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Mountain Equipment Co-op Overview

www.mec.ca
Vancouver, BC (Canada)
1001 to 5000 employees
1971
Other Organisation
Sporting Goods Stores
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
Unknown
An outdoor retail co-operative, MEC exists to encourage and inspire Canadians to live active outdoor lifestyles. From backcountry trails to city streets, MEC supports a range of outdoor activities, including climbing, hiking, camping, snowsports, watersports, cycling, running ... Read more

Mountain Equipment Co-op Reviews

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Mountain Equipment Co-op CEO David Labistour
David Labistour
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  • "Awesome frontline staff, poor management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
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    I worked at Mountain Equipment Co-op full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Staff are passionate about the outdoors and willing to share knowledge with other staff and members
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    Cons

    Senior management both at the store level and Head Office was poor
    Staff were placed under an enormous amount of pressure to put on awesome events and provide excellent service but management priorities changed constantly and payroll was poorly allocated such that staff were not set up to succeed but were chastised when metrics weren't met. A lot of good people left.

    Advice to Management

    From the replies from the newly created "People Experience Officer", it seems MEC may be making a culture shift towards valuing their people. That's encouraging.

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Mountain Equipment Co-op Photos

Mountain Equipment Co-op photo of: North York Store opening!
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Mountain Equipment Co-op photo of: Adventures with friends
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Mountain Equipment Co-op Interviews

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    Advisor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Calgary, AB (Canada)
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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Mountain Equipment Co-op (Calgary, AB (Canada)) in May 2018.

    Interview

    I applied online and was invited to attend a hiring fair in store. During the first screening interview at the store, I was immediately asked about a set of mandatory training days which were not mentioned in the ad online. As well I was told if I had more than 1-2 days of planned vacation over the next four months they were not interested. I was extremely disappointed in the unprofessional nature of the entire process. If there are mandatory requirements such as the two mentioned prior, they should be listed in the job add. I wasted a considerable amount of time and effort applying, only to find out, after taking time off and arranging transportation to the hiring fair, that it would be an immediate no due to having planned a short hiking trip over the summer. This is supposed to be a store that gets people outside, but they won't hire anyone who's planned a camping trip more than a day long over the summer? Ridiculous.

    Interview Questions

    • Do you have more than 1-2 planned vacation days over the next 4 months.   Answer Question
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Mountain Equipment Co-op Awards & Accolades

  • Canada's Most Trusted Brand, Gustavson School of Business at the University of Victoria, 2017
  • Canada's Top 100 Employers, Mediacorp Canada, 2016

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