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"Great Brand but the company is run as if it was a social charity"

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Current Employee - Director in Stratham, NH
Current Employee - Director in Stratham, NH
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

It has a great brand presence and awareness. It's icon products - Yellow boots, handsewn boat shoes - are good looking and good quality. If you want to have a social concious this is the place to work. They give a week per year to do community service and have multiple events per year to put the time to use. They pay well and have good benefits. If you want to work for a company that is highly respected for it's activities, TBL is it. The new products are good quality but the designs may not be the most desired. The people working here are treated with respect and generally valued for their work and ideas.

Cons

The company is pushing environmental issues before they are able to make it work consistantly. It has marketing based on these issues and it is not ready to execute it. Leather shoes are not an environmentally friendly product. The company did not understand that the yellow boots were a fashion fad, they made a lot of money on them when they were hot. They were not able to invest that money in the next trend. They tried to find new products and companies but could not get any that would ofset the loss of sales when the boot fad ended. It will be a low growth company for a long time to come. Although the Smartwool division is having good growth. If a company can't grow revenue the have to cut costs to increase margin. That's what is happening now. It is a company of smart motivated people but the vision and correct direction is not there

Advice to Management

It does not work to have two different goals for a company. If it is to make money then focus on that, if it is to be a social and environmental activitist, then do that. Can't be both. The CEO needs to run a NGO and let a professional manager run the company. He is a great motivational speaker but has the wrong message. People in the company follow the social ideas and forget the purpose of the company is to make shoes and clothing to sell for a profit.

Other Employee Reviews for Timberland

  1. "Regional Sales Manager"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Regional Sales Manager in Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
    Current Contractor - Regional Sales Manager in Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Timberland as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Brand loyalty amongst the end users.

    Cons

    Do not have anything to add here.

    Advice to Management

    Great product range. Keep innovating.


  2. "Very good company to work for"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Assistant in Leicester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Sales Assistant in Leicester, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    50% staff discount on product, fun environment, always something to do and never really gets that boring

    Cons

    Management system is a bit of a mess as store is relatively new still, rota gets changed a lot of the time and staff need to check it pretty much every shift

    Advice to Management

    Don't get 4 different people to create the rota


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