Overall, REI is a great company. They hope to be a zero-waste company, but technology and efficiency are outdated so there is a lot of work to be done in regards to sustainability.
Pros: They give each employee one paid day off per year, and all employees are paid to have Black Friday off as well. Great discounts, great coworkers and friendly working environment. Flexible scheduling. Team-oriented, positive work culture. Opportunities to teach workshops and classes.
Cons: Seasonal hiring, and hours were based on performance. My location was more competitive than other stores, which didn't suit me, and I didn't like pushing products for vendor-sponsored company-wide sales competitions. Cashiering is both boring and exhausting, unless you like monotony and working quickly through long lines. Company markets itself as a green, hip, co-op, when in actuality it operates like a corporate retailer.