The Adidas brand started in a simple kitchen in Herzoenaurach, Bavaria. Adolf Dassler and his brother Rudolf Dassler started making shoes in their mothers wash kitchen in 1924 after Adolf, better known as Adi, returned from World War I.
In 1936 Adi took a suitcase full of shoes to the Summer Olympic and persuaded Jesse Owens, an American Sprinter, to use them causing him to be the first sponsored African American. He took home four gold medals launching the brother’s shoes to fame. By World War II the pair was selling about 200,000 pairs of shoes each year.
The two split during World War II over a misunderstanding. Adi formed the company Adidas (ADI- From his first name DAS- the first three letters of his last name). It is still a popular brand today.
Adidas has some retail locations where they sell their shoes. If you work for an Adidas retail store you could be working in one of three different types, the sports performance, sport heritage, and factory outlet. No matter which store you work in you will be responsible for assisting customers, keeping the shelves stocked and helping to keep the store looking at its best.
They also have a wide variety of corporate positions. These include accounting, design, human resources, marketing, legal, research and development, product development, sales, sourcing, and IT. All of the positions work together to make the Adidas brand grow.
All of Adidas full time employees are eligible for benefits. If you work in one of their retail stores then you can get the following incentives:
- prescription drug
- flexible savings account
- life insurance
- accidental death and dismemberment insurance
- additional life/dependent insurance
- long term disability
- short term disability
- 401(k) retirement
- employee assistance program
- paid holidays
- flexible time off
Adidas is one of the top sports shoe makers in the industry so working for them you’ll be able to expect top of the line work training and team oriented atmosphere. This is a global brand so corporate job opportunities are always available to shoot for.
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