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The nation’s largest consumer co-op now gives employees two annual “Yay Days”: paid-time-off to go outside and use the outdoor gear they sell for such activities as hiking, biking, climbing, camping and skiing. Unlike their contemporaries, REI would like folks to spend their working careers working in this retailer. Last year REI funded $60 million in its incentive plan and profit-sharing contributions, including giving every eligible employee an automatic 5% company retirement contribution into their 401(k) and an additional 7% profit-sharing contribution. Many here, including part-timers who work 20 hours or more per week, also enjoys health care benefits for themselves and their dependents. Read the Great Place to Work review here.

Company Info

Rank last year58
# of years on list
19
Industry
Retail
Year founded1,938
CEO/Top executive
Jerry Stritzke
HQ location
Kent, Washington
Type of organization
Cooperative
Revenue (2015 or most recent year)
$2.2 billion
Web addresshttp://www.rei.com
Total U.S. employees
11,924
Total employees outside the U.S.
17
Full-time jobs added in last year
261
FT job growth in the past year
6%
Number of work sites
145

Perks

Company pays for 100% of healthcare costs
no
Offers health insurance to part-timers
yes
Offers telecommuting
yes
Offers job sharing
no
Offers onsite childcare
no
Offers compressed work weeks
yes
Offers fully-paid sabbaticals
yes
Onsite fitness center
yes
Discounted gym memberships
no
Onsite medical care facility
no
Location of medical facility
-
Offers college tuition reimbursement
yes
Max tuition
$3,000
Offers paid time off for volunteering
yes
Max PTO for volunteering
-

Diversity

% Women43
% Minorities17
% African-American/Black
2.2
% Asian
5.4
% Caucasian/White
82.9
% Hispanic/Latino
5.9
% Native American/Alaska Native
0.6
% Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander
0.4
% Two or more races
2.6
Same-sex benefits
yes
Non-discrimination policy
yes

Paid Time Off (FT employees)

Holidays
8
Vacation
11
Sick days
Set
General PTO
-
Total PTO after 5 years
26

Compensation

Most common job (for salaried employee)
Retail Store Manager
Avg. base pay (salaried)$82,544.13
Avg. extra compensation (salaried)$20,119.27
Total pay (salaried position)$102,663
Most common job (for hourly employee)
Retail Sales Lead
Avg. base pay (hourly)$29,757.94
Avg. extra compensation (hourly)$1,616.84
Total pay (hourly position)$31,374.78

Hiring/Staffing

# of job openings (as of Feb. 2016)761
# of job applicants
77,197
Avg. # of applicants per opening
49
FT voluntary turnover
10%
# of jobs filled
7,152
Jobs filled internally
887
% of jobs filled by referral
5%
# new graduates hired-

Training

Avg. hours of training per year (for salaried employee)46
Avg. hours of training per year (for hourly employee)37