Dollar Tree

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Dollar Tree Reviews in Chesapeake, VA

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Pros
  • 5 hour shifts make it easy to work around for part time job (in 14 reviews)

  • As a part time employee there is a great deal of flexibility for scheduling (in 22 reviews)


Cons
  • over worked so under payed (close to minimum wage if you don't speak up) (in 50 reviews)

  • absolutely no training budget for new assistant managers (in 39 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Many Unhappy People

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chesapeake, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chesapeake, VA

    I have been working at Dollar Tree full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Decent salary possible if you negotiate, but they will offer you much less than you are worth if they can get away with it.

    Cons

    This is a company that got too big too fast. Not enough employees for the workload, not filling gaps when people leave the company. The focus on company culture seems like something they do because they have to, ex. write these goals that are exactly what we want you to say, not your actual goals. No open communication between management and employees. HR is total crap. Most people who work here are miserable in my opinion. In our weekly meeting representatives for upper management would sit there and check email and texts on their phone clearly being unable to spare twenty minutes a week to care about and or encourage their employees. Bottom line is this company is about profit and profit only, and does not care about internal morale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care more about your employees, listen to supervisors when they ask you for things to make life better instead of penalizing them for it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Decent place to get a start, difficult to build long career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chesapeake, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chesapeake, VA

    I have been working at Dollar Tree full-time

    Pros

    Work with a lot of really experienced people in a very unique business model. Learn to be adaptable and flexible to meet the business needs at a low cost.

    Cons

    Defined career paths are almost non existent at any level. There is no clearly communicated opportunities for advancement in any one area. As such the company has a degree of title deflation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work to ensure that high potential employees have avenues for career advancement within the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    I feel very fortunate to have ended up here

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chesapeake, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chesapeake, VA

    I have been working at Dollar Tree full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Corporate culture values making the office an enjoyable place to spend the workweek, and work-life balance is a priority. Associates tend to be friendly, yet focused on achieving success for the company. The self-centered career-maniac types, or just plain poor workers, may find it hard to advance. Hard work and smarts will be noticed and rewarded. I feel that Dollar Tree has recognized and values my talents, and that no matter what direction the company takes in the ensuing years, there will be a place for me (job security).

    Mistakes are viewed as learning opportunities, and it will take someone a lot of flubbing up before losing their job. I have enjoyed a lot of autonomy in my job. The expectation is that I use sound judgment and make decisions on my own, seeking guidance when needed. Management appreciates creative thinking, and that sometimes "asking forgiveness instead of asking permission" is the right call.

    Bonuses are based primarily on company performance and can get really big when the company performs well, which it typically has over the past several years. The company has proven adept at consistent growth during my time here, and expects to continue growing for the foreseeable future.

    401(k) match is better than average (100% match up to 4% of pay).

    Associates regularly rub shoulders with and participate in projects and meetings with the executives. The company president knows me by name and is aware of what I am doing for the company. Particular to my department, our VP is always accessible, like just another member of the group, and is very loyal to those who work under him.

    Cons

    Health care premiums are high, and I wish HR would offer more incentives to improve health and lower cost (see "free soda" below). The obese chain-smokers (and there are plenty in the office) and I pay the same.

    Dollar Tree is light on perks, but I dig the ones we have (free birthday lunch and other free lunches during the year, soda fountain in the cafe, occasional blue jeans on Friday).

    There is little difference in yearly salary increase between those who "exceed expectations" and those who just do enough to keep their jobs. The real boost in compensation will usually come from promotion, which may include a larger bonus and stock award.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Challenging Work Environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Chesapeake, VA
    Current Employee - Manager in Chesapeake, VA

    I have been working at Dollar Tree full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Compensation is fair. Success is rewarded financially.

    Cons

    The workload is immense and the expectations are unrealistic. There is an extreme culture of micromanagement and finger pointing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Promises,Promises

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Buyers Assistant in Chesapeake, VA
    Current Employee - Buyers Assistant in Chesapeake, VA

    I have been working at Dollar Tree full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The pro's are job stability and some dedicated co-workers. A modern work area and café.

    Cons

    New stuffed shirt Managers that they hire off of the street, that know nothing about the job. Associates do all of the work, with little recognition, they make the big bucks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    "Where did the fun,I'm proud to work here, go"?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Help Desk in Chesapeake, VA
    Current Employee - IT Help Desk in Chesapeake, VA

    I have been working at Dollar Tree full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits and decent pay. Co workers are great to work with. Different types of work schedules to help work around school.

    Cons

    Not alot of advance chances. Pay increases can be low at times. No ice on the weekends to get drinks.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    I love my job.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Replenishment Buyer in Chesapeake, VA
    Current Employee - Replenishment Buyer in Chesapeake, VA

    I have been working at Dollar Tree full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people, strong leadership, stability

    Cons

    No growth potential, decreasing benefits with increasing premiums, high stress environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    Good Place to Start

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Logistics Analyst in Chesapeake, VA
    Current Employee - Logistics Analyst in Chesapeake, VA

    I have been working at Dollar Tree

    Pros

    Company is doing really well in this economy and continues to grow. Good job security.

    Cons

    Not much room for growth. Once you become a Senior Analyst you're stuck there. Not much communication between management and analysts. Very low morale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better communication about projects going on in the department. Give employees a better understanding about their career track within Dollar Tree.

    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Dollar Tree needs to realigned itself to support its new growth.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Logistics Analyst in Chesapeake, VA
    Current Employee - Logistics Analyst in Chesapeake, VA

    I have been working at Dollar Tree

    Pros

    Growing Company
    Stock price sky rocketing (2003 - 2011)
    Learning capabilities endless

    Cons

    Upward mobility (horrible)
    Relationships (horrible)
    Upper Management (Logistics) out of touch Steve White (CLO) needs to enforce his direction!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    CLO, ensure VPs enforce your direction.

    Foster a culture of team building.

    Get rid of ARP to reduce turnover.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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