REI Overview

  • Seattle, WA
  • 5001 to 10000 Employees
  • 1938
  • Company - Private
  • Sporting Goods Stores
  • $2 to $5 billion (USD)

Our history: It all started with an ice axe We’ve been your outdoor co-op for 82 years. REI was founded in 1938 when a group of 23 climbing friends, united by their love for the outdoors, decided to source quality and affordable gear for their adventures. Today the REI ...
Mission: At REI, we inspire, educate, and outfit for a lifetime of outdoor adventure and stewardship.

Glassdoor Awards

Best Places to Work: 2021(#48), 2018(#61), 2016(#45), 2013(#21), 2012(#8), 2011(#40)

Top CEOs: 2017(#86)

Best Places to Interview: 2017(#93)

Company Updates

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Jan 13, 2021


Thank you to our employees! We're proud to be named a @Glassdoor Best Place to Work in 2021. #GlassdoorBPTW

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Dec 2, 2020


We're so proud & honored to be named #4 on Fortune Magazine's Best Workplaces in Retail list! We are hiring at our stores across the US. Check out our open jobs & find your next adventure: #nowhiring #hiring #retail #bestworkplaces2020


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REI - Why Work With Us?

Who we are

At Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI) we believe a life outdoors is a life well-lived.

We believe that it’s in the wild, untamed and natural places that we find our best selves, so our purpose is to awaken a lifelong love of the outdoors, for all.

Since 1938, we have been your local outdoor co-op, working to help you experience the transformational power of nature. We bring you top-quality gear and apparel, expert advice, rental equipment, inspiring stories of life outside and outdoor experiences to enjoy alone or share with your friends and family. And because we have no shareholders, with every purchase you make with REI, you are choosing to steward the outdoors, support sustainable business and help the fight for life outside.

So whether you’re new to the outdoors or a seasoned pro, we hope you’ll join us.

Equal Opportunity Employer

  • As an Equal Opportunity Employer, REI takes reasonable steps to protect the right of every employee to work in an environment free from intimidation and harassment. REI does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, age, national origin, citizenship status, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability or any other basis protected by law or company policy.

At REI, we inspire, educate and outfit for a lifetime of outdoor adventure and stewardship – to learn more about our company or its products and services please visit



REI Reviews

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Eric Artz
Eric Artz
151 Ratings
Jan 24, 2021
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"Amazing workplace"

Current Employee - Institutional Salesperson in United States
Positive Outlook

I have been working at REI part-time for less than a year


I love working here. The people are great and management really takes care of us. They have good protocols in place to keep us safe.


Some managers are more understanding than others. Outdoor greeter with just a small space heater.

Advice to Management

Bring greeter inside.
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REI Interviews

Getting an Interview
Applied online75%
In Person12%
Employee Referral7%

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    Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Employee in United States
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    I applied in-person. I interviewed at REI (United States)


    Very direct, experience based and character based questions. The manager who interviewed me was a sale manager and not the store manager. I did not have to interview a second time
    But I was informed most candidates do not.the process was simple but there are a lot of people who apply. That is made very clear. They hired me during a seasonal hiring spell and then continued with my staffing later during the regular season.

    What is your biggest weakness?

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REI Awards & Accolades

  • 100 Best Companies to Work ForFortune2019
  • 100 Best Companies to Work ForFortune Magazine2018
  • Best Places To WorkGlassdoor Employees Choice Award2018
  • The 20 Best Workplaces in RetailFortune2017
  • Best Places to Work 2016Glassdoor2016

Pledges & Certifications

  • Social Responsibility Pledge

    Formal programs or foundation to give back to communities

  • Diversity Commitment

    Has programs that support a diverse and inclusive workforce

  • Pledge to Thrive

    Taking steps to prioritize employee well-being


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