Operation Specialist (Current Employee) – Bellevue, WA – October 17, 2017
It's fun to work at REI, but the life work balance sucks. You either work too much to have time to go outdoors or you barely work enough to pay bills. Discounts are great if you work here part-time and have a well paying second job. While they claim to be a co-op, it's still retail with all the drama and politics. There are some fun things they do differently than other big retail companies (Yaydays) but there are some basic running business procedures that they are still figuring out.
Customer Service Specialist (Current Employee) – Greenville, SC – October 5, 2017
Wish I could make this a career, but I'm not really willing to move repeatedly for a retail job. The pay is ok for a part time job. The hours are retail hours, so that is really why I do not want to stay here forever. The culture is fantastic. The company really cares for workers and the environment. They make sure we have a good work/life balance. Wish I could get a full time day job there.
Great co-workers. Discount. Being able to dress casually at work. Benefits offered to PT folks.
Sales Associate (Current Employee) – Hillsboro, OR – September 29, 2017
If you aren't concerned about being able to pay for rent then this is the place to work. Vacation is not only allowed and supported but encouraged. Healthy lifestyles and work balance are important to the company. REI puts its money where its mouth is in terms of environmentally friendly goals, supporting local outdoor community, and backing up its product.
great coworkers, awesome culture, stands up for beliefs, sweet discounts
not many hours, in store retail is not going to be around forever
Outdoor Education Instructor (Current Employee) – East Hanover, NJ – September 26, 2017
This is a great company to work for. People don't work here for the money, you don't make much, but you get a great discount at the store, meet great people, learn a lot about the equipment and outdoor skills so that you can enjoy a life outdoors, which is ultimately what it's all about.
Sales Specialist/Bike Technician (Former Employee) – Rancho Cucamonga, CA – September 14, 2017
The culture of REI is there but in today's world the business model it now follows is more of an average retail store feeling the struggles of today's online shopping. Great people to be around but hours are tight and management can be rough.
Sales Lead (Current Employee) – Las Vegas, NV – September 5, 2017
A typical day at work was fast paced and busy. Lots of customers and questions. Would work with customers a lot outfitting them for their next adventure outside whether mountain biking, camping, climbing, skiing Etc.
Sales Associate (Current Employee) – Utah – September 5, 2017
it's retail. They can't pay you much and the hours are what they are. The people who work at REI are awesome and upper management does their best to make everyone happy. But a dollar will only go so far.