Specialized Bicycle

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Specialized Bicycle Reviews

Updated September 16, 2014
Updated September 16, 2014
38 Reviews
2.9
38 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great company, even better perks..

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Specialized Bicycle full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The office is full of passionate people who love cycling and working hard. All levels of management are open to new ideas. Plus, expect really, REALLY good deals on cycling equipment.

    Cons

    Difficult to get in for an interview. You must know someone on the inside!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep investing in new technology.

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

    If You Love Bike Racing, You'll Love This Place

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Morgan Hill, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Morgan Hill, CA

    I have been working at Specialized Bicycle full-time

    Pros

    The culture at Specialized is informed by the customers they serve. They make bikes for people who want to race, and the people who work here absolutely love bike racing. If you don't love bike racing, you can still have a great career here-- they're kind people, and it takes all kinds to run a company-- but if you do love bike racing, this is your tribe.

    Cons

    You may have a harder time advancing in the company if you don't love to race. There are several business decisions that are only made during lunchtime bike rides, and these people are hardcore cyclists. If you're not in love with the sport you'll have a hard time keeping up with them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The current CEO is the guy who founded the company. He loves this company, and he loves bike racing, as much as anyone I've seen. There will, of course, come a day when he doesn't want to do this anymore. Choose his replacement carefully!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great for an entry level job into the industry

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Specialized Bicycle full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Deals on bikes, fun people, compensation is fair, daily lunch rides

    Cons

    Mgmt is not very disciplined. Everything is super high priority for a week. Then it is forgotten.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More organization and better policies and procedures need to be implemented.
    Accountability for performance is like a roulette wheel.
    Prioritization of objectives would help employees focus their attention on the right areas.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great experience for young college graduates; worst company culture on the planet.

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  Morgan Hill, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Morgan Hill, CA

    I have been working at Specialized Bicycle full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great opportunities for young people fresh out of college, who love the outdoor industry, who love bicycles and who love to be around other young people. Plenty of opportunity for advancement if you are aggressive, confident, and fit the image that the CEO is looking for.

    Cons

    If you don't ride a bike; if you're not fit; if your older; you need not apply. Company culture is vicious. If you don't fit the mold, you will be judged. Perception is reality and often you are judged by those who do not work with you, who do not know your skills and who do not realize your contributions. If the CEO thinks you're great, then you are great. If CEO thinks you're worthless, then you are worthless. The CEO may not know you, but he will judge you. There is no work-life balance at Specialized; there is only work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Judge people by their skills, contributions and ability to grow and learn. Don't let the CEO meddle in HR decisions. He's a product guy and should stay focussed on product. Stop discriminating against non-athletic, older, non-cyclists who are talented at what they do. Discrimination is wrong and illegal.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    The worse company I've ever worked for.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Specialized Bicycle full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    If you like cycling, this is the place to be.

    Cons

    Poor upper management, middle management is too worried about their own job to coach/mentor others. Not enough new thinking...set in their ways.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change out senior management and get new blood, ideas, and thoughts to bring the company into the future.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place if bikes are your life's passion

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    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Morgan Hill, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Morgan Hill, CA

    I have been working at Specialized Bicycle full-time

    Pros

    Work with terrific, passionate people who like to ride and talk about bikes all day

    Cons

    Still an immature company trying to find it's rhythm as a big corporation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the employees. And do something with their feedback. It's not a mystery how to make the company better.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Like a bike race:
    Fun; people dropped a lot; low payout; strategy = key; remote location; sweet neutral support bikes.

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    Former Employee - Engineer  in  Morgan Hill, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Morgan Hill, CA

    I worked at Specialized Bicycle as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    -Most employees are super cool/very interesting people. If you ride a lot you'll make some great friends.

    -Lunch ride. Especially if you come from a racing background this is great. If you don't like to ride hard, this might not be so fun. Bring your big boy (or girl) britches for the Friday ride.

    -The daytime janitorial staff is very consistent with mopping the floors.

