Thread regarding Cabela's Inc. layoffs

Recent college grad looking to start a career

Hi, I am a recent college graduate and I am looking to apply for a position at Cabela's corporate in Sidney Nebraska. I came across this site and I am concerned. Is this just a site that is being used by current and past employees to vent? Is there a true basis to these comments? I realize that all large companies have issues of one sort or another. Is there a future of Cabela's in Sidney Nebraska? What is the town of Sidney like to live in? Your help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

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I Too was once very happy working for Cabela's. I was proud of working for them and I bragged about working for them. I was the envy of many I knew and complete strangers who would see th cabela's logo on a shirt I was wearing and would stop me on the street or in and airport, restaurant etc. Every day I told my wife that what I did wasn't like working at all and it was a great place to be. When you love your job, it isn't work.

Well, the Elliot pressure on greedy weak knee'd management killed all of that, They killed the culture and the spirit of thousands of others like me who enjoyed the work and put everything into it because they liked it. I'm relieved I no longer work there and am hugely sorry for those who are left to try to hold it all together as management helps investors strip the company components down to its core value as they line their pockets and parachutes with gold.

Sidney may die as a viable town for most residents and existing business. Best hope now is the rumored deal contains a Sidney contingency clause keeping at least 50% the office workers there for a stated multiple year period. Using the spin shoveled out by Nathan Borowski.... "This way only "several" will be affected by the change."

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unfortunately, and I mean unfortunately, the once great Cabela's is no longer - customers are catching on - the stores are a dismal mess, very poorly merchandised, the pride is gone and you can tell, the stores are dirty, under staffed and very poorly merchandised. The vendor community works with them due to volume as they are terrible to work with, untrustworthy and dishonest in addition to paying late. The corporate structure is dismal. Constant state of change and flux and restructuring - reminds you of a communist philosophy - constant change so everyone is disoriented. Very poor leadership - worried only on lining their own pockets and making numbers anyway they can so they can rake in the money as signified by the golden parachute the execs put into effect with the pending sale. Do not consider Cabela's - they are done - they just don't know it - everyone else has moved beyond. There are still some wonderful outdoor companies in the market place and you will love the outdoor industry - best of luck.

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I agree with the previous poster it would probably be in your best interest to wait and 'let dust settle',. As it were. The craziness of the whole situation has caused quite a bit of damage to the economy of Sidney as well as the social trust of the community towards Cabelas, Many people have left,. And many small businesses have moved on.

One day things might turn around but that is not now! Ultimately the choice is yours to make. Prudence being the watch word here is to wait and aee how things play out.

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If I were you I would wait to start a career at Cabelas. A lot of restructuring going on at all Cabelas right now. I would wait if I were you to start a career with them. Wait to see where they are going. It is really hard to face when they decide to do an other restructure and come and tell you that you know longer have a job with them or they take you from full time down to part time. The restructuring has been going on for like 3 years now. Use your own judgement. If it is only a temp. job you will be ok. If it is a perament job then jst be prepared if it would happen to you.

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If the uncertainty of having a job isn't enough to keep you away, the community of Sidney is awful. Stay far, far away until the town is forced to make big improvements of areas of maintenance and housing. A few weeks after moving into Sidney I met a woman who told me, "I hated this town from the moment I stepped foot into it." I asked how long she has been here, she said, "THIRTY EIGHT YEARS!!!!!!" I shared the first part with her but I won't be staying around nearly that long!

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Don't do it.

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Don't buy the crap poster must live in Oz and not Sidney.

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Don't buy the crap. Cabelas is a good company who takes care of good people who work hard. The community is also great. The negative people on this board are off base because of their own actions.

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Thanks for your honesty.

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and it has only gotten worse, be careful what you say what you do, and what you think, play by the rules and all is well. Step out of line, have an opinion that is opposite and opposes the ruling elite on the hill and the city and your life becomes a living hell.

I am so glad I left, putting this town and company to my rear view mirror was the best thing I ever did for my family and myself.

Get out while you still can or do not come here.

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Since the mid 80's our entire family used to be loyal fanatical Cabela's customers. Every Christmas, father's day, and birthday gift was from the catalog. When I got a job at Cabelas and moved to Sidney I was as proud as the day my first child was born. But oh how quickly things changed. Once you are in Sidney the promises of growth, advancement, and pay raises are gone......the recruiting rhetoric was all a lie unless you played golf or drank with the right people. Outsiders are not allowed to have an opinion about the schools, local government, churches, or downtown businesses. Working at Cabela's is the worst career decision I have ever made.

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It is what you make of it,. At the same time be very very careful what you say and who you say it to,. It will be twisted and used against you,.

