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Orvis Company Reviews

Updated August 24, 2017
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  • Upper management who have been here for 10 (in 7 reviews)

  • The Fly-Fishing departments of the retail stores are handicapped by a corporate holdback on supplies (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Key Holder"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Key Holder
    Current Employee - Key Holder
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Orvis Company full-time

    Pros

    Employees and Management really do act like family. None of the normal cattiness of retail work.

    Cons

    Poor pay, poor scheduling. They "prefer" a college degree, but only pay $12/hr or so for that degree. Additionally, they tend to schedule me 40 hours a week, but over 6 days so I only get one day off a week.


  2. "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Sussex Unit, WY
    Current Employee - Manager in Sussex Unit, WY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good product discounts. Family Owned. Good job stability.

    Cons

    No weekends off. PTO is doled out due to constant blackout dates. Poor employee retention. Poor pay raises. The Orvis average advertised salary or hourly wage is 2 dollars above my wage per hour... after 8 years of busting my rear for Orvis. H.R.... don't get them involved either. They exist to fire people, not support them. Promotions come with more and longer hours. You promote the brand to the detriment of yourself. You lose any individuality in the corporate culture which is defined and promoted as a positive thing but never trickles down to my level. Work really hard, a wage increase of 10 cents an hour or 30 cents an hour... more and more duties and responsibilities and a lack of support from management. Praise is whispered, criticism is shouted. You will be not valued if you fall afoul of one of the great awesome leaders of the company through rumor, and not your actual performance. Top down management means you will never have the resources you need to get the job done. Tasks such as merchandising, shipment, floor sets, sale set-ups will be commanded even if you have no resources. Just get it done! No over-time allowed. Result? You bust your rear to get things done, no time off, no fishing, no vacation unless it is approved... and it seems limited to when the waters are frozen. Burn-out is rampant now, and the plans of corporate to turn the company around are all over the map and not focused. I have been a customer for 30 years, and know the product and the brand better than most, and it is losing it's focus, even as focus on the brand is a priority at Orvis. The Fly-Fishing departments of the retail stores are handicapped by a corporate holdback on supplies. If you don't invest in the business. it will fail. What you plant will grow. Don't invest and reap a diminished brand.

    Advice to Management

    Employee asset management starts with retention. PAY people, and don't overwork them. Nobody likes goals and key measures that are unattainable without cheating. The Orvis culture was a reaction to poor employee internal reviews. Lip-service is just that. Lipstick on a pig. Promise and deliver, love your employees and support them. They are your best assets.

  3. "Past employee"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Orvis Company full-time

    Pros

    Open communication channels, teamwork approach to projects, and plenty of independence

    Cons

    Challenging and competitive time for retailers


  4. "Great"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Wonderful group of people to work with! Other sales floor associate were always willing to explain products of their expertise.

    Cons

    There was a "system" where you needed to share the customers. This made it hard at times because if you were working with a customer, and another customer ask for your help it came off as hogging the customers.

    Advice to Management

    This company was wonderful to work for and the manager was doing a great job!


  5. "Sales Associate"

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    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


  6. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Orvis Company full-time

    Pros

    Good work/life balance
    Committed to brand
    Great product

    Cons

    Some bizarre senior management
    Company strategy is weak and misprioritized


  7. Helpful (1)

    "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.

  8. "Great brand, questions about the future"

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

    I worked at Orvis Company full-time

    Pros

    Good people. Honest leadership. Beautiful location.

    Cons

    Hasn't grown in years and not much chance anytime soon.


  9. "Great Company, Great Perks, Great Associates"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible hours. The pay is O.K., but the perks and discounts are tremendous

    Cons

    The pay. The lack of direction with the company makes anything long term look futile.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Would be great if management didn't mess it up"

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

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

    Pros

    Get to teach fishing classes
    Get to meet great customers
    Probably good if you are a part time sales associate

    Cons

    Middle management is absolutely atrocious. This company can't keep a manager in place because middle management is so bad. People at corporate are out of touch with the retail stores and don't give you the right products to sell in store. The company doesn't care about fly fishing. They use it to try to set them apart from other stores but use fly fishing as a resource for selling more clothing. Orvis doesn't use their retail store to make sales, as a company they use the stores to create business for the online/catalog ordering. They don't give you the tools to be a successful store.
    The way this company is run and handles things is absolutely appalling and it is showing in sales across the board.

    Advice to Management

    Quit hiring terrible middle management. Find some people who are like minded and can actually manage people.
    Don't expect retail stores to make numbers if you're going to neglect them.
    There is a lot of turn around in the stores. Why do you think that is?


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