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 ( and, 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,24.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 24 million members who expect and love the best quality gear, inspiring expert classes and trips, and outstanding customer service. If you can’t visit one of our many stores, you can shop at, REI Outlet or the REI shopping app. Everyone is welcome to shop REI, but members who join the co-op enjoy a range of benefits. More than a retailer, REI is a purpose-driven and values-led company dedicated to enabling life outside for all.