K2 Sports Reviews

Updated June 30, 2014
Updated June 30, 2014
8 Reviews

3.2
8 Reviews
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  1.  

    Meh.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at K2 Sports for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Riding in the mountains and getting paid for it. Working with cool co-workers and athletes. Half-pipe and trampoline in warehouse. Showers.

    Cons

    Little opportunity to advance. Dysfunctional relationship between K2 and parent company. Silos for different divisions hamper collaboration.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen to and recognize people that are getting work done in the trenches.

  2.  

    Fun products but lots of travel and low morale

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    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at K2 Sports full-time

    Pros

    Discount ski and snowboard gear
    Fun people with outdoor interests and most are in their 20's and 30's
    Relaxed atmosphere
    No dress code
    Better than medical or aerospace
    Better than a sharp stick in the eye

    Cons

    Lots of overseas travel for engineers, 6 trips a year to Asia
    Unrealistic development timelines, nearly impossible to deliver quality product on time
    Confusing management structure (10 vice presidents?)
    Nobody knows who is in charge
    Poor communication
    Lots of tribal knowledge
    Sink or swim
    Not much opportunity for career growth
    Promotions are mostly bases on time at company
    No documentation practices

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create more opportunities for personal growth. Instead of huge gaps between employees and managers, make intermediate positions for all departments. Create metrics for people to see how they can get to the next level.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Little to no leadership is fun for a while

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    Current Employee - Marketing  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Marketing in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at K2 Sports full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The people there are great, I have plenty of friends with similar interests. Fun to work in outdoor industry.

    Cons

    There is little to no opportunity for advancement or for pay similar to other Seattle area companies. No training. You will learn nothing unless you teach yourself. Senior managers were promoted from the good old k2 vashon days in the 80s and 90s and are not qualified for the jobs. They won't leave though because they make 100k+ and can't get a comparable job anywhere else. This is why long time employees can't move up. I've been there for 10+ years, through 3 rounds of layoffs. Raises are a joke, 1-2%. Some college educated designers can't afford to work there without side jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retire and move on.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Interesting experience for 1 summer.

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    Former Employee - Marketing Intern  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Marketing Intern in Seattle, WA

    I worked at K2 Sports as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Best break room in the world. Having a trampoline, weight room, basketball court, ping pong table to take 5 improved the work day. Being able to question and collaborate with other departments a plus.

    Cons

    Unpaid internship. Was sometimes given the lowest possible work from other internet marketing staff. Wasn't always provided sufficient tasks and direction for the workday.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give interns more responsibility

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    The most serious fun learning experience

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    Former Employee - Design Intern  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Design Intern in Seattle, WA

    I worked at K2 Sports as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Big Company
    In House Production
    Strong Industry Knowledge

    Cons

    I did not come across any Cons

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Doesn't live up to the hype

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    Current Employee - Product Planner  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Product Planner in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at K2 Sports full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Saying you work for k2 and deals on skis.

    Cons

    K2 pay is extremely low, 1/3 to 1/2 of what you'd receive elsewhere with cost of living raises and bonuses dictated by their parent company, Jarden Corp., who mandates increased profitability at all costs.There is little to no regard for employee satisfaction and no career planning. All departments are understaffed and most employees are overworked. The office is a huge warehouse in SoDo with no windows for any non executives and nothing around it but train tracks and pavement.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    Great culture, friendly and competent people, good experience overall

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    Former Employee - Marketing Intern  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Marketing Intern in Seattle, WA

    I worked at K2 Sports

    Pros

    K2 is a great company to work for if you enjoy outdoor activities. (skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, etc.)

    Cons

    If I had to give a con it would be the internship is uncompensated. But K2 made it clear that was the case through the whole application and interview process.

    Recommends
  9.  

    Great company with great products

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    Former Employee - Tech Representative  in  New England (South Africa)
    Former Employee - Tech Representative in New England (South Africa)

    I worked at K2 Sports part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Fun working environment with nice people. Great opportunity to advance if you work hard at your job. They tend to promote from within,

    Cons

    Long hours on weekends but still fun to go to work each day. Not much to complain about. A little more money would be helpful but deals on product helps balance it all out.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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