Pacific Sunwear Reviews

Updated July 1, 2015
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Pacific Sunwear President, CEO, and Director Gary H. Schoenfeld
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Pros
  • Laid Back but focused environment (in 50 reviews)

  • They have a employee discount on some of the merchandise (in 37 reviews)

Cons
  • There is very little "work-life balance" (in 22 reviews)

  • they have horrible upper management (in 45 reviews)

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  1. So fun!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at Pacific Sunwear (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The environment really is like the CA lifestyle, super laid back. Coworkers and managers are so nice. Discount is good. Get to be around fashion all day. Fun to work, don't dread going to work.

    Cons

    Salary for sales associates is only in the $8 range, with it was a little higher. Employee discount does not include Brandy Melville Apparel.


  2. PacSun

    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Waukegan, IL
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Waukegan, IL

    I have been working at Pacific Sunwear (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Chill place to work at, co-workers are nice

    Cons

    pay is not so good for the people you have to deal with, also short hours and management is all over the place. Very disorganized.

    Advice to Management

    Start giving more hours, get better management.


  3. Okay company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Ann Arbor, MI
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Ann Arbor, MI

    I have been working at Pacific Sunwear full-time (More than 3 years)

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    More often than not you will work with an amazing team that becomes like family

    Cons

    The workload is extremely intense at times and often you are not compensated for all that you do


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  5. Great place to work at

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pacific Sunwear

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Discounts are awesome for employees

    Cons

    Orientation date took forever for me to receive

    Advice to Management

    Needs to be a little more organized


  6. Helpful (1)

    waste of 7 years

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - FT Assistant Manager in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - FT Assistant Manager in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at Pacific Sunwear

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great co-workers, good discounts, plenty of experience

    Cons

    Upper management played the "favorites" card pretty heavy.... I had 5 DMs in 7 years, 1of which I never got to meet, one who would hit on the female employees and one who paid so little attention to anyone who wasn't her "favorite" that when I expressed interest in a promotion (after 7 years with the company) she asked for my resume. No pay increase for 3 years - and that included brand reps. The amount of visual work expected was like nothing I have experienced anywhere else. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for hard work, but neither I nor my team were trained construction workers and that's basically what floorsets consisted of. Where else is it necessary to have multiple power drills fully charged at all times?? It's one thing if it's a set visual team, but these are 18/19 year old brand reps who are assigned to these tasks. Who, by the way, were still making minimum wage. Meanwhile, HQ continued to host lavish weeks in CA for top SMs. But you can't promote or give wage increases? Also, there were always multiple directives sent out because it seems different departments didn't coordinate with each other,so wires were crossed daily.


  7. Store Manager

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Okemos, MI
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Okemos, MI

    I worked at Pacific Sunwear full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Good employee discounts, fun atmosphere

    Cons

    Poor upper management, poor payroll, zero work life balance

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employee how you want to be treated and give them the tools to be successful.


  8. Avoid if possible

    Former Employee - Brand Representative in Virginia Beach, VA
    Former Employee - Brand Representative in Virginia Beach, VA

    I worked at Pacific Sunwear

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The work was usually easy, many of the employees were very friendly and enjoyable. Was a chance to gain experience

    Cons

    The schedule changed very frequently. After asking for more hours the store continued to hire more sales reps until I finally was receiving less than 10 hours in two weeks.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on the people you already have employed rather than finding new people to bring on when people finally decide to leave.


  9. Sales Associate

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    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pacific Sunwear part-time

    Pros

    Friendly staff, fun place to work as a teen.

    Cons

    On-call shifts as a part timer.


  10. GSOM

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Columbus, GA
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Columbus, GA

    I have been working at Pacific Sunwear part-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Accepting. Very chill, relaxing environment. They're really awesome. They give you great discounts. The sales are amazing. The clothing is the best & any product is pretty easy to sell.

    Cons

    Hours. Almost all mall jobs have trouble giving a good amount though. I wish I could have had a better way to present myself during the interview. If I could re-do, I would.

    Advice to Management

    Keep being awesome & kind.


  11. PacSun

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Las Vegas, NV
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Las Vegas, NV

    I have been working at Pacific Sunwear (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Company cares about their employees. Most DMs are extremely friendly while still developing and coaching their employees to be successful. Fun atmosphere.

    Cons

    Store Operations in HQ are erratic, more often than not there is no advanced notice is given for a project and hours to complete the task are given day of causing management to scamble and get someone in to help.



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