REI Reviews

Updated 29 August 2014
Updated 29 August 2014
513 Reviews

3.6
513 Reviews
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REI President and CEO Jerry Stritzke
Jerry Stritzke
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Possibility for work life balance, support and advancement in other divisions (in 52 reviews)

  • If you're looking for a part time job that pays well this is a great place to start (in 44 reviews)


Cons
  • The pressure of having to sell memberships when most people are already members was too much for me (in 38 reviews)

  • I regret ever getting involved with REI as a full-time gig (in 31 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great company, values, people.

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    Current Employee - Ecommerce Program Manager  in  Kent, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Ecommerce Program Manager in Kent, WA (US)

    I have been working at REI full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    It's an inspiring place to work. Had forgot what work-life balance was like until I came here. The people truly live the lifestyle. And you just can't beat the discounts and benefits.

    Cons

    Sometimes slow moving at HQ, in process of transition but it's looking for the better!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep making sure everyone's voice is heard, take risk from time to time and test things out.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great people and Great company!

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    Current Employee - Sales Specialist  in  Greenville, SC (US)
    Current Employee - Sales Specialist in Greenville, SC (US)

    I have been working at REI part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Products, people, and great management!

    Cons

    Nothing. The people are great and I could expect nothing less!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You guys are great! Keep doing what you're doing!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    This is an amazing company to work for, I am one of the lucky ones.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at REI full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The company offers flexible work environments with great benefits. By far, the best attribute to REI is its employees. I have never been surrounded by as many smart, capable, amazing people!

    Cons

    Change is difficult and lots of longer term employees have difficulty embracing the change in culture from slow moving, committee centric decisions to fast, just make it happen.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow your people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Rewarding experience. Met amazing people. Grew as a person.

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Specialist  in  Cincinnati, OH (US)
    Current Employee - Customer Service Specialist in Cincinnati, OH (US)

    I have been working at REI part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    They value everyone's opinion. Hard work is rewarded. Amazing discounts.

    Cons

    Long/stressful work days during holidays. Dealing with some returns (from people who take advantage of the return policy)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Work Life Balance

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at REI full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    REI offers excellent medical benefits, matching 401k and work life balance. This company cares for it's employees as much as it does about its customers. They want you to go out and play with the equipment they sell. Of course, this allows you to further assist you in selling your customer more stuff but who is going to turn down perks of toys.

    Cons

    Some of the systems are still a bit antiquated. While there have been improvements, there are still computer programs that don't communicate well, or at all, with each other.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great culture, pretty good management and generally a fun place to work.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Seattle, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA (US)

    I worked at REI full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    REI is the kind of place where you can bring your total self to work. It values "authenticity" in its employees. This doesn't mean you need to be an extreme athlete, just love the outdoors and be passionate about sharing that love with other people.

    Cons

    Despite being a good employer and having a strong culture, REI has struggled to figure out how to be relevant to younger consumers and at times seems uncomfortable being a retailer and competing with others. Online retailers such as Amazon and Backcountry have been eating REI's lunch and there has been lack of consensus with what to do about it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    REI Part time Review

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    Former Employee - Retail Sales Associate  in  Oakbrook Terrace, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Retail Sales Associate in Oakbrook Terrace, IL (US)

    I worked at REI part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good part time job, lots of information to learn experience to be gained, excellent customer service and customer relation, awesome environment

    Cons

    better compensation and discounts, promote more outdoor school, better training for beginners

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fantastic Mind Opener

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    Current Employee - Stocker  in  Paradise Valley, AZ (US)
    Current Employee - Stocker in Paradise Valley, AZ (US)

    I have been working at REI part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Opens you to so many opportunities in the outdoor industry.

    Cons

    Management is hit or miss

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    The Best Outdoor Retailer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at REI full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Work-life balance, discounts, co-workers and customers, extensive training, along with vacation and sick time accrual make this a great retail job.

    Cons

    Career advancement is a long, very slow, and ambiguous process for some. Retail in general is tough to make a living in. REi has low wages and provides few hours to most, so a second job is needed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Specialist  in  San Antonio, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Sales Specialist in San Antonio, TX (US)

    I have been working at REI part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great company if you love people and the outdoors.

    Cons

    Hours are long and may seem demanding if you d not like their products.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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