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Oakley Reviews

Updated February 6, 2017
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  • Upper management is moving Oakley to resemble their other companies and brands (in 20 reviews)

  • Low Pay, can be stressful at times (in 14 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "It's personally costs you a fortune to be an outside sales rep"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Outside Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Outside Sales Representative
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Like being self employed. Good for the self-driven.

    Cons

    Lots of expenses. None covered. Buy own samples. Super expensive.

    Advice to Management

    Sales reps need to be made employees. Independent contractor status only benefits Oakley/Luxottica by avoiding having to pay benefits and other employment costs. Company is very male-driven, and the women hired at the corporate office are often 20-30 yrs. old. There is definitely a "type" that gets hired there.


  2. "Managment"

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    Current Employee - Sales Lead in Southlake, TX
    Current Employee - Sales Lead in Southlake, TX

    I have been working at Oakley part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great discounts
    relaxed work envirmonment
    Casual dress code

    Cons

    Pay
    I work full time hours at part time so they get to save on benefits
    Large turnover rate
    Dying brand

    Advice to Management

    Tell the truth and be up front don't paint this picture that Oakley is still this amazing brand. Tell them that lux has destroyed this company form the outside.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Formerly a great place to work..."

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    Former Employee - Merchandiser in Foothill Ranch, CA
    Former Employee - Merchandiser in Foothill Ranch, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Oakley full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Before the company was gutted (both physically and culturally), it was a fantastic place to work. That environment no longer exist.

    Cons

    Cutthroat management per Luxottica. No direction and little strategy. Massive layoffs.

    Advice to Management

    What's done is done - too late to save the once thriving culture that built the business.


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  5. Helpful (5)

    "Company has gone downhill in every way."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Oakley full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great employee discount, coworkers are typically very down to earth and easy to work with, benefits are pretty good. Three years ago I would have said upper management is a joy to work for, but they have all been sacked.

    Cons

    This company is no longer Oakley. This is Luxottica. And Luxottica only succeeds by buying up the competition. The current state of the company isn't even recognizable to anyone who knows how the company was started or what drives its consumer. They have chased away the original core customer and have done nothing to attract new ones. It is obvious in the downward spiral in sales and in product quality. The soul has been dismantled and the remaining shell has absolutely no idea what it wants to be.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out what made Oakley profitable. Before the Luxottica takeover Oakley was posting double digit profits. Lux's first priority was to move manufacturing to China and their other factories across the globe....to save money. And where has that gotten them? Sales are lower than they have ever been. The soul of Oakley resided in military, x games and people who were the opposite of mainstream. Perhaps you should turn the operations of the company to someone in the U.S. who understands that philosophy and take control away from Italians who are only interested in bottom line dollar. Profits>culture=failure.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Design"

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    Former Employee - Designer in Foothill Ranch, CA
    Former Employee - Designer in Foothill Ranch, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Oakley full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Travel and some good people to work with.

    Cons

    Leadership changes every 6 months, nothing consistent... Org chart is very complicated causing bad miss communication.

    Advice to Management

    Needs structure, better communication, would help if a leader would step up and tell everybody the direction of the brand


  7. "Assistant Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Oakley full-time

    Pros

    Great discount with great products

    Cons

    Upper management is completely unmotivating and doesn't pay you what you deserve. Simply being a cost cutting measure instead of rewarding your long time employees

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your stores. Listen to customers and stop overthinking. You're doing everything backwards and hurting hard working people in the process.


  8. "No more work/life balance"

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    Current Employee - IT Developer in Foothill Ranch, CA
    Current Employee - IT Developer in Foothill Ranch, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Oakley (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The people are the best reasons to be at Oakley, but all the good ones are leaving. Still a casual environment.

    Cons

    Lux is just chopping the company up. People are leaving and there's a hiring freeze. Those of us who are left are picking up the slack with no additional pay. Work/life balance used to be great, now it's awful. The pay has always been below average, but the freedom and lifestyle made up for it. Now that that's all gone, there's no reason to stay for sub-par wages. I'm actively seeking employment elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Don't over work the employees who are left. Realize your employees' value and have them be in the position that best suits their contributions to the company, not just the holes that you have to fill from people leaving.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Run far away from this place!!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Oakley full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pay is low, but they make up for it by bribing you with free clothes 4x a year and giving you an insane discount on product. -- if you want to get paid in stuff instead of taking home an actual paycheck, this is the place for you.

    People are mostly cool, but they are leaving by the dozens each month.

    Cons

    You will be over worked and under paid. There is little room for growth once you become a manager. Pay increase are non existent - annual raises are a joke.

    The company has zero vision, and the direction they want to head changes every couple of months with restructures and layoffs at corporate.

    Culture has gone out the window. Oakley 2.0 had a fighting shot but Oakley 4.0 is doomed to fail thanks to Lux creating a toxic environment with their hostile takeover and completely watering the brand down.

    Advice to Management

    I loved my job, LOVED, but that changed drastically in the last 1-2 years. People work for people. Bring back the people that busted their butt to make the company great -- and ditch the mentality and only Lux internals will be your saving grace BECAUSE THEY HAVEN'T LIVED UP TO THAT.


  10. "Relaxed company, low end customer base"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pretty strict on only 40 hours per week. So it provides great flexibility for college kids.

    Cons

    No longer makes decisions that benefit the customer. Looks to cut corners where ever possible by make cheap changes. Very promotion dependant customer base that has watered down the brand.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "designer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foothill Ranch, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foothill Ranch, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    good discounts, benefits. Flexible hours if you have a nice boss

    Cons

    No culture anymore, people walking around like zombies

    Advice to Management

    get new management



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