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A great company to work for. Would highly recommend
Team Member/ Sales Associate (Current Employee) –  North York, ON30 April 2018
The overall experience at MEC was positive. The work culture is professional and encouraging. My only critique of the company is some of the management lack the skills to properly lead their team properly.
Pros
35% off discounts, free food
Cons
lifting heavy boxes
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great atmosphere, still just retail
Sales Associate (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB27 March 2018
Pretty good place to work if you can put up with making minimum wage and deal with unhappy, annoyed customers frequently. I have worked a lot of retail and customer service jobs in my life but I have to say I encountered more complaining from members here than anywhere else. They also expect you to be an exert in many departments, even though its essentially Costco of the outdoor world (impossible to know everything, unless you've worked there for years). This can be frustrating when the members expect you to be knowledgable when you're thrown into a department you don't usually work. Once you get passed the typical 2 month "honey-moon phase" of them hyping you up for this job, it really just becomes another boring, pretty lame retail job
Pros
Great staff room, perks, culture and co-workers
Cons
long hours, low pay, mundane retail job
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Job for vendor related people
worker (Former Employee) –  Brampton, ON18 March 2018
All kind of ways to avoid work are highly appreciated.
Those who are pushing work to be done were fired with in one year. Management bread all sort of useless office position for ,,relatives,,
However company pay really good money. Those money are well waited by team of cooperative vendor related people. The decisions of top management is simply ignored by politics. It is enough to have one of those politics as a friend to stay free of work and get money doing nothing. To those who are going to work for MEC Brampton I would advice to be prepared for all kind harassment and unfair treatment.
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Come for the gear, stay for the people!
Technician & Frontline Staff (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB30 September 2017
Really great lifestyle job that has a fantastic culture. Lots of horizontal movement within the company to keep people engaged in the workplace. Pay his also very competitive for a retailing
Pros
Great culture, good benefits, amazing people
Cons
Senior staff development program is a dangling carrot
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Amassing work environment
Frontline Staff (Former Employee) –  Halifax, NS11 September 2017
Wonderful work experience working both full and part time, excellent staff training and communication from management. Workplace culture was the highlight that made everyone feel like part of a team both in and out of the work environment. Always encouraged staff for learning new skills for best customer service and living an MEC healthy and active lifestyle.
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Awesome co-workers and customers, but otherwise not so great
Stock Person (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB12 July 2017
scheduling time off for appointments or family functions painful to say the least. Supervisory feedback nearly non-existent so I only found out at annual review that I wasn't meeting expectations.
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Great gear, great team.
Floor Manager (Former Employee) –  Toronto, ON28 June 2017
It is a blast to work with products and activities that I am so passionate about. It is just as great to work with a team of like-mined people who care about getting people outdoors and helping people get active.
Cons
Poor pay, unorganized management at times
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Best company to work for in Canada
Team Leader/Supervisor (Current Employee) –  British Columbia16 May 2017
Working at MEC is rewarding and fun. Great place for people who like to keep busy and interact with like-minded individuals. Although moving up in the ranks can sometimes take a while, it is worth the wait.
Pros
Sense of community and family among the staff
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Very inspiring place to be!
Cash specialist, floor staff (Former Employee) –  Victoria, BC2 May 2017
The workplace culture is happy and exciting as we're always helping members to plan their next outdoor adventure for camping, kayaking, hiking, cycling or climbing.
Pros
training programs
Cons
none
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MEC, un magasin de jouets pour les mordus de plein air !
Conseillère en vente (Current Employee) –  Laval, QC26 April 2017
Je n'ai jamais vu une compagnie avec d'aussi belles valeurs !
La Co-op est une grosse famille. Ce n'est pas pour rien que nous appelons la clientèle des ''Membres'' et non des clients !

Les formations chez MEC sont complètes, tellement intéressantes et surtout en continue ! Nous sommes vraiment des conseiller(ères) et non des commis de plancher. Notre travail est d'assurer que les membres s'amusent avec du matériels de qualité lors de leurs aventures!

