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Updated February 19, 2018
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Columbia Sportswear President, CEO, and Director Columbia Sportswear Company Tim Boyle
Tim Boyle
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  • Work life balance could be better for the management team (in 8 reviews)

  • No clear path from intern to full-time employee (in 13 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Exceptional Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great, active community, modern campus amenities including a gym and bar, top notch benefits and competitive compensation.

    Cons

    Ma Boyle is getting older. I hope she lives well past her century mark!


  2. "Sales Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Columbia Sportswear part-time

    Pros

    Managers are friendly, coworkers are friendly and spend time outside of work regularly

    Cons

    Hours can be bad after holiday season as it can take awhile to get rid of excess employees.

  3. "Sales associate"

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Long Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Long Beach, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Columbia Sportswear part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    great co-workers, pay is okay for college students, they work with your schedule, 30% discount

    Cons

    management, unorganized, stressed out for no reason

    Advice to Management

    stop stressing your employees out.


  4. "Ups and Downs"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    It is usually a very relaxing atmosphere, easy to move up the ladder when you could self promote yourself. Was a good place.

    Cons

    but tough on the ones who had taken their-selves seriously, work hard and be the ones who are stepped by those go the ladder.

    Advice to Management

    Be wary of the ones who are eager to be friendly, always be agreeing and always about what they have done. Looks closely to if that work is theirs. Look closely at the quiet ones.


  5. "Constantly micromanaged"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    They give you a free outfit to start off as a base uniform. I only wore the hiking shoes I was made to wear while at work but I still have them.

    Cons

    Worked at employee store in Portland. Every department was like a high school clique. Other employees were cold to newcomers who were constantly being hired. They made themselves and their conversations very exclusive but they’ll reprimand you for not being more friendly to the employees who were there before you. It’s a job, not a popularity contest. The managers are breathing down your neck and constantly testing you. You’re told to only wear Columbia clothes so you have to spend the money you earn working there on clothes that are still expensive with whatever discount they give you. They are so many managers that are everywhere and always listening and talking to each other about every little detail of your work. You’re told to stay in your area and only your area, walking in circles all day. They act like their products are made of gold. It’s another crap retail job that everyone takes far too seriously.

    Advice to Management

    Actually train your employees to understand what they’re selling and why. Lighten up.


  6. "Sales Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Columbia Sportswear part-time

    Pros

    Good hours and flexible schedule

    Cons

    Managers can be overwhelming at times


  7. "Good co-workers"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Columbia Sportswear part-time

    Pros

    Co-workers are nice and mature.

    Cons

    Pressures to increase sales from corporate can be much at times.

  8. "Very unprofessional management."

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    Former Employee - Overnight Stocker in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Overnight Stocker in Orlando, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There where good people to work with until they cut back on hours and full time. There are honestly no good reasons to work for this company.

    Cons

    Management is unfair and plays favorites, they need to better understand and treat employees with more respect.

    Advice to Management

    Change your ways of treating employees as they are not your slaves. I would advice better management training.


  9. "Great Culture but that’s it"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture but that’s it.

    Cons

    No room for growth, really bad pay and management.

    Advice to Management

    Do your job as a mgr and listen to what your employees are saying.


  10. "It's okay"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Columbia Sportswear full-time

    Pros

    You get a great discount and your coworkers that are your peers/ at the same level as you professionally are really great!

    Cons

    There's a big hierarchy and there is little room for growth.


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