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Backcountry puts the fun in dysfunction
Director of Program Management Office (PMO) (Former Employee) –  Park City, UTJanuary 4, 2017
They have tried and tried for years to get it right. They've been dysfunctional since the day they began. It's fun because you get to work with gearheads and you get sweet gear discounts. That's it. Work there for a few seasons to refresh and/or upgrade your stash. Then depart, like so many others before you.
Pros
Good gear discounts
Cons
executive management
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Great
Merchandiser (Former Employee) –  Christiansburg, VADecember 31, 2016
Loved working with the people there, great company to work for. I learned a lot of valuable communication and leadership skills. I would approve anyone to work there.
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Small minded
Merchandise processor (Current Employee) –  Christiansburg, VADecember 31, 2016
Great co workers..... Horrible horrible company. Loved my managers and supervisors. Great exercise. Coffee in break room.
Pros
Paycheck
Cons
Its existence
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Picker, Put away, Receiving, etc.
Picker (Current Employee) –  Christiansburg, VADecember 2, 2016
I would say Backcountry.com is a great place to work for students! If you are looking for a permeant full time job it can be a little repetitive so burn out can happen easily. It is otherwise a good place to work the staff is friendly and the job itself is not that difficult once you get the hang of it.
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Poor management ruins otherwise decent job
Merch Proc (Former Employee) –  Christiansburg, VAOctober 6, 2016
The poor upper management staff at this company ruins what would otherwise be a decent job. Pathetically poor communication, severe lack of coaching, politics, and favoritism abound. If you need a part time or temporary job you don't care a lot about, this would be an okay place to work. Don't put extra effort in, and don't look to make it a long term career.
Pros
Discount
Cons
Poor management
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Great Place to Work, Don't Expect to be Pampered.
Merchandise Processor - Part-Time (Current Employee) –  Christiansburg, VAOctober 1, 2016
This is an entry level job with above average pay for entry level. It's a great workout but can be killer on the feet, I've had to replace my shoes twice and insoles about 4 times because they wear down fast.

This isn't fast food, so the management doesn't hound you. You're expected to be an adult and show up on time and get stuff done. The pay is fair per work done even though much of your hard work doesn't show up in metrics, but the managers know who's entitled and who actually works hard, so "bad" metrics are usually forgiven.

Job advancement is slow considering there are very few specialist positions, usually filled by full-time employees who have worked hard for years. The pay increase is non-substantial, and dependent on the metric system which doesn't accurately account for all work. However, the pay is good to start with, especially for an entry level short-term or even seasonal job.

The workload tends to be heavy around Thanksgiving and Christmas, but slow through the summer. 2nd shift rarely ever stays the whole shift due to all work being completed.

Management try to accommodate and listen, but people tend to slip through so make sure you're on top of your own schedule and make sure you communicate with management early.

Considering this is a warehouse job, assume you'll get a workout each night, at least intense cardio.

HR works hard to listen and adapt employee suggestions. Typically gives out free lunches during every few weeks.

