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Billabong Reviews

Updated May 4, 2017
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Pros
  • It is a laid back work placeand they train you a lot (in 8 reviews)

  • They had great people working for them (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management has a very political feel as well (in 8 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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    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)

    "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.


  3. "bad"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Irvine, CA
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Irvine, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Billabong as a contractor (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    billabong had lots of brands and lots of jobs. They had great people working for them. loved everybody outside of work. in work was a different story.

    Cons

    They had great managment, managment wasn't the issue, the brand was just fading, new managment was horrible, didnt help at all

    Advice to Management

    stick to the roots of the brand, no one likes a money hungry corporate business. need to have fun and respect everybody that you employee.


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  5. "IT"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Contractor in Irvine, CA
    Former Contractor - Contractor in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Billabong as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice employee if you work your own job responsibility

    Cons

    Management changing fast as restructure on management team

    Advice to Management

    no common


  6. "Great Place to Start"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Retail Store Manager in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Retail Store Manager in Orlando, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Learn great sales program, Learn how to be an effective leader

    Cons

    High pressure sales for associates with little compensation

    Advice to Management

    Managers are key to each stores success...remember that.


  7. "retail/corporate"

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    Former Employee - Technical Lead in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Lead in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Billabong (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    A very casual work environment

    Cons

    A lot of lay offs


  8. "Billabong"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Billabong (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Interacted with locals and tourists from all over the world. Enjoyed the store music and employee discount.

    Cons

    Very young employees, often felt like high school. 8 hours on your feet with a 15 minute lunch break in the middle of Times Square.

    Advice to Management

    Eliminate politics and cliques. Hire more professional employees, a mix of ages and backgrounds. Give longer breaks.


  9. "Billabong, the month of December"

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Anchorage, AK
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Anchorage, AK
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great clothes. Hired even though they knew I would be moving out of country within a couple month. Was offered management position.

    Cons

    Not commission based. was fairly happy really.


  10. "it was a competition for sales."

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Orlando, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Billabong part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    discounts were decent especially on clearance.

    Cons

    since I was the youngest employee at the time all the older employees made me do things they didn't want to do like moping sweeping dusting and other various things. They always gave me my break last and my manager was really rude to my family when they would come by the store to browse.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "customer service job."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
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    Former Employee - Customer Service in Commerce, CA
    Former Employee - Customer Service in Commerce, CA
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    got along with all my former co workers, every was always well organized Experience and skills to put on your resume. A way to pay bills with the flexibility to manage personal or family responsibilities.

    Cons

    not enough hours and money.THE WORK CAN BE HARD AND PHYSICAL
    During busy seasons, you’ll inevitably experience more customers, more merchandise, more

    Advice to Management

    Temp jobs offer opportunities for you to build on your network, attend training events, conduct informational interviews and even, when appropriate, enhance your social life with all the new coworkers you meet. Approach your temp experience as an opportunity to shine. Many regular employees see temps as people who don’t really care or who may even make their jobs harder. Show that you are willing to go above and beyond to get the job done. Offer to assist with projects to demonstrate your skills. This will help if you are later being considered for a permanent position.


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