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Mountain Equipment Co-op Reviews

Updated 11 March 2019
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Pros
  • "they also respect your work life balance" (in 15 reviews)

  • "Employee culture, discount and pro deals, flexible employer" (in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • "Impossible to get full time status in most cases" (in 15 reviews)

  • "Part-time employees get squat, aside from discounts on product" (in 9 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (9)

    "Needs a management shake-up at head office"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Head Office in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Head Office in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Mountain Equipment Co-op full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    People are generally great; attempts are made to get people active.

    Cons

    Management have ruined the collaborative feeling of the company. No vision and no idea how to improve morale for those remainders that have not quit or been fired.

    Advice to Management

    People leave not because of the company, but because of management. Do the company a favor and move on. The damage is done.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "So much wasted potential"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Mountain Equipment Co-op full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Coworkers are often good, good prodeals, benefits if you manage to attain full time.

    Cons

    Poor training, constant moving goalposts to move up, no career prospects, rampant favouritism from management, sexism from management. Lower management teams are hit or miss, often lack experience in management and it shows. Very little support for staff struggling with being bullied and harassed. Impossible to move up or get full time work. High expectation of output with no compensation. Extremely low morale at many stores.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your staff, perform exit interviews, promote people who care. Don’t chose managers out of desperation and nepotism.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Good if you like peole and Gear deals"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Mountain Equipment Co-op part-time

    Pros

    Great if you love helping people and if your passionate about the outdoors. Also whatever adventurous activities you do there is usually at least one coworker who will join you!

    Cons

    Hours aren't great in the off season and you have to work most weekends. Also the post is quite low. Just a little over minimum

    Advice to Management

    Listen to staff advise. Focus on what made the company great and don't get too caught up in staying in trend.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Staff"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Mountain Equipment Co-op full-time

    Pros

    Great company to work for. Awesome benefits.

    Cons

    They expect maximum effort while paying minimum wage.

    Advice to Management

    Pay us more!


  5. Helpful (4)

    "backstock"

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    Former Employee - Backstock Associate in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Backstock Associate in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Mountain Equipment Co-op part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    great staff to work with

    Cons

    poor management. Incompetent at best - mean at worst

    Advice to Management

    Don't make changes without having a measurable objective.


  6. Helpful (10)

    "Finance /Admin"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Mountain Equipment Co-op full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The people. Caring and loyal to each other... not necessarily to management.

    Cons

    Continues to be a hard place to work. Poor morale. Stress all the time. Leaders are lacking in any kind of empathy, or organization. Out for themselves.
    Too many people terminated and leaving.

    Advice to Management

    I don’t know whether they can fix what they have done. Where is the Board in all of this?


  7. "Great place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Front Line Staff in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Front Line Staff in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Mountain Equipment Co-op part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people, the access to gear, the prodeals.

    Cons

    It can be difficult to move from casual to part time or full time, which means limited health benefits

  8. "Good part time job"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Mountain Equipment Co-op part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    An easy going part time position that provided excellent discounts on outdoor products

    Cons

    Shifts can be late night or early morning, pay isn't great for floor staff


  9. "Proud of the company values"

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Mountain Equipment Co-op full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    A socially responsible co-op whose values align with my own with an emphasis on sustainability. Great employee relations and perks.

    Cons

    Retail can be a difficult environment at times.


  10. Helpful (10)

    "Great for a good time, but definitely not for a long time"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Retail Sales Associate in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Retail Sales Associate in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Mountain Equipment Co-op full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    awesome community of colleagues
    access to great deals on gear
    plenty of opportunities to learn, and get active!

    Cons

    They exploit labour, your RARELY compensated for taking on additional responsibility
    Management is unsupported and staff working under them suffer the effects
    Decision making is abstract and not transparent
    All in all, its like working for an awkward start up company, except that its 40+ years old

    Advice to Management

    Be transparent. Seek advice from consultants outside MECs walls: change management advisors, etc.