Patagonia Reviews

Updated February 25, 2015
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  1. Retail, New York City

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    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    Nothing but praise for this company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Best retail store you could ever work for

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Boulder, CO

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    hard to think of any

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5. 6 people found this helpful

    Great company, good people, awesome products.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Long hours, personal growth is difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 5 people found this helpful

    A good place to work....in theory

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Sales Associate
    Current Employee - Sales Associate

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful

    Getting big, fast.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good people. Ivon's an inspiration. Awesome cafeteria. Good benefits.

    Cons

    This company is growing fast and hasn't supported many teams that need assistance to balance workloads. This company is known for a good work life balance, but it's not good at it. It's just like any other corporate office.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more support where needed. There are good, hard working, employees that don't get fair compensation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful

    great time. just had to move, so employment there was no longer an option.

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    Former Employee - Manager in Ventura, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Ventura, CA

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

    Pros

    they offer a lot of room for personal growth.

    Cons

    personal growth was especially hard.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful

    Good, not GREAT

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Patagonia full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    A leader in the industry in technical clothing, fabric, design and business ethics. Decent work life balance and decent benefits. Great industry pro deals and great employee discount. You can feel good at the end of the day working for a company who is trying to make a difference (and succeeding).

    Cons

    Retail managers are glorified sales associates, VERY few actually know how to truly manage people and have zero prior management experience. This leads to a lot of unprofessionalism in the workplace. Almost anyone can run the business but can you manage your staff (or yourself)? I have worked with many retail managers in this company in the past so I am not just referring to one. This also applies to regional managers. Also, pay is not up to industry standard. Not much opportunity for upward mobility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in retail managers who went to business school. Hopefully they can then separate business from personal.

    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    Teacher

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Patagonia

    Pros

    Great peope barefoot food is good

    Cons

    None long hours long long

  11. 2 people found this helpful

    Good company ethics and with time could be a leading organization

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Patagonia

    Pros

    Great co-workers and ability to be mentored. Ethics are in the right place and have a strong sustainable supply chain.

    Cons

    Pay is not competitive and felt as though the growing pains of the company made it a very disorganized place to work at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on structuring the company for success and have a management system that allows for a more balanced work-life balance and communication to the entire team as a whole.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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