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Sidney has a lot of great people as well as Cabela's - I sincerely would not advise anyone to work at Cabela's. It is really bad - extremely bad management.

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Finding a girl friend is hard. Lot of single guys to hangout & enjoy. Good place to live.

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Sorry I meant to say people not please. The meth must be affecting my spelling.

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The last person knows nothing. The crime rate is very low. Sidney is a great town with great people. Do not listen to this crap. It's from someone who is very negative with an axe to grind. People like this get thrills from crying on anonymous boards.

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The last person knows nothing. The crime rate is very low. Sidney is a great town with great people. Do not listen to this crap. It's from someone who is very negative with an axe to grind. Please like this get thrills from crying on anonymous boards.

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Do not move to Sidney. The crime rate is horrible. Look at the news. Drugs esp meth is common news. Sidney is the armpit of the panhandle. Has always been the "toughest town in the west" since the 1800s.

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Sidney is a great family community. I am proud to raise my children in this hard working community with a very good school system. Cabelas has some stress now but they are trying to work it out. Unfortunately this thing is part of the business world but to call the people at Cabelas and the community names is out of line. The majority of people at Cabelas and Sidney are great people. Don't let a few negative people stop you from joining our Great community!

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If I offended anyone by misspelling Scheel's, I apologize. Scheel's will open in Johnstown CO next year. According to the website September 30,2017 is opening date

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Rcg. There are two points to think about in addition to your observation about the retail stores.

Sidney is like an island, it is a company town, overpriced, overtaxed and full of itself. There are no other opportunities there unless you want to work at a fast food joint. If they let you go or you are dissatisfied with your position, it is like you are in a third world country. 3 hours to an airport. No positive social outlet. You are stuck in a miserable town and you have to make a huge effort to interview beyond.

Secondly, the atmosphere is so negative and demoralizing, it will have a drastic impact on your confidence, family relations and your professional development.

In reference to the guy who said that only the bad have been pushed out, he doesn't have an fing clue. As you stated, there are plenty of indicators that all is not well, retail store decline - the stores are terrible, especially the older ones, the are sad, worn, until led, poorly merchandised and staffed with a lot who don't care.

There are a host of awesome vendors to break you into the outdoor industry, browning, the north face, smith and Wesson and so many others. You will get an education of a lifetime and find that it is an incredible industry.

Unfortunately, Cabela's is now a laughing stock of the vendor world. The very best of luck and keep the passion. You will be rewarded

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The best way to put it is to compare the jobs at Cabela's like patients in need of root canals. It's inevitable that you're going need need one sooner or later, but until the day that "the dentist" comes to YOUR chair and says that today is the day to extract the sucker, you sit in pain, wondering just when the abscess is going to take over. When they tell people to reapply it's like, "Why?" to push this off another few months?

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'If you are interested in the front range Fort Collins area Shields is building a store in Loveland.'

Do you mean Scheels?

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I was once very happy working for Cabela's. I was proud of working for them. I bragged about working for them. Every day I told my wife that what I did wasn't like working at all. When you love your job, it isn't work. Well, they killed all of that and I'm relieved I no longer work there.

In the end, as opposed to what one person said on this site, the grass was, and is, greener on the other side of the fence.

What a tragedy.

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If you are interested in the front range Fort Collins area Shields is building a store in Loveland.

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Hi again, it's me rcg. Thanks to all the people that have responded. You have given me great information. I was raised with the Cabela;s name in our house. I love Cabela's. Growing up there were always Cabela's catalogs in our house. I can remember my dad going through the mail and he would always take the catalog out and set it aside and my brother and I would fight over who got to see it first. Don't get as many catalogs much anymore? Yeah you are right the shopping experience at the stores has changed. As far as the leadership of the company are there any opinions on if there are major changes to the leadership in the future? Is the Elliott Group a permanent fixture? I know that's too hard to forecast. But do they want Cabela's to stay public or go private? It seems like there are many negative feeling about Cabela's public ventures. They sure have increased the number of stores after going public. I have read they just built new corporate offices. Why did they do that if there were so so many issues in the wings? Why did they do that? I guess this is the leadership you speak of. Well in short I guess I will continue my searches elsewhere. DANG! I could have really seen myself working for Cabela's. I would have been proud to have been able to say "I work for Cabela's". I would have had a "one up" on my brother! LOL I hope Cabela's is still around when I raise kids. Thanks again for your advice.

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Yeah I am "disgruntal"! I also work at Cabela's for beer money and it is the last place I would start a career. If you have a degree in just about any field you can go into sales at a professional level and make better money under better conditions. Wait until you don't need to work and then find a job where you are treated poorly but know you can go home and never come back.

