Oakley Reviews

Updated 27 September 2014
Updated 27 September 2014
149 Reviews
3.3
149 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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

  • Laid back atmosphere, Casual, No real dress code, Can be fun (in 13 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.  

    Best employer as of yet...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Work hard, play hard. That is definitely the motto of working at Oakley headquarters.

    Cons

    Several departments moved off-site from Oakley's main building due to growth. Having been in a department moved off site it felt like we lost a big part of Oakley's culture the main building carries.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Really Fun Part Time Job

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate  in  Detroit, MI (US)
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Detroit, MI (US)

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

    Pros

    Excellent product to sell
    Generous employee discount
    Great customers
    Always something new to learn
    Free clothes upon hire

    Cons

    Very demanding job in terms of product knowledge.
    Must study the product or it will be overwhelming
    Prior sunglass sales experience is preferred
    Low pay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Perhaps take some of the vanity out of the Oakley brand. Sometimes there is alot of arrogance when it comes to Oakley staff and their product
    Also better training would be awesome

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    IT Review

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

    I worked at Oakley full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    It's a great company with a good history. There is a lot to do and a lot to learn. They are very good with work/life balance. They provide a lot of activities to stay active.

    Cons

    A lot has changed since Luxottica took over. It's not the same Oakley that it once was. Parking SUCKS at HQ.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Churn is High RPM

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

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

    Pros

    - Talented, motivated colleagues
    - Great discounts on decent product
    - Casual dress code
    - Good work/life balance
    - Onsite gym and fitness classes

    Cons

    - Constant conflicting directives from silo-ed upper management, resulting in fire drills.
    - The churn rate will make your head spin - lots of talented people come through the door and then inevitably leave for better opportunities.
    - When these talented people leave, many make impassioned pleas to HR about things that need to change. These are typically met with a donkey nod or a blank stare.
    - There's really no mandate to "attract and retain top talent," that's just a slogan.
    - The brand seems to be losing relevancy and those in decision-making roles are reacting instead of "innovating."
    - Lower than market rate pay and little or no clear path to career advancement, unless you are part of the "bro-brah" club.
    - Furlough days established during the downturn require you to use vacation time during the holidays. Time to end these.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be truly "disruptive" and step down or aside when you know that you are negatively affecting the brand and employee morale. This will probably never happen, as those in the C-suite seem to be clinging like barnacles to their fiefdoms. If the company mandate is truly about retaining talent, then adjust salaries to be market rate and promote from within. Your employees are leaving in droves to places like Google, Apple, Nike and Sony. Take note and stop the hemorrhaging.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Great experience with room to grow!

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    Former Employee - Sales Lead  in  Arlington, VA (US)
    Former Employee - Sales Lead in Arlington, VA (US)

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

    Pros

    Exciting atmosphere, great coworkers and supervisors. Great experience working their with opportunities to advance within the company. Great pay inside of the company as well.

    Cons

    If you have a troubled time remembering information about various products, this may not be the place for you.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fun, refreshing place to be....

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Department  in  Foothill Ranch, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Human Resources Department in Foothill Ranch, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Office culture is fun - especially the casual dress work environment, and openness to new ideas in making things better. Employee store allotment is amazing too! Benefits are very good and inexpensive, the O Positive health clinic, gym and gym classes on site are the best part of benefits. Some management is great and some are not so great.

    Cons

    Technology would be the biggest thing needed to improve - there are too many manual processes and fixes when the fix needs to be to invest in its technology. From what I understand, there have been some improvements on this but it could still be better. Vacation needs to be improved - 2 weeks for professional exempt levels is too low to be competitive. Furlough for the week of Christmas should be paid, where employees don't have to use their vacation days. There needs to be more focus on next steps, growth opportunities and programs to increase knowledge and experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create more opportunities for growth, training and getting your team up to the next level in promotions -- if this were to happen, more people would stay long term.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Special place. Needs more vision.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Oakley

    Pros

    Good culture, most people are authentic. Great environment. Special place.

    Cons

    Lack of real vision for the brand / product at the senior most levels.

  9.  

    BAD

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

    I have been working at Oakley full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    It is very difficult for me to list pros as things have changed considerably since I started working here years ago. Here we go:
    1- Very well-known and highly respected brand
    2- some really cool, intelligent, hardworking colleagues
    3- some of the product is great
    4- casual environment
    5- employee store, gym, cafeteria, health center

    Cons

    1- CEO that has no business being a CEO (he is an architect for goodness sake) - very nice guy, but wrong job
    2- Executive team that just runs in circles depending on what Lux asks for
    3- No clear direct from the top down
    4- zero accountability throughout the org
    5- if you are friends with the right people or kiss the right butt, you can probably get a promotion
    6- an HR team that most employees don't trust. How can you have an HR team that no one trusts?
    7- an HR team that doesn't have any clue what most people do. Try asking them for a job description. Ha! or salary requirements. What a joke.
    8- Incredibly slow manufacturing (World-class? Not quite)
    9- a new "cover your butt" mentality from everyone
    10- No diversity on the eyewear design team- all young, asian males that came from the car industry. Let's get some new perspective in here. You wonder why people are complaining that our designs are not cool anymore?
    11- False sense of "perks"- casual environment, with athlete appearances are pretty commonplace in the Action Sports industry is southern California.
    13- Hard working employees are spread so thin because management keeps giving them more work.
    14- A sales team that spent years not selling but "taking orders" are now forced to sell and don't know how to do it.
    15- horrible training- new employee, store associate, reps etc
    16 -those cool, intelligent and hardworking people are leaving in droves. Every week we hear about another rockstar employee leaving for a better position, or worse leaving without another job just because they can't take it anymore.
    17- no career development
    18- Managers that do not know how to manage people
    19- Management team that seems like they all have 1 foot out of the door, just waiting for a better opportunity to come along
    20- the "culture" that we used to hang our hat on is gone. No one even knows how to define the culture anymore.
    21- very unhappy, overworked colleagues just waiting to get out
    22- poor decisions made in silos without input from the people or teams most affected

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1- Start making decisions, share those decisions and work towards those decisions more consistently
    2- appreciate your employees BEFORE they quit
    3- FIRE people that suck (even if they have been here a long time)
    4- Work on career development and growth. Stop with the talent development trainings in the theater and start doing one-on-one training with the managers. Most have never managed people before and are in desperate need of help.
    5- Get more transparent. Huge complaint is not knowing what is going on at the top.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Assembler

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Oakley

    Pros

    Great products. Good discount. Permanent hired can even get more of discount.

    Cons

    Blue-collar workers work hard but being treated like crap. As an assembler, if you missed one icon, don't even think about going to work the next day. If you work slower than the other person in line, largely have chance of being fired. They want the quantity and they push workers work really fast. The management simply don't treat the blue-collar workers like human beings. Just an Insecurity job, unnecessary stress and cheap pay.

    Doesn't Recommend
  11.  

    Loosing their culture.

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    Current Employee - Business Systems Analyst  in  Foothill Ranch, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Business Systems Analyst in Foothill Ranch, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Fun place to work, great environment, and benefits. On campus cafeteria and health care center, gym, bike trails.

    Cons

    No room for advancement. No communication between departments. HR is in another world and is not helpful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your culture back, promote from within.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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