merchandising of the product.

    I was promoted, but it wasn't easy. I stuck around a year and 4 months for this. Its better to be employed than not...


  6. Lots opportunity to move up

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    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Softlines Zone Manager
    Current Employee - Softlines Zone Manager

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

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

    Pros

    I have been with you Gander mountain for a little over a year and have been promoted 2 times and have received four raises. I feel as if Gander mountain is very fair when it comes to paying their employees a decent wage compared to other employers. Most other employers will not pay an employee for past experience beginner mountain does and very well so.

    Cons

    Some of the cons are that management oftentimes hires the wrong kind of employees to support their store. Many times employees with bad attitudes are allowed to prosper. Many people complain about having to sell certain things, but that is what you do in a retail environment so if you're going to complain about that don't work in retail.

    Advice to Management

    Run job fairs or at least attend them that way you could pick of litter not just those who apply for online jobs.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Footwear Supervisor

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gander Mountain full-time

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

    Pros

    I'm an outdoorsman so the products are fun and things in use on a regular basis

    Cons

    If you are looking to move to store manager I'd look elsewhere, as from what I've seen they ignore inside talent. You can make softie or hardliners manager and after that expect to get stuck

    Advice to Management

    Look at your own talent!


  8. Meh

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Service Associate in Bryan, TX
    Former Employee - Customer Service Associate in Bryan, TX

    I worked at Gander Mountain (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Discounts and the outdoor/firearm selection

    Cons

    Management sucks at their job, the higher it goes the worse it gets

    Advice to Management

    Give an employee notice when they become terminated. Instead of them having to find out.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Gander Mountain Review

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    Former Employee - Firearms Sales
    Former Employee - Firearms Sales

    I worked at Gander Mountain

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The best thing about Gander Mountain was that there were awesome employee discounts. If you work there you obviously have some interest in the outdoors so it can help you save money in your outdoor hobbies.

    Cons

    Typical retail environment. You have to deal with customers that can be difficult at times. Didn't bother me much, but if you do not like doing paper work probably not the job for you.

    Advice to Management

    Just let the workers do their job, they tend to know what they are doing and when you come in and start doing your own thing you throw the rhythm off.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Decent way to move up in retail

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Hardlines Zone Manager in Newnan, GA
    Current Employee - Hardlines Zone Manager in Newnan, GA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Exciting environment to sell in and manage your team. Customers are generally excited to be in the store.

    Cons

    Corporate needs a lot of work. Lots of conflicting communication that results in lackluster performance from many districts. No concrete leadership other than CEO who seems unorganized and unwilling to support his stores in the way they need to be helped.

    Advice to Management

    This company can make a quick turnaround by focusing more on REAL price adjustments, slightly higher wages for its part time staff, and dedicating a marketing team for each district instead of relying whole on one team to make decisions that negatively affect the entire company. Needs to rely more on the notion that customers don't care about the name, they care about the price in this economy.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Firearms Employee

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Gander Mountain

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

    Pros

    -Mostly good people to work with
    -To get time off is easily obtainable
    -Discount/wholesale programs to purchase from
    -401K offered to part time employees that matches up to 3% after a year

    Cons

    -Sense most departments went on a commission plan, the company will NOT give out any raises. My general manager said he agrees that it's wrong, and said if he tells them he wants to give me a raise, the company will say "Want to make more? Sell more." (Major reason to me leaving.)
    -The company seems very disorganized, managers and employees getting moved to different departments because their "needed", not what they were trained or hired for.
    -I know this was a one time occurrence, but even for this to happen once is a huge ball that was dropped by the company, sense I was in the firearms dept, I sold many handguns and long guns, at one point in time, the company forgot to renew the stores handgun license, so we were "technically" illegally selling handguns for about 3-4 month period.
    -Also, being the state we live in, and that most things are restricted ("assault rifles", magazine capacities, etc.), even though some if the inventory we receive is illegal for both the state to have and us to sell, and having to keep sending it back. Who's running the shipping dept?!
    -When I put my availability down when I get hired, I kept consistently getting calls on days and times that wasn't in my availability, and them claiming they didn't know. I was also told when I was hired that closing time was 9:00, and that's when I expected to be scheduled until and leave then, for a short period of time, our GM put us closing people on until 9:15 to check our areas out without asking me, going beyond the times of my agreement on my availability, and then they recently changed their closing time company wide from what I was told to 9:30, and just started to schedule me until then without my consent or letting me know of the change, once again going beyond the times of my agreement on my availability.

    Advice to Management

    -Get organized!
    -For the good, quality, knowledgeable employees that you have, even if their only part time, and on a commission plan, they deserve to be compensated for their time and knowledge there, they deserve a raise.



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