NIKE Reviews

Updated August 24, 2014
Updated August 24, 2014
774 Reviews

3.9
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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.  

    just don't

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    Former Employee - Senior Security Analyst  in  Beaverton, OR
    Former Employee - Senior Security Analyst in Beaverton, OR

    I worked at NIKE full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    most folks I met at Nike were ambitious, intelligent, and driven

    Cons

    despite a lot of lip service suggesting that individuals can make a difference and should look for new ways to improve processes and policies, it's actually frowned on to be over ambitious or to "create work for oneself."

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    learn the real meaning of work/life balance & practice what you preach

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Factory Store

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NIKE

    Pros

    Discount and meeting new people

    Cons

    They didn't care about you, you are easily replaceable

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    How NOT to keep good people...

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager

    I worked at NIKE full-time

    Pros

    Nice campus, decent gym, good 401k plan.

    Cons

    By far many of the WORST managers work at this company. The ones I ran across (and there were MANY) simply had no idea as to what the company's' strategic plans are, how their group fit into the picture or how to actually lead (vs. manage) their staff. Lack of vision, inability to read above the 6th grade level and lack of empathy for employees (especially contractors) makes this place not much more than just a sweatshop. No support in career planning and advancement, no training unless you are willing to do it on personal time, and lips service by the "good ol'l boys network in the norm here. If you are a minority, female or over 40 expect to be pushed aside by people who are way less qualified than you.expect to

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    For goodness sake - get your heads out of your rear! Look around at the rest of the employees you have on staff and try to actually USE their talents and experience. You have WAY too many "frat boys" running the place and little, if any, who know how to actually run a business and get things done without wasting so much time and money! Stop wondering at why so MANY senior level professionals leave Nike so soon after they start!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Nike Tech Contractors Treated Unprofessionally

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at NIKE

    Pros

    Great Nike Tech campus, good pay, flexible hours.

    Cons

    Inexperienced Directors, flawed leadership. Nike Tech ETW contractors are demeaned and treated unprofessionally. High contractor turnover.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train your Directors.

    Doesn't Recommend
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Worse company ever

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Hilversum (Netherlands)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hilversum (Netherlands)

    I worked at NIKE full-time

    Pros

    - Looks good on your CV. Nike invests millions in marketing and the brand image is excellent. Outsiders have no clue what working at Nike really means.
    - Good perks / Onsite gym
    - Good place if your priorities lie outside of work, if you do not care about your job or work ethics and are there to take advantage of the perks and flexibility. In other words: if you "fit in".

    Cons

    The culture is awful. Most people working at Nike for a few years have absolutely no ethics.
    Incompetence is rewarded and cronyism is the norm in this company. The ones who benefit from it are very proud of this "Nike way", the others become disillusioned and leave.

    Nothing is based on merit at Nike, the ONLY thing that matters is your ability to befriend the "right" people.
    The company culture favors unethical managers: lazy, uninspired, ignoring their responsibilities and their teams, gradually pushing well-meaning, high-performing employees into depression and, worst of all, getting rewarded for lying about their results and having connections.

    Thanks to their network, these incompetent managers move from one role to another and continue to make the company lose money and valuable employees years after years. Their own managers do not care: they are playing exactly the same political game.
    Employees never get the opportunity to give feedback. If they dare to open their mouths, they are bullied and discriminated against by their manager and his friends until they leave the company.

    Despite all this nonsense, Nike continues to make a lot of money and to have a good image thanks to a clever marketing strategy, but don't be fooled: this is one of the worst, most unethical places you can work at.

    If you are professional, want to perform and eventually grow: don’t go work at Nike. That would be a waste of your time and energy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let employees rate their managers and get rid of the rotten apples (they would ever do that...)
    Take you responsibilities and ensure that factory workers get enough money to live decently. It's a shame to make so much profit and let so many people suffer.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Used to wonder why many people would quit, now i know

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    Former Employee - Athlete  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Athlete in Chicago, IL

    I worked at NIKE part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    you meet great people
    great discount
    good family discount
    great uniforms
    meet many interesting people
    Celebrities walk in often
    fun events

    Cons

    hard work goes unnoticed
    managers think they're better
    no respect to those who have worked there longer
    Don't listen to employee ideas that can make things better
    no training but expect you to know everything
    managers have favorites
    Slim chances of moving up unless popular
    politics reign above skill
    managers are rude sometimes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to talk to a few employees to see how things really are. Managers ruin the company by having favorites because there are many people who are passionate about your product and work extremely hard for their paycheck but yet, they go unnoticed and unappreciated.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    unpleasant experience

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager  in  Hilversum (Netherlands)
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Hilversum (Netherlands)

    I worked at NIKE full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - great products
    - energetic environment

    Cons

    - lack of professional middle/ upper management
    - inclusive company culture
    - management quick to dismiss employees instead of opening up dialogue
    - locker room promotion and advancement culture

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - invest in developing good managers, not just executors
    - foster open and collaborative company culture

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Nike store

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    Current Employee - Athlete  in  Kansas City, KS
    Current Employee - Athlete in Kansas City, KS

    I have been working at NIKE part-time

    Pros

    The discount and the gear and shoes that you get for free while working there

    Cons

    Management very shady, only looked out for themselves. Would guide them on how to grow with company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Actually care about employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    A toxic political environment

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    Current Employee - Desktop Support Analyst  in  Beaverton, OR
    Current Employee - Desktop Support Analyst in Beaverton, OR

    I have been working at NIKE full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    There are some very nice people working at Nike.

    Cons

    Support is not properly mapped out. Everyone is just winging it. There are no manuals to follow. They are still cleaning up PCs and Macs one machine at a time. There are no automated tools such as CCleaner and automated drive defragging to keep machines running. Employees should reboot machines weekly. Mac's should be reset (SMC and NV&Pram) every few months. Talking to the wrong person can get you fired. Taking gifts will result in firing. Not wearing Nike gear will get you fired. Employees must purchase their own Nike clothing at their own expense. I wear a size 3X shirt, which is nearly impossible to find. My shoes are 11 4E, which means I can never wear Nike shoes. At around $12/hr, it is not something an employee can afford. No training whatsoever is provided.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Technical support is way behind because employees want to make sure they have jobs.

  11. 7 people found this helpful  

    Good people in a bad situation

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Portland, OR

    I worked at NIKE as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Some good people coping with really difficult software development work environment.
    Some departments are well-run and do interesting work (or so I have heard). Not my experience at all.

    Cons

    * Not a technology company
    * More contractors than full-timers means zero continuity and huge technical debt
    * Management is all about moving on to the next position, not actually leading or managing
    * Very cliquish and political - Who you know is much more important that what you can contribute
    * No on-boarding process or documentation
    * Very little system documentation (at least where I worked)
    * Getting anything done takes lots of meetings and coordination among many silo'ed departments; a 1 hour task can expand to fill 2 weeks
    * Developers are low on the totem-pole when it comes to resources and respect
    * All IT infrastructure is outsourced and off-site; no local dev/test resources available
    * Very little actual development taking place; mostly production support
    * Did I mention Nike is not a technology company?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I get that Nike makes shoes, not software. However, you depend intimately on software to sell the product. Give the developers the resources and opportunity to do good work. Treat your developers as if they DO work for a software company. You might be able to retain them as full-time employees instead of having to fill 70% of your developer positions with contractors. Treat your software as an asset, not a cost center.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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