At Patagonia, 92 percent of employees say their workplace is great.

EMPLOYEE RATINGS

     

This review is based on 550 employee surveys, with a 90% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 2.63. It was published on Sep 6, 2016. 5565 Visitors

What Employees Say

I feel good about the ways we contribute to the community.
97%
 
I'm proud to tell others I work here.
96%
 
People celebrate special events around here.
94%
 
People care about each other here.
94%
 
We have special and unique benefits here.
93%
 

What They Do

We asked Patagonia to explain what they do. Here is what they had to say.

We build the best product, cause no unnecessary harm and use business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crises.  We are not bound by convention.  Each employee has an opportunity to create  meaningful changes to the world we live in.  

About this Company

Website: www.patagonia.com Industry: Retail
US Headquarters: Ventura, California US Sites: 33
Major Locations: Ventura, California; Reno, Nevada; Sausalito, California US Employees: 1,311
US Revenues: $799 million Worldwide Revenues: $799 million
Employees Worldwide: 2,120 Corporate Structure: Private
Founded: 1973

The Activist Company supporting dam removal in Patagonia. Photo by Tim Davis.

Perks and Programs

We asked Patagonia to share a few programs they feel really capture what's unique about their workplace. Here is what they had to say.

  • Let My People Go Surfing Policy: This flextime policy allows Patagonia employees the freedom to get away from their desks during the day to catch a good swell, go climbing or hiking for an afternoon, pursue and education, or get home in time to greet a child climbing down from the school bus. This informal and trust-based policy supports work-life balance and allows us to keep valuable employees who love their freedom and sports too much to settle for the constraints of a more regimented work environment.
  • On-Site Childcare: Since 1984, Patagonia has provided high-quality, on-site childcare at the Ventura headquarters and recently expanded the benefit to the Reno Distribution Center. This program has a profound impact on employee retention. The turnover rate for parents who have children in the program is 25% less than the general population and we see 100% of moms return to work after having a child. Even more importantly, having children and parents in the same space allows for deeper bonds and lighter moods overall. Who can be mad over the sounds of children playing?
  • Paid Environmental Internships: Within the Environmental Internship Program, employees receive full pay and benefits for up to two months while interning full-time with the non-profit, environmental group of their choice. This program lets employees maintain job security, while getting their hands dirty and boots on the ground for causes that they personally care about anywhere in the world. Through this program, employees are able to enact change, while learning new skills and supporting groups that are actively doing important work around environmental activism.
  • Paid Leave: Patagonia aims to support employees and their families in the good times as well as the most challenging through generous and flexible paid leave policies. Birthing mothers receive 16 weeks of paid leave, while new fathers and adoptive mothers receive 12 weeks paid. This time does not have to be taken consecutively and instead can be scheduled over the course of a year to allow for presence during times of need or key milestones. Additionally, regular employees are eligible for 12 weeks of paid leave for a personal medical condition or to take care of a sick parent, partner, or child.
  • Alternative Transportation Reimbursement: All employees are eligible for the Driveless program, which reimburses up to $500 a year ($2 per trip) for using alternative transportation to get to work. Employees track their commute on an online calendar and earn a payout every quarter for biking, walking, skateboarding, carpooling, or paddling to work! Driveless also features a rideshare map, that connects local commuters so that they may carpool or bike together.
  • Company Ski Trip: Each year Patagonia organizes (and partially subsidizes) an all company ski trip to Mammoth Mountain in California, conveniently central to the company's two largest locations in Ventura, CA and Reno, NV, and easily accessible for folks flying in from retail locations across the country in search of fresh powder. All employees and their families are welcome for a long weekend together on the slopes. This trip always results in great memories along with strengthened cross-functional bonds and new friendships across the company.
  • Patagonia Product: Being a product-based company, there are plenty of opportunities for employees to walk away with Patagonia gear. Wearing the brand is by no means required (even in the retail stores) but through discounts, giveaways, and clothing swaps, all Patagonia employees are inevitably sure to be decked out. We attract and hire product users, outdoor enthusiasts, and core customers, so it's only natural to reward them with very easy (and inexpensive) access to product so that they can keep on doing the outdoor activities they love at the highest level!
  • Environmental Grants Program: To date Patagonia has given away over $78 million to grassroots environmental organizations. Employees play a huge role in the grant process, with roughly one-third of the U.S. employee population (about 500 individuals) participating in grant-giving each year. At the larger locations in Ventura and Reno, employees take part in Grants Councils that read, discuss, and vote on various environmental grants. In the retail stores, associates carry out similar actions at a store level for grants supporting groups in their local community.
  • Casual and Authentic Culture: Patagonia was founded by self-proclaimed 'dirtbags' and holds true to their laid-back lifestyle to this day. At all locations you will immediately sense a relaxed, familial vibe as if you are being welcomed into a home (complete with the sounds of kids laughing in the nearby childcare center). There are no dress codes, flip-flops and Hawaiian shirts prevail. Furthermore, all work and social spaces are intentionally planned to be open and accessible. Not even the CEO has a private office!
  • Covered Health Insuance Premiums: At a time where health insurance premiums are rising for employees across the country, Patagonia continues to pay all 100% of all medical premiums for all individual full and part-time employees. There is no waiting period, these benefits start on the first day of work. From a part-time store sales associate to CEO, healthcare is funded equally and the employee can rest assured that Patagonia has their back.

