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Mountain Equipment Co-op Reviews

Updated 21 January, 2019
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Mountain Equipment Co-op CEO David Labistour
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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
  • "You have to work there for generally over a year or more and suck up to get a full-time position with this co-op" (in 14 reviews)

  • "Part-time employees get squat, aside from discounts on product" (in 8 reviews)

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  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!


  2. "Great place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Front Line Staff in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Front Line Staff in Toronto, ON
    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

  3. "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


  4. "Proud of the company values"

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    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.


  5. "CSR"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mountain Equipment Co-op part-time

    Pros

    Friendly workplace, pretty good discounts

    Cons

    Early morning shifts, long hours on a computer


  6. Helpful (6)

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

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    Current Employee - Retail Sales Associate in Vancouver, BC
    Current Employee - Retail Sales Associate in Vancouver, BC
    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.


  7. "Retail"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    It’s a bit better than typical retail in terms of benefits. Great job for students.

    Cons

    But is still a typical retail job in terms of lacking feelings of fulfillment and has lots of turnover. Not great for prolonged amount of time.

  8. "Good Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Environmentally friendly, good benefits, great people, amazing product

    Cons

    High turn over rate at head office, No proper direction or SOPs, Too expensive to shop,


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Ups and Downs"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great co-workers
    Good perks (discounts, access to gear, intro to new activities)

    Cons

    Not confident in our leadership. The majority of people in management roles don't live the MEC culture. Decisions and direction are constantly changing making it challenging for us to gain momentum.

    Advice to Management

    Go outside - camp, run, bike, ski - participate in the activities we're selling. Live it! Bring it! Care!


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Avoid the Technology Group at Head Office"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Mountain Equipment Co-op full-time

    Pros

    Free coffee, tea and milk with espresso and latte maker, nice "green" building, great views, casual attire, in-house workout room and climbing wall, supportive of people who bike to work (bike lockers, showers), convenient location. Pays well. Many long-term staff (10-20+ years), so they're obviously doing something right.

    Cons

    All the externals are great but don't be deceived. Technical group has management with no technical background, resulting in poor planning. To compensate, there is an over-reliance on 3rd party consultants and overworking people to meet deadlines. Turnover in this group is very high. They play favorites -- some people have greater influence than justified, while others are not listened to. Projects are riddled with red flags but they either won't or can't see it.

    Advice to Management

    Fix your processes, build up a team of technically knowledgeable people on your side that you can rely on from project to project. Manage the vendors, don't let them manage you. Burning people out and constantly hiring new people (even with experience) does not make up for lack of planning.