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Columbia Sportswear Reviews

Updated September 19, 2017
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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)

More Pros and Cons

  1. "Enjoyable"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Columbia Sportswear full-time

    Pros

    Great culture, good work environment, and pretty good perks (summertime parties, food and beverages, etc.). If you need anything to make your job more efficient and enjoyable, you can generally get it without hassle (within reason).

    Cons

    Opportunities for lateral movement were almost too plentiful.


  2. "Messy management"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Commerce, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Commerce, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great employee discount, decent incentive program, semi flexible hours.

    Cons

    Management was always out of tune and constantly changing. One manager would say one thing another manager would contradict the first manager. Sometimes even contradict themselves. Although a part time employee you were expected to commit to Columbia Full time, managers would get upset if you could not come in on your day off. favoritism was definitely present in the store, some employees could slack of and not be reprimanded while others were hard at work and would get attitude if they went to the bathroom or to drink water while on the clock. As a sales associate you were basically asked to do the job of a lead or floor supervisor like train new employees, report inventory trends and manage lunch breaks. Management also had issues with personal friendships between employees.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on your employees and realize it's a part time job for many students.

  3. "Career Minded"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Fun - empowered - merchant motivated

    Cons

    Traditional retail hours - at times, payroll expectations restrict opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in store success by empowering store managers to grow payroll to grow the business


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Better Pay"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance, great discounts and good managers.

    Cons

    Pay is well below market standards. very inconsistent in regards to processes and procedures.

    Advice to Management

    Need to pay a better wage. Wages need to be in line with the Market, and show more appreciation for the Retail side of the business.


  5. "Review"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Training and Quality Specialist in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Training and Quality Specialist in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture, benefits, opportunities, mentor ships

    Cons

    communication is sometimes lacking between departments at HQ.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Good culture, good brand portfolio, but..."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Merchandise Coordinator in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Merchandise Coordinator in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Culture, CEO, work/life balance, strong brands

    Cons

    Not for people with strong ambitions and high expectations


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Family vs multinational corporate values"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Beaverton, OR
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Beaverton, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's easy to leave early to go to your kid's soccer game, or something like that. There's a lot of support for work-life balance. Some companies seem to offer great amenities, like on-site childcare, but they are offering these services because they expect you to BE there so many hours a week.

    Cons

    In an effort to retain this 'family' feel, there can be a kind of insular attitude that flies in the face of other multinational corporate values such as working with people from other cultures.

    Advice to Management

    Continue bringing people who aren't part of the Boyle family into the upper echelons of management, and allow the company to gradually move beyond the family value system.

  8. "Great 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

    Pros

    Great work environment. Exciting, motivated management teams.

    Cons

    Nothing negative to say about the company.


  9. "Good Time"

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Columbia Sportswear part-time

    Pros

    People were always great and the company made sure you understood what it was selling. They also made sure you knew the policies.

    Cons

    There are a lot of technologies that they put into their clothing. Once you understand it, you're set...but it takes awhile to get there.


  10. "Great company to work for"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Retail Sales Associate in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Retail Sales Associate in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Offers an above average minimum wage

    Cons

    My coworkers are not reliable. They come in late or not at all.


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