Vista Outdoor Employee Reviews

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Forklift Operator (Former Employee) –  Olathe, KSDecember 11, 2018
If you absolutely have to take a job here be very careful as they have forklifts (turret trucks) that will drive on their own, they know this yet still keep it in service even after it crashes on its own they throw it back on the charger. They try to rush you into the little work that they have so they can try to simply match last years projections and have no clue as to the current work demand so they never have a clue as to your schedule for that week so you can literally never plan a weekend. While I worked there someone broke their leg on a forklift and after medical examination they were fired and said they did it so that OSHA wouldn’t return and **** them. Absolutely worst work/life balance and even at work they give extremely unfair work loads to some and almost no work for others who have been there for years and may even move them to departments where they do no labor all week when you are throwing 50 pound boxes for 10+ hours for weeks at a time
Pros
Discount
Cons
Listed in desc.
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Manufacturing basics
MECHANICAL ADJUSTER (Former Employee) –  Anoka, MNNovember 26, 2018
Long work day, start on weekends,could be stressful, hardly any compensation for going above & beyond.Co-workers on manufacturing floor easy to get along & work with.Management is questionable.
Pros
Decent benefits
Cons
Hard to make concrete plans, unpredictable
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Production work is not for the fain of hearts
Janitor/ Charger (Current Employee) –  Lewiston, IDNovember 3, 2018
High pace, heavy lifting, great people. You always have a way of moving up if your willing to put in the time. You work long hours but get more days off. The money is good and the benefits are good as well.
Pros
Great money great benefits
Cons
hard on your body
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HR Contact Center Manager (Former Employee) –  Farmington, UTOctober 22, 2018
This company looks great at first glance, but once you start working there you quickly realize it's all about the almighty dollar and the company is not managed well at all!!
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Take into consideration that the company is in transition
Administrative Support (Former Employee) –  Farmington, UTSeptember 22, 2018
I have loved this job as far as pay, benefits, and my own personal management. On the other hand, I have watched many people be fired, quit, and become miserable in their own positions. It's stressful, employees have been overworked, and everyone knows they are not safe. The company is under a new CEO and since he has come on they have sold 2 companies off (planning to sell more), fired hundreds of people (Including almost ALL of the upper VP's), and decided to rid of there HQ office putting 40-50 people out of job come the move. All I want to get across is that this company promised me growth, opportunity, and benefits and all I have received 2 years later is a severance. This company is not reliable or promising to work for at the moment. They are trying to save their own. The culture is cut-throat and competitive to a T.
Pros
Pay, benefits, discount
Cons
Higher ups, job reliability, overworking employees
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Long days, benefits are worth it!
Shipping Clerk (Former Employee) –  Rantoul, ILAugust 2, 2018
Company is a shipping warehouse with some production still continuing. Work day is a 10 hour shift. production is M-Th, shipping is M-Sat, sometimes. Usually work a five day week, Overtime is great, so are the insurance offers and other benefits. Training is slim to none, so you must be a fast learner. Management will help, but they are pretty busy with their own duties also. Vacation must be requested a week in advance, and the last week of the month is mandatory attendance for every hour scheduled. A very diverse employee base, and most are really great people to work with.
Pros
Energetic group!
Cons
long hours
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Bad management on the supervisory level.
Consumer Services Representative (Former Employee) –  Rantoul, ILJuly 27, 2018
Stressful, put too much on each employees. Management does not care about employees on any level. Culture changes every day, never know what new rules are coming, most long time employees are looking for another job.
Pros
pay not bad
Cons
stress
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Senseless manufacturing with no real chance of advancement.
MA5 Packer Adjuster (Former Employee) –  Anoka, MNJuly 25, 2018
Should be a real good place to work, but is far from that. From Supervisors stuck in 'Nam to Group Leaders that will sabotage your machine while you take a break this place has it all. Shotshell on the weekends was run like a failed military mission, with leadership always on some sort of black ops expedition......everything was an investigation. If you were a good adjuster, they kept you on that particular operation, and placed other under performing adjusters that should have been terminated years ago, on that operation on the opposing shift. No engineering to speak of, maintenance was arrogant and overwhelmed. Weekend shifts fillied with defensive, thin skinned, whinny warm bodies that really never had the technical skills to be hired in the first place. But, who wants to work weekend nights, and the company offered only a .50 cent differential for the less desired shift, thus no incentive for tenured, skilled adjusters to even consider the shift. WWTD.
Pros
Pay and Benefits
Cons
Tattletails and the Management that values them.
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Understanding people and easy to work with. Like the lab work.
Contract Tech Pro (Former Employee) –  Anoka, MNJuly 9, 2018
Would have worked their longer if it was a direct to hire position and paid more.
