Oakley Reviews

Updated 21 April 2015
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Pros
  • Very cool work environment, upbeat with a progressive vibe (in 17 reviews)

  • Amazing work life balance, still corporate but you can work out during lunch breaks and adhere to a casual dress code (in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • Constant conflicting directives from silo-ed upper management, resulting in fire drills (in 10 reviews)

  • Then compound this wiaht no career path and pay which is at least 15-20% below the area average (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Manager - Customer Service

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foothill Ranch, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foothill Ranch, CA (US)

    I have been working at Oakley full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent brand. Well ran CS organization.

    Cons

    Pay is on the low end of competitive salaries

    Advice to Management

    none

  2. Helpful (2)

    Its a great company if you work for corporate but managers that have been there too long can be a reason to leave.

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I have been working at Oakley

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The best reasons to work there are benefits, discount, vacation time, work environment, company reputation, location, relaxed atmosphere, and young vibe.

    Cons

    The worst things about working at oakley are the management, salary, hours, distance, bonuses, advancement, and not too much more.

    Advice to Management

    Give employees a chance to do well by encouraging and creating a positive environment instead of ruling with an iron fist and assuming all employees wont do their job unless you are constantly using negative reinforcement.

  3. Exciting brand, but not great company to work for

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Oakley

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Strong Brand... Culture are also strong and environment.

    Cons

    When it comes to orgaijzation, HR. Processes are bad. Note that luxottica has a bad influence o. Thia company culture. Retemption is very bad... As consequence of all the mess.

    Advice to Management

    People, pleople and pleople.

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  5. Helpful (3)

    It's not as good on the inside, as it may appear on the outside

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Oakley full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Phenomenal brand, with MUCH upside potential. Well liked by consumers and trade partners. Amazing team mates that are motivated, smart and willing to work for less than market value.

    Cons

    Senior management is totally off the rails, they expect magic out of nothing. Constant change, often just to say we're moving, we're evolving. But not for the better. Luxottica is a joke, they know little about Oakley yet mandate change.

    Advice to Management

    Pay people what they're worth. Treat employees like senior mgmt wants to be treated, with respect, atonomy, fun and get out the way.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Yikes!

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    Current Employee - Store Manager
    Current Employee - Store Manager

    I have been working at Oakley full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    There are definitely some aspects of the culture that are very endearing, the small company feel, and the product assortment with great staff discounts. Although, I'm sure I've bought more eyewear than I know what to do with.

    Cons

    There is no structure in places where there desperately needs to be some. I have been trying to hire staff for my store but in this particular area, they are over structured and micromanage - insisting on usually a minimum of 2 interviews for a regular sales associate. This has cost me candidates. Managers in higher level positions waste resources, react to everything based on emotions, and have cost me some really good staff (think an episode of Hells Kitchen with the screaming and attitude that came from a higher level manager - as in Gordon Ramsay style, while the store was open...). This is really not what I thought I was signing up for. I am unable to properly manage my store because there are too many other egos involved.

    Advice to Management

    Start worrying about running an actual business! Get rid of the people who twist everything around to fit their own agenda on the front line, have clearer HR policies, encourage work life balance for front line managers and then actually support and follow up with it, stop insisting that the brand is cool enough to justify paying employees terrible wages, they won't stay!!!!

  7. The absolute best retail company I have ever had the pleasure of working for.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Oakley

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The Elite Consumer Experience.

    Cons

    Need more Southern locations in your North America Retail!!

    Advice to Management

    Encourage the company to build more locations in the South

  8. Great company to work for...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Oakley

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Balance of work and active lifestyle.

    Cons

    Original founder sold company, so the culture went with it.

  9. Oakley Sales Associate

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Jacksonville, FL (US)
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Jacksonville, FL (US)

    I have been working at Oakley

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Discount is the best employee discount ever

    Cons

    Your performance is based on Key Performance Indicators as does.

  10. Great benefits, medium pay

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Gurnee, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Gurnee, IL (US)

    I worked at Oakley part-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Accrual of paid vacation time. Oakley shirt or jacket required as uniform during daily shift but they gave (~3 times a year) a $300-$500 stipend to shop for branded clothing in store so the employee didn't have to front their own money. Sales incentives like free sunglasses or backpacks. 12 pairs of sunglasses 70% discount yearly ok to use on family and friends as well. Great training resources. If the store met it's monthly sales goals employees would receive commission on all of their own sales exceeding.

    Cons

    The pay was mediocre. The perks kind of made up for the lower hourly pay but it is still nice to have money in your check to spend on bills instead of discounts on glasses.

    Advice to Management

    Allow for a greater starting wage or a faster pay-raise track

  11. Field Marketing Rep

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Field Marketing Representative in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Field Marketing Representative in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at Oakley full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great travel plus a huge amount of experience with inter & external customers. Phenomenal brand plus quality products to back it! The field marketing position allows you to touch so many dynamics of their brand from training sales associates at retail accounts to implementing consumer events to connect the world to new products or categories for Oakley.

    Cons

    Travel can get hectic if not prepared to be gone 3-4 nights a week plus longer travel as required.

    Advice to Management

    Improve on the social marketing pieces of your main website to contain local events, retail marketing & associate relations included in a B2B way!

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