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Updated February 23, 2018
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YETI Coolers CEO Matt Reintjes
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  1. "So far, YETI rocks just as much as I thought it would"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at YETI Coolers full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    This was my first week here at YETI, and I can honestly say it was it's thus far been the best new hire experience I've ever had. My first day included an in-depth tour, where the head of employee experience gave us the entire history of YETI, introduced us to executives, and share insights into the strategy and vision of the company. In the afternoon, all the new hires had the opportunity to shadow various team members in customer service and account management to get a feel for YETI's exceptional service. I walked away from my first day already feeling part of the team. People are incredibly friendly and genuine here at YETI, and you can really feel the excitement in the environment when you walk through the door. It's fast paced, but it doesn't feel chaotic. They seem to truly live the Core Values.

    Cons

    Can't think of a thing so far. There are areas of improvement as with any growing company - benefits could be more competitive, some processed could be better streamlined, etc - but they are already looking at these things in the effort to continually strive for improvement.

    Advice to Management

    Keep maintaining that high standard for quality and authenticity as you grow!


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Badass place to grow your career!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at YETI Coolers full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Amazing culture
    - Ability to work on cool projects and learn everyday
    - Beautiful work environment
    - Fast paced and growth oriented
    - Friendly
    - Transparent communication from the top down

    Cons

    If you aren't up for a growth culture with all that it brings, YETI isn't the right place for you. The company is growing leaps and bounds and that means things aren't always black and white. Things change and that is part of growing up. In my mind, that is ok. I would far prefer to be at a company that is growing and tries to get it right vs. a company that has no strategy and is bleeding money. My advice to friends who want to join is be curious, come in with a genuine interest in learning in your area and outside. Put your hand up, do great work and follow through.

    Advice to Management

    Keep focused on building the culture as the company grows. Don't lose the focus on people.

  3. "Badass"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Prototyping in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Prototyping in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    A badass company of badass people making badass products.

    Cons

    Not much room for vertical growth, but plenty of room for lateral movement.


  4. "Feedback - Make YETI Great Again"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    * AMAZING products
    * GREAT brand
    * BEAUTIFUL, new office building

    Cons

    * Executive team is disconnected from those who work on business and system processes that keep company moving
    * Middle management is ineffective and has minimal power or authority
    * No common (and often competing) objectives across company
    * Those who work on tasks and projects are not supported, developed or recognized (in fact management - at all levels - causes issues that make accomplishing goals near impossible) - this is the opposite of how YETI was 14-18 months ago
    * Problems (interpersonal, business processes and systems functionality) are ignored causing issues to build to a point of being almost insurmountable
    * Frequently in past year employees are being let go and new ones hired for same role but communication from management is inconsistent about the employees being removed; hence, employee trust (of management) is very low and tension amongst coworkers high (as people work to prove themselves compared to their peers)
    * Many of the changes that have occurred make it tough for employees to focus on the core values that made YETI the company it was
    * The number of meetings that accomplish nothing is increasing, as those that are empowered & promoted now at YETI are not doers (or listeners) - this is the worst of all the feedback here, as not sure how change can occur with leadership that is being hired and promoted
    * Executives think current culture issues are due to competitive marketplace vs. their lack of leadership

    Advice to Management

    1. Listen to employees and put egos aside - things at YETI need to be addressed and “put on the table” at this point, as they have become too large to keep ignoring
    2. Get all executives on same page with goals and communicate objectives to employees (big company wide meetings should be about where YETI is headed vs. an idealized impression of where it is today)


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Started Off So Well, Took A Serious Left Turn"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The pros, from when I left the company, are the following:
    -Smart teams (some of the best I've ever worked with)
    -Internal learning opportunities with industry leaders
    -Nice product offering
    -Overall a lot of transparency into the company's business

    Cons

    But the cons list is extensive.
    -Baseline salary offerings, nothing competitive
    -An emphasis on professional development with very little actually opportunity to expand your role or progress within the organization
    -Poor PTO policy
    -It's a boy's club; despite trying to tout equality, it's mostly male executives who have no grasp on the female market and don't seem to putting any energy or time into understanding the depth of their customer base. You won't find many female directors and you certainly won't find them going on the hunting trips that are conducted on the weekends
    -No company strategy; it seems like the business objectives change weekly and employees are left to try and scramble to accommodate rushed deadlines surrounding product releases

    Advice to Management

    I don't know how you could turn this around. For a company that emphasized the importance of activating your internal team, you let a lot of people down—and even when you heard the feedback, you chose not to take it into account. For the longevity of the company, stop and take a moment to prioritize.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Business Systems Analyst"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at YETI Coolers full-time

    Pros

    Great culture and work life balance.

    Cons

    Bad management, and top heavy. Not enough workers and too many directors.


  7. "Great culture, meaningful work, and smart people"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at YETI Coolers full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I've been working here for 9 months now and really enjoy watching the direct impact I've made in such a short period of time. The people are great, management is approachable and transparent, and the work is meaningful.

    Cons

    Working at a fast growing company you're going to constantly have ever-changing dynamics and you must be comfortable with ambiguity. The only true con that comes to mind is you must be present in the office everyday, no work from home policy.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "IPO Over Customers"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Manager
    Former Employee - Account Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Brand, cool products and good front line people

    Cons

    Put dollars before all else. Culture was not the same as when the brothers started the company

    Advice to Management

    Quit


  9. Helpful (10)

    "Rudderless"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Innovation in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Innovation in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Nice physical work environment
    - Good employee discount
    - Sexy resume line

    Cons

    - Amazingly high turnover
    - Largely pessimistic employee outlook
    - 'Good ol' boys club' at the executive level... hiring in friends to pump up the business and run with the money
    - Out of touch Senior Leadership team
    - No transparency
    - No empowerment to employees
    - 'Employee development' appears to have been replaced by laying off (or chasing off) and rehiring lower skill employees for significantly lower dollars
    - Low job security
    - HR run like an SEC sorority
    - Complete lack of authenticity
    - Middle management are simply low value paper pushing team captains

    Advice to Management

    Consider YETI's roots - treat people who work with well and treat people who work for you better


  10. "A lot of room for improvement"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    YETI has an awesome product that the employees are excited to work with and be around - it is an infectious and special atmosphere. There is a fun vibe to the whole company that is easy to feel the second you walk in and there are plenty of work perks (discounts to cool companies and free product). If you are the type of person who is willing to do a lot with very little (as there is a lot of growth opportunity in the company), this is the right place for you.

    Cons

    There are serious problems with management who do not have the bandwidth to give proper guidance to their teams in order to advance in careers. There is little to no diversity, with the entire leadership team being a homogenous group that is prone to inappropriate comments that leads to some folks (specifically women) feel uncomfortable. Many departments feel as though they are not adequately compensated, with near impossible to hit goals for the sales team with little to no bonuses and very little recognition or appreciation. A lot of people talk about how they feel as though they do not have the tools to grow in their role or change direction, as management is too busy to assist and there is no training to accelerate growth.

    Advice to Management

    Properly compensate the tenured and deserving employees to reduce employee turnover (which is fairly high). Increase employee recognition, training, and offer realistic career paths for those who have expressed interest. Diversity the leadership model (with some women and people of other ethnicities!!!!!)


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