Gander Mountain Reviews

Updated March 24, 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. It was a great place to work

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    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)

    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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 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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    Former Employee - Signing Specialist in Lakeville, MN
    Former Employee - Signing Specialist in Lakeville, MN

    I worked at Gander Mountain

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. Not great, nor dependable

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Hixson, TN
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Hixson, TN

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours interesting coworkers. Descent discounts. Fun environment to work in.

    Cons

    Barely any hours if you aren't a supervisor, complete lack of responsibility on management. resets are completely unorganized. corporate has no clue what is going on in stores, as long as there are good numbers, that is all that matters.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. Management is clueless.

    Former Employee - BATF Supervisor
    Former Employee - BATF Supervisor

    I worked at Gander Mountain

    Pros

    There are a lot of interesting co-workers, with various backgrounds.

    Cons

    Lack of leadership, direction, and hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit focusing on credit cards! If you have a superior product/experience the customers will want to do business with you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6. Room for Improvement

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    Current Employee - Supervisor
    Current Employee - Supervisor

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

    Pros

    My co-workers are great! We are a close knit group! Love the products and talking the outdoors with customers. Health insurance is reasonable and benefits are good.

    Cons

    The company is very bad on training. Have to learn things on your own and when asking a question you are made to feel dumb. To much time is being spent on pushing credits and summits. Spend that time training and the associates will want to sell credits!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend time in the stores!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. Indifferent

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Gander Mountain

    Pros

    They offered a Very flexible schedule which was nice during the summer time. Boss was not breathing down your neck for productivity

    Cons

    The days could get long and hard when working out in the field. Hard to stay motivated for long periods of time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work in activities between data collection days to break up the work. Monday was always way more tolerable than Friday due to the monotony.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8. bad experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    great store manager, the soft lines and hard lines managers are clueless very sad how they expect you to kill yourself as they watch and take smoke breaks, shop etc, not good role models. There are hourly associates that work so much harder and keep getting screwed. Who does their reviews.

    Cons

    corporate has no clue what goes on in the store, they should go to store and actually work with their requests and then see how well they work. Awful

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    don't treat employees like second class citizens, be realistic, invite corporate to come to store and see they have no clue what really needs to be done in store.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9. 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
  10. It's a fun and relaxed work environment.

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    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
  11. One of the worse company to work for, they don't care for their associates. The mgrs are mean and have favorites.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I worked at Gander Mountain

    Pros

    Non on the pros, maybe the associates were great to work with.

    Cons

    I tried to contact the corp office not one single person returned my calls.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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