COMPENSATION BY THE NUMBERS

50% 401(k) match of employee's contribution, up to 5% of an employee's salary100% Company-paid health coverage for employees (Full-time and part-time regular employees.)
32% Company-paid health coverage for dependents 100% Company-paid health coverage for part-timers
20 hours Weekly hours required for part-timers to receive health insurance $500 College Tuition Reimbursement

COMPENSATION PROGRAMS

  • 401(k)
  • Long-term care insurance to employees
  • Pre-tax savings account

PERKS TO MAKE LIFE EASIER

  • Subsidized lunch on a regular, daily basis
  • On-site package/mailing service
  • Discount ticket sales
  • Personal travel service
  • Take-home meals on a regular, daily basis
  • Massage therapy
  • Fitness classes
  • Subsidized public transportation
Reno employees riding hard during Bike to Work Week.

WORK-LIFE BALANCE BY THE NUMBERS

17 days Paid time off after one year of full-time employment 17 days Paid time off after one year of part-time employment
9 days Paid sick days after one year of full-time employment 9 days Paid sick days after one year of part-time employment
8 weeks Paid sabbatical after 1 year(s) 16 weeks Unpaid sabbatical

WORK-LIFE BALANCE PROGRAMS

  • Phased retirement planning (1% use it)

    FAMILY CARE BY THE NUMBERS

    95 days Job-protected maternity leave80 days Fully-paid maternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)
    71 days Average length of maternity leave new mothers take80 days Job-protected paternity leave
    60 days Fully-paid paternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)31 days Average length of paternity leave new fathers take
    $10,000 Adoption benefit80 days Job-protected parental leave for adoptive parents
    60 days Fully-paid parental leave for adoptive parents (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)
    *Employees are not required to use all their personal paid time off before taking parental leave. All employees are eligible for parental leave benefits.

    FAMILY CARE PROGRAMS

    • Onsite child care (only at headquarters)
    • Lactation room(s)
    • Paid sick leave to care for a child or relative
    • Childcare reimbursement during business travel
    • Elder care resources

    HEALTH INSURANCE COVERS

    • Medical care
    • Vision care
    • Mental health care
    • Fertility treatments
    • Dental care
    • Prescription drug subsidy
    • Alternative treatments (such as acupuncture, homeopathy, or chiropractic)

    ONSITE HEALTH BENEFITS

    • Flu shots
    • Fitness center (at some locations)

    Community Involvement & Philanthropy

    336 hours Paid time off to volunteer $7,881,385 Philanthropic donations in last year
    $126,056 Total company-matched employee donations in last year

    Diversity

    • Formal programs support professional development for: Under-represented racial/ethnic minority groups; Women; Lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender employees; Disabled employees
    • Married employees in same-sex or heterosexual relationships receive the same benefits
    • Non-birth parents in same-sex relationships can take parental leave

    Executive Diversity

     
    Retail staff and customers wind (and unwind) together at a free in-store yoga class. Photo by Kyle Sparks.

    Demographics

     
    New hires participating in Orientation at Ventura HQ learn some climbing basics before harnessing up. Photo by Kyle Sparks.

    How to Get Hired

    We asked Patagonia for some inside information on how to get hired at the organization. Here is what they had to say.

    What key characteristics tell you a prospective employee will be a great fit for your company?

    We're always looking for motivated people to join us in our retail stores; at our Ventura, California headquarters; Reno, Nevada Service Center; and occasionally in our overseas offices. We're especially interested if you share our love of the outdoors, our passion for quality and our desire to make a difference.  We look for candidates who are already living our four core values: Integrity, Environmentalism, Quality, and Not Bound by Convention.

    What can prospective employees do to get your attention?

    We sit up and take notice when we read about any unusual combination of interests and experience that reflects a strong spirit, a curious mind, the ability to work hard in a  community atmosphere—and a bold move or two, something unexpected. A love of the outdoors and the value of wilderness, deep knowledge of our products and a desire to change business so that it better serves the planet and society: We look for those qualities too and pay heed when we see them.

    Are there any positions or types of candidates you are particularly focused on hiring in this coming year?

    We are in growth mode here at Patagonia. It is a really exciting time to join our company, the more we grow, the more we can use business for good. All departments will be looking for some sort of support in the coming years to help scale our business for the next generation. Hiring people with diverse backgrounds brings in flexibility of thought and openness to new ways of doing things, which will be important as we continue to build our Patagonia community.

    What should interested candidates do to find out more and get started?

    Besides keeping an eye on our career site, we encourage you to read Let My People Go Surfing and The Responsible Company which take deep dives into our history, values, community and plans for the future.

    hiring Outlook

    352 Job openings forecast for coming year 9% Job Growth
    60 Average applicants per opening 21,500 Applications received
    530 Positions filled in past year 6% New hires by employee referrals
    120 New positions created 170 Jobs filled by current employees
    Yes Recruits on college campuses 18% Voluntary turnover for full-time employees
    * All figures refer to 12-month period prior to reporting, unless otherwise noted.

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