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Patagonia Reviews

Updated September 20, 2017
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Rose Marcario
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  • Upper management in this department has little to no knowledge (or education ) in apparel workmanship (in 4 reviews)

  • Typical retail nuances (grumpy customers, long hours, etc (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "great place"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    great place to work at

    Cons

    nothing at all. management is perfect


  2. "Great life work balance"

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

    I have been working at Patagonia full-time

    Pros

    The benefits are great.
    Very relaxed and easygoing atmosphere. Wonderful culture.

    Cons

    Not much of a chance for advancement.

  3. "Great Company Ideals"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Patagonia full-time

    Pros

    Upper management has good morals and ideals sound good on paper

    Cons

    Management has little to no follow through. HR department will say one thing and will do another.

    Advice to Management

    Management should learn about real project development and think about the overall big picture- not so much about short term savings costs etc


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Beware"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Patagonia full-time

    Pros

    Cool company benefits and culture

    Cons

    Lots of sitting, talking to rude customers, immature management, 10 hour work days during the holidays, little recognition

    Advice to Management

    Get more professional supervisors


  5. "Not the typical retail experience"

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    Current Employee - Retail Sales Associate in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Retail Sales Associate in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Patagonia part-time

    Pros

    The company really holds fast to their mission of sustainability. It's part of everything they do. Do a great job of hiring people that share that goal.

    Cons

    Pay could be a little better


  6. Helpful (7)

    "DEVELOPMENT"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ventura, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ventura, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Patagonia (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Daycare on site is the best thing ever.

    Cons

    Upper management in this department has little to no knowledge (or education ) in apparel workmanship. SO if you play dumb, stroke their ego & kiss fat bottoms daily then you'll be praised. Know a little too much and you become a threat...immediate name onto the "hunting the pray" list.
    Overall, department and company is filled with fake team spirit, pretending their not broke becasue the pay is usually lower than the cost of living.
    Most are generally miserable , with too many demands and too little pay.
     Abusive managers go no punishment from HR , making it clear to emplyoees in this department that HR will ALWAYS support management over "workers".
    Too many dorky transplants as incompitant, prancing around with their "wishes" and "inspirations" with no concept of progressive or happening trends.
    DONT BELIEVE THE HYPE.

    Advice to Management

    TOO many ignornat directors with zero ability to lead.
    Pay attention to the amount of terminations within a department.... clearly the problem begins from the top.


  7. "Operations Manager"

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

    I worked at Patagonia full-time

    Pros

    Amazing mission and great product

    Cons

    Compensation isn't the highest

    Advice to Management

    None, they are some of the best

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Retail"

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

    I have been working at Patagonia part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fantastic company in the outdoor industry. Leaders in many areas of how to do business. Currently doing outstanding work with social, environmental causes.

    Cons

    retail employees are the bottom feeders, not nearly enough recognition and or vertical advancement within the company

    Advice to Management

    pay closer attention to retail employees. There are many extremely qualified, and dedicated employees who would be excellent matches for corporate positions if they were given a chance to advance. Implement an active recruitment program that consistently looks and recognizes these employees who may not have a voice to be heard.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Perks are nice but as you advance with the company it becomes more clear that management is in constant chaos."

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    Former Employee - Assistant Store Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Assistant Store Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great employee discount
    Casual work environment
    Opportunities to participate in extracurricular activities (events, volunteerism)
    Healthcare and benefits (medical, dental, 401k)
    Paid to bike to work

    Cons

    Inconsistent direction from corporate, felt like departments did not communicate with each other, leaving retail to attempt to find the balance.
    Selling low quality, petroleum based products (Snap T's, H2NO) and having a trade-in program for a warranty while preaching to the public about sustainability.
    Nepotism to the highest degree, especially in retail, with no opportunity for advancement otherwise.

    Advice to Management

    Patagonia feels like a frat house where it's all about who you know, work ethic and actual leadership are not recognized. Patagonia corporate is comprised of a bunch of "dirtbags" whose company ended up making too much money and they don't know what to do with it all, everybody has an opinion there and, as the liberals that they are, everyone's "opinions" must be respected. Hopefully Rose, their CEO, can pull everyone together and get the ship moving in the right direction, otherwise, they're all going to be in hot water once their Snap-T's go out of style.


  10. "Part-Time Job"

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

    I worked at Patagonia part-time

    Pros

    Got discount in clothes
    Very calm environment

    Cons

    Had to work in holidays


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