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Mountain Equipment Co-op Reviews

Updated 18 April, 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 move up or get full time work" (in 16 reviews)

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

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  1. "advisors"

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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

    Pros

    really nice culture. Flexible schedule

    Cons

    management teams are really separate from the frontline


  2. "Advisor"

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

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

    Pros

    Discounts on gears and services + Deals on events and partners of MEC.

    Sustainable oriented company.

    Cons

    Won't hire you full time and based on up and downs of the seasons, get more or less hours

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring if you can't give hours to your current staff

  3. "Great workplace!"

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    Current Employee - Advisor
    Current Employee - Advisor
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people here are amazing. Great co-workers and great management. The company at all levels is working really hard to make sure staff at all levels and all stores have everything they need to thrive in their work, so it’s both currently great and working to get better!

    Cons

    Retail isn’t the most lucrative job. The pay is fair and raises are calculated based on hours worked, but it feels like slow progress sometimes toward those higher hourly rates.

    Advice to Management

    Great job!


  4. "Good Company"

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Barrie, ON
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Barrie, ON
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Mountain Equipment Co-op full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice place to work but it is still retail.

    Cons

    None that I can think of.

    Advice to Management

    None


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Karma"

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

    I worked at Mountain Equipment Co-op full-time

    Pros

    The company's Mission and Values are admirable, the staff discounts are not bad relative to the marketplace, and being able to wear jeans to work is nice.

    Cons

    Some head-scratching appointments to the senior team have been detrimental to the business and its culture.

    Advice to Management

    Ask yourself this question: "are you conducting yourselves in a manner that reflects your mission and values?" Acting with ethics and integrity goes much further than encouraging people to have "good times outside".


  6. "Full time designer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mountain Equipment Co-op full-time

    Pros

    Great staff and employee benefits

    Cons

    Bad leadership at head office


  7. "MEC Vancouver"

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Vancouver, BC
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits for full time staff, great deals, and you get to learn lots about outdoor equipment

    Cons

    Customers can be exceptionally difficult and the store can be understaffed and disorganized

    Advice to Management

    Put price tags on items!! It causes so much confusion to not have prices on goods

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Frontline Staff"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent to mostly Awesome Co-workers....although that's likely changing as the Co-op slides downhill.
    Some pro deals
    Access to gear...and employee auctions...sometimes.

    Cons

    MEC, today, is a Co-op, only in the minimum legal, "technical" sense, its founding history, and the popular imagination of wanna-be do-gooders. The reality is an inefficient corporation that no longer even earnestly tries to provide good value to members, owners, and employees and is being held hostage to senior management and the board .

    MEC members and employees MUST UNITE TOGETHER AGAIN and take back the Co-op from the corrupted fist of its present corporate masters...and push the Co-op forward again into a positive collective future.

    Was Terminated for discussing Unionizing and being critical of senior leadership.

    MEC's senior leadership is toxic at multiple levels in many ways, and there has not yet been enough negative member and employee feedback to preemptively course correct before the inevitable reputation market correction MEC is no doubt going to and already experiencing.

    Advice to Management

    Take a long, long, walk in the woods...consider the effects your policy decisions have had on the lives that support the pyramid you stand atop of, and consider not coming back. Consider Opening the Co-op up again, to the people, members, owners, and employees who may actually be and think differently( not just look or"identify" differently) then the narrow band the senior leadership operation from.

    The best thing Management could do, is empower the more talented people beneath them, who will support the Members interests in the ways they've neglected, and walk away.


  9. Helpful (13)

    "Needs a management shake-up at head office"

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    Former Employee - Head Office in Vancouver, BC
    Former Employee - Head Office in Vancouver, BC
    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.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "So much wasted potential"

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    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.