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Updated March 13, 2017
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  • Retail in general is tough- especially creating work/life balance (in 81 reviews)

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  1. "Underpaid!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Memphis, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at NIKE full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are great and affordable

    Cons

    You'll never be paid what you're worth and prettt much never be promoted into the position that you already do the work for'

    Advice to Management

    Promote great employees versus just bragging about how good they are and give better pay! Almost every regular worker has a second job because Nike salary doesn't measure up


  2. "Don't contract here"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Software Engineer in Portland, OR
    Current Contractor - Software Engineer in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Cool campus, nice coworkers, good food on campus, can wear leggings as pants

    Cons

    I would strongly discourage ever contracting for Nike. No full-time employee ever gets fired, so expect to be working with a lot of incompetent people who are just coasting along. People are stuck in their ways, and sexism is rampant. If you're a female employee, expect to be disrespected and interrupted constantly

    Advice to Management

    Recruit better people for management positions and fire the people who are not doing a good job


  3. "Social Media Specialist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NIKE full-time

    Pros

    Supporting inspirational campaigns and having the opportunity to meet with people in other departments

    Cons

    Consumer services is a black hole and management is terrible.

    Advice to Management

    Have some transparency and encourage people to grow.


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  5. "Sales"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at NIKE part-time

    Pros

    Discount on all Nike gear

    Cons

    Managers were difficult to work for. Customers made a disaster of the stores


  6. "Art director"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NIKE full-time

    Pros

    Safe, comfortable, easy work life, once you're in, you're in

    Cons

    Big, not creative, too many old players, Portland sucks, no diversity

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the youth


  7. "Amazing company, assuming you're not in their retail stores"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Seasonal Athlete in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Seasonal Athlete in Dallas, TX
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you love the brand and its products working at an inline or flagship store is great as you get your hands on the latest Nike has to offer and help introduce their innovations to consumers. It's also good to have a background and interest in sports as everything down to the job titles are sports-related.

    Cons

    At least in the store I am working in, 90% of the management team is incompetent and does nothing for their employees but play favorites. They push Nike's culture and values to no end, and while Nike's core values are a good foundation for both a company and in general, management treats it mostly as BS to help their store's bottom line. I understand it is a business but the point of shopping directly at Nike is not just for premium product and selection but also for premium service. They tell us to cater to the athlete's needs but only if that means hassling them to needlessly add on to their purchase - that creates a consumer experience no different than shopping at a commission-based store such as Foot Locker and Finish Line.
    On the point of management playing favorites, if you are new in the store, get ready to get shafted on hours and responsibilities. You'll constantly be given unfavorable shifts and have to pick up the slack of the "veterans". Have an emergency and need to call off? Be prepared to be given a dirty look for the duration of the next shift you work, possibly even after that. I realize it is a high-volume retail store but work-life balance is close to non existent here, probably because since management loves to be in the store all day anyway, you should too.
    They also seem to hire and retain less based on the qualities of an employee and more on their "look".

    Advice to Management

    Treat all your employees equally and actually care for the successes of BOTH your staff and your customers - don't just say you do because Nike says so. Do that and maybe the turnover rate can actually begin to decrease rather than keep growing.


  8. "Director"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Big giant company where if you are in the 80% you can float until retirement.

    Cons

    Campus / Parking is a nightmare
    20% of the workforce actually gets work done
    The leader of your division is probably paying attention for the first year in role, after that they are looking for their next move
    Report to people who have zero idea of what you do
    Meetings for Meetings for Meetings

    Advice to Management

    Grow up. A Matrix environment does not work. Empower people to make decisions. Run the business like it is your own money you are spending. Too much waste, too many egos, Brand is getting old and dusty


  9. "Sales Associate"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Myrtle Beach, SC
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Myrtle Beach, SC

    Pros

    bonuses, fun work atmosphere, and discounts

    Cons

    pay, work hours, and benefits

    Advice to Management

    quit stressing workers.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Arhlete"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good brand and clothes and the company has a great history.

    Cons

    Too clicky and not enough room to make your own direction at the company.

    Advice to Management

    Dixersify your staff from ulumni and family/friends.


  11. Helpful (11)

    "Awesome brand, awful culture"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Designer in Beaverton, OR
    Former Employee - Designer in Beaverton, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at NIKE full-time

    Pros

    Be a part of the most powerful brand on earth. Everything Nike does is designed to inspire a global audience.

    Cons

    You'll read a bunch of glowing reviews about Nike's culture. Most employees are drinking gallons of Kool Aid and buy into the brand hype more than Nike consumers do. You'll often hear employees say "working for Nike has been a life long dream" of theirs. This is a huge blindspot-- nobody wants to say anything negative, about anything or anyone, ever. It's all cheerleading and roses, and everyone feels lucky just to be there. The power of the brand is also their achilles heel.

    I love the brand too, but Nike has worst corporate culture I've ever encountered, at any company. No accountability anywhere. Seniority always trumps talent. Everyone talks a big game about teamwork, but it's every man for himself, all the way up the ladder as far as I could tell. Zero investment in developing their people-- no HR presence anywhere. Got a rotten manager? Abusive colleague? Too bad, there's nobody to help you. I never even had an HR person in my division. Giant high school popularity contest, zero meritocracy. Multiple groups with the same assignments and charter will work in silos for months, even years, without knowing about each other. When they find out about each other, it devolves into Game of Thrones/Hunger Games. Back stabbing, idea stealing, and double-crossing are all common practice in these scenarios; I saw it at very high levels of the company, too. It's a flat out organizational disaster with a flaky day-to-day culture: show up late (or not at all) to meetings, everything gets a green light/thumbs up face to face but nobody backs up their word when it comes to budgeting or anything else that requires an actual commitment. Senior leadership stays loyal to terrible under-performers who are allowed to waste millions of dollars and ruin multiple careers beneath them because they've "been at Nike since the early days." I personally worked inside a gigantic "bozo explosion" that worked exactly the way Jobs described it: B players hiring C players hiring D and F players, all the way down the line. These same clowns then 'fail up' into positions of higher and higher salary with less and less accountability because nobody wants to have tough conversations or real talk. Basically it's a giant playground run by the children who keep their friends in cushy, undeserved roles while great talent is squandered beneath them and eventually leaves for other companies. And no, I'm not generalizing my own path-- in my first 2 years I watch a list of all-stars quit in disgust. Nike didn't care. They didn't even bother with exit interviews. The attitude is "you're lucky to work here, so if you don't like it there's something wrong with you."

    Advice to Management

    Maybe cut back on the lavish "ideation" off sites to Paris and Tokyo and try paying attention to what's happening on the ground. Slide deck presentations are not a substitute for actual knowledge about anything-- not product, not strategy, and not culture. You probably came from the first or second generation of employees, so you should be extremely concerned that the culture that made Nike great is dying and being replaced by a culture of poisonous self-promotion. But I never got the sense that most of you care. You let idiots run entire divisions astray because they're good ol' boys. Yes the stock is killing it and the company looks healthy on the outside, but it's not healthy inside the berm. The decline has already begun, and unless you start acting like leaders and making tough decisions (read: start firing people) you'll be remembered as the generation who crashed the boat.



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