K2 Sports
3.2 of 5 8 reviews
www.k2sports.com Seattle, WA 150 to 499 Employees

K2 Sports Reviews

Updated Jun 30, 2014
K2 Sports – “Down The Hall”

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3.2 8 reviews

                             

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Anthony De Rocco

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71% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Meh.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Seattle, WA

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

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

    Advice to Senior Managementlisten to and recognize people that are getting work done in the trenches.

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    Fun products but lots of travel and low morale

    Engineer (Current Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    ProsDiscount 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

    ConsLots 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 Senior ManagementCreate 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Little to no leadership is fun for a while

    Marketing (Current Employee)
    Seattle, WA

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

    ConsThere 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 Senior ManagementRetire and move on.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Interesting experience for 1 summer.

    Marketing Intern (Former Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    ProsBest 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.

    ConsUnpaid 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 Senior ManagementGive interns more responsibility

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    The most serious fun learning experience

    Design Intern (Former Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    ProsBig Company
    In House Production
    Strong Industry Knowledge

    ConsI did not come across any Cons

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep it up

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Doesn't live up to the hype

    Product Planner (Current Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    ProsSaying you work for k2 and deals on skis.

    ConsK2 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great culture, friendly and competent people, good experience overall

    Marketing Intern (Former Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    ProsK2 is a great company to work for if you enjoy outdoor activities. (skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, etc.)

    ConsIf 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great company with great products

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

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

    ConsLong 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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