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YETI Coolers Reviews

Updated November 26, 2018
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Pros
  • "YETI is a strong brand with great products and many people are attracted to it for those reasons" (in 7 reviews)

  • "Along with learning so much, YETI has such a fun and encouraging work environment" (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • "Little to no opportunity to find a quiet space to focus, recharge, knock out some work without distractions, etc" (in 3 reviews)

  • "Not the most convenient office location, work-life balance could be better" (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (3)

    "Culture, Culture, Culture!"

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

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

    Pros

    The employees take so much pride in the brand and company. Extremely passionate and talented people looking to make people's lives more enjoyable! Collaborative, fun loving, and family oriented.

    Cons

    Fast paced, fast changing environment. If you are not comfortable with change, this is probably not the place for you.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to empower us to do what is best for this great brand!


  2. "Growing company, true to its roots"

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    • 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

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

    Pros

    - Employees get face-time with the founders and CEO, in laid-back, fireside-chat-style environments
    - There is so much passion in the brand and the products. People take pride in the work that they do
    - Programs in place to help you meet employees in other departments/functions, and learn about their career paths/how they got to where they are today
    - Good benefits, beautiful office with amenities such as gym and subsidized lunch
    - Informal performance review with focus on individual career plan
    - Core Values that people truly believe in

    Cons

    - We're in the in-between phase of a start-up and a well-oiled machine. Leads to some confusion in who has the authority to make certain decisions, but that clarity will come in time

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Still holding out hope..."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Software in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    YETI is a strong brand with great products and many people are attracted to it for those reasons.
    YETI succeeds at recruiting engineers with any of the following: experience, with great personality, a desire to do great work, good contributions to the team.
    There is, in theory, great potential and opportunity to envision, plan, and write really great software.
    Generally speaking, people are very glad to work for YETI. The mood is generally positive.
    The facilities are nice (despite distracting, open-concept office).
    There are opportunities to learn about other departments of the company, to "rotate" into other positions for exposure and career growth.
    Coffee bar (with great baristas) and lunch catering service are discounted (50%) and the coffee and food are quite good.
    Gym facilities are clean and well-equipped, with nice locker room and showers.
    Everyone has powered, adjustable desks.
    The internet is wicked fast.
    Fun events, etc.

    Cons

    Software engineers inherit a lot of legacy code written by contractors.
    YETI invests too much into contract labor, "throwing people at the problem", in the pursuit of unrealistic and mismanaged project deadlines.
    YETI doesn't invest enough in empowering its full-time software engineers to plan and execute projects.
    The "bottom line" reigns supreme over producing quality code; frequently, deadlines are rushed, bugs are introduced, and not enough time is budgeted for refactoring and improving code.
    YETI chases small, short-term goals at the expense of long-term software quality.
    Lots of technical debt.
    YETI has had a difficult time finding and keeping a manager for the software engineering team.
    High turnover.
    Open-concept office is distracting, not conducive to calm environment for software engineers.
    No admin rights on machines; days and weeks are wasted when a new member joins the team and needs to install apps and tools on their laptop since they have to go through IT to do it, even for VS Code.
    No employee stock purchase plan (as of yet).

    Advice to Management

    Don't burn out your software engineers.
    YETI still needs to learn how to have a healthy relationship with an internal software engineering team if it wants to have a team that truly owns the code that is being written and wishes to stay at YETI for a meaningful period of time.


  4. "YETI is A Great Place to Work!"

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

    I have been working at YETI Coolers full-time

    Pros

    Great work culture, employee benefits, and assignment of value-added work!

    Cons

    Not the most convenient office location, work-life balance could be better.


  5. "Such a fun company to work for!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Corporate Account Representative in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Corporate Account Representative in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing company culture - truly feels like one big family! Very collaborative in the sense that all departments really work together consistently. Discounts are great. This is a company and job that I have already learned so much from and know my knowledge and skills will only continue to grow.

    Cons

    Need better processes to manage day by day workload, sometimes the work-life balance is not always present due to how fast paced the work environment is.

