Gordmans Reviews

Updated August 4, 2015
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Gordmans President, CEO, and Secretary Jeffrey J. Gordman
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Pros
  • Best benefit about working with Gordman's is the employee discount (in 10 reviews)

  • The discount is good and when a clearance event is going on or an extra discount event happens its even better (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • work life balance, change implementation (in 7 reviews)

  • Retail - as a part-time, entry level associate I always had the worst shifts (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    High school and college kids only

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Stockroom Associate in Okemos, MI
    Former Employee - Stockroom Associate in Okemos, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Gordmans part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Some great coworkers, Nice discount, fun staff activities

    Cons

    Lies, anyone can get a job here regardless if you actually work or not, A huge mess with managers from all over the country when new stores open

    Advice to Management

    Hire quality not quantity, respect good workers, fire poor workers after they have had warnings. Also do not hire someone as a full time lead, then give them a P/T position (25 hours) while insisting they will get another lead position because the initial opening was filled 2 weeks prior to your interview, then fill that lead position because an employee is good at what they are doing part time and the stockroom cannot function without a good worker, screwing the good employee into a P/T position for good, which turned into a 16 hour position when the store actually opened.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Don't waste your time!

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Service Associate in Grandville, MI
    Current Employee - Customer Service Associate in Grandville, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Gordmans part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    20% discount. It says 20 word minimum but there is NO other pros to workig and being part time at gordmans.

    Cons

    minimum wage even with retail experience, terrible hours, bad management ( I feel like that guy in office space when I mess one thing up I get yelled at by five people), they don't actually pay you. At all. I've had to call hr/payroll to fight for the wages I've rightfully earned and have had to file claims with my state just to get paid the hours I've worked.

    Advice to Management

    How about instead of talking to your friends on the phone for two hours you actually do your job ad not paying employees is illegal in any state, by the way.


  3. If you really need a job, do it. But keep looking for a better one.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - DC Associate in Omaha, NE
    Former Employee - DC Associate in Omaha, NE
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Gordmans full-time

    Pros

    20% discount is ok. Casual work environment. Despite the cons there are some really good people there.

    Cons

    This review is for the Omaha Distribution Center. Managers and HR are completely lost regarding how to properly staff the areas. They have had trouble finding new hires because of the poor pay and benefits, but more so because of the reputation the DC has around town for being a bad place to work. In an attempt to attract more people, they recently raised the starting wages and gave some employees a raise, but they left out many of the long term people that had been there for a long time. They gave raises to people that haven't been there very long and shafted the long term, core employees. It really goes to show you that they do not value their employees *at all*. They will only do something like raising some wages when there is a perceived necessity and then ignore the people that have gone above and beyond for years. Thanks for the decades of service - no raise for you... maybe you can reach your top out pay after 20 years of 25 cent raises. Many people in leadership positions wander around and talk all day instead of doing their job. Productivity could probably be raised by 20% if a handful of people in leadership/management positions were replaced or if they were actually leading their people instead of wandering and talking or sitting in meetings all day. They have tried to get the management out on the floor more often, but most of them consider being out on the floor as sitting at a desk and staring at their laptop all day instead of actually engaging their people and "directing traffic." They try to foster good communication, but instead of educating people and focusing on things that really matter, they go on and on about things that don't have an impact on allowing people to do their job more efficiently or accurately. Playing “cool” music at the monthly meetings isn’t helping anyone do their job better. One of the causes for the DC's bad reputation around town has been the Loss Prevention department. They ranged from oppressive to just plain creepy. The LP people monitor the bathrooms for cellphone usage. Be aware – if you are using a stall in the restroom, someone might come in and peek at you through the cracks in the door. They monitor the employees as if they were in a store looking for shoplifters. More than one person has asked me if I worked in a prison after I described the warehouse. Another reason for the bad reputation is the HR department. They don't care about the employees. All they seem to care about is the bottom line and how they can pinch every penny they possibly can. We had switched to four 10 hour shifts recently. This was great. Then they decided to have everyone work 9 1/2 hours instead of 10 so they can save on 2 hours of labor per employee every week. The head scratcher about this is we had to work many Fridays since going to the four 10s. Everyone was losing 2 hours of work Monday through Thursday just to come in and work extra on Friday. Any policy change that could have been positive for the employees got dumped all over by HR and then they would try to sell it with a smiling face as being awesome for the workers.

