Vans Reviews

Updated March 23, 2015
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  1. Awesome people awesome brand

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    Current Employee - Store Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Store Manager in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Awesome brand with good benefits

    Cons

    Huge disconnect from corporate to store level. Especially when it comes to alloted payroll vs. the insane amounts of work load and tasks while still expected to maintain customer service and store standards.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a payroll system that actually works. Insane expectations with limited payroll and support.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Current Employee - Sales Associate
    Current Employee - Sales Associate

    I have been working at Vans part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The discount is higher than most other companies (from what I've heard/seen from friends working in retail) 50% is pretty good (sometimes it sucks because the merch has a high price tag)
    Generally speaking your co-workers are decent people. The job isn't too difficult once you understand the stock room, and basics of the job.

    Cons

    For part-time work there are no benefits, except your discount. Hours are hard to come by, you're looking at 4-8 hours a week most of the time. The only two peak seasons are back to school (August - September) and the holiday season (late November-January) the payroll is always very strict, so working over 28 hours (which is considered part time) is very bad. You will be scolded for doing this. Even though every month you have a new floor set, new merchandise coming in, old merchandise going out, new standards to fulfill, all while maintaining stellar customer service and keeping the store at visual standards. Sometimes it is very difficult to take on such a workload on the hours you are given. On top of the shortage of hours, there are about 14 other sales associates in the same boat, competing for hours just like you.
    I know plenty of other part time sales associates that get paid twice what I do, it's a very hard job to have if you're trying to live off of it. When I first got this job I had to get a second one because the hours were so terrible. There is a very large disconnect between corporate and the stores. If your store does "well" in any aspect of retail (sales, shrink, reviews, etc.) then your store manager is rewarded, and you (as the sales associate) get nothing. It's hard to feel like this company cares about its employees actually pushing the product and selling it. It's very difficult to move up, there's very little flexibility as far as management goes (must be able to pretty much work all the time)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Close the gap between corporate and the stores. Allow for extra payroll to be used when large projects need to be completed. Provide more benefits for part-time work, the discount is nice. However, it's hard to feel like that outweighs the low pay and shortage of hours. I think I speak for many people when I say it's difficult to feel valued by this company. It seems as though that if you are not a store manager, or in corporate, you are very expendable and useless.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Floor Supervisor

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    Current Employee - Floor Supervisor in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Floor Supervisor in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Vans part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great armoshphere and work environment
    CoWorkers are almost like family to me
    50% discount is awesome

    Cons

    The work in the retail side of the company is very redundant and gets stale pretty fast. Also the pay is somewhat on the lower side compared to rival companies.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Bad Experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Vans

    Pros

    Discount on shoes and gear.

    Cons

    Let go for no reason.

    Doesn't Recommend
  6. Good discount

    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Norfolk, VA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Norfolk, VA

    I worked at Vans part-time

    Pros

    Great discount on clothes/shoes. I believe the discount was 40% and then more on clearance items. Another pro is you get to wear vans clothes and the job has a lot of potential to move up.

    Cons

    they expect too much for minimum wage. not worth it.

  7. Great first job with mobility

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    Current Employee - Floor Supervisor in Capitola, CA
    Current Employee - Floor Supervisor in Capitola, CA

    I have been working at Vans part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great training program and team environment

    Cons

    Highest you can really get promoted is Store Management. Takes years to get corporate attention

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. Awesome Job!

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Willow Grove, PA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Willow Grove, PA

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

    Pros

    discount, managers (Alex was awesome!), really cool environment to work in, time off policy was good, awesome co-workers, get to work with someone the coolest shoes. Really sad I had to leave.

    Cons

    pay, sometimes the hours were short.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9. Love it, but it's retail.

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    Current Employee - Store Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Store Manager in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Vans full-time

    Pros

    Amazing leadership in corporate.
    Awesome brand to work for.
    Lots of charity.

    Cons

    It's retail.
    People are mostly super laid back... And this means no sense of urgency in lower management.
    Training is EXTENSIVE and tedious.
    Lacking organization.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. Great company to work for

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Vans part-time

    Pros

    great discounts. Able to move up quickly in the retail industry if you are motivated

    Cons

    give employees minimal hours to work. hard to get by with just working for them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    give more hours to sales associates

  11. Vans Review

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    Former Employee - Stockroom Supervisor in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Stockroom Supervisor in Orlando, FL

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

    Pros

    Discount is great. my whole wardrobe and shoes are set for the next couple years because of there great discounts. Good music to listen too. The people you work with are fun. ability to put your personality into your work.

    Cons

    At first i thought this pay ways amazing. but then i realized how much other people in my position got payed for what i did in other companies and it was crazy. There are stores that pay there associates what out management team was getting paid for a lot of work. Most of the time you will have a low payroll so most of the work( which is a lot) is done by yourself, on top of your managerial duties. Lack of support/respect from district Managers. Also there allocation team is horrible.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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