Saturday, August 09, 2008

Email from Newsweek reader Stacie, former Crocs employee

In the second installment of our recurring feature called 'Emails from Newsweek readers', I bring you an email from Stacie:

Call me slow, but I just stumbled onto your website today as a link from the Newsweek article. Anyhoo, I love it! Long story short, I worked at Crocs 2+ years ago and it was hands down the worst job I have ever had.

My two previous jobs I had been at for 5 and 5 1/2 years, I lasted a mere 7 weeks at Crocs. I started there as the Art Director which was a new position in the company. Needless to say, it was a cluster from day one. The environment was complete chaos. Everyone running around trying to capitalize on opportunities and doing things half-assed. My supervisor would dump a ton of work on me, then leave early to go running. My average day lasted anywhere from 14 - 17 hours including working over the weekends to meet impossible deadlines.

The ethics of the company were questionable as well. The saying in the office was "you worked at Crocs because you were either related to someone or sleeping with someone" and that was true. The CEO's wife and daughter worked there and the daughter was the completely clueless footwear product manager. The web guy's wife was related to one of the owners. One of the vice-presidents was dating a girl in the Rx division...so on and so forth. It was literally enough to make you sick.

I was there about 3 weeks when I realized I had made a terrible error in judgement and desparately needed to get out. Luckily, another company that I had interviewed with offered me a position which was my saving grace. Just showing up to work at Crocs made me physically ill. I'm am glad that I got out and yes, for more reasons than the fact they are ugly-ass shoes, I too HATE Crocs!!!


-Stacie


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26 comments:

Ixtab said...

You know, its kind of funny; I just launched a fashion blog, which started with an article about why I don't like crocs.

Simushka said...

I love crocs you stupid freak

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Bumwithrum said...

so ts obvious that you were not related to anyone there by teh treatment you received so who were you sleeping with and why did it end in 7 short weeks

Anonymous said...

Well to be honest, I personally think they're ugly shoes. But I mean, their just shoes. No need to start a blog about them.

Anonymous said...

I hate crocs too, anyway.

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I also used to work for Crocs for over 2 years. I can say by the time I left that I hated the company and they way they always seemed to be changing the way things were done. You only got promoted and raises if you kisses someone's rear end. I believe you should get ahead by hard work and nothing else but Crocs is based on just pushing numbers and product while they really don't care about their employees at all. They walk on or fire the best people that they have all the time. I think in the end Crocs will continue to have problems because they really have the worst structure in the world plus they don't treat their employees correctly.
The one thing I noticed since leaving Crocs is that my feet don't hurt anymore and I used to have dry heels all the time. I stopped wearing my crocs and my feet are better. I feel better all so since I am not working 12 hour days and getting paid nothing.

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