CrossFit Sucks Customer Reviews and Feedback

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CrossFit is a branded fitness regimen created by Greg Glassman. It is a registered trademark of CrossFit, Inc., which was founded by Glassman and Lauren Jenai in 2000.CrossFit is promoted as both a physical exercise philosophy and a competitive fitness sport, incorporating elements from high-intensity interval training, Olympic weightlifting, plyometrics, powerlifting, gymnastics, girevoy sport, c


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Inspector/Packer (Former Employee) says

"Workplace does not supply workers with the tools they need in order to perform tasks. Managemnt is poor in communication with employees, the sanitary facilities are dirty and unattended."

Administrator (Former Employee) says

"At the Affiliate level they are doing great work. At Headquarters they are treating people like they are trash. They don't communicate, promote, or pay a living wage for Santa Cruz County. No direction, no growth within the company, and they offer 95% less perks than they did 5 years ago."

Senior Lecturer & Head Trainer (Former Employee) says

"Lack of transparency between supervisors and management Cons: Job security"

Entrenador de Halterofilia básica y avanzada (Former Employee) says

"El ambiente es bueno, el trabajo en sí es menos preciado, es decir se cree que cualquiera puede lograr los objetivos que son ofrecidos por la empresa. Parte del personal no contaba con la calificación adecuada Cons: Mal pago"

Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) says

"If you like working out you can possibly work out for free. Cons: everything else"

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT (Former Employee) says

"Great hourly pay"

Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"I worked at CrossFit full-time for more than 5 years Cons: —Executives are so untrustworthy and political, it's reminiscent of "Game of Thrones." —The people in charge do not have the capability to lead. —Shameful communication. —Executives quash creativity. —Company has a sole owner who acts like a dictator. —Zero job security. —Owner has been known to fire employees on a whim. —Executives sow culture of fear, so no one speaks up unless they're ready to leave. —No annual reviews or raises. —No PTO."

Former Employee - Product Specialist says

"I worked at CrossFit full-time for more than 5 years Cons: Terrible communication, Fear mongering and dictator-style leadership."

Current Employee - Crossfit Trainer says

"I have been working at CrossFit full-time for more than a year Cons: Poor management no chain of command"

Former Employee - Project Manager says

"I worked at CrossFit full-time Cons: Worked at HQ for 1 year, management undertrained, culture is toxic, and three layoffs and at least 80 employees in 3 waves in last 6 mo, be very careful before accepting."

Current Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"I have been working at CrossFit full-time for more than a year Cons: If it weren't for the fact that people are haphazardly let go in droves, it would almost be comical just how unsophisticated, merciless, non-communicative and generally lost the leadership is. - There are no best practices adhered to, anywhere. - IT is a disaster and products/systems are always insanely delayed and subpar once launched - Generally, there's a man-child complex that runs throughout the company; talking about real challenges makes people uncomfortable or downright angry and therefore nothing is ever fixed. If you are smart and have good ideas, you will be largely ignored or jettisoned for fear that you might rock the (sinking) boat. - The nepotism is wide and destructive. - Many on the exec team hate one another and don't interact unless forced to in a social setting. - The owner (Greg Glassman) is detached from reality and doesn't express care for a single employee beyond the small cadre of yes-men he's retained. - The CEO is universally disliked and doesn't know the names of a single employee outside the "friends of Greg" circle. - Qualified employees are underpaid. Unqualified people with connections to the founder are paid handsomely to do very little. - Mature professionals - especially women - don't last long at CrossFit. I've literally seen senior level women with business pedigrees relegated to glorified scheduling admins. - The owner/founder is surrounded by sycophants who reinforce all of his bad ideas and do everything they can to limit his circle of influence. - The mission has gone from a health focus that would open the CrossFit tent to newcomers to a fringe health science message that is off-putting and lazily executed."

Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"I worked at CrossFit full-time for more than 5 years Cons: Lack of leadership and direction"

Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"I worked at CrossFit full-time Cons: Chaos from the top down."


"I worked at CrossFit Cons: No real opportunity for growth or opportunity to take on real responsibilities."

Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"I worked at CrossFit full-time for more than 3 years Cons: The IT side moves at a sails pace, everything takes years longer than it should (this is no exaggeration). Management is a joke. Getting a raise is a joke. There is no opportunity to grow, you will sit in your same position or move laterally, while "favorites" will get positions they are not even qualified to do. They constantly hire under qualified wives/girlfriends husbands/boyfriends of employees."

Former Employee - Director of IT Operations says

"I worked at CrossFit full-time for more than a year Cons: Its owned by ONE man, and ONE man only. -Greg Glassman owns the company. There is no board, no empowered COO. Employees chase lots of shiny objects for no reason. -You will never get any kind of bonus, or equity. -Career advancement is non-existent unless you are a CrossFit OG - or a personal friend / spouse of senior management. Business Stuff: -HR in general is pretty ineffective, and usually focus more on trying not to get the Company sued, and less on taking care of the employees. -It is a very Male-Driven culture. 'Male-Anatomy' drawn all over the walls, a general disrespect of women is rampant. 'Fraternization' between very senior members of the company and their staff is common. Management: -Senior employees in the company are generally poor managers, and have very little skill at managing employees. -Middle managers aren't given any training, and generally lack any skill at personnel, fiscal, and time management. -Management in general is perfectly happy to hire someone based on their love of CrossFit and burn them out while they discover how dysfunctional the company is. -For SKILLED employees, (People with a degree, previous experience in a field, etc) pay is substandard and wages are uncompetitive. -Employees without normally marketable skills (interns, helpdesk, 'generic workers') they are paid better than competitive for entry level work, making it hard to leave. -For all employees, training and career progression are completely ignored. -A 'weed and feed' mentality on employee turnover. Rounds of layoffs every 18-24 months like clockwork as the company overspends without corresponding growth."