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Vans Reviews

Updated February 21, 2017
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Pros
  • Also great discount on clothing (in 56 reviews)

  • 50% discount off everything & 30% off sale, 70% and 50% off sale if you're employee of the month (in 36 reviews)

Cons
  • No commision, minimum wage, no full time (in 22 reviews)

  • Very low pay and difficult to get a raise (in 21 reviews)

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  1. "Vans"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Stock Supervisor in Woodstock, GA
    Current Employee - Stock Supervisor in Woodstock, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company who cares about their employees. Easy going environment but still a focus on the job at hand! The management staff is really good about training associates and working with them to improve their production.

    Cons

    The slow season is pretty rough as far as hours per week go. Besides that Vans is a great company to work for.


  2. "Good work environment, awful management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Floor Supervisor in Fort Myers, FL
    Current Employee - Floor Supervisor in Fort Myers, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -fun
    -the company encourages individual style
    -fast-paced in an outlet setting
    -not too rigorous work
    -really good discount and first priority to new product

    Cons

    -not good hours for part time
    -SM and ASM are the final word in store, and will disregard the DM's advice and demands

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your inferiors, earn respect and don't demand it.


  3. "Great"

    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
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Managers
    Environment
    People
    Shoes
    Everything really

    Cons

    Nothing everything is fun as long as you love working there

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing you


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  5. "Wouldn't recommend"

    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
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Vans full-time

    Pros

    50% off all merchandise

    Cons

    Not allowed to hangout with co workers outside of work.


  6. "Sales Associate"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Vans part-time

    Pros

    Fun people, relaxed environment, Selling a good product, personable atmosphere.

    Cons

    Sometimes short handed on staff, early opening late close.

    Advice to Management

    Work and projects should be divided more evenly among sales associates.


  7. "Good for High School Students."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Vans part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    All Vans employees receive 50% off everything in store-- including the sneakers!
    Managers are very motivating for employees to meet their sales goals
    You meet great and super chill co-workers
    Rewards; including Christmas sneakers the brand gives to its employees every year (and every year is different) and 70% discount when you are the person with the most sales for 3 consecutive weeks in one month.
    You get to work on stock, the sales floor, and cash register over time; associates learn a variety of tasks and learn to be more customer oriented.
    Being that Vans has become a huge deal due to "damn daniel," and Kanye West making it main stream, you meet a lot of cool people; possibly even celebrities depending on which location you are working at.
    If you are a manager you get the opportunity to go to California during the summer and you go to Disney; you meet a lot of other managers working in the same brand and others who work under Vans for work-related meetings and reward ceremonies.

    Cons

    Only gives 4-6 hour shifts for Associates
    Minimum of 3 days out of the week, depending on if you frequently meet sales goals
    All sales associates and floor supervisors work only part-time, only the manager and assistant manager are full time.
    Not commission based even though they make meeting sales a huge deal
    Black out dates - You can't miss out on work AT ALL on certain times of the year
    You have to deal with a lot of families and obnoxious teenagers during the beginning of every school year--can get super annoying
    You're required to live breathe and eat Vans for breakfast everyday-- your shoes and shirt must be from Vans when working (some managers are flexible on wearing a Vans shirt though, thank god)

    Advice to Management

    Make better Vans shirts for females, perhaps without the logo.
    You should also try to accommodate to your workers financial needs; make Vans commission based! Employees work super hard to meet sales goals so that the brand can make money; they deserve to earn apart of what they make for you! They are walking models that wear your sneakers and your clothes; they make money and give the brand their checks; it shouldn't be that way!
    And when someone goes to a district manager instead of going directly to human resources, the situation should be taken just as seriously, and not just pushed to the side because of favoritism.
    (To the person reading this, always go to Human Resources for any issues involving an employee, but ESPECIALLY your employer; manager, asm.)


  8. "Floor Supervisor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Floor Manager Supervisor in Santa Ana, CA
    Former Employee - Floor Manager Supervisor in Santa Ana, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Vans part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule. Great job during college. Fun and exciting company. I learned a lot about management through the company. As Steve Van Doren said it was about the people not waving the brand around like a flag.

    Cons

    Benefits are slim to none if you aren't an asm or store manager. Peak season makes or breaks employees. Say goodbye to holidays.

    Advice to Management

    Don't let go of the values the Van Dorens held.


  9. "Store Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Store Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Store Manager in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Greatest company to work for!
    Amazing discount
    Great corporate management

    Cons

    Difficult to move up, as well as communicate with district managers.
    A little disorganized.

    Advice to Management

    Store managers and district managers should be more strictly managed. If someone is not performing to standard, they should not be able to move up based on time in position alone.


  10. "great first job!!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Tysons Corner, VA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Tysons Corner, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Vans part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    management
    great starting job
    awesome co-workers
    never had an issue getting enough hours

    Cons

    new hires can be flaky

    Advice to Management

    keep being amazing


  11. "vans sucks"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    cheap shoes and laid back

    Cons

    terrrible company living off its history



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