Timberland Reviews

Updated 24 September 2014
Updated 24 September 2014
39 Reviews
3.4
39 Reviews
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Timberland Vice President, VF Corporation and Group President, Outdoor & Action Sports Americas Steve Rendle
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  1.  

    Good company to work for with great benefits

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Store Manager  in  London, England
    Former Employee - Assistant Store Manager in London, England

    I worked at Timberland full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Benefits are great: Handsome discount at most VF retail stores
    Flexible
    Gym and Travel payment scheme
    Good management structure
    Volunteer work in the community is paid for by the company.

    Cons

    Communication can be slow on important issues or sudden on big impacts on business.
    Sometimes management would become lazy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay on the ball and communicate more, otherwise doing a good job.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Terrible

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate  in  Ellesmere Port, England
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Ellesmere Port, England

    I worked at Timberland part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Friendly staff who are easy to get along with on a personal level but not business wise, made some great friends

    Cons

    After having started a new job i realize how bad of company this is in regards to staff treatment. Managers do not care about staff who are part time only full time workers were treated with respect and consideration, Guilt tripping in regards to taking holidays and made to feel bad for requesting holidays and after a former colleague booked a holiday 3 months in advance he was forced to leave the company as the area manager quoted to him 'if you don't work it, you know where the door is' i found this completely inappropriate and completely unfair as he was a hard worker . . They do not work around other commitments such as college/university having agreed to do so in interviews and would work you into the ground given the opportunity. It was discussed with many different store workers that the area manager was rude, smug and definitely did not have staffs best interests in mind. Overall i would never work for this company again and all staff who i worked with felt the same had they not money commitments and while i worked there 3 people walked out of this job and 6 people quit in the short time i was there and one lady only lasted one day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To take in to consideration what kind of people you are employing to run your shops as much of what takes place goes against numerous HR Regulations and fair treatment to staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    I giant waste of time and effort.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate  in  London, England
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in London, England

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

    Pros

    The people, the people absolutely made it for me, they became a second family to me. To be honest these wonderful (but crazy people who have stayed there so long) are the only reason I have been able to stand it there for so long. I hope they escape someday...

    Cons

    Minimum wage for an often tiresome, chaotic and stressful working environment/job. (Either first or second best money making store in Europe often consistently).
    Consistently asked for more for less or nothing at all.
    Management could be disorganized/lazy/moronic in their decision making and often on the shop floor for no more than 45 minutes max in a full day.
    Ever since VF have owned the company it has gone downhill: Less holiday time, discount is now only 20% and there are no signs of considering the ones who are actually making the money lower down the food chain.
    Promises of change never kept.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To the ones who worked at my store, listen to the sales assistants they are the most involved in the moneymaking aspects of the business and communication needs to desperately improve. Don't make promises you cannot keep. E.g pay rises and opportunities for positions and development.

    To the management above them who I consider the biggest set of monkeys I have ever heard about and have unfortunately met, you need to come down off of your high horses, work in one of the busiest stores in Europe and seriously ask yourselves: would I ever do this for minimum wage for 40 hours a week? As far as I know they only care for the digits they get emailed at the end of the day for how well we had done compared to how many customers had entered the store. I trully hope I never have to involve myself in such a stingy non-cooperative company such as VF again.

    The Swartz family should never have handed their brand over to that addled bohemoth I know as VF.

    There is a good chance no one from head office or anyone in management under Timberland will read this, but for god sake you've got to listen to the people you work with and strive for change, otherwise people are simply not going to work for you or want to work for you. Please change for the better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Wonderful crew to work with and many great customers.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager  in  Pittsburgh, PA (US)
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Pittsburgh, PA (US)

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

    Pros

    Relationship with staff, team environment. Benefits are decent, raises not so much. Great perks at the Holidays for the staff. Good quality product.

    Cons

    Quotas are difficult to meet at times. Promotions are few in a store, not many higher positions to fill. Company values are decent, changed after the company was bought out, but would be fine for new employees with no comparison. As with any retail position, the Holidays are chaotic.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think through changes thoroughly and do it once.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Bittersweet

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Customer Service Specialist  in  Stratham, NH (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Customer Service Specialist in Stratham, NH (US)

    I worked at Timberland full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great product, benefits, awesome co-workers, many great experiences.

    Cons

    Due to sale of company much downsizing and policy changes that has impacted the overall culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop looking at the dollar value and look to the value of the employees. The longevity of the employees should prove that they are what made the company what it is today. It was more than the dollars that made us stay for the length of time but the desire to build the brand. We really cared.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Incredible

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Timberland

    Pros

    Great product, Great people... and many opportunities... Although that was a looong time ago! The brand seems to have maintained the integrity from when Jeffrey Schwartz was leading.

    Cons

    Salary wasn't great...and there werent great opportunities for adjustments... and there was a LOT of pressure.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great People ,

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Store Manager  in  Grafing bei München (Germany)
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Grafing bei München (Germany)

    I worked at Timberland full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great Promotions, good employee discount, monthly Bonus

    Cons

    Alias very crouded , sometimes Lazy Management, Slow Motion Management

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Timberland is a wonderful company.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Timberland part-time

    Pros

    Great compensation, benefits, and work-life balance. Timberland is a fantastic company to work for and you can't go wrong.

    Cons

    The senior leaders are not as good as they were previously. This should be changed from the top down.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Awesome company that values its staff and customers and community

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Services
    Current Employee - Customer Services

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

    Pros

    In my time at Timberland I have progressed in my career, The people are great and since bought by VF we have more opportunities to grow into other Brands, Although we are being made Redundant as of 2014 the company has offered a great support to the employees

    Cons

    Changes in systems when we migrated with VF, this bought new challenges and changes within the business

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To be open and transparent with everyone

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Awesome place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Timberland

    Pros

    You cannot beat the people and culture. Was there before and after the buy out and although things got tough it is still one of the best places to work. Everyone is super friendly, up beat and team players.

    Cons

    No cons--everything was a pro here

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote from within!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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