Conclusion: You sign up to be a grunt, so don't expect to feel entertained and happy all the time. Manual labor
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Pros
Great pay for workload most other jobs pay less for more work in the area, Managers are accommodating, Free lunches and BBQ every few weeks, Great workout and cardio, Fast paced for the most part
Cons
Repetitive work can get boring after a couple months, Manager feedback of work is scant, Metric system doesn't account for a good portion of the work you do so you end up looking worse
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Busy warehouse, where absolutely nothing is more important than the numbers on the managers desk.
Forklift Operator/Merchandise Processor (Former Employee) –  Christiansburg, VAAugust 18, 2016
A place where the efforts and sacrifices of the workers on the floor go unnoticed. Where favoritism abounds and fairness is a relative term to be interpereted by whoever happens to manage the place at the time. Entirely unsatisfactory place to work.
Pros
Better than average pay for the region.
Cons
Short breaks, poor management
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An easy going work environment. If you apply yourself, moving up is encouraged. Great gear discount, good supervisors.
Merchandise Processor II (Current Employee) –  West Valley City, UTAugust 13, 2016
Typical day consists of picking, packing, or shipping customer orders. The warehouse is not air conditioned so summer can be hot and winters can be chilly. They offer great benefits and gear discounts for the outdoor enthusiasts. Hard work is noted and once a month awards are given out. Very easy going staff and rules. It's a nice job, like others feel, i think some departments should be paid more. Hardest part of the job is Quarter 4. Very busy and almost too many people in some areas. Best part is feeling like Santa Clause 24/7. Overall it is a nice well rounded work experience.
Pros
Free lunches during awards meeting, good benefits and discounts.
Cons
Hot and dusty warehouse.
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Great Perks Ok environment
Vendor Shipping Regulation Department Team Lead (Current Employee) –  Christiansburg, VAAugust 9, 2016
I work in the warehouse and I would assume that my experience is not that much different from other warehouses. I'd say that management is hit and miss, and the general work environment is ok. The attendance policy is pretty absurd, you get on official write-up after two call-ins. The perks is the main reason to take a job at Backcountry. The discount on gear is awesome, and there's "adventure leave" available which is kind of nice. So if you're looking to build up your gear closet and don't mind the usual warehouse environment, then I would recommend it. But, if are looking for a more "grown up" style work environment you may want to look elsewhere.
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Not fun at all..
Merchandise Processor 1 (Former Employee) –  Christiansburg, VAAugust 9, 2016
Everyone is rude and two faced. Managment sucks at being fair and letting you know how your doing. They have their favorites and are very unfair!! Great exercise though. I wouldn't work above and beyond for they bc they don't care.
Pros
Exercise, discount, lunch room
Cons
Unfair, managment doesnt do their job
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Not a great place to work.
Merchandise Processor (Current Employee) –  West Valley City, UTApril 16, 2016
Started off seasonal, and got hired on after a couple of moths. The hard work you do doesn't get acknowledged. People who suck up get better places in the company, instead of people that actually work for the positions.
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Fun place to work
Customer Service Representative (Former Employee) –  West Valley City, UTFebruary 2, 2016
Fun place to work, relatively relaxed and laid back managers even though it is a "corporate" company. I learned a lot about up selling and other sales techniques to push my numbers.
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Fun workplace and they have great employee perks!
Gearhead (Former Employee) –  West Valley City, UtJanuary 14, 2016
Loved going to work everyday and chatting with customers about gear or anything outdoors! Awesome place to work but only thing that I disliked was that it was seasonal so it gets pretty slow after Christmas.
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Backcountry, Inc. dba Camp Carolina
Accountant/Registrar (Former Employee) –  Brevard, NCDecember 6, 2015
Camp Carolina is high adventure boys summer camp. Counselors came from all over the world which made it very interesting. Management did not appreciate the work I was doing.
Pros
Fun place to work free food!
Cons
Crazy in summer not quiet!
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Productive fun environement with great co workers.
Sales Associate (Former Employee) –  Salt lake City, UtahOctober 8, 2015
Backcountry was amazing. A typical day at work started at 6 am and went till 3. I would receive chat messages regarding customers wanting to buy outdoors gear.
My co workers were all fellow gear heads that all shared similar passions that taught each other all sorts of new things about upcoming gear and techniques.
The hardest part about the job would have to be looking at all the awesome gear and not being able to purchase it all.
The best things about backcountry were my co workers, the ping pong table, we would also have clinics where other reps for companies would come in and demo their new product line and let us test it out. It was awesome!
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Great co-workers, REALLY BAD management! Work is not bad.
Packing, Putting away inventory, picking orders (Current Employee) –  Christiansburg, VirginiaAugust 13, 2015
Company is not bad at all they do give employees nice little rewards that is nice but the management needs major, major improvement either train them better or get new management that is why they have such a large turnover in employees they are always hiring for this reason the management is horrible one day they may run out of people to apply for that reason.
Pros
Occasional free lunches and other rewards are nice
Cons
MANAGMENT is a nightmare, absolutly horrible!
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tasks
clerk (Former Employee) –  salt lake city, utahAugust 3, 2015
• Logistics: tracked and logged inventory
• Tracked shipments and verified items were in correct containers to ensure accurate and efficient deliveries.
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Company encourages outdoor expertise
Receiving Supervisor (Current Employee) –  West Valley City, UTJuly 22, 2015
Backcountry.com encourages employees to balance life spent in the great outdoors with work life. Outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, climbing and skiing are strongly encouraged and depending on the location, you can leave during the day to engage in these activities!
Pros
dealing with amazing gear
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Fun and enjoyable place to work, they do many things for their emplees
Packer/Picking/Putaway/Warehouse (Current Employee) –  Christiansburg, VAJuly 9, 2015
Pick orders, pack and process orders for shipment
coworkers are helpful and friendly, no job is too hard
I enjoy being able to move and be cross trained for multiple
departments
Pros
Company rewards employees, reward employees for working hard
Cons
health insurance
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management lacking vision
fufillment (Former Employee) –  West Valley City, UTApril 7, 2015
From what I gather Backcountry.com used to be a great place to work, but the small company feel is gone. Management does not seem to have a single vision for the movement of the company and most departments work within silos
Pros
great discount
Cons
management
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