Les responsables du plancher sont très transparents avec leurs employés et ça j'aime ça ! La porte du bureau est toujours ouverte donc s'il y a quoi que se soit, ils sont là pour vous !

Pour les heures, je n'ai jamais eux de problèmes. Ils respectent vos disponibilités le plus possible.

Bref, j'adore mon travail et il y a vraiment possibilité de carrière chez MEC !
Pros
Avantages sociaux et possibilité de carrière
Cons
Salaire
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Very good summer job
Frontline Staff & Member Service (Former Employee) –  North Vancouver, BC4 April 2017
For a summer job employer seeking unskilled workers, MEC really put a lot of good training into their employees and helped ensure everyone was having a great time while at work. Shifts and times could be swapped and changed with ease if a situation arose, and the culture was very accepting and calm when it came to sales, goals, and other objectives.
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Inclusive and energetic workplace environment
Frontline staff (Former Employee) –  Barrie, ON22 March 2017
Mountain Equipment Co-op is a very fun atmosphere to work in. Interacting with members as they are about to embark on adventures that they're gearing up for or hearing about previous trips is inspiring and interesting. The staff are friendly and well educated on all products.
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Doing some good things but old problems seems to stay
Manager (Former Employee) –  Vancouver, BC23 February 2017
Some management vision that is not carried through. Old technologies and misaligned strategies. Some management with agendas which is not productive.
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Great place to learn about the outdoors and promote good customer service.
Cashier/Customer Service (Current Employee) –  North York, ON5 February 2017
I really enjoy working here. The environment is great, and everyone is very approachable.
They really care about the environment, and they send out a good sustainable message for anyone that is a member. They do the best that they can with their return policy (Rock Solid guarantee) to ensure the lifespan of the products.
They want to promote an active lifestyle for the outdoors by offering different events and programs.
Pros
Helpful staff, knowledgable about products
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workplace
Cashier duties (Former Employee) –  Toronto, ON18 January 2017
schedule- good and improved over the years.
most enjoyable part of the job would be starting my day and leaving.
employees at the location is like slowly building some sort of relationship w/ customers.
Pros
looking forward to the day
Cons
having to end the day
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Preety interesting workplace environment
Frontlineer (Current Employee) –  Toronto, ON15 January 2017
Typical day is work work and work
learn more about outdoor gears
Management so sooo
co workers are fun to work with definitely
PTL can sucks time to time Product team leader
Free food sometimes and employee discount and pro deal
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Great new DC with good management and potential for growth for the right employee
Lead Hand (Current Employee) –  Brampton, ON6 January 2017
I had a great experience with MEC. Great people, fun atmosphere and opportunity for growth. I had to leave for personal family matter, however it is a great place to work and if you love the outdoors then you will appreciate the company and who they are.
Pros
Good staff
Cons
Working holidays
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Well established
Distribution Center Supervisor (Former Employee) –  Brampton, ON15 December 2016
Learned a lot from the company.
management was very cooperative.
My co-workers are very friendly.
hardest part is the tight deadlines for shipping everyday.
Pros
Free Coffee in the Cafeteria
Cons
No extra hours
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Great place to be
Front Staff (Current Employee) –  North Vancouver, BC6 December 2016
The company is amazing!

The Best Costumer Service ever! A great environment to be with excellent leaderships and also great co-workers!

They are really concern about your skills, so you will have a lot of training to prepare you to give excellent advices to members.

The clinics are amazing! And they are free for members, and of course, if you are one of the leaders, you will get pay for that clinic!
Pros
Field Courses
Cons
None
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the floor staff at the Vancover store are amazing and a great group of people.
Services Team Leader (Former Employee) –  Vancouver, BC14 June 2016
The staff at MEC is really what makes that job so fun. You get to come to work everyday with people you like. It is a fast paced work environment that keeps you on your toes.
Cons
working nights and weekends
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