Rawlings

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Rawlings Reviews

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  1.  

    Meh. Average.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Category Manager in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Category Manager in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Rawlings full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    It's Rawlings. Fun people, cool products, pride in your work.

    Cons

    It's Rawlings. They use this to justify below market pay, because "Hey, its cool to work here."

    Maybe it used to be, but conglomerate oversight and tighter budgets have destroyed this.

    The management is struggling to find a cohesive style and method to run the business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The mass exodus of your best and most experienced people should be a huge clue. The combination of below market salaries, and confused leadership is toxic. Add to that the serious degradation of the corporate culture and you have a recipe for disaster.

    In this day and age of constant industry awareness and communication, RETENTION should be the #1 priority of any organizations HR team. No one goes and "looks for a job" when they get fed up. Younger hires these days use modern tools and KNOW WHAT THEY ARE WORTH every single day. With a simple scan of their email or social media, they know what jobs are available. Companies should no longer rest on the notion that employees will stay because it's difficult to leave. It's not.

    Never understood the bonus structure for EVP's, CEOS, CFOS and such.... I mean, shouldn't your top, most trusted people be EXPECTED to deliver in exchange for big salaries?

    Here is an idea for ANY company. Why not EXPECT greatness from your senior leaders, and give BONUS potential to your mid-level guys who might need a little incentive to deliver? Especially since salaries are below market.

    I will say that there are some shining examples of hope within the organization. Let's hope the current regime starts to recognize the real leadership within the ranks.

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    "Rawlings must be a great company to work for..." Yeah not so much

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Rawlings full-time

    Pros

    Sporting Goods, Well recognized Brand

    Cons

    Terrible upper management
    Toxic environment, everyone is miserable...and it's obvious.
    Terrible compensation, they do not pay for good people

    All of the talented, hardworking, and passionate employees leave....leaving a company full of lazy and undereducated individuals. If you are driven, passionate, and motivated for growth, this is not the place for you. The way you will be treated will make you bitter and eventually strip you of your passion and work ethic. There is a decent work/life balance only because eventually you just do not care anymore. That's a terrible place to be...and that is the place everyone is at. It's like Walking Dead.

    When one person quits, they give you their entire workload, with ZERO extra compensation. You oblige thinking this will lead to upward mobility.... it does not. The opportunity for advancement is non-existent. They would rather hire someone new, for less money. They do not pay for experience or reward stellar employees. You MIGHT get a 1% raise at the end of year, but so does the moron whose job you have been doing for years. There is no incentive to keep going above and beyond.

    Cultures and values--what cultures and values?? The only culture I was witness to was the "good ole boys club."

    Someone should tell RP that an ice cream truck twice during the summer does not boost moral. And that a $25 Walmart gift card for the holidays is a slap in the face.

    Three key fundamentals to running a business: People, Process, Product.
    Rawlings does not care about their people, nor do they hire the most talented, but the cheapest. You have no voice at Rawlings and if you try to use it, you are blacklisted. There are no leaders setting process and making sure that people adhere to them. It's mayhem. Constantly. In fact, none of the leaders that they have in place possess leadership qualities. Can you say passive aggressive?

    Luckily, Rawlings has good product, but sooner or later the "leaders" are going to destroy the brand, and then you have nothing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advice to Jarden Corporation? Fire the upper management and start fresh. It cannot get worse.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Has Potential

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Pros

    Coworkers are great.
    Working in the Sports industry.
    High chance you'll get promoted from customer service. (may be a con, see below)
    You get benefits?

    Cons

    Management is awful. People keep being shifted around the company like chess pieces. Someone may be doing great at their current position, but then they'll be moved to another where they wont be as successful. Or someone won't be in a position long enough to become proficient in it. There is next to no training and you are expected to survive when thrown into the lions den.
    There is constant talk about how the company needs to cut expenses and then money will be wasted by upper management the next day.
    An experienced employee will quit and instead of hiring someone with experience for the position, it will be filled by someone from customer service. Who has absolutely no experience (or education) dealing with that position. There are a lot of people in positions who have education in completely unrelated fields.
    If you ask for more money, they will just say they can replace you easily because people want to work for Rawlings. Lots of good people have left...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Brand name surviving in spite of poor management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Rawlings full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great brand recognition. Employees have great enthusiasm for the brand.

    Cons

    Poor management. Continual re-organization rather than just focusing on getting the job done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Coordinate company goals and directives all thru the organization.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    The company is very fun to work for.

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

    I worked at Rawlings

    Pros

    Travel, baseball, fun, experienced coworkers

    Cons

    Management, leadership, fundamentally not sound

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Product Development Internship

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Development in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Product Development in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Rawlings as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    It was great to work in a culture that strived to be the best in their industry. As a summer intern, I felt I contributed and worked on projects that had merit and were not just busy work.

    Cons

    Their employees are overworked and they are currently in a hiring freeze. Their parent company did not realized the true brand value of Rawlings.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great Company, but management lacks knowledge.

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

    I have been working at Rawlings full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Rawlings is a reputable company that has been around for many years. They have employee sales where you can get great deals on sporting goods equipment.

    Cons

    The more intelligent and hardworking you are, the more they want out of you while others play games on their computers or smoke. The hard workers end up leaving and they never get rid of the dead weight.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Conduct in depth interviews and hire more intelligent people even if they cost more.

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

    Meh...

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

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

    Pros

    It's Rawlings? I mean, really if you are a die hard baseball or sporting goods guy, then yeah I suppose this is one of those marquee / pedigree names to go work for. Owned by Jarden corporation (huge holding company) so the benefits are pretty good, and I suppose there is some stability there.

    Cons

    Culture is so lame, pay is low for the industry and the executive team is having trouble setting a clear course for the business. Process change is constant. Yes this is everywhere, but at Rawlings it is so painful it brings tears. Want a promotion? Go somewhere else. Wan't a clear career path? Look elsewhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve the culture first, then the employees may be more malleable to change.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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