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Old 03-11-09, 12:57 AM
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Working at Specialized!!

Hey everyone, I am wondering if anybody out there is employed by Specialized and could tell me how they like it. I am very interested in pursuing a career there since my passion is cycling and my brand of choice ever since my first hardrock has been Specialized. I am a student studying finance/economics with 4+ years of retail experience. I have been looking forward to the opportunity to seek employment there for a long time, and I am happy to say that I am ready!! Thanks in advance for your help!
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Old 03-12-09, 06:19 PM
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Seems rather obvious but try this URL:

http://www.specialized.com/bc/sbcJobs.jsp

There is also internships, so you might e-mail them your resume and inquire about an internship position.
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Old 03-12-09, 09:11 PM
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I have a friend that works there and loves it.
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Hang out at Hellyer, always quite a few of their employees there. From what I can tell, it's a good place to work.
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I've been there a couple times... pretty sweet establishment they have. Everyone seems to ride during their lunch and the routes are pretty sick. However, I'd have a hard time living in Morgan Hills.
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I am thinking about the same thing. I'm currently working on my portfolio for their industrial design internship as I am still in school. From everything I have gathered it is a pretty nice place to work.
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Specialized is a hard nut to crack. They have the luxury of being a sought after place of employment, so naturally they are very selective with their hiring. I've met a lot of their employees, and as is the case with any company, some are way cool.. others are not, that being said...

From the people I've talked to that work there the best advice I could give you is start building up some "bike experience". If you send them a basic resume with "Enjoy biking" in the interest section you probably wont get a sniff.

If you can, grab a job a bike shop, particularly one that is a specialized dealer, this will help you meet the reps, and learn some of the specialized product lines as well as marketing strategies, and some of their systems, like BG Fit and BG products.

I realize a "bike shop" job isn't exactly the desired result for a new grad, but if the job at specialized doesn't work out right away, and you are very committed to working your way in, then it may be something you could consider, even if it was just a weekend here or there.


Here:

www.sbcuonline.com

You can bone up your knowledge, you'll have to register and you'll need a shop ID, but just go to the LBS that sells specialized and ask them if you can use their ID for the course for your own knowledge, most places wont really care, but always best to ask first .

Hope it works out for you, you can also make an appearance at the "Lunchtime Worlds", that way you're a familiar face to some of the hammerheads that work there.


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Yo tape!! Morgan Hill isn't as bad as it used to be. There is actually running water and plumbing in the buildings. There is also a lot of good riding to be had, that is when they aren't fertilizing the mushroom farms

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Cool thanks for the input guys, I have my heart set on working there, and someway or another I will manage to accomplish that goal. There is an LBS close by that I could work for, I suppose that would be my next step if I am having this kind of trouble getting a response from the company.
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And once you get a high paying job there be sure to remember us and hook us up on frames at cost! hehe! j/k!

Good luck on your dream job!
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His EP would be cost -20% !! But he can only do 1 mtn bike and 1 rd bike / yr. So that being said.. line forms to the left!
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Originally Posted by CRSturdivant View Post
Cool thanks for the input guys, I have my heart set on working there, and someway or another I will manage to accomplish that goal. There is an LBS close by that I could work for, I suppose that would be my next step if I am having this kind of trouble getting a response from the company.
Great attitude Colin, if you can keep that kind of focus, I'm sure you'll realize your goal.
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