Environment was noise needed to wear hearing protection.
Learned how to hardness test and section without mounting.
Hardest part of job was the commute and distance from parking to work area in winter.
Pros
Liked my direct boss and one over boss. Work was fun.
Cons
Contract was not for permanent employment.
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Company is in transitional phase
Sr. Key Account Representative (Current Employee) –  Irving, TXJuly 3, 2018
Vista Outdoor actually bought the company that I am working for two years ago. It has acquired several other companies in the recent years and is in the development, transitional phase seeking to determine the best strategy for the overall company under new CEO leadership.
Pros
health benefits, salary
Cons
limited growth opportunities, as overall company is too segmented at this time
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Good place
Recieving (Former Employee) –  Rantoul, ILJune 18, 2018
I enjoyed.working here. It was a good work environment with good training. I had a really good supervisor and good equipment to use. Also had a good clean and well maintained work area.
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Pay not worth the culture and environment
Project Manager III (Former Employee) –  Overland Park, KSMay 16, 2018
The company is in the midst of major change with a new CEO, and desegregation. Many layoffs, leaving everyone feeling worried for their job. Culture is very poor and there is hardly any accountability for doing one's job. Many shortcuts are taken as the product developers despise process.
Hopefully the new President and CEO can turn things around!
Pros
good pay
Cons
culture, work ethic
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Good Place
Machine Operator in Centerfire Metal Parts (Former Employee) –  Lewiston, IDMay 1, 2018
Could be long nights or days. 12 hour shifts with rotating overtime. good benefits and a company store. I worked the night shift in centerfire metal parts.
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Do Not work here
Charger Operator (Former Employee) –  Anoka, MNApril 11, 2018
They just Laid 200 some people off in October and without even calling anyone back they are hiring new employees. It's not going to last they do this on a regular basis where they hire a bunch of new employees get cheap work for a year or 2 while there's fear of Gun Control then once the fear is gone they'll just lay off the new hires and start the process over again. The people with seniority hardly work and don't check the quality of the product because they know there not going anywhere regardless . The new guys bust there a** and constantly check quality but since it's seniority based so they don't care how hard you work.
Pros
Good pay but not really considering the amount of lead exposure
Cons
Cut throat, poor work conditions
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Not available! Holiday dinner, Good
Charger Operator (Current Employee) –  Anoka, MNApril 4, 2018
Note! I have provided feedback below.

Not very well managed or organized.
Company needs a better chemical ppe plan to protect the health of all employees especially for those who works directly with the gunpowder and chemicals.
Company has had high Management turnover due to lack of accountability with responsibility and decisions.
The most enjoyable part of the job was the money$$$ and holiday time off.
The hardest part of the job was having to deal with the unexpected constant shift changes from 8hr to 10hr to 12hr shifts times and schedules due to Management decisions.
Pros
Lunchroom cafeteria
Cons
3-15 minute breaks" Ok
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Employee and Management
Information Security Analyst (Current Employee) –  MinnesotaMarch 28, 2018
I work at this place for few years (Full Time). Managerial changes occur very often . You can be let go at anytime. I don't know if this place will ever get better. They let go many good employees
Pros
Okay place to work
Cons
Management need some work
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Constant Negative Change
Senior Human Resource Business Partner (Current Employee) –  Anoka, MNMarch 22, 2018
If you are interested in organizational structure and stability, this is not the place for you. There is constant turnover of leadership. The director and above are taken care very well, the individual contributors or worker bees are not.
Pros
Employee Purchase Plan
Cons
Senior Leadership Decision Making
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Great people and fun enviroment to work in
Production Supervisor (Current Employee) –  Lewiston, IDMarch 21, 2018
Everyday is filled with new challenges but it gets you out of your confort zone so you learn a lot.I had lots of interaction with employees and enjoyed talking with them. Management is always willing to help and they try to set you up for success. The culture is greatand I highly recommend others to work here.
Pros
Always room for advancement
Cons
Hard on the body
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Great place to work, especially if you like the outdoors.
Western US Sales Manager (Current Employee) –  Western Territory (13 states)March 10, 2018
Vista is a great place to work. I enjoy it because it allows me to work hard and travel throughout the West. Great people. Current industry outlook may force a cut to sales positions. They will lose a great employee who loves his job.
Pros
People. Outdoor related.
Cons
Large. Sometimes things happen slowly.
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ASSEMBLER III (Former Employee) –  Lewiston, IDFebruary 28, 2018
do not get hurt. people are willing to throw you under the bus. the company does not put the employees first. it is all about production.................
Pros
excellent benefits
Cons
bad environment.
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