Enjoyable work environment.
sales specialist (Former Employee) – Clackamas, OR – December 9, 2015
Working at REI was very fun for me to say the least, the only job i have not dreaded work. I worked as a Sales Specialist, just a glorified membership seller honestly. Odd management strategies within the company seems to be regular and expected by veteran Sales Leads. I was once told by my manager that i was fired and he sent out an email to all other managers that i would not be working in 2 weeks. But in the same sentence he said he had changed his mind and to talk to him in 2 weeks about my standing. Spent the 5 months working with REI in a limbo of my job status. Some management was great but others were horrid, none were mean though. I had the most memberships sold out of all the new hires in my group and top 5 of all store employees for the time i was there. Also received many customer compliments and emails on my customer service. Loved my coworkers and Sales Leads. Even a few of the managers. Not a good job if you want money and hours, although my fellow sales employees warned me straight off about the lack of hours.
Too much focus on memberships drove me to not care about selling them and to focus on helping customers. This lead partially to my firing at REI.
It was not all bad though. Pay is decent, benefits were decent, lots of discounts on gear, excellent co workers.
Warehouse is always messy and computers are "primitive". hours are reckless, and inconsistent. Management is erratic, too much focus on memberships.
Gear deals, coworkers, laid back environment, enjoyable job, interesting customers
Management, organization, computers, scheduling, memberships