Gander Mountain

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Gander Mountain Reviews

Updated December 16, 2014
Updated December 16, 2014
221 Reviews
2.7
221 Reviews
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Gander Mountain Chairman and Interim CEO David C. Pratt
David C. Pratt
139 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.  

    Great place to work and shop

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Interesting

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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
  3.  

    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
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  5.  

    Commission is not everything

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  6.  

    Bias Work Environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  7.  

    Customer Service

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  8.  

    An average retail environment.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Shoes in Winchester, VA
    Former Employee - Shoes in Winchester, VA

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

    Pros

    If you're good at selling you can make a decent commission rate

    Cons

    Understaff so don't always expect to be able to earn you hourly plus commission because checkout always needs help and they will pull you away from the customers. Ps commission is only for shoes and guns.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your turn over rate is crazy! We had eight employees quite this month! It's honestly a better than average job if you have a work ethic but 90% of the high schoolers you hire expect money to be handed to them. Even adults were lazy on the job, so to hold on to good employees you need to offer full time and not just make everyone a "supervisor"

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Dysfunctional, Chaotic, lacks good management.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Gander Mountain

    Pros

    Awesome team of associates carries the store.

    Cons

    Store is severely understaffed. Management up hides out in back office or apparel when associates are begging for assistance. Absolutely no training for new personnel. Company focuses solely on pushing Summits and Credit Cards because they get a kickback that pays they're bonuses. Associates are forced to deal with angry customers multiple times a day, thus creating a hostile environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your only as good as the team that carries you. Your management skills are non existent. Your running this store into the ground and it seems the DM turns a blind eye to it as well.

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Was good for a month but then it went down hill from there.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Apparel Associate
    Former Employee - Apparel Associate

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

    Pros

    Discount in-store is 30% for Gander brand items and 20% for other brands.

    Cons

    There is a lot of things I have to say about the problems of this company. As an apparel associate, they expect you to follow a planogram even though corporate changes it every week, and they expect you to get protection plans and credit cards while on the sales floor. This wouldn't be a big deal if they had more employees. There is usually about three people working on the sales floor and they expect you to keep things clean, restock items, have great customer service, and get protection plans and credit cards. But that wasn't the main problem that I had with this company.

    The management is horrible. They don't care about their employees availability at all. I tried multiple times to change my availability because of circumstances that I explained to them, but somehow my "request" never got through to them. I've spoken to my manager and sent the manager an official availability change, but that somehow got "expired". I requested to work morning and mid-shifts, and after three weeks my availability would go back to normal. The week after I requested this, I was scheduled for all night shifts, and they had me scheduled later than normal compared to when I worked previous night shifts. When I went to my manager about this, he said there was no way he could change it. He claimed the only people who could change was corporate, which is a complete and utter lie. Corporate has nothing to do with the schedule. I would definitely not recommend this job for anyone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice to management is start looking for another job, because this company will end up completely destroying itself.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Disgusting management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Firearms Sales in Algonquin, IL
    Current Employee - Firearms Sales in Algonquin, IL

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

    Pros

    Discount, pro-deals and fellow sportsman to work with

    Cons

    Manger is constantly barking on headset about protection plans and summit plans. He sits in the office all day watching people on the cameras and then asking them why they are not getting the metrics as they call it. He never is out on the floor leading by example. Half the time I think he is drunk. I started out working here when the store first opened but now it is a joke. We are constantly out of stock on key items, it is kind of hard to sell something you don't have...opps wait a minute, their our on-line store. This company is run worse that any retailer I have worked for. I am glad I left.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at how you treat your employees. Writing an associate up for not getting a high interest credit card is disgusting.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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