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Orvis Company Reviews

Updated February 16, 2017
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Pros
  • Employee Discount, easy to sell product, flexible hours (in 12 reviews)

  • Flexible hours, good pay, and good people (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Varied Upper management communication (in 7 reviews)

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

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  1. "Great brand, questions about the future"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. "Great Company, Great Perks, Great Associates"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  3. Helpful (3)

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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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  5. "Orvis is the family oriented company I always wanted"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent and Easy Retail Job"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Associate
    Current Employee - Sales Associate
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Connections for future jobs, particularly outside of Orvis. As a college student, I met an executive of a massive company who's should be hiring me after graduation. The career opportunities here mainly come from those who visit the store.
    Employee discount is fantastic.
    The products typically sell themselves, provided you know basic knowledge of it.
    1% commission sounds low, but it starts adding up when you're selling $400 jackets.

    Cons

    Easily a tyrant can come in to local management, like the fishing manager at my store who's protected by our District Manager, who never checks in. This creates a culture very hostile and unwelcoming amongst coworkers.
    Comes with promise of upward mobility, but that isn't typically followed through from my understanding.
    The company constantly drops products, despite popularity and profitability. This can be very irksome when dealing with customers or even stuff you want for yourself.
    Little is done to qualm megalomaniacs who steal sales. I don't say that as someone spineless, being that I've 95% of the time met and exceeded my numbers.
    No holiday pay for those who are part-time. If I'm working 4th of July, most places would pay it I think.
    1% commission is very low in the slow months, like February.

    Advice to Management

    Provide management evaluations to employees.
    Stop dropping products so frequently.
    Carry with more variety 3rd party brands, such as Filson.
    Carry small sizes in the store because not everyone who comes in is massive.
    Actually follow through with promises given to employees.


  7. "Good Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  8. "A Great Part-time gig"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  9. "CSR"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great group of coworkers and supervisors.

    Cons

    Salary too low for the amount of knowledge and skills required.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Customer Service Rep"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Orvis Company full-time

    Pros

    Flexible hours, okay start pay. Great benifits

    Cons

    Upper management who have been here for 10+ years have their favorites and if youre not one then you wont succeed. Raises are negligent, and unlikely.

    Advice to Management

    Don't play favorites, give reps who work hard the acknowledgement they deserve and treat everyone the same.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Good"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Commission
    Co - workers
    Easy going environment

    Cons

    Short lunch breaks
    Not a lot of career opportunities



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