Mountain Equipment Co-op Reviews

Updated 9 Jul 2020

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3.3
51%
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27%
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Mountain Equipment Co-op Chief Executive Officer Phil Arrata
Phil Arrata
11 Ratings
Pros
  • "Staff Sales, Pro-deals, Raffles, and mountain bike/climbing symposiums)(in 21 reviews)

  • "Work life balance is very good for a retail business(in 20 reviews)

Cons
  • "i cant really think of anything bad to say about MEC(in 23 reviews)

  • "Some disconnect between head office and store locations(in 12 reviews)

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  1. "Great company"

    4.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    Former Employee - Advisor in Vancouver, BC

    I worked at Mountain Equipment Co-op full-time

    Pros

    Nice environment, lovely team, good deals

    Cons

    Old systems and not much really open to new improvement suggestions.

  2. "good place to work"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales and Technician in Calgary, AB
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Mountain Equipment Co-op part-time

    Pros

    friendly, caring environment, good benefits

    Cons

    can't think of any cons!

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Good pay"

    2.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Advisor 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Mountain Equipment Co-op part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    They always paid a little more than minimum wage, raises based on hours worked so after a couple years you can except to make a couple more bucks.

    Cons

    They don't seem to care about their employees much, you're a disposable minimum wage worker at the end of the day

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    "Over a year at MEC"

    2.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Advisor in Toronto, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Mountain Equipment Co-op part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great team and knowledge people. Good benefits for a retail job.

    Cons

    Poor management, lack of communication.

  5. Helpful (4)

    "No direction"

    2.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Designer in Vancouver, BC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Mountain Equipment Co-op full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    When I started it was a great place to work, with great colleagues who inspired me to try new things.

    Cons

    Our team has been blown up and rebuilt several times in the last couple years. The new CEO isn't an outdoor user and doesn't see the value in our brand. The current leadership is pulling back from sustainability commitments and have even floated the idea of putting the MEC logo on gear we didn't make. "white labelling".

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    "Leadership treat staff like garbage"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Mountain Equipment Co-op full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Basic healthcare and dental coverage.

    Cons

    The new CEO has systematically stripped the Co-op of all its values. He treats the employees like pawns and doesn't care about anything except the bottomline. Today they laid off hundreds of store staff via an email addressed to "Dear, First Name". The couldn't even be bothered to personalize the firing notice. The co-op claims to be the "Most trusted brand in Canada" but it isn't even trusted by its own staff. A once proud and transparent organization now eliminates any staff who dissent. It's quite clear the CEO has no idea how to lead an organization, he has alienated all the passionate staff who want to help the co-op succeed and has surrounded himself with corporate shells who only care about building their own resumes. It makes me so sad to see the people who are ruining the co-op.

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  7. Helpful (3)

    "Was a good place to work, just not right now"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Head Office Position 
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Mountain Equipment Co-op full-time

    Pros

    There used to be an amazing workplace culture of being stoked to work hard, but also have fun and embrace the fact that MEC is an outdoor retailer and most employees are into adventure. With the new CEO that culture disappeared. Otherwise the discount, access to free gear, cool co-workers, decent benefits, work life balance, amazing head office building are all pros to working at MEC.

    Cons

    Pay isn't great and seems to be very inconsistent across departments and tenure. Projects never seem to be well managed and therefore either fail or are a flop. Head Office lost so many long serving employees, made for a not so great working environment. I would work at MEC again, just in a few years, when they have hopefully stabilized.

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  8. Helpful (1)

    "Best of luck for MEC"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Vancouver, BC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Mountain Equipment Co-op full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    A chance to motivate people to be active outdoors and help them do it with good products at reasonable prices. Great people to work with and supervisors care and do their best.

    Cons

    MEC has been trying, but in todays financial climate it has a difficult road ahead to effectively compete with online retailers. With some slow increases, a living wage is still out of reach.

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  9. Helpful (3)

    "Pretty lame job"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Associate 
    Doesn't Recommend
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Mountain Equipment Co-op part-time

    Pros

    The discount was great, and my coworkers were generally pretty nice and inclusive.

    Cons

    The management there is bizarre. Your availability was considered optional, getting a day off was like pulling teeth, despite the constant bragging about how good they are for it, the management always looked down at the staff like they’re children, with constant micromanaging and fear of any initiative, and the pay was bad. They refused to give allow to have less hours, despite telling me to finding somebody who could take my hours. When I did, they said it was in my contract that I had to work X amount of days so I couldn’t give my hours to anybody else. It was that and never receiving a day off despite how far in advance I’d ask for it off, which made me just hand in my 2 weeks.

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  10. "Review from an optimist"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Team Leader in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Mountain Equipment Co-op full-time

    Pros

    Solid place to work, if you are able to determine what you need from the organization + keep that scope in mind.

    Cons

    Past few years have been turbulent, due to the overlapping factors of organizational change, retail landscape and online shopping.

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