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Columbia Sportswear Reviews

Updated December 9, 2018
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Columbia Sportswear President, CEO, and Director Columbia Sportswear Company Tim Boyle
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Pros
  • "Generally good work life balance (depending on the manager/role)" (in 31 reviews)

  • "I personally like the clothes and enjoy having the generous discount for my friends and family" (in 19 reviews)

Cons
  • "On the down side, there's no work/life balance" (in 9 reviews)

  • "No room for growth, really bad pay and management" (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Great Place to Work!"

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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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    I do not have any complaints.


  2. "Fun and Easy!"

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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 coworkers, nice place to work, easy to do, good job for students, great communication!

    Cons

    I always felt like no one from corporate ever listened to my managers and that was really disheartening for me.

  3. "Another Retail job"

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

    I worked at Columbia Sportswear part-time

    Pros

    Staff is friendly and overall the work is not terrible for part time

    Cons

    scheduling can be all over the place and change the day before the shift without notice

    Advice to Management

    Get consistency between how things are handled.


  4. "Floor supervisor"

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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 benefits and discount

    Cons

    Not much hrs for part timers


  5. "Great company, great people"

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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

    Pros

    Strong moral leadership in CEO, conservatively managed, nice folks all around

    Cons

    Decision making can be a challenge at times


  6. Helpful (2)

    "No growth"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Columbia Sportswear full-time

    Pros

    The work is engaging

    Cons

    You’re expected to do the work of a team by yourself
    No recognition
    No compensation for hard work
    No growth
    They don’t promote from within

    Advice to Management

    Train your management. Promote people who deserve it. Give raises to people who deserve it.


  7. "Sales Associate"

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, great products, and wonderful people to work with.

    Cons

    Long hours tend to be a common downside, but it is retail.

  8. "Great company to work for."

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    Current Employee - Supervisor in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Salt Lake City, UT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company to work for. Really look after employees

    Cons

    It's retail so you have to work nights and weekends.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Supply Chain"

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

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

    Pros

    Great company if you are looking for a cookie cutter job. I quickly learned that Billion dollar corporate environments aren't for me. Too much red tape and lack of culture. If you are looking for exposure into the outdoor industry this is NOT the company for you, If you are looking for an extension of high school where all work flow is a hand holding operation and personal drama permeates the windowless office... this is the place for you! Another Pro is the on campus bar... but... it's not used as frequently as you'd think and it's hard to motivate people to go over to hang out. OH, if you take a job here NEGOTIATE FOR PARKING PERMIT. If you're new and don't know better they will issue you a parking permit a half mile away in a church parking lot... they have a shuttle that runs laps but it's only half a mile and 99% of the people that park in the lot take the shuttle... If you make it a point to walk every day, wave to the shuttle drivers so they know you (they are also responsible for "ticketing" cars parked in the wrong lots). Once you build a respectful rapport with them you can park in the "adult" lot and they won't ticket you. Also make friends with the kitchen people... free food.

    Cons

    Lack of Autonomy. Lack of direction for workplace environment and culture. very little professional movement within the company. People bring personal drama to the work place (been in countless meetings where various people would cry and talk about personal things). The management structure is really weird... hard to explain but hopefully you can get a solid picture from all the comments in the reviews. The office culture isn't of the typical outdoor industry mindset, the majority of employees consider going outside to smoke or walking their dog to the park a major outdoor endeavor... The deal perks are okay. It's not hard to come by employee store passes anyway and it's only whsl pricing. If you're looking for killer industry deals you're better off working at a outdoor retail shop as a buyer. The 2020 4billion goal is going to be a huge stretch for the company, probably lots of changes between now and then and likely after.

    Advice to Management

    When I was hired I was told of a senior level person who was at Mountain Hardware that mentioned the Columbia environment/culture was like a day care... I ignored it, knowing who that person was and their reputation but I actually agree with them. Lots of hand holding, projects couldn't get done because people wait for validation and approval. During several operations department meetings management would hold everyone in a room until somebody asked a generic question... using the phrase "we can wait...". Those meetings would get really awkward really quick. Also don't cry in meetings... it's weird.


  10. "Great company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Columbia Sportswear full-time

    Pros

    Brand, Leadership, Global, Family Owned, Employee Discount

    Cons

    Large company - hard to get movement sometimes