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Specialized Bicycle Reviews

Updated March 23, 2017
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Specialized Bicycle Founder & CEO Mike Sinyard
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Pros
  • Lunch rides/lunch yoga/lunch runs/lunch etc (in 21 reviews)

  • great people to collaborate with and an inspiring place to work (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • Work / life balance can be tough, but as long as you work hard, play hard you will figure it out (in 13 reviews)

  • I think it is really important that the exec team realizes where they choose to do business greatly impacts the cost of living for their employees (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great People - Great Opportunities if You're Willing to Work Hard"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Morgan Hill, CA
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Morgan Hill, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Specialized Bicycle full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Good company culture and it's getting better everyday
    - Great people - your coworkers feel like friends/family
    - I feel empowered to change the status quo and make improvements to our business on a daily basis
    - Company is open to acknowledging your career goals and letting you explore different departments and options if you let them know what you're interested
    - Great insurance/benefits options
    - Great Perks: Dog-Friendly, Casual Dress Code, Event/Tuition Reimbursement Programs, 401(k) matching, Donation Matching, Gym on site, yoga classes, flexible work hours
    - Onsite cafeteria is not super expensive and stocks energy drinks! There are free coffee and espresso machines throughout the office

    Cons

    - Morgan Hill is not my favorite place, and is rather expensive for what it is - at least there are good restaurants here to hit up on lunch
    - Pressure to work longer hours even if you don't work out at lunch exists
    - Often feels like there's too much work to go around - not sure if there is an unequal distribution of work or if some people just don't pull their weight and aren't held accountable for that
    - Change happens often and it can be ambiguous - but if you can deal with that type of environment and drive decisions you're involved in, you will still thrive!
    - Can't tell if this is a pro or con or just a comment, but things aren't handed to you here, If you work hard and tell your leadership what you want, they will often try to get you there or find a middle ground

    Advice to Management

    Train your managers on managing people, or offer promotions to other technical positions without having to manage people. Don't just say you're transparent, be transparent! Or at least communicate when you cannot be transparent...


  2. "Supply Chain Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Morgan Hill, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Morgan Hill, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Wellness and Fitness Program.

    Cons

    Fast paced, shifting priorities, tons of meetings. Disorganized at times.


  3. "Good experience, but don't stay too long"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Developer in Morgan Hill, CA
    Former Employee - Product Developer in Morgan Hill, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Specialized Bicycle full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    If you are into bikes - this place is for you! Bike rides, huge discount on all products, fun people, fun events.

    Cons

    Management sucks. There are some people in charge who should never be in charge. Constant change of direction without proper planning. A lot of people wear multiple hats, so they have no time to do their job well. It was hard to get a promotion even though I delivered a lot of good product, had a couple of patents filed, but was not good enough to get a promotion. A lot of people joke that to get ahead you should ride fast at lunch time and Mike S should like you even if you are bad at your job. A lot of people are in constant fear of being laid off. Happened at least twice in the past year. I was there for almost 8 years. I should have moved on after 4. I would be a lot further in my career, if I left earlier. Oh well, no longer there.

    Advice to Management

    Give respect to people who work on your team. Have a clear direction and understanding on who does what. Promote people who deliver and don't ignore women.


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  5. "Good to have on your resume, but don't get too comfortable."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lunch rides/lunch yoga/lunch runs/lunch etc
    Amazing people, some of the best you'll ever meet

    Cons

    Horrible management for the most part, plagued by continual high turnover
    If you are fast, pretty, or young, you will do well here. If you get too old, watch out.
    People are "labelled" and have a hard time shaking that label.
    It can be a bit cult like - I love my coworkers, but people who work at Specialized will live with each other and exclusively hang out with each other outside of work - it can be a bit overwhelming.

    Advice to Management

    I honestly can't say anything they haven't already heard.


  6. "Designer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Specialized Bicycle full-time

    Pros

    Not much if your not a gear head.

    Cons

    Poor management, lazy management, management taking credit for others work

    Advice to Management

    Quit


  7. "Suspension Specialist"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technician in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Technician in Salt Lake City, UT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Specialized Bicycle full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great work environment, with great people. Job is what you'd expect, benefits are amazing.

    Cons

    Moving up within the company isn't promising.

    Advice to Management

    None.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Passionate and Poor"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Morgan Hill, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Morgan Hill, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Specialized Bicycle full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Passionate workers, health/fitness minded, fast moving company.

    Cons

    Industry plagued by low wages, aging business model, poor pay scale, no training.

    Advice to Management

    Develop your team instead of looking for outside talent, adjust pay scale so rockstars stay in company. Pay for training.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good company, but too limited."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Specialized Bicycle full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Group lunch rides, good benefits, fun environment, good work peers and a passionate group.

    Cons

    Constant changing managers and styles, management restructure and fear. Little room for advancement. Sales dictates everything.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the upper end yes men. Stop being a marketing company and always worried about being on top.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "innovate or die - lived daily"

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

    Pros

    If you have a passion and the grit to make it happen, anything is possible, but you have to do the work. great people to collaborate with and an inspiring place to work. the energy is palpable.

    Cons

    it's not a 9-5 job. the innovate or die culture is a good thing if you can swim with the current, if you can't you will sink and depending on what department you work in, there might not be the support there that you need to survive.

    Advice to Management

    let the passionate people do what they think is right and guide them to success. don't stand in the way of progress or jump into the details when its not required.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Fear"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Bagels on Friday, you can workout 2 hours a day, discounts on products, you get a one hundred dollar bill in December

    Cons

    Culture of fear. Senior leaders are blind to what they do everyday to create it. It is easy to be blind to it when it has been how you have operated for decades.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house at the top. Make absolutely sure leaders hired in the recent past are happy. Considering selling the company.



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