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Oakley Reviews

Updated September 7, 2017
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  • Just about all of upper management (in 22 reviews)

  • At the moment there is a tense atmosphere because of the integration with the parent Company (Luxottica) (in 16 reviews)

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  1. "was great"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Luxottica ruined oakley...no longer the same.
    no pros

    Cons

    tje dismantlimg of a once great American brand


  2. Helpful (2)

    "ehhh, skip it"

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    Former Employee - Sales Lead in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Lead in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Oakley (More than a year)

    Pros

    Occasional bonuses if you make quarterly goals and 75% off glasses.

    Cons

    Commission based feel and pressure but no commission/compensation for amount of glasses you sell personally.

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring coked out store managers who only care about how they look to their district managers and making employees feel uncomfortable to make sales and/or flex their power. I endured three store managers in a years time...first one was great but left. The last two were not about treating employees with respect, dignity or equality. Extremely unprofessional, sexist and loved doing cocaine in the manager room on the job. 1/2 star experience....beyond glad I moved on.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Was Great"

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

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

    Pros

    Great work/life balance, amazing co-workers and a fun environment. Worked hard and played hard.

    Cons

    Was great until the official LUX takeover.

    Advice to Management

    n/a


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Production Planner Review"

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    Former Employee - Production Planner in Foothill Ranch, CA
    Former Employee - Production Planner in Foothill Ranch, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Don't you want to wake up and go in to work wearing your shorts and just a t-shirt and sandals? (Manufacturing areas excluded of course). The company culture and environment is very laid back and casual.

     - On site clinic so you don't have to go out for doctor's visit or anything and the prescription is mostly included with your co-pay in the new PPO plan, it was not in the previous HMO plan.
     - Casual environment as mentioned above, being able to wear shorts and a hoodie to work, heck even a tank top too! Along with the casual environment, being able to drink at your desk on a Friday afternoon with your team members is definitely a plus! The team members were fun and friendly and supervisors/managers displayed the same casual attitude also but seriousness when needed.
     - Really good discounts on the products, more than 60% off from retail but there is an annual cap. During the holidays there will be days where purchases won't count towards the yearly cap which is a plus if you want to buy some gifts for the holidays.
     - Team events were pretty cool also, paintballing, dodgeball on trampoline etc. But it depends on your department as well, but Supply Chain team events were pretty good!
     - Company paid training for Six Sigma and APICS, take advantage of this if you can since APICS courses are very expensive.

    Cons

    The above pros are great, but there are also quite a bit cons that go alongside as well. I was not at Oakley that long, but in the short term I have been there, it felt like Oakley culture and values were slowly being migrated towards Luxottica. Oakley is now just another brand in Luxottica's empire. The team members that have been there before the Luxottica buyout can attest to how much has changed from being Oakley who it was to now just another Luxottica brand. One great example of how Luxottica not really caring that much is when the DC was moved to Atlanta, they forgot about the Oakley Custom side of the business and did not take that in to consideration for their migration! So 30 days before we were to evacuate the Ontario DC, it was just dropped on us that we needed to come up with the storage space in FHR (Foothill Ranch) for the stuff coming back from Ontario DC. How can it be forgotten that there is the Custom side of the business that also needs to be considered for the DC migration to Atlanta? Speaking of Custom, within the planning department this area along with the Rx side is constantly being pushed to the side over the finished goods. The simple answer week in and week out was "your back order is only 5, mine is 5000 so you won't get the materials for your back order". Having to hear that every single week burned me out, it's extremely difficult to maintain your area when that is what you have to hear all the time. This ideology only exists because it gets supported by management, but yet when I want to build extra in anticipation of next weeks orders, I am told to only cover this week's back orders; but yet the very next week I will be asked to expedite and prioritize that same frame. Almost everything is pretty much expedite this, expedite that, and when you constantly have to work with that frame set, how can you be an effective Supply Chain? You are asked to keep back orders low but yet will not get the support you need and will get questioned on it afterwards. The Custom and Rx side of the business is pretty much always brushed aside all the time by the other departments as well, not just Supply Chain.

    If you are going to join Oakley as a Production Planner (for the Custom & Rx side), be aware of what was mentioned on the last few sentences.

    The medical plan had changed from HMO to all PPO only. If you are pretty healthy and have no medical needs, PPO works out as you will not need to use it but in the odd chance of an accident then the cost will jump up (there are 3 levels of the plan, this applies to the cheaper option). From Christmas to New Years most of the company is off and you are forced to either take PTO or unpaid time off. There is a great amount of uncertainty surrounding Oakley and it doesn't create good morale for the company. There isn't going to be much growth within the company, how can there be when Luxottica pretty much owns everything in the eye-wear industry.

    The new office layout does not provide any room for productivity as it is now an open office environment. Not all areas have gone to this layout get but Supply Chain is slowly moving towards it. With the open office you're susceptible to louder noises from other team members that are distracting and there's barely any desk room for you to stretch.

    Advice to Management

    If the team decides to hire a Production Planner for the Custom/Rx side, it would be better if they are bilingual since the majority of the manufacturing team members are primary Spanish speaker. It will make it easier for them to communicate with them and be aligned in the same direction. The Custom/Rx side of planning should be treated with the same respect as finished goods, but I doubt that will change in the foreseeable future since it hasn't over the last few years.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Great products and innovations, company is lost"

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

    I worked at Oakley (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great people, great products, casual environment

    Cons

    Ever since the company has sold the focus is only on making money

    Advice to Management

    Not sure you can right this sinking ship


  6. Helpful (2)

    "It’s a shell of its former self."

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    Former Employee - Licensed Optician Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Licensed Optician Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Unique work environment. Great customers.

    Cons

    Middle management is incompetent. Retail HR are puppets for the admins.

    Advice to Management

    Learn your jobs.

    Who are your customers? What’s going on in your markets? What solutions are you providing to your teams?

    Do not tell someone how to do their job, if you don’t know what the job entails.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Underqualified"

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

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

    Pros

    Laid back environment; great hours;

    Cons

    Promoting someone to a key managerial position who lacks the basic qualification to be a manager

    Advice to Management

    - hire qualified individuals

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Great place for years until parent company gutted most of the original company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foothill Ranch, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foothill Ranch, CA

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

    Pros

    Lifestyle sports action company to the fullest - great company events, bring your dog to work, laid back atmosphere but hard working environment. Great brand with great history.

    Cons

    Parent company completely gutted a majority of the company and only a few functions exist going forward.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Extensive travel"

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    Former Employee - Supplier Quality Specialist in Foothill Ranch, CA
    Former Employee - Supplier Quality Specialist in Foothill Ranch, CA

    I worked at Oakley (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great environment, benefits and work atmosphere

    Cons

    50-75% travel
    High turnover rate


  10. Helpful (1)

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

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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.


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