REI Reviews

Updated July 2, 2015
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REI President and CEO Jerry Stritzke
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Pros
  • Had forgot what work-life balance was like until I came here (in 60 reviews)

  • It is a good part-time (emphasis on (in 49 reviews)

Cons
  • The pressure of having to sell memberships when most people are already members was too much for me (in 41 reviews)

  • Hours are intentionally shy of full time for 80% of staff; maybe to cut costs for employee benefits (in 37 reviews)

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  1. Great company overall

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kent, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kent, WA

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

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

    Pros

    Work-life balance, active & outdoorsy culture, gear discounts. Company is growing and becoming more innovative and creative. Collaborative atmosphere and employees love the company. Authentic to its values.

    Cons

    Career development is not made a priority. Poor technology holds the company back. Kent is a depressing location and very long commute for most.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the push for more speed, creativity, and innovation. Take career development seriously and focus on developing an internal talent pipeline.


  2. REI Still Growing

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Managet in Kent, WA
    Current Employee - Operations Managet in Kent, WA

    I have been working at REI

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

    Pros

    REI is a fun and fast pace place to work. It has great benefits and we are really getting back to what we should be about a great place to get outdoor gear. The new CEO has renewed the great culture that has always been here

    Cons

    It would always be nice to make more money with a higher base rate, but the trade off for 15% retirement and the summit bonus makes up for it

    Advice to Management

    Continue to focus on the customer and employees so we can continue to grow like we've been growing this year


  3. Helpful (3)

    Balanced and live their values

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Kent, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Kent, WA

    I have been working at REI full-time

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

    Pros

    balanced, great products and discounts, able to have an impact to your work area. management is aware of resource limits. can usually work only 40 hours

    Cons

    chaotic. lots of turnover, limited accountability, hq is isolated. turnover and very lean environment makes it difficult to deliver


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Category Merchandising Manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Category Merchandise Manager in Kent, WA
    Former Employee - Category Merchandise Manager in Kent, WA

    I worked at REI full-time (More than 10 years)

    Positive Outlook
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Products sold enhance customer's outdoor experience. Flexible work hours, great benefits, like minded co-workers.

    Cons

    As the company grows, the work/life balance is disappearing. More focus on driving KPI goals instead of doing the right thing for customers and the environment.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Old company with bold future

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Business Analyst in Kent, WA
    Current Employee - IT Business Analyst in Kent, WA

    I have been working at REI

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

    Pros

    Fun people. Team-based, no politics, get sh&t done

    Cons

    Still working through a lot of it

    Advice to Management

    Keep going there's a lot left


  7. Great place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Kent, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Kent, WA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good company, good people, stable

    Cons

    Moves very, very, very slowly.


  8. Sr. Information Security Analyst

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Information Security Analyst in Kent, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Information Security Analyst in Kent, WA

    I worked at REI

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great place to work, people with lot of positive attitude and energy. Great Benefits and company take care of employees very well. Growing company. I love the place as it promote and educate the members on outdoors.

    Cons

    Very challenging job, as the hacking attacks on the retail industry are growing.

    Advice to Management

    Keep going


  9. Helpful (2)

    I worked as a retail employee, copywriter and Senior Copywriter. It was a great ride!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior CopyWriter in Kent, WA
    Former Employee - Senior CopyWriter in Kent, WA

    I worked at REI full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    My coworkers were amazing. I routinely met amazing people who were passionate about REI's mission. Obviously the gear discounts were well worth it if you like the outdoors. Work/life balance is valued and observed. Overall, my experience was very positive.

    Cons

    Compensation for working at a Co-Op is not as high as it might be otherwise. Driving to Kent, WA, everyday is not ideal.

    Advice to Management

    Moving out of Kent would attract greater talent.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Great!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Retail Sales in Kent, WA
    Current Employee - Retail Sales in Kent, WA

    I have been working at REI

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

    Pros

    I absolutely loved working here!

    Cons

    Nothing come to mind at the time.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up!


  11. Helpful (6)

    A Once-Great Company Struggling to Find its Way

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Kent, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Kent, WA

    I worked at REI

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits for employees: Healthcare, 401(k)/Profit Sharing, Gear Discounts and In-Store Discounts, very active culture.

    Cons

    Lack of top-talent.
    Slow career growth.
    Political environment.
    Lower compensation than comparable companies.



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