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Oakley Reviews

Updated July 24, 2017
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  • Upper management is moving Oakley to resemble their other companies and brands (in 20 reviews)

  • company sold itself to parent company (in 15 reviews)

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  1. "Work hard play hard"

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

    I worked at Oakley full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    It is fast pace and you learn a lot. A lot of events and it was a good brand to work for.

    Cons

    Everything is moving to the parent company. Oakley is become more corporate and the quality of the product is not what it used to be


  2. "Simple work, decent pay as an Assembler"

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    Former Contractor - Assembler in Foothill Ranch, CA
    Former Contractor - Assembler in Foothill Ranch, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Oakley as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I was able to work 60 hours a week and made a good amount of overtime money.
    The work was very simple and non-stressful.
    The staff were relatively cheerful and friendly.
    I only worked there for two months as a summer job and they brought in a really good taco truck for all the staff as a reward for being accident free for awhile.
    From what I saw, management was friendly and engaged.

    Cons

    I worked there as a temp worker on a contract, so I think my pay was a bit less.
    The hours were tough. 10 hours a day starting at 4am.
    It was tedious work, but was not allowed to listen to headphones during it. (I was only a temp so I ended up still doing this, but technically you're not allowed)

  3. Helpful (5)

    "Luxottica is single handedly killing this brand"

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    Current Employee - Manufacturing in Foothill Ranch, CA
    Current Employee - Manufacturing in Foothill Ranch, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Oakley full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Office culture is good - used to be great. Decent benefits, although the medical is sub-par to what it used to be. Vacation, 401K is good, if you have tenure. Discounts are always a plus, but we keep making so-so product now. Some travel is nice, but all of the fun Oakley shenanigans have all but disappeared - we must conform to what Italy wants.

    Cons

    Medical was downgraded this year. Get ready for a huge deductible. Lay offs killed all processes. Not much room for growth, unless you play the games and are part of "the club". Too much focus on penny pinching and not enough resources/people to get projects done efficiently. Projects have unrealistic timelines.

    Advice to Management

    Luxottica does not understand the culture or the brand impact. It has just fallen in the cracks of their money hungry management. Italy - let us go back to how Oakley was, our ideas, our concepts, quality products, innovative, respected brand. Let the people that bleed this brand make it great again and keep those who don't understand Oakley, to take care of Ray-ban.


  4. "A great job for getting started in retail."

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Honolulu, HI
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Honolulu, HI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great discounts on products and gear for the employees.

    Cons

    No bonuses or commissions and not much room for growth within the company.

    Advice to Management

    Incentives would be great for the front-line sales force.


  5. "Product developer"

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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

    Pros

    Nice office, although people were always sick.

    Good cafeteria.

    Cons

    Employees were over worked and stressed.
    Management did not offer training or support for new hires.

    Advice to Management

    Be more supportive for team. You hire someone new, they should be trained on the company processes.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "The "cool" factor has changed"

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    Current Employee - Production Manager in Foothill Ranch, CA
    Current Employee - Production Manager in Foothill Ranch, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Employee development is nothing but a buzz word and Ultimately depends who you report to.

    Cons

    98% of your time is spent keeping up with change

    Advice to Management

    Treat the employees like people instead of robots.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Former leadership at Oakley (now Luxottica)"

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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
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I can only review the Foothill Ranch corporate office:

    The people are amazing. Hands down, the most down to earth team that genuinely cared about each other and were incredibly passionate about the brand. I left with many lifelong friendships.

    Great work/life balance at the time. Director level and above have "unlimited" vacation days which certainly doesn't mean that you can take months off but definitely within reason. It really depended on your boss, though. Some more strict than others.

    Cons

    This is the painful part...Luxottica. To give some background, when Oakley was purchased in 2007, Lux had initially wanted to fold Oakley under all of their own operations but the CEO of Lux at the time wanted to keep the integrity of Oakley as an iconic SoCal performance eyewear brand and left it intact.

    Fast forward to 2016 and soft retail sales (combined with big accounts like The Sports Authority going out of business) and the business was going through some difficult times. Lux stepped in and moved all business units under their umbrella: retail to Ohio, wholesale and digital North America to NY--all with global management based in Milan. They also centralized brand marketing and many operational functions into the Milan office, leaving only design, R&D, NA marketing, manufacturing, military, and a few other bits and pieces in California.

    My main concern for this amazing brand is that it will not get the individualized attention necessary to be differentiated in the marketplace and it will just die off, becoming another label on a wall of sunglasses at Sunglasses Hut. I hope I am wrong.

    As for the new structure, the transition was done so quickly and, in my opinion, with very little thought that the "new" teams lack the bandwidth and skill to execute properly. To be up front, they sliced team size by more than 50% in most cases and handed work to people who already had full time jobs with other brands within Lux. Sounds like it will be challenging to manage this way. Again, I hope I am wrong.

    Advice to Management

    None needed. It's an entirely new team based in Milan and they don't take advice from Americans. (Not meant to be offensive. It's just true.)

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Hard work for a long time"

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    Former Employee - Tax Associate in Foothill Ranch, CA
    Former Employee - Tax Associate in Foothill Ranch, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Oakley lets you feel your way around and create a position, but it's very hard work and long hours.

    Cons

    long hours with little reward. manager not very sensitive and quite argumentative.

    Advice to Management

    Train managers and monitor them better. there was a lot of unnecessary crying and arguing which could have been avoided if the manager was trained.


  9. "Oakley is ok"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great incentives and bonus structure

    Cons

    Unorganized and still trying to figure out how to brand itself


  10. "Print Producer"

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    Former Employee - Print Prod in Foothill Ranch, CA
    Former Employee - Print Prod in Foothill Ranch, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Oakley full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great culture and work environment

    Cons

    Not a lot of opportunity for growth

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the ideas of your employees and engage your subordinates


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