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Columbia Sportswear Reviews

Updated February 21, 2017
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  • Work life balance could be better for the management team (in 8 reviews)

  • Essentially expect 24/7 availability in order to be promoted to full time (in 10 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (4)

    "Hands Down The Best Career Move to Date!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture. Flexible working hours. Report directly to one person and not 10. Executives doors wide open, available, kind & approachable. No cursing. Everyone has a good attitude. Ego left at the door. Family first....always!

    Cons

    HQ works paces are crowded and there's not enough space for company growth.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out the right space management and parking situation. Give more PTO time (you're at the low end of the spectrum for most companies. We need 3 weeks PTO + sick time is what we are getting in the market if you want to be competitive with Nike, Adidas, etc. Think more European in the time given to employees for their own lives). Don't scrimp on our benefits. The local guys don't cut it, we need a wider array of medical options, with less money out of our pockets. We need OHSU and Legacy in network as well.


  2. "Pleasant Work Environment"

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

    I worked at Columbia Sportswear part-time

    Pros

    Friendly people to work with

    Cons

    Could use more pathways for advancement


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Good Culture Not so Great Employer"

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    Former Employee - Senior Creative Graphics Designer in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Senior Creative Graphics Designer in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, great people, good employee discounts

    Cons

    Pay is average, opportunities for moving up within the company are limited, over working of employees and lack of compensation.

    Advice to Management

    Liten to your employees and hire support staff.


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  5. "There is a lack of discipline and direction."

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    Current Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Rehoboth Beach, DE
    Current Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Rehoboth Beach, DE
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The benefit package and relative simplicity of the job. There is a good deal of opportunity to be creative with merchandising.

    Cons

    There's little to no support if you have issues at the store level. It is extremely difficult to be terminated which influences a careless atmosphere.

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time in stores, viewing activity.


  6. "As an Employee expect to be a walking Columbia Ad"

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

    I worked at Columbia Sportswear part-time

    Pros

    I worked for the company for 3 years part-time when I was going to college. I really appreciated their flexibility with working with my school schedule at the time and free trimet pass.

    Cons

    The pay is paltry, no benefits for part time employees. Good luck getting a raise. In the 3 years I worked for the company I got one 2 - 2% wage increases. Oh god, and the secret shops - are awful. Management was obsessed with getting 100% secret shops. And if you didn't you would talked down to and possibly written up.

    Advice to Management

    It is really passive aggressive to take pictures of employees and email the pictures to all the store management - because said employee appears to be off task by reading a book.


  7. "Sales Associate"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Columbia Sportswear part-time

    Pros

    Good hours and I love my coworkers

    Cons

    The discount is only 30% off

    Advice to Management

    Nothing wrong here


  8. "Stock Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    good benefits, decent employee discount

    Cons

    lack of proper management, company is always cutting costs


  9. "Not Bad for part time work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Values incorporated throughout all levels of employment and the willingness to help customers is not questioned

    Cons

    Hard to advance within, hours are flexible, but can be cut back a lot when needed, sometimes unexpectedly.

    Advice to Management

    Show us opportunity for advancement in the organization, there are few incentives to perform well, and current incentives are not reasonable.


  10. "Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits and nice facilities at corporate office

    Cons

    Not much loyalty. They'd just as soon hire your replacement from Nike.

    Advice to Management

    Get some loyalty and build a happy work force


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Good if you are young and don't plan to stay too long"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Columbia Sportswear full-time

    Pros

    Columbia has some great benefits - you are able to buy discounted product from all of their owned Brands. They practice a fairly decent work/life balance unless is during key times such as sales meeting. If you are young and just want to get some experience underneath your belt, great! Wouldn't advise to stay very long.

    Cons

    Columbia has become very corporate and political. Recently, they laid off people around the company. Some say, based on who they laid off, that Columbia is practicing ageism. Why keep on one person when you can let them go and hire two for one salary? Sad, but don't fall trap to dedicating yourself to this company for very long- maybe three years maximum. The joke is on Columbia however, as millenials are way more expectant, demand more and are higher maintenance. And while they expect alot, some of these younger workers can't take the pressure, nor have the maturity level and fake illness for long periods of time while still getting paid by Columbia. On the other hand, there are a few really great young people willing to work hard and put their time in just like the rest.

    Advice to Management

    See above comments and really think about what your doing and how it'll affect your biz in the long term and not just focus on meeting short term goals for shareholders.



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