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Columbia Sportswear Reviews

Updated March 19, 2019
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Columbia Sportswear President, CEO, and Director Columbia Sportswear Company Tim Boyle
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  • "On the down side, there's no work/life balance" (in 9 reviews)

  • "but they still weren't full time with them (ie" (in 15 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Great Place to Work!"

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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 full-time

    Pros

    Management has always been helpful. Co-workers are pleasant.

    Cons

    I do not have any complaints.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Solid, ethical company."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and company philosophy

    Cons

    Regular pricing issues from corporate

    Advice to Management

    Better programmers

  3. "Decent retail job"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier in Bend, OR
    Former Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier in Bend, OR

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

    Pros

    Discount, Friendly management, Quarterly raises, Good company

    Cons

    Expected to work nearly every weekend, pushy about customer service pitches


  4. "Good times"

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    Former Employee - Visual Merchandiser
    Former Employee - Visual Merchandiser
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great environment. Great memories made.

    Cons

    None at all, it was a great experience.


  5. "This is a great job"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Retail Sales Associate in Park City, UT
    Current Employee - Retail Sales Associate in Park City, UT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people, the pets, the environment, the customer service,

    Cons

    Grumpy people, busy, snowy winters

    Advice to Management

    Doing great! Keep it up! Most reinforcing I’ve ever had!


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Was a good place to work but"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Mebane, NC
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Mebane, NC
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    During the 2 years I worked there I probably won about $1,000 worth of Gift cards for beating goals within our district, really cool opportunities to win trips with the company to test out gear and ski - a co-worker of mine won a trip and a bunch of free gear! Freebies are obviously awesome, especially when you're a broke college student.

    Cons

    After a year of me working there, the temps from that season were hired on officially as part-time and given their 90 day raises. The only problem with that was that the 90-day raise was new and since it was implemented after all of us senior associates, we didn't qualify to receive once and this raise had the new hires making almost a full dollar more than us. Obviously, super messed up but after many complaints from us (me and about 3 other associates) nothing was done and we were told to basically get over it. We all ended up quitting, many of us crying because we really felt like a family and it was a huge stab in the back.

    Advice to Management

    Take better care of your senior employees next time anything like that happens. Do what's right, at the end of the day, for your employees.


  7. "Very little soul within this company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Reasonable work hours, not many nights and weekends.

    Cons

    Very limited advancement opportunities, especially women, systems are antiquated.

  8. "Good company"

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    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in Beaverton, OR
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in Beaverton, OR

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

    Pros

    Nice casual environment to work

    Cons

    Did not find any issues


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Out of touch company"

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    Former Employee - Store Manager in Castle Rock, CO
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Castle Rock, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Discount, in store people are great, makes a good product.

    Cons

    Major separation from in store to corporate. Starting at district level everyone out of store refuses to take advise or imputed from store level. This makes life pretty hard. There is so little acknowledgement of wins that we were the 2nd best store in the company and we're told that we were not effective. We increased sales by over 50% and we're constintly told it was not good enough. ASM was paid half of store manager pay with other manager even under that and associated paid min wage. Definition of the haves and have nots.

    Advice to Management

    Have a documented P and P. Appreciate your store staff. Lower store manager pay and raise everyone else. Hold corporate employees accountable for consistent missed deadlines and mistakes that make life hard for stores. Ensure HR employees are experienced, trained, certified and appropriate. Oversee CA process to ensure Hostile work environment doesn't happen as it is currently happening in this district.


  10. "The worst team I’ve ever worked with"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Work life balance is decent, food is good, bar on campus.

    Cons

    Contractors and temporary workers are not treated well. Disorganized when it comes to training, thinks that new hires are basically incompetent. I did things that were so outside of the job description provided, it was like I was working a job that was totally different than what I signed up for. Even though I was contracted to be here for some time, I was NEVER included in team huddles, even when I had something to contribute. The place is like a college cafeteria.

    Retail workers (although this is not where I worked) are literally thought of as dispensable cattle that comes and goes — so the retail workers posting reviews here are completely correct.

    Advice to Management

    Train your employees on basic decency towards others.