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Orvis Company Reviews

Updated May 9, 2017
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  • Upper management who have been here for 10 (in 7 reviews)

  • Across the board small cost of living raises once a year (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Sales Associate"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Orvis offers great products and has exceptional customer service

    Cons

    Some of the customers act as if you owe them something.

    Advice to Management

    not much


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    "Sales Associate"

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    Former Employee - Fly Fishing Guide in Saratoga, WY
    Former Employee - Fly Fishing Guide in Saratoga, WY
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent discounts on premium outdoor gear. Much of the staff is friendly, and has an interest in fishing and outdoors culture.

    Cons

    The Company seeks to benefit on much experience and training that there associates acquire in professions outside of Orvis, and also benefits greatly of how well trained and knowledgeable its employees are, but pays significantly low when considering their value and knowledge.

    Advice to Management

    Boost commission for your sales associates, the 1% commission on sales is hardly motivating. You may generate significantly greater sales if your employees had a more motivating incentive than an extra few dollars for a demanding work day.

  3. "Orvis is the family oriented company I always wanted"

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    Current Employee - Technical Analyst in Roanoke, VA
    Current Employee - Technical Analyst in Roanoke, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Orvis Company full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great Benefits, Family Oriented Environment, Helpful Management, Opportunities for advancement, Competitive Pay, Opportunities for Growth and Development, Excellent HR department that is willing to go the extra mile for their employees!

    Cons

    I have no complaints. They have always been really good to myself and family. I have worked many many places are my lifetime and have never found such a beneficial place!

    Advice to Management

    Assistance in growth to subordinates.


  4. "Good Company"

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    Former Employee - Sales in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Sales in Richmond, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Good work environment
    -Very flexible and has family values
    -Great customer service process that makes for a more positive relationship with the customers

    Cons

    -No real complaints
    -Some popular products would get discontinued or the merchandisers would opt not to select them, which caused longtime customers to gripe about it

    Advice to Management

    -Continue to instill your core values and appreciate your workforce
    -Provide a clearer path for people to aim towards the corporate positions


  5. "A Great Part-time gig"

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    Current Employee - Retail Sales Associate in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Retail Sales Associate in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Ample Employee discount. Excellent local store Management at my location. High quality products with an excellent warranty that you can sell with confidence.

    Cons

    Pay scale attracts part-time transitional candidates or those who are semi-retired who are motivated by the discounts.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to retaining young, energetic, high quality employees with more robust wages and incentives.


  6. "Sales"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Cleveland, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    If you love fishing this is a great place to work. You learn a ton and work with customers and other staff that love it too. Upper management has deep devotion to their long tradition of being a fishing leader. Great employee discount.

    Cons

    You have to work lots of weekends through spring and summer because of all of the free fishing classes they offer. Also you have sell everything else in the store as well like clothes not just fishing stuff. Big pressure that you sell a lot

    Advice to Management

    Remember that people have a life in the summer time and don't want to give up every weekend.


  7. Helpful (7)

    "Stay away terrible company.."

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    Former Employee - Marketing in Burlington, VT
    Former Employee - Marketing in Burlington, VT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working among the gear you love and customers/staff who share similar interests is going to have to be it..because the rest is smoke and mirrors folks...If pay is in the equation walk now because they are not interested in paying for performance..I know many people who worked there several years and hadnt had a review let alone a pay raise...

    Cons

    As much as I liked the product the rest was a huge disappointment..HQ and senior management live in their own little bubble..I heard a senior manager once say " why should I pay anyone more when I can replace them from the multitude looking for jobs" Really dissappointing attitude from most of the Directors( Retail side ) and HR dept..Very elitist attitude..and down right rude...

    Advice to Management

    Orvis is continually hiring because their staff are continually walking..Senior managers

  8. Helpful (3)

    "It use to be a nice place to work"

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    Former Employee - Dealer Specialist in Roanoke, VA
    Former Employee - Dealer Specialist in Roanoke, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Orvis Company (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    atmosphere, dealers, other employees and at first the corporate culture

    Cons

    changed more worried about bottom line

    Advice to Management

    try to act like the company that I was hired into in 1997


  9. "IT Technician"

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    Current Employee - IT Technician in Sunderland, VT
    Current Employee - IT Technician in Sunderland, VT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Orvis Company full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent working environment. Team work and assistance to be the best you can.

    Cons

    Not a permanent position for me

    Advice to Management

    Excellent job!


  10. Helpful (2)

    "orvis"

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    Former Employee - Key Holder in Marlton, NJ
    Former Employee - Key Holder in Marlton, NJ
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Orvis Company (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Decent benefits and product discount, lots of really nice people. excellent fly fishing community

    Cons

    Leadership is out of touch with the technology required for their web business. Managers are often unprofessional and rude. People get promoted based on how well they are liked more often than their job performance.

    Advice to Management

    Embrace the digital age! Recognize and promote hard workers and talented designers. Take some notice of the great employees who aren't in the fishing "fraternity."


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