Patagonia Reviews

Updated June 2, 2015
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  1. Helpful (12)

    Cutthroat Senior Management holds back progress

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ventura, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ventura, CA

    I worked at Patagonia full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great Benefits, good work/life balance, on site daycare, some nice people, great talent, inspiring mission. The name opens a lot of doors for your career post Patagonia- that in itself makes it worth it. You can be happy here many years if you are willing to be a "yes man" and tow the line.

    Cons

    Your experience greatly depends upon which department you are in and who your managers are. The Ventura/Santa Barbara area is absolutely fantastic, but there are few apparel companies there, so there are many people at Patagonia, mostly Managers, who have been there a long time and care more about protecting their position (and that of their friend's and relatives) than they do about making a great product and retaining talent. You need to watch what you say and whose ideas you disagree with. So many great things about this company, but if you are passionate about the product and the mission, this one point will sour you on this company.

    Advice to Management

    This is advice to the board because management is the problem. Get rid of the old guard and bring in fresh blood. Talk to the worker bees, the people who have been "laid off", terminated, and quit to find out how departments are really run and learn about the walls they would constantly run into. Good managers are much easier to find than top product talent. You're losing the wrong people.


  2. Project Manager

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

    I worked at Patagonia

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

    Pros

    Great work environment! Always a good exercise option at lunch. You work hard and you play hard. Good life/work balance.

    Cons

    Sometimes the company's growth outpaces the staff capacity.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Regional Visual Merchandiser

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

    I worked at Patagonia

    Positive Outlook
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Benefits are great. Work life balance is good. People are very nice.

    Cons

    Very little room for advancement. Much of the work force has become disengaged.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out how to maximize your force but re-engaging them and giving them a path to grow.


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  5. Sales Associate

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

    I worked at Patagonia

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, true dedication to environmental cause, competitive pay. Also the discount was amazing.

    Cons

    Like all retail jobs, lots of standing and waiting. No commission offered, which I viewed as a plus but others might not.


  6. Sales

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Associate
    Former Employee - Sales Associate

    I worked at Patagonia

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

    Pros

    Awesome benefits, great environmental ethics, flexible schedule

    Cons

    Want to spend entire paycheck on sweet clothes


  7. Helpful (2)

    Retail, New York City

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

    I have been working at Patagonia part-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Community, transparent about company intentions and numbers, team environment, long lunch breaks, positive

    Cons

    Uncertainty about job, Little to no upward mobility

    Advice to Management

    Be more honest to employees about their performance and opportunities for growth.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Nothing but praise for this company

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

    I worked at Patagonia part-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    The company cares for it's people. There is a great deal of effort to make sure employees are valued. The culture is one of mission based instead of bottomline based. You know that the company stands behind both their people and their product.

    Cons

    Room for moving up is small. It is a small company, and they only way to move up or to expand skill sets is to move to Ventura, CA. However, even that is not likely with the small amount of open positions there and the large retail workforce. As it goes for retail wages, they are ok, but retail wages aren't satisfactory for raising a family.

    Advice to Management

    Find ways to expand business model to create job opportunities and company impact in more states.


  9. Best retail store you could ever work for

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Boulder, CO

    I worked at Patagonia part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Strong mission statement Great Company Culture Great People Good hours Decent Pay

    Cons

    hard to think of any


  10. Helpful (6)

    Great company, good people, awesome products.

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

    I have been working at Patagonia full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Office culture is awesome, lots of likeminded people working towards the same goals.

    Cons

    Long hours, personal growth is difficult.

    Advice to Management

    Don't lead people on about new opportunities, hiring process takes a very long time.


  11. Helpful (5)

    A good place to work....in theory

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

    I have been working at Patagonia full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Staff are generally, healthy, exciting, and fun to work with. Because of their reputation, highly skilled people want to work for Patagonia which makes for a very eclectic team. The benefits are wonderful too!

    Cons

    There is a major rift between HQ in Ventura, and retail stores. In Ventura, the "Let My People Go Surfing" mentality seems to be alive and well but in stores, retail is retail. Long hours, poor communication from management, and the drudgery of retail life can chip away at morale. Staff in Ventura who implement policies seem to have no grasp on how a store actually runs. One of the most frustrating aspects of employment is that we are expected to complete annual reviews to improve performance but do not receive annual raises. And unless you are willing to relocate, you're not going anywhere, professionally.

    Advice to Management

    Work with your team. Management should be held to the same standards that sales associates are.



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