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Columbia Sportswear Reviews

Updated September 22, 2017
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Columbia Sportswear President, CEO, and Director Columbia Sportswear Company Tim Boyle
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Pros
  • The emphasis on the outdoors and work life balance helps keep the work from getting to stressful (in 30 reviews)

  • 30% discount to friends and family (in 18 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance could be better for the management team (in 8 reviews)

  • No clear path from intern to full-time employee (in 12 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (2)

    "Cashier"

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    Former Employee - Cashier in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Cashier in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Loved the laid back atmosphere. My manager was really cool. A great place to work at part-time while going to school.

    Cons

    There's not much that I hated about my experience. I think it helps to work with people you really like. Not much else to say.

    Advice to Management

    My manager was really cool so... I don't know. I think she's gone now though from the location that i worked at. I will say though that I hope employees are now given the day off on thanksgiving so they can go home and be with their families.


  2. "Global brand with relaxed atmosphere"

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

    I have been working at Columbia Sportswear full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility
    Relaxed work environment
    Outdoor volleyball league in summer
    Great discount at employee store
    Consistent upward trending sales growth

    Cons

    Not much room for growth. Management gets stagnent causing experienced and talented employees to leave for competitor brands (i.e. Nike, Adidas, Keen).

    Advice to Management

    Institute more incentives, pay increases, and promotion opportunities for your top performing talent - Give them a reason to stay with your brand.

  3. "Excellent company, tough market"

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Columbia Sportswear full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent management
    Employee discount
    Cafe and restaurant on site
    Gym and work out classes available
    Volleyball in summer and partios

    Cons

    Retail is changing, future unsure
    Not a ton of visibility
    Can not bring dog in to office
    Can't think of anything else


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Sales Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great employee discount. Good morale.

    Cons

    I noticed there were several people who had worked there for many years (+5) but they still weren't full time with them (ie. no benefits).


  5. "Outside Sales Representative"

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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

    Philanthropic, good benefits, great discounts, well known brand.

    Cons

    Lack of cohesion between different channels to truly strengthen the brand.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Columbia is great"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Leesburg, VA
    Former Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Leesburg, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great product that essentially sells itself and compared to previous job little to no stress

    Cons

    Manager turnover, lack of training. Had to "wing it" for better part of 2 years


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great Benefits and a Amazing Company to work for."

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    Former Employee - Assistant Store Manager
    Former Employee - Assistant Store Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, profit sharing, matching 401k, great discount

    Cons

    There are none that I can think of, it truly is a wonderful company.

  8. "Fantastic Workplace"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Columbia Sportswear part-time

    Pros

    They work with your availability and appreciate their employees.

    Cons

    The merchandise can be tacky on sometimes.

    Advice to Management

    Stick to more neutral colors. Some color combinations are just downright awful.


  9. "Long hours"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Columbia Sportswear full-time

    Pros

    For the most part, a really good team, which helps when you spend so much time working. The company does offer perks like outdoor parties in the summer time and exercise classes.

    Cons

    Even though people work hard and put in long days, they still expect people to answer (non-emergency and unnecessary) calls in the middle of the night, which wake up the whole family.

    When travel is required, they often schedule travel during the weekends at one or both ends, without compensating your vacation bank for the days lost. This results in people working for weeks straight, without true time off with their families.

    Advice to Management

    If employees are required to use their weekends for travel, then they deserve to compensated with vacation days to make up for the lost days off. No salary is worth the stress and burn-out of working weeks at a time without a break.

    There are few emergencies that warrant waking up someone's entire family in the middle of the night when your company's purpose is to sell sportswear. Perhaps 95% of issues might wait until the following workday?


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Dream Job Turned Into A Nightmare"

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    Former Employee - Senior Graphic Designer in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Senior Graphic Designer in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Talented coworkers, decent health insurance, discount on clothing

    Cons

    Company values how good someone looks on paper over how a person actually performs. Lots of backstabbing, gossip, very toxic environment. This is a very sad turn because Columbia was once a great place to work.

    Advice to Management

    I saw and personally experienced managers doing their best to make people quit their jobs. Management has an "us vs. them" mentality. Unfortunately for employees, this means management versus direct reports. Departments are constantly fighting each other to get anything done and everyone is focused on the politics of a situation rather than doing the best thing for the product and the company. Poor direction from the top down. Upper management has no direction, no idea where the company is going, middle management is asked to give everyone goals but has no clue what the goals are, so direct reports have nothing to work towards. When I left Columbia, I landed a job in less than a week that paid almost double what I was making and although I interviewed for a Senior Designer position, I was offered a higher position because of my proven ability, dedication and talent. Makes me wonder why Columbia couldn't see the same and how many other people Columbia has let pass through their doors that could have helped Columbia achieve new heights. I came to Columbia expecting to be treated as a respected professional, instead I was micro-managed by a passive aggressive manager who had no management experience and no clue what my job was supposed to be. Not only was my time at Columbia a struggle, it was a disappointment. Management rules by fear which just crushes everyone's spirit. While the benefits might be nice, the base pay is below industry standard and if you add in the fact that the work environment is so toxic, it's just not worth it. I tried for 7 years to stick it out, I saw a lot of changes, some good, some bad, none of them resulted in improving the way managers run their departments. Which is why, in the end I chose to move on.


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