NIKE Reviews

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28 Reviews
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NIKE President & CEO Mark G. Parker
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work-life balance is good as long as your direct manager is on board too (in 57 reviews)

  • It is a laid back work environment, but there is definite emphasis on getting the job done (in 52 reviews)


Cons
  • If you have a family it can be difficult to manage work life balance (in 22 reviews)

  • Sometimes long hours and late nights at work in order to communicate with overseas vendors (in 22 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great place to intern.

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  Beaverton, OR
    Former Employee - Intern in Beaverton, OR

    I worked at NIKE

    Pros

    Nike is any sports fanatic's dream. There are a lot of great intangible benefits (like discounts, sample sales, athletes visiting), the gym is nice, the campus is beautiful, and it is a very casual, positive work environment.

    Cons

    The pay is a little low. Just because you intern there, does not mean you'll be able to get a job. Instead of offering a job to rising seniors, Nike tells you to do another summer internship after graduation, and if you're lucky, you'll get a job offer at the end of your internship, or you'll get your internship extended, which may also lead to full time employment.

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    There's a lot of invested interest in the internship program; however, it doesn't seem like many interns actually end up working full time for NIKE.

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  2.  

    Cool place if you like sports.

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    Current Employee - Technician  in  Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Technician in Portland, OR

    I have been working at NIKE

    Pros

    Fun place, cool products. If you like sports you'll like working here.

    Cons

    Maybe low paying at first at least.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not sure.

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  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Proud to be an employee!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I have been working at NIKE

    Pros

    People and benefits are awesome!

    Cons

    I love it and can't think of any downsides.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up!

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Solid place to work at, but don't get blinded by the hype.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Beaverton, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beaverton, OR

    I have been working at NIKE

    Pros

    The atmosphere & culture are phenomenal, as are the perks associated with working at Nike.

    Cons

    Too much reliance on who you know, rather than one's actual skill.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    reward the actions of the people, not their words.

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  6.  

    Rewarding work environment and excellent career opportunity if you can navigate the frustrating corporate bureaucracy.

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    Current Employee - Production Artist  in  Beaverton, OR
    Current Employee - Production Artist in Beaverton, OR

    I have been working at NIKE

    Pros

    Nike is a great place for a self-motivated, intelligent individual to establish a career. While salaries are a bit lackluster in the lower ranks, "total compensation", including benefits, are second to none. Career advancement is readily available to those who actively seek it and career exploration is highly encouraged. Working on high visibility projects and popular product is highly rewarding.

    Cons

    Nike is a large corporation. As such it is extremely easy for coworkers, including managers, to "go with the flow" and ride the paycheck express. This can be extremely frustrating to those who are motivated, dedicated and loyal to the company. The bureaucracy of business can be difficult to deal with at times. Human resources and management can be a bit too "politically correct" at times and lack strength in dealing with lackluster employee performance for the sake of "fairness and respect".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve communication of company direction and "big picture" to all employees. Do not treat employees at the bottom of the pay scale as a commodity because they turn the cogs that run the machine. Be wary of the company becoming too top heavy with directors and avoid unnecessary layers of management. Avoid large capital expenditures while eliminating positions that offset work to other employees. They will feel under compensated and over worked.

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  7.  

    Great Place

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    Former Employee - Shipping and Receiving Associate  in  Estero, FL
    Former Employee - Shipping and Receiving Associate in Estero, FL

    I worked at NIKE

    Pros

    They recognize family time as an important part of your life. Will work around your school so you can continue your education, and possibly open up promotions within nike.

    Cons

    Some Mid level managers have to much room to slack once they get there. Sometimes mid level managers sometime get there by putting in "time" rather than having the skills to provide a good working environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    watch mid level management they are slacking

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  8.  

    Nike. A great place to work

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    Current Employee - IT Manager  in  Beaverton, OR
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Beaverton, OR

    I have been working at NIKE

    Pros

    Excellend work environment. Great leadership

    Cons

    Nike pays less in IT compared to other companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Doing a good job

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  9.  

    Nike is an incredible place for work life balance and fun

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    Former Employee - Business Systems Analyst Intern  in  Beaverton, OR
    Former Employee - Business Systems Analyst Intern in Beaverton, OR

    I worked at NIKE

    Pros

    The work Life balance is incredible. Nike also has a VERY open door policy. The upper leadership is interested in your success and willing to take time to sit down and talk about your goals. The pride people feel working for Nike is unprecedented.

    Cons

    The pay is far below industry standards and it can be difficult to get dicisions made. If you are a type A personality it can be frustrating. The motto just do it often spills into the dicision making process and can leave a mess to fix later.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a bit more organized. Just do it should not apply to all business practices.

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  10.  

    Cool product, not a cool company to work for.

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    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Beaverton, OR
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Beaverton, OR

    I worked at NIKE

    Pros

    Nike can be a fun place to work if you get yourself into a group of people that have been there a long time. The design teams are always putting sample clothing out that is free for anyone who wants it. I got to meet a lot of big name athletes that came through there and we did some work with EA, Rockstar and 2K Sports, so they would always send us free games. The sample sales are awesome, and you get a great discount at the Nike employee stores. The have a program called summer hours in the summer that everyone gets all their work done and takes a half day on Friday.

    Cons

    The pay is really low for most positions and they are very stingy with raises, even after posting record numbers in profit and sales. The only way to advance in the company is to essentially be on call 24 hrs a day and brown-nose management like crazy. Management seems to only help you if it serves their purpose, and people have a way of throwing you under the bus to make themselves look better. They have an on-campus gym, but they still charge you as much as a membership at a regular gym would cost.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay people what they are worth. There is a lot of unhappy people at Nike that just don't feel appreciated. Management gets big bonuses and a lot of recognition, but the people in the trenches making it all happen often get stepped on by the people trying to climb higher up the ladder. It's hard to want to work a job that requires a Bachelors or Masters degree, but only pays 35k, even with years of experience.

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  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great business leader that understands the model for Nike's success in the 21st century.

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    Former Employee - Director  in  Beaverton, OR
    Former Employee - Director in Beaverton, OR

    I worked at NIKE

    Pros

    It is a great company if you work within the right group and have executive support from an individual that is well respected and have been with the company for over 10 years.

    Cons

    Company is not receptive to change; company culture is too strong - there is only one way to do things "The Nike Way"; challenging transition from indirect sales model to direct sales model

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Culture and strategy start from the top and need alignment all the way down.

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