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Billabong Reviews

Updated June 18, 2017
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Pros
  • It is a laid back work placeand they train you a lot (in 9 reviews)

  • Lots of room for growth, competent managers, good work environment (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • I witnessed a few issues from upper management: (in 9 reviews)

  • Typical retail cons: low wage, long hours etc (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Good at first..."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    awesome co-workers, fun beach days and company parties, clothing discount, great culture

    Cons

    too many chiefs/not enough indians, doesn't promote from within, no loyalty, low pay, very unorganized and no structure, cliquey

    Advice to Management

    be loyal to your employees, and they will be in return


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Company Nightmare"

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    Former Employee - Corporate - Retail in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Corporate - Retail in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Billabong full-time

    Pros

    Fun Laid back company, perks, discount, casual environment, networking

    Cons

    I witnessed a few issues from upper management:
    -Recognizes unqualified vs skilled people due to favoritism/buddy system
    -Allowing harassment and bullying to occur in this dept- Upper management didn’t do anything to help resolve issues neither.
    -Avoids conflict management – they turned a blind eye to issues with coworkers
    -Refuse to admit to their mistakes and blames their employees.
    -Based their actions on assumptions rather than facts-Upper management did not talk to employees regarding any issues internally.
    -Does not fully understand each department in depth-Upper management does not really know the roles of all employees and what they contribute.
    There is a serious case of cronyism going on at this place. I suggest you look elsewhere if you want work/life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Take employee feed backs seriously. You will lose more valuable employees if you keep this going


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Poor Management"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Designer in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Designer in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great coworkers that do their best to help each other out. One beach day a year

    Cons

    Layoffs have caused everyone to do multiple jobs. There is a complete lack of communication. Work is done multiple times because decisions are never made. Upper management is afraid to make a decision so no one does until it is passed deadline. No organization

    Advice to Management

    Get your s... together. Start promoting within and appreciate your employees for the astronomical amount of work they do


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Poor Management"

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    Former Employee - Production in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Production in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Billabong full-time

    Pros

    the culture and people are great! beach days and monthly activities are a great bonus

    Cons

    Poor management, worked in a department with the highest turnover, management is quick to throw staff under the bus. never have I dealt with a manager so rude and condescending, micro managing what co-workers do on their free time. . ridiculous

    Advice to Management

    be professional at work and leave your problems at the door, this is your team, not a group of mindless robots, treat them like humanely.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great companyt"

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    Former Employee - Designer in Middletown, NJ
    Former Employee - Designer in Middletown, NJ
    Recommends

    I worked at Billabong full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    fun brand, nice co workers , good work /life balance

    Cons

    small design staff, so you need to be able to wear many hats, but you learn alot


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Photo Retoucher"

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    Former Employee - Photo Retoucher in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Photo Retoucher in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Billabong (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Performed photo retouching and color correcting for Billabongs spring 2017 and summer 2017 photo campaigns.

    Cons

    no cons, loved working here


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Merchandising & Design"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Designer in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Designer in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Outside looking in greatest surf brand in the industry. Surf company gets 1 beach day a year. Promises of growth and opportunity.

    Cons

    Inexperienced management & high school politics at it's best! Management lies about being able to grow just to keep you working.

    Advice to Management

    Accountability, this word gets throw around a lot in that building but it only applies to workers and not management?? HR dept. protects bad management. Upon exit everyone should be reviewed HR can learn something from those people. Not that any action will be taken.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Corporate Former Employee"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Billabong (More than a year)

    Pros

    Working at the corporate headquarters in Irvine was great because the Billabong Employee Store was onsite.

    Having the different brands of action sports was neat to be around. Enjoyed the people I worked with.

    Cons

    Since the company is in a turnaround there have been many changes that has lead to spending constraints in all areas of the business.

    With downsizing comes an increased workload so the work/life started to become negatively impacted.

    Advice to Management

    Hopefully they can right the ship and keep employees happy and engaged and avoid losing the core culture of the company.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Lies"

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Orlando, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Billabong part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good discount on clothes and you make some really good friends

    Cons

    i was promised a lead promotion and kept waiting, it never happened. They will lie to keep you working for then. Dont get brainwashed!!

    Advice to Management

    Dont lie to employees


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Assistant Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Orlando, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Billabong (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some of the people are fun.

    Cons

    Too many young people work there, Too stressful for such little pay

    Advice to Management

    Management there is way to sensitive and need to learn not to react off of emotion. Some of them are even childish.


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