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West Marine Reviews

Updated March 25, 2019
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  • "Not much growth, low pay, Short staff" (in 28 reviews)

  • "Could not complete with the rapidly rising cost of living in South Florida" (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Well-Oiled Machine"

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    Former Employee - Store Clerk
    Former Employee - Store Clerk

    I worked at West Marine full-time

    Pros

    West Marine offers great salary with a quick learning curve. I enjoyed interacting with clientele during my time.

    Cons

    Sometimes work in-store can be slow


  2. "paid poorly but overall good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Replenishment Analyst
    Former Employee - Replenishment Analyst
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at West Marine full-time

    Pros

    family environment, health benefits program etc.

    Cons

    paid poorly, will not pay employees based on their value to the company

  3. Helpful (1)

    "(Most of) The People Make West Marine a Great Place to Work"

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    Former Employee - Marketing in Watsonville, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing in Watsonville, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at West Marine full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The people were great. If you like boating, you might love working here. The discount isn't too bad (though it was much better a few years ago).

    Cons

    When WM was bought out by a private equity firm, they just came in, took all the cash, ran up debt, and now want to try and recoup their money by slashing jobs, cutting costs wherever they see the chance. Lots of great people were axed.

    Advice to Management

    If you want customers to come in and buy, you have to market to them all the time in all sorts of ways, not with posts on Facebook or Instagram. Give them the best service possible with experiences staff in the stores and all the product they might need.


  4. "My experience at West Marine was amazing."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Very friendly staff and regular customer base.

    Cons

    Standard retail regulations and rules.

    Advice to Management

    Become more involved at the store level.


  5. "Decent company"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Clearwater, FL
    Current Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Clearwater, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The discounts when I worked there were great and was a great stepping stone into the marine industry. I learned a lot from my customers and was encouraged to get my captains license which opened numerous doors.

    Cons

    West Marine does not like to pay for experience. Also, like in any large corporation, policies are always changing.


  6. "Retail Environment with ability to learn at your own pace"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Destin, FL
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Destin, FL

    I worked at West Marine full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible environment and most stores will usually allow you upward mobility. Flexible entry into supervisory roles.

    Cons

    Very seasonal, hours fluctuate dramatically, every store has its own culture.

    Advice to Management

    I would say more operational standards need to be in place.


  7. "Middling company"

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

    I worked at West Marine full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Can live life playing with boats and fishing
    Can do some rewarding work

    Cons

    Company is not growing or evolving
    Politicking is more prevalent than working

    Advice to Management

    Stop asking “what did we do last year”

  8. "Not the place to work for in the long run"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Manager
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at West Marine (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefits, nice store and location

    Cons

    Too demanding and strict, no rel room tow grow


  9. "not worth it"

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    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Jacksonville, FL
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Jacksonville, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at West Marine full-time

    Pros

    Discount is good even though it has changed through out the years

    Cons

    pay is horrible, senior leadership doesn't look in on stores or takes advise from associates that are actually doing the work.

    Advice to Management

    audit the store managers more often.


  10. "Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at West Marine part-time

    Pros

    Discounts on products, 401K matching

    Cons

    Seasonal business, hours vary accordingly