Customer Service Representative (Current Employee) – Reno, NV – April 12, 2018
For the company that touts a work-life balance and to "let my people go surfing" they certainly make it difficult to do either of those things.
Your schedule is rotating and your never know what your breaks are going to be from day to day. Makes it a bit hard to schedule any sort of appointment if you never know what your in time will be and when your lunch break will be.
Micro management is rampant and you have to account for every minute of your work day and what you were doing at that time.
They do great things for the environment, but do not treat their employees with trust or respect.
Good place to work, nice people. Any time you needed time off of work my boss would make it possible for me to take some time off. The work is easy and a lot of the people will help you if you are lost.
Seasonal Associate (Former Employee) – Chicago, IL – February 8, 2016
Great environment and people. Employees encouraged to participate in environmental causes, management is flexible and willing to accommodate reasonable requests from employees around hours and availability.
Patagonia is a fantastic place to work. It still has a pretty intimate feel even though it has gotten to be a rather large company. This is due to the fact that it is still privately owned by a family who still really cares about the world environment, as well as for its workers.
Responsible Supply Analyst (Former Employee) – Ventura, CA – June 20, 2012
The day usually started with coffee or a quick breakfast down in the cafe. You would see your other co-workers/friends and chat about the weekend and such. Then up to your desk and get to work. Lunch was anything you wanted it to be. If the surf was good, go surfing. If you felt like going for a run, go running. It kind of seemed like the more active you were, the more respect you got-- that is, if you were able to get all your work done as well! After lunch, you worked until you were at a good stopping point for the rest of the day. Sometimes that meant you had to stay a little later, especially if you took a longer lunch. Patagonia operated a lot on the honors system.
I learned that the best place to seek recognition is from yourself.
Management was not one of Patagonia's strong suits. I was looking forward to having more positive examples of that.
My co-workers were fabulous. It was like having an awesome family. I miss them terribly.
The hardest part of my job was learning how to be micro-managed.
The most enjoyable part of my job was talking with people-- customers, co-workers, owners, anyone.
great insurance, discounts on just about anything i could think of, yoga at lunch, daycare onsite, cafe, etc
compensation was low compared to competing companies.