    -Interesting work. If you enjoy bikes, bike riding, bike racing, or any of the six combinations of those three things, then you'll likely enjoy the work you do at Specialized.

    -Employees and interns can check out almost any bike that Specialized makes. For free. So that's awesome.

    -Specialized is a great place to master Pro/E and learn about the bike industry in general. The atmosphere is super open and collaborative. It's pretty great to be able to go to work every day and not sit in a cubicle.

    -The environment is extremely unstructured (both a pro and a con), so if you have laser focus and a good idea, you can pursue it at will. It might take spending some time outside of "normal hours" to get it off the ground, but the sky is the limit if you can get some support behind your idea.

    Cons

    -Location. Conservatively estimating, 65% of employees spend at least 1.5 hours commuting to work each day (primarily from Santa Cruz, because the riding there is insane). The commute is a bit of a Catch-22 considering that "work-life" balance is one of Specialized's selling points. If you ride a lot, the routes immediately around Morgan Hill get old pretty fast. If you are young, single, and do not have a Farmer's Only profile, Morgan Hill isn't an optimal location for meeting other young singles.

    -Fear. A lot of people look scared when they're walking around the building at Specialized. Possibly because they were intimidated by my killer smile, god-like physique, imposing figure, and incredibly confident gait...but more likely because the turnover rate is so high. Based on what I saw while at Specialized, I'd estimate that 10-15% of employees either get fired or leave each year. Kind of lame to go to work and see people stressed like that - it's not super conducive to innovation or to good health.

    -No elevators. There aren't any elevators leading up to the second floor, which is where most employees work. Not sure what happens if you apply and you're handicapped. Also not sure how that's even legal?

    -Diversity. Again, like bike racing. Primarily skinny white dudes in spandex.

    -Compensation. Some basic cost-benefit analysis would suggest that higher compensation would be a good thing. It would help toward lowering the high turnover rate, and might also separate Specialized from other bike companies that also pay low wages. Pretty sure the money is there considering the profit margins on the bikes.

    -Cycling culture dogma. Definitely a pro and a con. It's safe to say that most cyclists have an unspoken agreement regarding the way that things should and shouldn't be done; what's "Euro" and what's "Fred". Sometimes this promotes innovation, other times it stymies it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ask for feedback from employees sometimes, and be willing to listen.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    If you love bikes, this is your kind of place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Specialized Bicycle

    Pros

    Company culture is wonderful. If you like bikes and dogs, this is your kind of company. Opportunity to work on a global scale, and possibly travel the world, dependent on position.

    Cons

    Salary is low, but expected in this industry. Work must be your number one priority, and structure within the company is very ambiguous.

  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    OK place to work. It is what you make of it. Don't get caught up in the toxic culture.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Morgan Hill, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Morgan Hill, CA

    I have been working at Specialized Bicycle full-time

    Pros

    -Great cycling culture. Daily noon rides are a huge plus. You are surrounded by people who come from many different cycling backgrounds.
    -The work is interesting and exciting.

    Cons

    -Salary is below average, especially if you factor in the extra work required to be a "rockstar" (their words, not mine).
    -Goals are often ambiguous
    -Lots of international travel spanning weekends, no comp time, coach-level plane tickets
    -Toxic culture. Hiring and firings are designed to keep the employees in a constant state of discomfort.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create clear structure for career advancement. Make work and performance standards more consistent across departments. Look around. Why are so many employees jumping ship? Focus on long term growth and development and, for God's sake, provide some training opportunities for your current employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Is it worth it…? You have to REALLY love bikes

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Specialized Bicycle full-time

    Pros

    Strong company culture that really sucks you in - in a good way. It's a very young, youthful and dynamic company which is fun for people you like fast paced environments. I liked actually being friends with my coworkers.

    Cons

    Doors close very quickly and ceilings get lowered even faster. The "new, shiny toy" does well at specialized but management loses interest very quickly and you're no longer seen as "high potential." Salaries are chronically low but they take advantage of bike lovers that are in love with the idea of working for SBC - little do they know….. Work/life balance - what is that?!?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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