Oakley Reviews

Updated 26 August 2014
Updated 26 August 2014
143 Reviews

3.4
143 Reviews
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Oakley CEO Colin Baden
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Very cool work environment, upbeat with a progressive vibe (in 16 reviews)

  • Laid back environment, Great Benefits (in 12 reviews)


Cons
  • There tends to be a disconnect from upper management and the floor staff (in 9 reviews)

  • Lack of structure is fun, but makes for many lazy, unaccountable colleagues - be prepared to do the jobs of others (in 4 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    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
  2. 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
  3.  

    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.

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  5.  

    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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good perks/atmosphere, lack of growth opportunities

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Oakley full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Discounts are great and employee store selection is huge. Depending on your department scheduling is flexible and micromanagement is pretty minimal, you're basically held self-accountable. No dress code.

    Cons

    Pay is low and you're lucky to get if you get a 2% raise during your one yearly review. Employees are expected to be held in awe of the historic brand and hype that is Oakley, even though since Luxottica's acquisition it is becoming harder to justify. Upward mobility is pretty much nonexistent. Seen as a stepping-stone job and highly recognizable brand to pad your resume with as you leapfrog to another company in a couple years and get paid 30% more.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Implement training programs for eager, young professionals so talent stops leaving your company. Hire from within instead of bringing in outsiders for every mid and upper level position. Seems like every person here is either a 20 year vet or leaves in the first three years.

    I'm almost at the 2-year mark, and will probably look elsewhere soon for a more lucrative opportunity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Alright Company

    Current Employee - V Minute Assembly Line  in  Lake Forest, CA (US)
    Current Employee - V Minute Assembly Line in Lake Forest, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Its a decent job that hires quickly and you get paid weekly

    Cons

    language barrier many non english speakers

  8.  

    Awesome

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate  in  Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Chicago, IL (US)

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

    Pros

    great people
    product knowledge is tough at first but cool to know once you get the hang of it
    laidback environment

    Cons

    a lot of information at first

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Internship Review

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Oakley

    Pros

    Great work environment where everyone is motivated and has fun, while also getting work done. They treated me very well, especially given I was only an intern. Great ideas at the company.

    Cons

    Some of the employees tend to drink their own koolaid, but don't back it up with their ideas. Because it's such a big company, it can be a bit bureaucratic at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the fun programming because employees really appreciate it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    IT technician

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    Current Employee - Information Technology Support  in  Foothill Ranch, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Information Technology Support in Foothill Ranch, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Great company culture. Benefits are wonderful. A great place to work!

    Cons

    Low wages in some areas. High turnover rate in some departments. Very difficult to get hired.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Sales Associate

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate  in  Orlando, FL (US)
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Orlando, FL (US)

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

    Pros

    Employee Discount
    Relaxed Environment
    Staff Dress
    Management and higher up easy to work with

    Cons

    Hours can be limited depending on location
    Low starting pay

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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