Gander Mountain

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Gander Mountain Reviews

Updated November 26, 2014
Updated November 26, 2014
214 Reviews
2.6
214 Reviews
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Gander Mountain Chairman and Interim CEO David C. Pratt
David C. Pratt
138 Ratings

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.  

    Gander is terrible

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    Current Employee - Camping in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Camping in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Relaxed, easy work, good hours

    Cons

    Nothing is organized, management up top sucks

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing store managers can do. It's the head honchos that need to change how the system goes

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Fast-paced, fun, and friendly environment to work part-time at.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Firearms Sales in Pensacola, FL
    Current Employee - Firearms Sales in Pensacola, FL

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

    Pros

    If you love guns it's heaven because you are surrounded by them all the time.

    Cons

    It's a corporate style environment that pushes protection plans and emphases the bottom line and maximizing sales dollars over customer service sometimes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember that our customers are experts too and don't always need a pro-plan or summit plan. The credit card push is too much as well. Just let them buy without the additions and constant bombarding with the credit card, pro-plans, summit plans, and largest firearms and footwear basket.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Excellent so far. Great company, great products.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Gander Mountain full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Everything is great. So far so good.

    Cons

    Nothing yet. All is well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to work and shop

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Ocala, FL
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Ocala, FL

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

    Pros

    Good training and benefits. The staff and management are very friendly and want everyone to be successful. It is a great place to work and will allow you to obtain skills you can transfer to other jobs.

    Cons

    None really, as long as you work hard and stay on task. Its about the same as any other place you could work at. The best employees are the ones who are willing to go above and beyond expectations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Augusta, GA
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Augusta, GA

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

    Pros

    Short sweet and to the point

    Cons

    Drug tests, bad co workers, too high budgets

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Commission is not everything

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Hunting Sales in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Hunting Sales in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Flexible with most schedules, family environment

    Cons

    Expect alot with little return. Commission does not make up pay rate lost during transition

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need better cohesion between merch. support and associates working the floor. Get rid of Commission and Start hourly for associates higher than $10.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Interesting

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Miami, FL

    I have been working at Gander Mountain full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Small tight knit community, stores have a competitive friendship. Employees are motivated and can enjoy their jobs.

    Cons

    Company is established yet, still attempting to define itself. Technology is non existent, continue to hear rumors of the future that never appears

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the stores constructive criticism, micro management is non productive.

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

    Bias Work Environment

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Softlines Zone Manager
    Former Employee - Softlines Zone Manager

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

    Pros

    Good pay, decent benefits and discount.

    Cons

    If you are female good luck! No respect and a very bias work environment. No work life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to who is most qualified for the positions that are open instead of promoting the store manager favorite. Broken policies and procedures for the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Customer Service

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service Associate in Janesville, WI
    Former Employee - Customer Service Associate in Janesville, WI

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

    Pros

    The discount was really nice. They were also pretty flexible with the hours that you could work

    Cons

    The pay sucked. You could only work a max of 20 hours a week and if you ever went over it was your fault instead of the manager. No real room to grow within.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be better maanger

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Might be time to move on

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Firearms Sales in Thornton, CO
    Current Employee - Firearms Sales in Thornton, CO

    I have been working at Gander Mountain part-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    People I've worked with are some real nice folks
    Discount/ 3.5/ VAPP
    They work with me on my hours

    Cons

    Metrics Metrics !!!
    I've been with the company over 9 years and I've seen significant BAD change
    We are pushed to sell the credit cards / 50% Pro plan on guns / $100 basket/ Summit plans
    Our store manager doesn't even hide his discontent for the new policies when someone is written up
    for not "hitting" goal he just says it is what it is.
    Companies can always find a warm body to work but to find one that has knowledge that's a bonus!!
    Gander could care less I'm afraid I wont make it to 10 yrs. due to this.
    Its sad when the word around the store is "Well when I get written up I'm putting my notice in and I'm gone."
    its already happening I don't know half the new works in the store. New faces every day!!
    they will learn its not as great as it seems at first
    also I'll just throw in Gander MNTN mail in rebates are a deal killer!!!! with customers
    Greedy Greedy Greedy!!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is no advice I can give you Mr. Pratt because you don't care. If you did sir we wouldn't be here today in this situation. I loved the vision of Gander 9 yrs. ago when I started not any more.
    Thanks for ruining a good thing Mr. Pratt for a lot of people not just employees but long time customers as well
    can't tell you how many customers have stopped shopping here.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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