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Our People and Culture

We welcome anyone and everyone into our global family. Be your authentic self and come as you are. Our store associates often reflect the communities in which they are based and are as diverse as the consumers we serve. We are committed to hiring, developing and growing a diverse population of Van Doren’s who are immersed in a supportive and collaborative environment. Learn more here.

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Retail Culture

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At Vans, our retail stores are the heart and “sole” of our business

Our retail stores are where our customers truly experience what it means to be a part of the Vans Family. Our teams are full of passionate, fun and dedicated individuals who create an authentic in-store experience by connecting and bringing "Off The Wall” to life.

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People First

We believe that our secret to success is people—and how we treat them and make them feel is our top priority. “HeartShare” is central to our retail leadership philosophy at Vans. We want anyone who walks through our doors—our customers and our teams—to feel welcomed as their authentic, original self. This isn't just making people feel good in the moment, it's leading with the intent to add value to another's journey. This is our legacy, and our responsibility is to live this message to ensure we all stay true to what it means to be a Van Doren.

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What does it mean to be a Van Doren?

From the beginning in 1966, Paul Van Doren, Vans Co-Founder, had three key ingredients to success: Quality, Value, and Superior Service. Paul knew back then that the secret to delivering a superior customer experience is people. In Paul’s own words,

“We are not a shoe company; we are a people company that makes shoes and apparel.”

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The Vans Family

Vans Retail locations are generally made up of 5 positions: Store Manager, Assistant Store Manager, Floor Supervisor, Stockroom Supervisor, and Sales Associate (the structure can vary based on store type and volume). During the back-to-school and holiday seasons, we also hire Temporary Sales Associates. Each of these positions are integral in keeping our stores running and to create the great atmosphere that Vans customers expect.

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The Store Manager

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The Assistant Store Manager

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The Floor Supervisor

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The Stockroom Supervisor

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The Sales Associate

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Benefits & Work Perks

We’re a down-to-earth and straight-forward culture, filled with smart people working incredibly hard, doing what they love while striving towards something we all believe in. We’re lucky enough to have an amazing culture and comprehensive benefits that encourage both physical and financial well-being. Below are some of our work perks that are dependent on location and full-time position status. Benefits listed below are specific to North America. Learn more here.


Vans offers a comprehensive and competitive package for medical, dental and vision. There are a variety of packages available depending on what is important to you.

Time Off

We know it is important to recharge your batteries, so we have different time-off opportunities depending on position and years of service, including company-paid holidays, floating holidays and vacation time.

Vans Retail Community Fund

This program supports nonprofit organizations in our local store communities that are nominated by our store associate. Giving back to our local communities matters, and learning about these organizations from our associates directly is one way we can all come together.

Employee Discounts

Vans offers a generous discount of 50% off full-price product and 30% off sale items (both in Vans Retail stores and online), as well as discounts of up to 50% offered with other VF brands such as The North Face, Timberland, Dickies and more.

Learning and Development Opportunities

At Vans, our employees’ growth and development is critical to our success as a brand. We foster a global culture of creativity and learning, where everyone can reach their highest potential. Learners at Vans can stretch and grow in many ways, and we offer a wide range of development opportunities.

401k Plan

Under the plan, employees may contribute a part of their salary and defer taxes until retirement. For the first 6% of your salary that you contribute to the retirement plan, Vans will match 100% of the amount. (Some limitations may apply based on IRS regulations.)

Additional Benefits

VF offers a variety of voluntary discounted benefit program offerings to take advantage of, including:

  • Telehealth

  • Fertility Services

  • Employee Assistance Program

  • Critical Illness Insurance

  • Group Accident Insurance

  • Group Legal Plan

  • Identity Theft Protection

  • Auto & Home Insurance

  • Pet Insurance

  • Elder, Child and Caregiver support

  • Tobacco Cessation

  • Diabetes Management

Find Your Calling

We offer a uniquely supportive, people-first environment that gives you the chance to be yourself while making a real impact, every day.

Appy to join the Vans Family

As part of our retail hiring process in North America, we utilize HireVue OnDemand video interviews as the first step in our recruiting process. This is our opportunity to learn more about your passion, creativity and individuality. Keep an eye out for an email invitation from with the subject line “HireVue Video interview with VANS” and complete your video interview as soon as possible.

You can find our current openings here.

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