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Updated February 15, 2017
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Pros
  • There is an opportunity for a good work-life-balance at Patagonia and the current CEO does seem to truly care about maintaining this, too (in 9 reviews)

  • Patagonia offers a great work environment and the possibility for growth (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • Uncertainty about job, Little to no upward mobility (in 5 reviews)

  • Little to no achievement recognition (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Great Place for the Right People"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Patagonia part-time

    Pros

    Strong company culture and positive brand values; if you fit in with the values, lifestyle and the design aesthetic it's a great place to work. Nice people. Nice environment. Good product discounts. Good cafeteria.

    Cons

    Fluorescent lighting. Decent/good pay, not great.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Seamstress"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Seamstress Repairs in Reno, NV
    Former Employee - Seamstress Repairs in Reno, NV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Hours were great, good flexibility

    Cons

    Many non English speaking employees.
    Not a good place for a Republican. I had my car vandalized a few times. Bananas smashed on my windshield. Lug nuts removed from wheels. Front desk told me it was because of my conservative bumper sticker

    Advice to Management

    Tolerance works both ways


  3. "Me thinks a little to full of the cool aid"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reno, NV
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reno, NV
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Patagonia full-time

    Pros

    Historically cool company, great environmental and social conscience. Sometimes you get to work with cool like minded people.

    Cons

    It's just another jobs with allot of cubical mentality for an outdoor company. Seemed to be allot of using seasonal employee and they may even stoke some of the division between staff.

    Advice to Management

    Thanks loved the history and gear. You have got to get rid of some of the older dead wood.
    Please quit the bi-weekly we're so great gatherings?


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  5. "One of the best retail places to work."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in New York, NY

    I worked at Patagonia part-time

    Pros

    Cool pay. One hour break. Great discounts on Patagonia products.

    Cons

    7 hours of standing and folding clothes.


  6. "Great for Values Driven People"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ventura, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ventura, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Patagonia full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The company does live by its mission statement and if you are an environmentalist and values driven person, you'll feel good about working for Patagonia.

    There is an opportunity for a good work-life-balance at Patagonia and the current CEO does seem to truly care about maintaining this, too.

    Cons

    The company has employees who don't leave and thus have very long tenure. While this means there is a great deal of historical knowledge, it can also mean that new ideas don't come in very often, or are simply not welcomed. This can lead to dysfunction in management and leadership.

    The relatively flat organization makes advancement difficult and the longer you work for the company, the more you can be underpaid; new hires often make more than existing staff in similar positions.

    Advice to Management

    Embrace change and hire strategic thinkers who fit the culture.


  7. "Fixed-Interim Sales Associate"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Retail Sales Associate in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Retail Sales Associate in Chicago, IL
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Incredible discount, along with a very progressive company that gives employees a voice in giving back to environmental campaigns

    Cons

    Like any retail job there was not a lot of support within the local level of management

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees more and show consideration for employees' time


  8. "Sales Associate"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Retail Sales Associate
    Former Employee - Retail Sales Associate
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Patagonia part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Pretty big discounts on most gear, still sizable on most other gear, coworkers are great to work with, easy going, not stressful even when it is busy

    Cons

    On your feet a lot which is expected in retail, slow at times, I folded A LOT of shirts but that is also expected in retail.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work, it is great that you work the floor and are not "above" selling the product .


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Order Management Specialist"

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

    I worked at Patagonia (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Great benefits
    -Awesome company culture
    -Flexible schedule
    -Paid time off for outdoor field days
    -Discounted gear

    Cons

    It can be difficult to move up in the company.

    Advice to Management

    Keep promoting professional growth as much as possible. Create more opportunities for workers to learn new skills and find out what they're passionate about.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work if you can afford to live off the money paid."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great discount, amazing company and I met amazing people working there. The company let me transfer between stores which was great.

    Cons

    Hourly rate, the locations of the stores makes it hard to make a living off of what they pay. Luckily they give you so much product because you can't afford to purchase it as an employee.

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within, some of my friends have have continued to work in the company and I tried to as well.


  11. Helpful (5)

    "Better than most, but not perfect."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Key Account Coordinator in Reno, NV
    Current Employee - Key Account Coordinator in Reno, NV
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The best reason to work for Patagonia is the flexibility they provide their employees. There is lots of PTO, as well as leave; Maternity & Paternity.

    Cons

    The biggest con's for working for Patagonia are few and far between, but they do exist. With the level of variance in the workload, temporary workers are used regularly during peak seasons, creating a divided workplace.

    Advice to Management

    Take better care of your lower employees, and they will give you more effort.



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