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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Decent way to move up in retail"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Hardlines Zone Manager in Newnan, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Gander Outdoors full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Exciting environment to sell in and manage your team. Customers are generally excited to be in the store.

    Cons

    Corporate needs a lot of work. Lots of conflicting communication that results in lackluster performance from many districts. No concrete leadership other than CEO who seems unorganized and unwilling to support his stores in the way they need to be helped.

    Advice to Management

    This company can make a quick turnaround by focusing more on REAL price adjustments, slightly higher wages for its part time staff, and dedicating a marketing team for each district instead of relying whole on one team to make decisions that negatively affect the entire company. Needs to rely more on the notion that customers don't care about the name, they care about the price in this economy.

    Gander Outdoors2015-06-16
  2. Helpful (1)

    "If you love the outdoors its great."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Hardlines Zone Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Gander Outdoors full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    Fun work environment, fun product, opportunity for good vendor discounts . Small employee roster, so good work family feel. Some what flexible schedule for retail, month by month schedule.

    Cons

    This is a sales job, you have sales goals and you are held to them. it is not hard product to sell but you have to be actively selling. This is not a nice relaxing job for a retired guy that just wants to talk to his buddies about hunting all day. If goals are not hit you will not have a job for long

    Advice to Management

    With the company in transition to new ownership there is hope for improvement. Pay is the big problem across the board at the store level. It is a vary demanding sales job even for hourly employees but they pay as well as other retailers who are not sales focused

    Gander Outdoors2017-05-31
  3. Helpful (1)

    "Management is poor."

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    Current Employee - Hardlines Zone Manager in Hazelwood, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Gander Outdoors full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Great store, nice location, lots of flexibility. Pay is average. New buildings and lots of inventory. Good people in the stores.

    Cons

    Management is poor. Constantly changing directions, lack of appreciation, upper management is very weak. Bonuses are out of reach. Managing by intimidation.

    Advice to Management

    Your biggest asset are your people. Start appreciating them and treating them well or prepare to close your doors.

    Gander Outdoors2016-12-26
  4. Helpful (2)

    "Salary Manager"

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    Former Employee - Hardlines Zone Manager in San Antonio, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Gander Outdoors

    Pros

    Firearm Culture Regulatory Compliance team at Base Camp Vendor purchase programs provide a great value for the outdoor/hunting oriented

    Cons

    -Lack of Work Life Balance -No formal training for salary management -Sales Floor Leader Program is the worst idea ever, it makes you feel like a sleazy used car salesman. -Conversion expectations are unrealistic. (Transactions/Shopper Traffic) -Lack of payroll to properly staff building -Communication from Base Camp is poor and often contradictory. (ie get rid of unnecessary fixtures but keep everything for next...

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    Advice to Management

    Everything should be run like the Regulatory Compliance department. Get rid of SFL and Mystery Shops. Reward your employees when they succeed. Happy employees=Happy Customers. Lower prices to be more competitive. Customers don't care about exceptional customer service, they just want product at the best possible price.

    Gander Outdoors2016-10-01
  5. Helpful (2)

    "Worst company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Hardlines Zone Manager in Fenton, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Gander Outdoors full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good discount program, nice vendor discounts and employees who have same interests

    Cons

    No training at all, given a position handed keys and basicly told good luck. Prices way to high, forced to sell firearms to customers who yell, scream and threaten people in store (this happened twice)

    Advice to Management

    Stop abusing salary management so that no salary people hours can be cut to save money.

    Gander Outdoors2016-04-06
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