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"Amazing people, amazing product!"

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  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Retail Sales Associate in Portland, OR
Current Employee - Retail Sales Associate in Portland, OR
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

Passionate, hard working, talented co-workers. Great, quality, high tech products. Columbia walks the walk: they care about the environment. Perks like free TriMet passes for all their employees to encourage green commuting. Great discounts on product.

Cons

Pay not great at retail level. Difficult working conditions in terms of scheduling and hours.

Advice to Management

You've got amazingly talented people. Pay them better to keep them and keep a strong team. It's much cheaper than continually having to train new employees just to have them leave to work at REI.

Other Employee Reviews for Columbia Sportswear

  1. Helpful (8)

    "Poorly Run Company--Trending Down"

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    Current Employee - Business Systems Analyst III in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Business Systems Analyst III in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Honestly--very few Pros, if your work is in the IT area. Columbia's pay and benefits are in-range (but on the low-end) in with other Portland area companies of it's size.

    Cons

    Ineffectual Senior and Mid. Management, who is both unrealistic and hypocritical. Columbia is embarking on a multi-year SAP (ERP system) software implementation, and the Management cannot--or alternatively--will not lead the transformation, in any sort of an effective manner...this puts the entire firm at risk of failure. A number of key individuals have left the firm, having been 'burned' from the less-than-successful Canada implementation in 2011, and (probably) knowing that the future situation is dire. Still, Management does not alter their course--though they say otherwise. The staff that is employed to build and configure the SAP system is largely demotivated, because they are being forced to build the system against 'best-practices'. Staff continues to inform Managment of the danger, but to no avail. You don't want to work at Columbia Sportswear until after 2015--too much risk. Beyond this, Columbia badly trails their peers in a number of critical financial metrics; inventory turns, return on assets, net margin...this company is simply not well-run. Expect another major Reduction-In-Force, within 2.5 years...historically, this is the typical Columbia reaction when financial targets are not met.

    Advice to Management

    If you own vested stock options, as a component of your Columbia compensation package, consider exercising them in 2013. Outlook for this firm will continue to trend down, and that is due largely to the ineffective & unrealistic Management...corporate results will worsen in 2014, when the US region goes live with SAP, as the implementation will not be completely successful. Management could have avoided this, but it's now too late--the course has been set.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Mid size company that feels small"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Manager in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Columbia Sportswear full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Family atmosphere
    Good benefits
    Access to Sr. Mgmt

    Cons

    Struggles to become large company
    Has a "small man's complex" relative to larger local employers/competitors
    Lack of vision for company growth

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