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First, I wouldn't get my advice from a site like this. You're asking for the opinions of individuals that don't know what your situation is and aren't themselves in anything similar to your situation. It sounds like you haven't applied yet. I would apply and see if you get an interview; if you do come prepared to ask questions regarding your concerns to the hiring manager. Any hiring manager at corporate worth anything will be prepared for the questions and will give you honest answers to the best of their ability. Odds are most people posting on this site are 1) already fired or 2) disgruntal. People on this site also seem to have skipped over the part where you said "recent college grad." If you get a job in Sidney I wouldn't buy a house that's for sure because there is some instability but if the company offers you relocation and you are short on competing offers I wouldn't blow off the company. Fortune 1000 companies go through these changes every once and a while. The closet is cleaned so to speak, the companies focus on becoming more profitable, leadership changes which trickles down throughout departments. These times are particularly rough on non-essential positions, workers with poor performance histories, workers who should have been fired years ago but we're being protected by old (since gone) management. These times of change can also provide great upward mobility if you work hard, know what you are doing, and can play the corporate office "game." As for the town, I would say there are pockets of other recent college grads that could provide some social networking however it is not nor will ever have the perks of a major metropolitan city. On the other hand, rent is cheap right now, especially compared to those major metropolitan areas. Hope the advice helps!

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The last place I would recommend one of my children come to work for straight out of college is Cabela's...especially in Sidney. The company is too unstable and there have been multiple layoffs (300'ish) employees since September 2015. (During the most recent layoffs, employees were told on a Tuesday their jobs were safe from the cutting block only to be brought in by the exact same manager on Wednesday morning to be told it was time to clean out their desks, and these conversations took place in conference rooms with doors left open and employees milling about the hallways...contrary to what the CEO said, these individuals were not treated with dignity or respect). The worst thing that ever happened to Cabela's was going public, but then again, it's not like the Cabela's family (kids) had any interest in running the organization anyway. Even the feel of the stores is different...it used to be a unique buying experience to go to Cabela's, but now they are just like every other big box store. Department/division managers have usually been promoted from inside, which in theory sounds great, but unfortunately, they are getting promoted to an area they have no expertise (example: one of the recruiting managers exceeded the annual budget by several million dollars AFTER he/she was told to cut his/her budget by 3%. This person is now a Senior Manager in another corporate department....he/she would have been terminated with any other quality company).

Sidney can be challenging. The cost of a home is insane due to the property taxes. There is absolutely no night life unless you like lower end bars. The trail system is outstanding though and a new community pool is nice for families with small children. The community center is mediocre, but it's pretty much what you would expect for a small town. Cheyenne, WY is about an hour and a half away and has an OK mall and all the chain restaurants (new Applebee's in Sidney and we enjoy Sam & Louie's pizza from time to time).

Cabela's used to be a great company. Maybe some day it can be again, but for now, I would advise you to look elsewhere. You can read about the Elliott Management influence if you just do a simple Google search.

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Good advice. Don't start with Cabela's. Very poor leadership, unbelievable tension, terrible town in the middle of no where and you will be let go at some point. Look at the vendors. So many would love to have young talent

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i agree with the previous postings, It would be in your best interest to wait. It would be tough to move to Sidney and work for for this company only to have your position eliminated or the firm sold.

As to Sidney be prepared for a very closed community and in light of recent events it has become even more hostile to those who work on the hill, so to speak. It is a pretty town nestles in the middle of no where. You are on the average of 150 miles or so from any major retailers or night life. Night life in Sidney consists of hanging out in the local bars.

The school system is adequate, but it seems to focus its effort on sports than education at times but what school system does not at times.

Sidney is most definitely a pay to play community. Small town politics to the factor of ten.

So the ultimate decision is up to you. Look at all your opportunities, listen to the advice of many of those who have fled a horrific situation or take your chances. There are many firms seeking qualified talent and willing to pay for it.

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I agree that you should wait to apply for a job and Sidney is very clickish. There are 200 some houses for sale and not sure how many apartments to rent.

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If you truly want work at Cabela's you should wait until they make an announcement about being sold or keeping it together and what will happen to the employees. As for this forum, I think it is a little bit of everything. You will have to decipher what is retail store employees/CLUB employees/Corporate employees.

Cabela's is also a tenure type of company where the long you work the more you can climb (there are other scenarios) and skill seems to not take as much importance, because if you truly have skill at the job area, then you are going to get paid better somewhere else.

If you do decide to move to Sidney, you are not going to have many options if something does happen to the company or your employment, so have a backup plan ready.

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