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OtterBox Reviews

Updated April 17, 2017
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Pros
  • Great people, good benefits, great office downtown (in 15 reviews)

  • Awesome Culture, great benefits and profit sharing (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • Sometimes the work-life balance isn't great (in 6 reviews)

  • pay cut by "restructuring" the profit sharing program (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Fun but Meh"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fun environment at times, Nerf gun fights every week, barbecues every couple months, beer and food on a friday once a month, very open and honest management, small environment that you can make drastic changes to if you take the initiative.

    Cons

    Poor organization, dwindling market, small compensation for the San Diego area, small office feel, office is also super conservative looking currently with just cubicles and harsh light,

    Advice to Management

    Organization is key. Lots of work to do but poorly managed so there are people on teams barely doing anything and leaving early while other teams are staying till midnight. Be able to be flexible and let people work through multiple projects to be more efficient with your time. Use your interns better so that they arnt just sitting around getting paid for nothing.


  2. "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Collins, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Collins, CO

    I worked at OtterBox full-time

    Pros

    Fast-paced industry, global business, great customer service

    Cons

    Shrinking market for cell phone cases


  3. "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Collins, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Collins, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at OtterBox (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great Co-workers and building facilities.

    Cons

    High management turnover. Bullpen office environment.

    Advice to Management

    Identify talented individuals that are already in the company and listen to them.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Fast Moving Company, but Too Fast for Employees"

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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Fort Collins, CO
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Fort Collins, CO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at OtterBox (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great Benefits. Very fun culture fun to go to work.

    Cons

    Management sometimes seeks answers that people cannot provide. Company is constantly changing and has frequent changes in workers roles which causes internal issues/politics.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Always changing"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Collins, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Collins, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fast paced, "can do" culture that for the right person, is empowering and engaging.

    Cons

    The pace in which the industry changes can be intimidating for some. Adaptability is a must.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to communicate with transparency to all levels of the organization.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Company in Transition"

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Expert in Fort Collins, CO
    Former Employee - Customer Service Expert in Fort Collins, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at OtterBox (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great work environment with people who are happy to do what they are doing.
    Solid benefits and a culture of work life balance. In my time there I was able to develop my business skills as well as friendships with my co-workers.

    Cons

    Otterbox is in transition. Big layoffs at the beginning of 2016 have really shaken the culture. Despite a professed interest in innovation and team work the recent cuts to the company seem to have fallen predominantly on people looking to make changes and improvements. People who are content being siloed are more likely to stick around.
    I expect encouragement for innovation to begin again once the company has found its new direction.

    Advice to Management

    Remember that Otter culture was not built on metrics as much as it was built on communication of ideas. It sounds like things are toasty on the old 'burning platform' and employees are becoming more focused on keeping their jobs than improving how their team works.


  8. Helpful (4)

    "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Fort Collins, CO
    Former Employee - Manager in Fort Collins, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at OtterBox (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excitement around growth prospects; vibrant team culture; promises of sharing in the success of the company. Many of which never materialized and/or were overblown.

    Cons

    Extremely clicky environment, overly complex efforts to manage the growth with confusing direction and changes in strategy. Financial and fiscal direction questionable at best, with investments in non-core items (planes; local real state; etc) which distract and don't provide employees with confidence the company is investing in core growth.

    Advice to Management

    Back to basics seems to work for many companies, invest in people, products and core growth. Move away from the cult of personality and be more humble.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Things will get better"

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    Former Employee - Employee in Fort Collins, CO
    Former Employee - Employee in Fort Collins, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great environment with lots of sweet perks, competitive salaries and overall great people.

    Cons

    During my time there, I always felt like there were far too many managers over one department. Their creative department had 3 creative directors and another person over them. Crazy. Now that the founder has come back to man the ship and throw the dead weight overboard, I think it could turn out to be great like it was 5 years ago. Here's hoping...

    Advice to Management

    Good, honest, hard working people are what make a great company. Don't water down the profits with lots of managers, etc. Let the people bring innovation and enthusiasm to your company and great things will happen.


  10. "Great culture, great company!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Collins, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Collins, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, good benefits, great office downtown. Includes profit sharing and tons of other great perks like 401K match

    Cons

    Slowing Market. Apple and Samasung sales are slowing in the smartphone market making Otter slow it's revenue

    Advice to Management

    Stop our habit of over promising and under delivering. Be honest up front so we don't end up in a worse situation.


  11. Helpful (6)

    "Still makes me sad"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Fort Collins, CO
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Fort Collins, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It is another company in Colorado to build a resume and get a paycheck. No commitment to employees.

    Cons

    Everyone is out for the money. Just another corporation. Just another day. Just another dollar.

    Advice to Management

    Go back to what you were in 2010


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