Mission: Our Mission – why we exist – is to connect people to their passions.
Best Places to Work: 2014 (#50)
We get people who get outside—plain and simple. This is about gear, grit, and connecting people to their passions.
Backcountry.com began in 1996 with two guys, a stack of avalanche beacons, and a garage in Park City, Utah. Our roots were humble, and we've grown since then, but our vision is still clear: to provide the best outdoor gear—and to be the best at doing it.
We have deep roots in Utah, and we thrive on the trails and in the mountains surrounding Park City. Our corporate headquarters sits just north of old town Park City and within a quick pedal or a few footsteps of the Wasatch mountains.
It doesn’t get much better than working at 9000ft. A road ride on twisty blacktop, a mountain bike ride on miles of IMBA gold-rated trails, or skiing lap after lap of bottomless powder in the Wasatch range are all par for the course during your lunch break.
Concerts all summer, Sundance in the winter, and some of the West's best restaurants year-round—the local color is vibrant. You won't have to travel more than a few minutes to see any of it, and if you're looking for a little more of an urban experience, Salt Lake City is only 30 minutes away.
Utah's snowfall is legendary, but high-altitude living also means that you get the colors of fall, cool mornings in the spring, and warm summer nights. For anyone who thrives in the outdoors, this is a new spin on paradise every three or four months.
At Backcountry, we value your passions just as much as your work. Much in the way that we seek out the highest performing gear on the planet, we hire the most knowledgeable and experienced employees in the industry.
We have industry-leading perks to reward a job well done. Whether you display an example of one of our core values or simply get it done, the list of perks is nearly endless.
Gear is at the heart of our business, so we offer deep discounts and pro deals so you can own the best and test the latest. Lift ticket and seasons pass deals and Ski Utah Gold Passes give you access to the mountains to ski and board during the winter and mountain bike during the summer.
Feel like getting out at night? Our sponsored events are legendary and include trail relays, mountain bike races, and our company-wide Adventure party.
And best of all, workday recreation is highly encouraged; a mid-day ride on the bike, a morning of skiing neck-deep powder, or an early afternoon climb are all part of who we are.
In addition to offering industry-leading perks, we have big-company benefits to keep you and your family healthy and happy.
I worked at Backcountry.com part-time
Freedom to actually help people. Few scripts. Stellar perks. Fun co-workers. Lots of learning. Solid culture.
A bit more emphasis on numbers than I personally find beneficial. I was let go in an email that I was BCC'ed in after being told I would probably be staying on. I didn't even realize it was for me. Not the best way to tell me.
I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Backcountry.com (Park City, UT) in February 2017.
If you interview here, prepare for the long haul. The process took a little under three months. There were three phone screenings - not including the recruiter. One of the phone screens was with a Harvard graduate who has a Masters in Biostatistics and another had a PhD in Astrophysics. Once the phone screenings were over, they gave me homework to complete over the weekend which I then presented to a group of eight. In the end I wasn't offered the position because of my experience and short work history.
I've actually interview for three positions here. So either they are very picky (They are), or I just look a lot better on paper than I really am (probably true too). The overall experience was really good though. Everyone was very professional and the recruiter actually called me to tell me I hadn't gotten the job..... does that ever happen? Seriously. Very classy. However, it's disappointing to invest so much time into the process and not get the job based on information they had from the first phone screen (my work history and experience).
There is no growing into a role at Backcountry. Trust me, I have tried three times. You must either fit the role 100% perfectly or be overqualified. It's competitive enough that there is likely someone more qualified than you if you're only at 60-80%. So think about that before you initiate the tediously long process.
Anyways, good luck with your interview if you got one.