Oakley - Business Model Failure | Glassdoor
There are newer employer reviews for Oakley
There are newer employer reviews for Oakley

See Most Recent

Helpful (10)

"Business Model Failure"

Star Star Star Star Star
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foothill Ranch, CA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foothill Ranch, CA
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

I worked at Oakley full-time

Pros

Discounts at the employee store on Oakley products sunglasses, clothing, luggage, but that was part of your compensation package when and if you get hired.

Cons

If your desire of a place to work is no dress code and you can wear shorts and flip-flops to work this is your place. When you interview you are warned no suit or business dress or the interview will terminate early. Really Oakley you are going to disrespect someone for wearing a suit to an interview and not hire then because they are not cool enough to work in your facility.

Oakley prides themselves and really gloat on this in their public image and during the interview process which they push this on you as a sales pitch. Maybe it is great for people working in advertisement, marketing, sales and other departments outside of the manufacturing area. But go through those double doors with your cardkey and you step into an unprofessional, unstructured, disorganized, dysfunctional, and unsafe, out of control finger-pointing badly managed organization.

When you sign the employment agreement you acknowledge that you are working for an “At Will” company. You can and will be terminated with no reason given if you fail to be an ideal model of employee. There is no trust in HR for fear of retaliation and being terminated. This is a big business and like any other business Oakley has their lawyers for protection and they are armed and ready for anyone who is does not fit the Oakley model of employee.

Oakley intends on growing to a $2 billion dollar a year company but is in serious need of a lot of help, maybe they need to reconsider a person interviewing wearing a suit.

In manufacturing you were expected to work 10 hours a day, 6 days a week, every week and if you didn’t this was looked down upon you as not being a team player. If you exceed 60 hours in a week to support the manufacturing area you could expect to be lectured by the supervisor and threatened to be written up. Several employees were working off the clock so they did not get written up. Every 3-day weekend you were expected to be there supporting the facility. Between Christmas and New Year’s people were expected to work in the manufacturing area. Oakley did now want the United States Olympic committee to think they were running a sweat factory; this comment for supervision and management was repeated over and over.

The finger-pointing in leadership was some of the worst I had ever experienced. Mangers worried about who you spoke too. Engineering, Technical Support and Production, it was a constant battle of disrespect and poor decision making which the workers paid for giving up their weekends to get the product out. I do not think that Oakley has ever heard of SPC, Statistical Process control. In order to use that business model you need to invest in training.

The waste of money is passed onto the consumer with the cost of the sunglasses. Again most of the waste was generated from some of the poorest training I have witnessed. Then compound this wiaht no career path and pay which is at least 15-20% below the area average. Everybody complained about the low pay. People survive, it is a job, a paycheck and not a career.

If Oakley would hire people who had respect and wore suits maybe they could see how a true billion dollar company is ran.

When a company is in the hub of technology in Southern California and has to go out of state to hire a person that is a big red flag.

Oakley has 5 behaviors of respect and how they want to treat people, their supervisors and managers need a serious refresher course.

Other Employee Reviews for Oakley

  1. Helpful (2)

    "Working at Starbucks was much better"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Foothill Ranch, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Foothill Ranch, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Big discounts on clothing, eye wear. Meeting celebrities. Gym. Bike track.

    Cons

    Pay isnt that great, hard to promote from within, management needs a lot of work.

    Advice to Management

    Hire people who treat associates all the same


  2. "Oakley was almost perfect for me."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Creative in Foothill Ranch, CA
    Former Employee - Creative in Foothill Ranch, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Tech. Creativity. High-level access. Obviously a supremely gifted, athlete-minded and focused, do-big-things brand badge.

    Cons

    Growth affecting heartbeat culture. Lack of true upward mobility. It kind of "is what it is" at a certain point: when a rogue, rough-and-tumble identity meets corporate realities.

    Advice to Management

    Hire people who get it over people who look good on paper.

There are newer employer reviews for Oakley
There are newer employer reviews for Oakley

See Most Recent

Work at Oakley? Share Your Experiences

Oakley
  • Star
  • Star
  • Star
  • Star
  • Star
 
Click to Rate
or