Sales Associate (Former Employee) – Lake Buena Vista, FL – January 31, 2019
I loved working at Columbia. The supervisors were all professional, helpful and fantastic motivators. Each time I went to work- I was excited to be there and to see coworkers. The benefits are fantastic considering it being a retail job. The advancement within the company was something our store manager always encouraged as well as employee development and training. I had to relocate for personal reasons but would have stayed with the company longer if those reasons allowed.
Sales Associate (Former Employee) – Michigan City, IN – November 10, 2018
I worked at Columbia for just over three years and really enjoyed it. I was fortunate enough to work full time and received the benefits associated with full time. I wish I would have been paid more but the benefits I got were really great so it made up for it. I really enjoyed the culture of the company, it was laid back but very focused, if that makes any sense. I stayed really focused on my customer service skills but I also did a lot of work re arranging the clothes in the store. It was nice to be able to stay busy all the time. The hardest part of the job for me was doing the same thing all the time, I would have really liked to grow further in the company.
Liked the product, but not the business structure.
Sales Associate (Former Employee) – Seattle, WA – December 20, 2018
Very sales driven. Managers often would not listen to employee issues. Management took no interest in community building ideas, volunteer opportunities, or other lifestyle related activities. Held parties in store for brands that they carried, but never had employee parties. Did not feel valued as a worker.
Discount was amazing, good products.
Terrible location for crime and loiterers, no encouragement from management or advancement opportunities.
Account Services (Former Employee) – Beaverton, OR – February 10, 2019
Good compensation, terrible office culture Felt like jr. high, lots of gossip. Felt separate from rest of org due to building location. Some managers would play favorites. When requesting time off manager would try to discourage taking vacation.
Asst. Manager (Current Employee) – Gettysburg, PA – February 10, 2019
It's an enjoyable place to work at first but things change quickly. My particular manager is very young and inexperienced and is unable to seperate her home/personal life from work. She is very passive aggressive and at times berates employees including the management team for trival things. The pay is outstanding but the stress level is almost unbearable. There are cliques within the store particularly between the manager and floor supervisor. They both spend the majority of their day in the office gossiping and when tasks are not completed all heck breaks loose. If you get on the managers bad side you are written up and treated very poorly.
Sales Associate (Former Employee) – Okl – January 15, 2019
They don’t care about their employees or customers, one manager in specific made me feel like I almost HAD to sign up for their membership after I had already said no but she just about near demanded my phone number (they don’t like to take no for an answer). Horrible pay, they change your schedule out of nowhere without notice and won’t tell you just to make you look bad. They glorify their employee discount as if all you want to wear columbia, good brand but c’mon. Good discount but like I said they make you feel like you HAVE to eat,sleep, and breathe columbia.
America has given Columbia the benefit of wealth opportunity. In turn they provide unsustainable entry level jobs leaving the American worker struggling to survive in what is supposed to be the wealthiest nation in the world. Columbia projects a false positive American image but once you work for them reality quickly sets in.
Unsustainable Wages, No Vacations, No Personal Days, No Holidays, Less Than 20 Hours Week, No Medical, No Dental, No 401K
Part Time Sales Associate (Current Employee) – Merrimack, NH – March 8, 2018
Excellent place to work part-time, especially for college students, or those needing a second job. Company culture is very relaxed, yet emphasizes professionalism & learning. Advancement opportunities are open to everyone. I like that everyone gets briefed at the beginning of their shift, so they know what's going on as far as daily goals, get company news, and is encouraged to ask questions, so there are no surprises. While it's an overall relaxed culture, it can be very fast-paced, and is very customer-oriented. I personally don't find this job difficult to do, but you will work. There is no standing around doing nothing - there will always be something to do. What I like about my particular location is that management is ALWAYS willing to help, and is positively engaged in the training and performance of their employees.
Sales Associate (Former Employee) – Woodburn, OR – August 15, 2018
The minute your not talking to a customer, management lose their marbles and think that your work ethic is bad. Not true. Plus, most of the managers could care less by you and all they want is to make corporate happy. Um...... like as a retail associate you get abused, and you think. "Wow, I get paid barely anything to work in a toxic environment." Lots of gossip and scandals broke out and of course corporate sweeps it under the rug while they make their millions. Some times sales reach 40 thousand in one day and all you get is 50 dollars! I'm worth more than pocket change! I can make more money in 30 minutes pretending to be homeless in the parking lot, but instead I choose to work in a hostile environment with management watching your every step. LIFE IS TO SHORT! Something better is out there, so go and find it.
Engineer (Former Employee) – Portland, OR – November 7, 2018
The IT department is hopelessly confused and rudderless. IT Project management is an exercise in trial-and-error. Lack of individual direction is a common problem. Cliques and cronyism are preferred over org charts. If you can hack it, it's a great place to work. Just document everything. And watch your you-know-what. Nobody else will.
Floor Manager/ Merchandiser (Former Employee) – Niagara Falls, NY – January 3, 2019
Loved this company would have stayed with them if I had better leaders when 1st trained. Great company for advancement if you put in the had work. It's like being with your family in the store but higher up managment doesn't really care about you.
Working at Columbia was a pleasant experience while finishing up my undergraduate degree. Management was very accommodating in altering my availability frequently, whether it was lowering my hours during finals and midterms, or packing in additional hours during relaxed periods of my semester. The pay was comfortable and the management was concerned in developing my merchandising and customer service skills.
3 weeks notice for time off, opposed to a standard 2 weeks.
I was really excited to work here after being a stay at home mom for a little over a year. When I started everything was great, the staff was amazing and friendly and I enjoyed working in every area. Once I got done with all my training and was ready to be on my own, I noticed a lot of favoritism. If a staff didn't like a certain area and they were working with a certain manager they would switch and place a different staff in that spot. They were supposed to rotate on a schedule so no one was in the same place always and everyone was getting a chance every were. That didn't happen. So you would get burned out doing the loading dock or the stocking non stop while other staff mainly worked the floor
Sales Associate (Former Employee) – Wrentham, MA – November 5, 2018
Everyone that I worked with was very productive and engaging. Management encouraged customer interactions as our primary task. Maintaining store organization and cleanliness was a close second in terms of priorities.
Sales Associate (Current Employee) – Lehi, UT – May 29, 2018
Working for Columbia Sportswear at the outlets in Lehi was a high volume job, and requires high productivity, and leaves you always on your feet. The products feature various technologies that are very specific depending on what usage it is for. It requires strong knowledge about the product, while also being able to maintain customer focus to ensure needs and wants are met. Management was great, they expect employees to always be on their best behavior, and maintaining a strong customer focus. Sometimes it is hard dealing with so many people at one time while trying to keep the store in good condition, but with hard work we are always successful, and remain one of the top Columbia stores in the country.