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Ariat Reviews

Updated February 9, 2017
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Beth Cross
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Embraces a family oriented culture"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Union City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Union City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ariat full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to work where innovation and great product is developed. Amazing business partners to work with and to develop unique market opportunities.

    Cons

    Great strong business but limits itself by thinking still as a small company.

    Advice to Management

    Allow yourself to take risk and expand the business by relying on the experts that are new employees.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Customer Service"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Service in Union City, CA
    Former Employee - Customer Service in Union City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ariat full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Considerate customers that LOVE Ariat quality durability and value. An honor to represent such a wonderful brand.

    Cons

    Rapid growth it is a fast paced environment.

    Advice to Management

    Making Ariat a great place to work is a top concern for Ariat management.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Trim_Label_Packaging Developer/Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Trims/Labels/Packaging Manager in San Leandro, CA
    Current Employee - Trims/Labels/Packaging Manager in San Leandro, CA
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ariat full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Strong growing company with extremely marketable products. Friendly casual culture.

    Cons

    Upper management can be self absorb and forget the term "team".

    Advice to Management

    Management need to practice what they preach concerning team work, support, and encouraging free speech and safety.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Finance"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Union City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Union City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to work, great culture, growing quickly

    Cons

    Overall a great place to work, no real cons


  6. Helpful (1)

    "VP of Sales"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President Sales in North Logan, UT
    Current Employee - Vice President Sales in North Logan, UT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Ariat full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great company, that provides a lot of growth and opportunity to motivated individuals.

    Cons

    Life on the road can sometimes be painstaking.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work!


  7. Helpful (4)

    "The company you want to work for."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Union City, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Union City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ariat full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Outstanding leadership.
    -Challenging work environment.
    -Wonderful co-workers.
    -Upward mobility.
    -Friendly people.
    -Dog's aren't actually annoying in office (surprisingly).
    -Unofficial mentorship program that is worth more than an MBA.
    -An environment that applauds success and works with you until you get there.
    -Learned more from my boss then I learned from school.

    Cons

    -Perhaps a bit top heavy. Wonderful company, but maybe a few too many managers/directors.
    -I want to throw the paper towel dispensers in the bathroom into a fire. I hate those things so much.

    Advice to Management

    I was very lucky to work for a company as great as this. My advice is to stay the course and trust in Beth. I really miss this place.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Cool product, terrific people, and dogs in the office!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Union City, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Union City, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ariat full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Working at a company that designs interesting product – boots and apparel – is a lot of fun. I love Ariat's entrepreneurial spirit, and that innovation and creativity are encouraged. Anyone from customer service to marketing can see the design process or a photo shoot at the in-house studio. Senior management is approachable and transparent about business goals. The CEO strives to make it a great place to work. It’s a relaxed atmosphere, where the people are nice, dogs are welcome, and family is in the DNA. The office space designed by IDEO is awesome.

    Cons

    The office is located in Union City, which lacks places to eat, and other amenities. Depending on your department, career paths are not always clear. There are growing pains associated with an expanding business.

    Advice to Management

    My time at Ariat was one of the best in my career. Protect Ariat’s unique culture and make sure new hires fit the culture and don’t undermine it. Continue to push innovation and cutting edge technology in the product.


  9. Helpful (7)

    "Nepotism and Unqualified Mgmt Rule the Rooster"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Service in Union City, CA
    Current Employee - Customer Service in Union City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Ariat full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Attractive office decor and space since new renovation.
    - A lot of attention to Facilities and internal events.
    - A nice Christmas Party, but used to be much better in previous years.
    - Dog-friendly, to an extend for those with seniority. Frowned upon if you're new!
    - Decent 30% off wholesale employee discount.
    - Offers benefits immediately, no probation period. - unless you're a contractor.
    - Great job opportunity for family members, inside referrals, best friends of mgrs or exec's.
    - At least one friendly face in every department, unlikely a manager or executive though.
    - Convenient office location in East Bay to food, stores, freeways, etc.

    Cons

    - Don't judge a company to work for by its marketing and collaborations.
    - Very slow hiring process. Took over 6 months to finally execute any kind of interview from their initial email interest.
    - Lazy recruitment - expect to be greeted by an Ariat executive/manager's daughter, son, niece, nephew, husband, wife, cousin, aunt, etc.
    - Disorganized HR dept - spends more time on office decorations than employee issues.
    - Turnover in many departments, including executive officers is high.
    - Priority and sense of urgency are lacking in most depts. Common attitude is "it will be there tomorrow." Short-handed and in vital, cross functional teams.
    - Promotions based on personality and relationship with mgrs/exec's, not for performance or achievements.
    - Don't expect credit where credit is due.
    - Performance and morale are mediocre due to poor management example and apathy; work ethic is lacking and if you excel or contradict the lazy culture, you'll be labeled an outcast. Advice is to be invisible to survive the first years.

    Advice to Management

    Lead by integrity, not apathy.


  10. "Tremendous opportunity in an organization fueled by great products, people, and processes."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Union City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Union City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ariat full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Leading brand represented by the best sales team in the industry who always deliver. Opportunity for growth both in the business and for team members who want to grow and develop. Close attention to monitoring business metrics which leads to better results. Lack of pretense in the environment and from the CEO. Fair and competitive compensation packages. Dog friendly!

    Cons

    Opportunity to further develop training programs for employees.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the teams, be curious, and maintain the very special culture that has been in place over the years.


  11. "Great company to work for!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - OUTSIDE SALES in Union City, CA
    Current Employee - OUTSIDE SALES in Union City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ariat full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Wonderful co workers
    Great employee incentives
    Really recognizes peoples strengthsr

    Cons

    Not a lot of formal training

    Advice to Management

    N/A


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