    Advice to Management

    Communication/direction needs improving since it is such a fast paced work environment.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Hop in a time machine to the 90s at YETI"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Cool schwag
    - Onsite buffet for lunch (not free)

    Cons

    As an employee, your opinion is always welcome, but senior level management ultimately won't care because only their opinion matters. And they will make sure you know that.

    Expect to be micromanaged and communicate to leadership only through the "chain of command."

    There are lots of vanity job titles at this place, and it's hard to know what anyone really does. In fact, there are many people that don't do much at all, especially in management and "director" positions.

    YETI hires some of the most incompetent people in senior management. Some are openly hated by their employees and others, and it is widely known throughout the company, but nobody does anything about it.

    The company just went public, so things will probably only get worse. The "bottom line" is all that matters.

    There are no employee stock options, at least not for "low-level" employees.

    The office location is inconvenient for many.

    Advice to Management

    - Look at modernizing the way you handle talent.
    - Stop hiring incompetent management. Look for visionaries, not micromanagers.
    - Contractors don't care about your company, only about their paycheck. Stop building your future with contractors and plunging the company into a technological sinkhole.
    - Open an office closer to town.

    YETI Coolers Response

    Dec 10, 2018 – Director, Global Talent Acquisition

    We appreciate your feedback regarding your time at YETI . We will share this feedback directly with management and continue to look for ways to improve our business and people operations.
    While... More


  7. Helpful (1)

    "YETI doesn't understand software"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at YETI Coolers full-time

    Pros

    - Nice office

    - Remote work friendly

    - Talented software engineers*

    Cons

    - YETI is strangely committed to throwing contractors at problems. This leads to poor code quality and no one takes direct responsibility for anything.

    - Be prepared to work with an outdated and poorly maintained tech stack with very little documentation.

    - Engineers are given old dell laptops that are very limited on system resources and it is very difficult to request a different one.

    - Engineers are also not give local admin rights which makes it impossible to do our job.

    - Full timers do the mundane production support and product launches while contractors are deciding on and building the future

    Advice to Management

    - Stop being so dependent on contractors who have little concern on the scalability and maintainability of their work.

    - You would be surprised at what a small focused group of full time software engineers can do, opposed to dozens of contractors, if you empower them and get out of their way.

    - More and more of your business will be reliant on software.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Holding on by a thread..."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Software in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Free snacks
    - Subsidized lunches
    - Great discounts

    Cons

    - Contractors rule the world for Yeti in software development and are given design and implementation control while full time staff inherit what is left behind when they are done.

    - Full time experts opinions are disregarded for the much higher paid hourly consultant who will say and do anything asked to get paid and continue the contract.

    - Developers are still not given admin rights after almost two years of the promise that it is coming.

    - Cross team projects ultimately end up failing and dragging on in a death march pace.

    - There is no "vision" or roadmap at a leadership or executive level, but one is expected from the software teams. They are ultimately formed with the best of the teams knowledge, approved, and then under staffed.

    - High turnover.

    - A lot of burnt out employees.

    - Hiring process takes an abnormal amount of time and candidates are lost due to this. The panel during the hiring process, ultimately comes down to the most senior person making the decision.

    Advice to Management

    - Remove toxic leadership that thinks nothing of others and drives teams with micro management, long hours, and demands.

    - Cultivate innovation and the technology that runs your company.

    - Stop acting like you want to make changes and actually make them.


  9. "Amazingly dedicated teams"

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

    I have been working at YETI Coolers full-time

    Pros

    The people who get it all done are down right amazing especially given all the big demands and challenges that are thrown at them.

    Cons

    Not much - the company has changed a ton and being able to quickly adapt to that doesn’t work for everyone

    Advice to Management

    Hire more managers to support your staff


  10. "Customer service"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at YETI Coolers full-time

    Pros

    Amazing atmosphere and people!

    Cons

    Mediocre pay at the lower positions....probably because it’s so competitive