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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    the good, the bad, and the brutal

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

    I worked at lululemon full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    you get to work with other yoga people, which is great because you get to know so much of your community. you also get a discount, which helps if you are are yogi, crossfit runner, or yoga teacher. the majority of people at your store are usually inspiring and awesome.

    Cons

    whatever the company is doing at their headquarters is totally different than what happens at the store. they are in serious denial about what it is like to work on the ground. they say they want feedback, but if you actually give it, they don't really want to hear it, or you get in trouble. they celebrate themselves constantly, but where are the real benefits? the company is endlessly focused on "pipeline" and "successors" and making lululemon a career... except they pay on the very low spectrum of retail pay, especially for what is asked of you. if you think you're going to move from a store level to a corporate level, that's a joke. there is almost no movement from store to the SSC, because the upper echelon makes it really clear that your value is only in speaking well about the company, and you are definitely a looking down upon. regional managers talk down to you and barely get to know you. they are not in reality about the fact that poor pay, no growth, disrespect and placating teams with empty promises does not a career make. nor does it make a business worth committing yourself to... especially when you are going to be working all hours of the day and night, working without getting paid, and never seeing any real changes made above the store level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    check yourself. the dissent is getting louder and louder, and the real yoga community is seeing your true stripes. put your money where your mouth is and start really listening.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 6 people found this helpful  

    brainwashing, cult-like and you're dispensable!

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    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    if you happen to have a good team, you get to work with friends who become your family.

    Cons

    there are many. to name a few:
    - there are almost no benefits. there is no 401k, no paid leave, no paid maternity leave, no stock share unless you are a store manager. Canadian women get a full-year of paid maternity leave, but not American women.
    - they don't care about bending the law. we had a young guy who had Tourette's who was hired at the store. he was then summarily fired for being "disruptive" and "making the guests uncomfortable". let that sink in.
    - they tell you they care about you; and they 100% DO NOT. there are no sick days. if you are sick, it's your fault for not "being in choice about your own life balance". our store didn't have hot water for 3 years. sometimes there wasn't heat. emergency exits were always blocked even though we told our regional manager several times. on snow days when it was hazardous to get to the store, we were asked which was more important: money or a snow day? we got in trouble for asking to be closed on thanksgiving. and any damages or returns at your store? That's comes RIGHT out of your goals and eventually, your paycheck.
    - if you're smart, be prepared to shut your mouth and keep it that way. this company isn't about intelligence, it's about falling in line. if you see something... don't say something. the most valued employees were the ones that took it, smiled, and kept quiet, even when messed up things happen behind the scenes, like: hundreds of hours worked off the clock, employees being disciplined for things that never happened, harassment, employees being hospitalized for work that should have been on the clock, etc. The main way to move up in the company? Never point out the reality of any situation. Quiet day? Well that's on YOU because why were you "out in the community" on your off days? Didn't get paid the right amount? You should have known right away, and your emails or phone calls getting lost is also your fault. Pointing out mistreatment in the workplace? Why are you so negative and "below the line"?
    - It's 100% a cult. educators, for the most part, have it easy. key leaders and above, be prepared to have every aspect of your personal life dissected and analyzed. know that what happens in your personal life is absolutely in your reviews and feedback, because part of your job description is "being in relationship".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    my advice is to regional managers, area managers, SSC and above: you are NOT in touch with what goes on at a store level, or if you are, know that you are building a company and a reputation for cruelty, mistreatment, and abuse. stop all this "personal responsibility" nonsense when it comes to actually treating your people like people.

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

    All about culture

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at lululemon

    Pros

    Lots of great professional, goal development here, but it depends store to store, and certain locations it can feel a bit more sterile or less organic. Fun folks to work with and the work is relatively easy.

    Cons

    It's very all inclusive lifestyle here and people hang out and sweat outside of work together a lot. Some people may not enjoy this.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at lululemon

    Pros

    This company really emphasizes goal-setting in everything that they do, which I found to be very interesting. The free workouts are also a huge plus, alongside the major discount that they give their full-time employees.

    Cons

    Hours, Closing shifts, Management schedules you for weird hours/days-off, Everyone has to work weekends

  6.  

    amazing people and culture

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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 lululemon

    Pros

    people location fun challenging culture

    Cons

    hours pay rate outdated store

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep it up

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Fun, goal setting environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Key Leader in Plano, TX
    Former Employee - Key Leader in Plano, TX

    I worked at lululemon

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, free workouts, great discount

    Cons

    management can make or break your experience, work-life balance can be tough

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    !Amazing company to work for!

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

    I have been working at lululemon

    Pros

    The company culture is incredible. The work life balance can't be beat. I keep going back! Salary is decent for retail and bonuses come in handy. Plus, the discount helps.

    Cons

    It's retail, so schedule always comes into play. You have to have a flexible schedule to get the position and holiday can be pretty grueling. As always, the quality of work depends on the manager.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Cult-like Environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Store Manager
    Former Employee - Store Manager

    I worked at lululemon full-time

    Pros

    Decent health benefits, yoga classes paid for, quality merchandise

    Cons

    Lack of communication, unorganized upper management that lack experience, constant negative feedback dressed up as being "helpful" and "supportive". Constantly pushed to take part in what they call a "wellness program" called Landmark which in actuality is a cult-like pyramid scheme with an overall negative perspective of human interactions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just because someone doesn't consider themselves to be a "yogi" doesn't mean they aren't good at their job

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    lots of on-call shifts

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at lululemon

    Pros

    easy job, not rocket science. laid-back atmosphere for the most part.

    Cons

    can't use your employee discount because, well, you work retail! no extra money to spend on fancy workout clothes even with the discount. seasonal employees are given lots of on-call shifts that are hardly ever used, meaning you barely work some weeks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    relax a little bit!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company to work for

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

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

    Pros

    Being around like minded people and working next to smart, talented people. Working in an environment where you are supported and challenged to achieve goals, both personally and professionally. Great fitness benefits.

    Cons

    Most people like myself were attracted to the brand for our similar fitness/yoga/goal setting lifestyle. You have to be good about drawing boundaries with this job. It's easy for the lines to be blurred about when work ends and personal life begins.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep focusing on people development and stability of senior leadership.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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