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Vans Reviews

Updated September 20, 2017
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  • I made minimum wage, but again it was my first job (in 26 reviews)

  • Part time managers barely make more than (in 23 reviews)

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  1. "Great Benefits, boring job"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You get a free pair of shoes, any kind, your choice. You get great discounts on clothing at both the outlet and the full price stores

    Cons

    Store is TINY so customers constantly complain. The outlets receives low traffic on the week days so it can be painfully boring throughout the week. Music selection is almost all rock with a few hip-hop songs.

    Advice to Management

    When I worked, we had just lost our store manager and we only had one assistant manager so there was definitely a lack of management present


  2. "Not bad"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    discount is great, and its a fun environment

    Cons

    nothing bad to say really

  3. "Good Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Vans part-time

    Pros

    It's a great environment. I love how flexible they are especially since I'm a student. They always are willing to work around my schedule and help me out.

    Cons

    Its difficult to get promoted within your store and to get raises as well. But other than that I couldn't really complain.


  4. "Would avoid now."

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

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

    Pros

    Good discount.
    Rich culture.
    Training program is pretty well thought out.

    Cons

    Terrible middle management.
    Increasingly stressful store environment for no good reason.
    Straying from foundational culture that made this company great in an effort to please shareholders.
    Product quality is getting bad

    Advice to Management

    I love Vans. The brand has been a part of my life for a long time. The culture is rich and I love the overall outlook and the core beliefs and principals it was built on. Unfortunately, Vans has been poisoned by people in middle management who do not care about those core beliefs or the people who uphold them with the customer daily. Middle management I dealt with are power hungry and will burn anyone who gets in their way.

    Vans claims to be a people company who sells shoes, but that is no longer true. They act like your local skate shop and you might just get that vibe as a lower level employee, but don't be fooled. If the Van Doreen family knew the actual state of the working environment for some employees, I think they would be pretty sad.

    Vans has always had the potential to be different. I think with all this recent growth in the retail game, powers that be got greedy and are following a path of destruction that is counter productive to their core beliefs. True Vans culture in the store environment is slowly fading away, and I think that Vans is silly to abandon it.


  5. "Sales Associate"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Schaumburg, IL
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Schaumburg, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great co-workers, Fun environment, Fantastic discounts

    Cons

    Difficult schedule, Most employees do not stay very long

    Advice to Management

    Management is great


  6. "Sales Associate_2011-2012"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Plano, TX
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Plano, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great culture- Fair pay
    - Great for experience in customer service

    Cons

    - Weak training and development
    - Prepare associates for stressful situations

    Advice to Management

    Managers - be sure to have a training plan for new hires before the holiday season (August - January) . A well trained staff will decrease turnover and create a strong team.


  7. "Floor Supervisor"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Vans part-time

    Pros

    Chill environment, great customers, good product

    Cons

    Communication can get lost in translation sometimes between different level of the company. Because of the culture of the product, workers have a tendency of acting immature. HR department needs restructuring.

    Advice to Management

    Communication is key. Make sure toxic employees are weeded out and avoid creation of cliques

  8. "Not Much Pay"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Vans part-time

    Pros

    The atmosphere was pretty chill, I made some good friends from working there. Oliver Peck came to my store once because my location was in an upper-scale mall. It was kinda cool setting up boards in the pro shop and talking to customers about skateboarding. Also, the 50% discount is why I stayed for two years.

    Cons

    Some of the managers were lazy and did the least amount of work, so everyone else has to work harder. The pay was terrible, the most I got from a promotion was a 10 cent raise, which is nothing. You have to let people talk down to you because of Vans' "excellent customer service". Managers were also very passive when it came to bad employees, which left me with a bigger burden.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be so passive and then take your anger out on someone else.


  9. "I love my job."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Everyone is a family, we all support each other's art and passion and bad days and it feels like going to hang out, rather than going to work. We are productive and efficient and when we hit a snag we are comfortable talking it out. I came for the opportunity, I stay for the Vans Family.

    Cons

    It's a part-time retail gig. I love what I do, but it can't pay the bills. Only Store Managers make a solid 40 hours/week.


  10. "Best Place Ever to Work!!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Everyone is really easy going and fun typically.
    The culture/history of the company is really fun and interesting and that shows through the products. Work environment is really nice and put together. Overall, it's a very easy job and everyone is really nice.

    Cons

    Not the greatest pay rate , and low hours when it's the off season


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