Glassdoor Names REI One of the Top 50 Best Places to Work

REI employee opinions lead to ranking as highest-rated retailer

Dec 12, 2012

REI, the nation’s leading outdoor gear and apparel retailer, has been recognized as a 2013 Best Place to Work through the Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Award.  Most notably, REI is the highest rated retailer for the second straight year. 

The Employees’ Choice Awards are determined by employee feedback in Glassdoor’s anonymous online survey, now in its fifth year. Employees rate their overall workplace satisfaction and on key factors such as career opportunities, compensation and benefits, work/life balance, senior management, and culture and values.

Direct quotes from REI employees at the Glassdoor website include:

“Work is challenging, employees are friendly and helpful”

“Best company I ever worked for!”

“A co-op that is invested in the success of the individual”

“Wonderful culture, great employees”

“Great communication with management, fabulous work-life balance”

Serving outdoor enthusiasts through 127 stores in 31 states and two websites (http://www.rei.com/ and REI-OUTLET.com), the company’s 11,000+ employees are at the center of its ongoing success. REI is well-known for an engaging workplace environment, commitment to customer service, expert advice from knowledgeable employees, and strong partnerships with nonprofits in every community where it does business.  The co-op also ranks number eight on FORTUNE’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” List for 2012.

Close to half a million company reviews were submitted by employees to Glassdoor during the past 12 months to help put their employers in the running for the awards. The list is compiled using Glassdoor’s proprietary algorithm, and the overall ranking determined according to each company’s overall Glassdoor rating. The overall rating is the cumulative average rating from US-based employees who elected to participate in the survey between November 23, 2011 and November 13, 2012.

The complete list of the Glassdoor 2013 Top 50 Best Places to Work is available at http://www.glassdoor.com/Best-Places-to-Work-LST_KQ0,19.htm.

About the REI Co-op

REI is a specialty outdoor retailer, headquartered near Seattle. The nation’s largest consumer co-op, REI is a growing community of more than 19 million members who expect and love the best quality gear, inspiring expert classes and trips, and outstanding customer service. REI has 167 locations in 39 states and the District of Columbia. If you can’t visit a store, you can shop at REI.com, REI Outlet or the REI shopping app. REI isn’t just about gear. Adventurers can take the trip of a lifetime with REI’s active adventure travel company, a global leader that runs more than 250 itineraries across all continents. In every community where REI has a presence, professionally trained instructors share their expertise by hosting beginner-to advanced-level classes and workshops about a wide range of activities. To build on the infrastructure that makes life outside possible, REI invests millions annually in hundreds of local and national nonprofits that create access to—and steward—the outdoor places that inspire us all.