Orvis Company

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Orvis Company Reviews

Updated December 18, 2014
Updated December 18, 2014
23 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great Company With a Great Culture

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Analyst in Sunderland, VT
    Current Employee - Technical Analyst in Sunderland, VT

    I have been working at Orvis Company

    Pros

    Great working environment in terms of company culture.
    Very open door even at the C Level, and the CEO is also the owner so he truly cares about the company.
    Corporate culture is relaxed, Jeans every day if you like, button downs or polo's with no ties.
    Time for salaried employees is usually very flexible, working from home is somewhat common but not widespread, this really depends on your direct reporting manager.

    Cons

    Lack of Standardization across systems and departments, an aging infrastructure and some under-staffing ins specific areas leads to a slightly unorganized system.
    Compensation is low retaliative to other companies, particularly in surrounding cities like Albany or Boston, but cost of living is also lower.
    Health insurance is not great, particularly after the recent reform, if given the option a spouses plan may be a better option.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Organization seems top heavy at times, a huge number of VP's, Directors, Managers, Supervisors etc... from the bottom looking up it seems like there are more people managing the workers than there are workers. Decrease the number of management levels and use the free'ed up capital to pay additional staff.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Wasteful

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Orvis Company

    Pros

    Great discounts on everything they sell.

    Cons

    Believe it or not this conservation-first company is pretty wasteful... a lot of things are thrown away that could be recycled.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When you hire new staff in a retail location, spend some time training them rather than leaving them to figure it out on their own.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Amazing people, great company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Retail Associate in Jackson Hole, WY
    Former Employee - Retail Associate in Jackson Hole, WY

    I worked at Orvis Company full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Family atmosphere, enjoyable work, compensation is competitive, discount on all products

    Cons

    selling high priced items, difficult customers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management in my opinion was great the entire time I was with the company. Managers seem to stay with the company for a fair amount of time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in New York, NY

    I worked at Orvis Company full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great customers. Great products. Very good environment. Great employe discounts on everything.

    Cons

    They hire too much staff around the holidays so commission is cut substantially by almost half. They move up staff instead of hiring well trained managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire managers from the outside that come in with new skills sets. Moving up staff to management can create problems among staff.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great medium-sized family-owned company to work for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VT

    I worked at Orvis Company full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Orvis is a family-owned company with a long standing history... they are known for quality product, and their preservation efforts (Orvis donates 5% of their pre-tax profits to nature preservation). The location of corporate offices is in a tranquil southern Vermont town on a pristine piece of land (Bear preserve). There is a pond to practice fly-fishing techniques on, and small wildlife like Foxes can occasionally be seen visiting the pond. For those who enjoy rural setting, Orvis is a great place to work.

    Cons

    I don't really have much negative to say - I think it comes to preference. I was looking to move to a more urban location, which is one of the main reasons I left. The only other thing, from a young female professional's point of view - there seemed to have been a bit of a "Man's Club" atmosphere among upper management... I couldn't really see myself advancing easily to one of the top positions within a reasonable time-frame... you really should enjoy and embrace the lifestyle (hunting, fishing, etc) in order to shoot for the stars (and it just wasn't me, culturally).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    These guys know their brand - the business has been in the family for a long time, and they know what they're doing... I think it would be amazing if they gave their employees an opportunity to cross-train / work one-week each year in some remote location (a retail store, or an outlet maybe) - for those in corporate offices with monotone day-to-day jobs, it would give everyone an opportunity to get to know the customer, give some diversity to the job, and a mini-vacation of sorts (while still in effect 'working')...

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Key Holder

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Key Holder in Plymouth Meeting, PA
    Current Employee - Key Holder in Plymouth Meeting, PA

    I have been working at Orvis Company part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    great employee discount.
    MY manager is good to work for, a flexible pro
    scheduling flexibility (my mgr, again)

    Cons

    zero advancement - dead end position
    parttime positions only
    slow seasons
    low basic pay (typical retail, however)
    few parttime benefits

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good, but poor management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Miramar Beach, FL
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Miramar Beach, FL

    I worked at Orvis Company part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good discount, flexible hours, good compensation

    Cons

    Bad management, poor handling of problematic issues between employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respond in a timely manner to conflicts between your employees that cannot be resolved without upper management help.

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

    Great Place to Work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Middleton, WI
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Middleton, WI

    I worked at Orvis Company full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    - Awesome Management
    - Great Co-Workers
    - Product Knowledge
    - Employee discount
    ** Just an overall great place to work, just wish I was still working for them.

    Cons

    - Getting laid-off due to the location not generating enough revenue to keep all of the staff hired. That is literally my only complaint, and then it's not really their fault.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There really is nothing to say for advice because, my time spent with them was great. I would definitely recommend working for them, out of the 8+ years I have worked in retail, they were one of my favorite places to work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Learned a lot about retail, the outdoors, and myself while working here

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Boston, MA

    I worked at Orvis Company full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    At a time they had wonderful and unique items, and buyers that went all over the world.

    Cons

    They got rid of a fabulous manager and hired a terrible one. Fly-fishing and outdoor merchandise is some of the best with the knowledge base to sell it, rest of the clothing skews bland and older now.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Outdoor clothing companies are madly followed and inspire fashion trends. You could use a tastemaker in there.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    I loved working at Orvis

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Orvis Company

    Pros

    I really enjoyed my time working at Orvis. The town and setting was absolutely beautiful and I progressed through a number of roles that I found challenging over the years. As in any work setting, my work experiences varied depending on my direct manager, but most of the people I worked for were supportive and I felt as though we were partners. Being a mid-sized company allowed me the chance to learn a lot of different skills while still having substantial exposure to upper management.

    Cons

    While Manchester is a beautiful town, it's a difficult place for two career oriented people to make it work since there are not many other employers. My impression is also that the salaries are somewhat lower here because of the lack of direct competition.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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