Great Job; Too Relaxed; Double Standards; Contradictions in Culture
Sales Lead (Current Employee) – New York, NY – February 9, 2018
The culture at REI is relaxed; a little too relaxed. The corporate initiatives appear to be mitigated by an overwhelming employee pool of what appear to be mostly young, spoiled people with mostly zero accountability for their actions. Many of these employees do not take direction, or constructive criticism, instead, they will manipulate, and succumb to emotional hysteria to get people to back off. Sadly, it is many of these types of people who get promoted to management roles, and it is these managers who create a haven for this behavior.
So, while REI's intent is to create a relaxed culture that foster diversity, and safe work spaces, it must also provide enough structure and support for management to direct employees with out fear of negative character judgement due to a hypersensitive prevailing culture. REI is still a business that must yield revenue, and while its intent for culture is admirable, it must still be structured enough so that managers can do their job to drive sales, direct staff, perform membership conversions, and service customers and members.
Lastly, while REI claims to foster diversity to express ideas and thoughts in a safe space, which it does, as long as it falls within their spectrum of social ideals, but step outside of that, and they will passive aggressively force you out.
Note: My views are relative to my subjective experience; they are my opinions, and relate to my understanding of the Company and my direct experiences in the New York City market.
Pro-deals, health and dental, mostly positive atmosphere
Work life balance (when full-time and in a management capacity, there is no such thing. Its retail. How can there be? Nice try REI), too relaxed culture, upward mobility contingent on being a "cuck"