    Advice to Management

    There is no reason the DC couldn't be a good place to work. HR and management need to realize that employees are looking for places to work at where the company actually cares about them and values their contributions. Stop using smoke and mirrors and throwing peanuts at the employees and start making real changes that improve the workplace. Unless they realize this, Gordmans will continue to not be able to find or keep good employees and will tread water until they eventually drown.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Not enough appreciation

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Key Holder/Lead
    Current Employee - Key Holder/Lead
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Gordmans full-time

    Pros

    I really enjoy the people that i work with. I have worked with some amazing associates. The discount they offer is far better than others in the retail market.

    Cons

    They demand a lot of their leads in the varying departments & of the associates. Some of the time lines they expect you to get things done in, is very un-reasonable. They expect a lot but will not give you the help to get the things accomplished that they expect. They say payroll is based on sales. I get that, but if you expect projects to be done, make sure you have the personnel to get them done. As a Key Lead i am over 2 departments. I have to back up cashier at least 2 hours out of my shift, plus be L,O.D. for 2 hours as well. There is 4 hours out of my 8 hr day gone. And i am still expected to get tasks and projects completed on time, not to mention all of the other responsibilities i have in my two departments. The part time associates, some of them i feel very sorry for. They are expected to perform at an exceptionally high standard. Well it is hard for them when they are only worked a couple days a week and bounced back and forth between departments. Management always seems like everything is a HUGE SECRET! There is no commmunication what so ever among associates. We are on a need to know basis, which is never!

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your associates full and part time. Quit sitting in your office looking at reports and deciding what is best for us. You all need to do an undercover boss situation, get in your stores and work with the rest of us and see what your un-realistic demands are like and how it affects moral and everything else. You wonder why there is such a high turnover? I think i just told you.


  6. Sales associate

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Tulsa, OK
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Tulsa, OK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Gordmans part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Fun environment, mostly nice coworkers

    Cons

    ALWAYS understaffed, not enough hours, no fairness whatsoever, they don't respect your priorities, management is rude, mostly ran by teens

    Advice to Management

    Stop being so cheap


  7. Not good

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Tulsa, OK
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Tulsa, OK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The people in general are nice

    Cons

    If you are full time it may be great but if you are part time they treat you like a dog. There are not enough people to handle business. Jeff Gordman is no longer in charge he stepped down aprox 2 years ago and the company as gone to pot since. The click including management is a very poor way to operate

    Advice to Management

    Do a better job at managing instead of smoking and hanging around


  8. Key Lead

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Key Lead in Nampa, ID
    Current Employee - Key Lead in Nampa, ID
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Gordmans full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    People are wonderful and they work as a team.

    Cons

    Pay is unfair. You only get your schedule two days out. Never have enough people for the work required.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate!!!


  9. Poor upper level management

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits, work life balance (depending on your manager)

    Cons

    Upper level/corporate level management very unreliable. Lack of communication and no willingness to work with other divisions within the company.


  10. Good for high school students

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Gordmans full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    discounts but thats about it

    Cons

    Really only good for kids. High school students. Never enough help. And when you ask for help you don't get it. Working over night for black friday and not getting paid 1.5 time, horrible, ridiculous.Received coupon for 30% off purchase, as though I want to give my money back to a company that, doesn't even take care of it's employees.


  11. The most drama filled crazy work environment.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Gordmans full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Short time employment for holidays

    Cons

    Drama from the managers and the associates Work ethic of both managers and the staff No one really cares what happens here

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring people that constantly lie about what is going on in the store. I've seen managers never leave the office, when they are supposed to be handling store issues. Rehire new staff in your rockford location because there is proof of associates saying they are working when they are shopping on the clock and chatting with friends the whole time. Your loss prevention team sucks, high volume stores need to have more coverage. When you make people work alone in crime filled neighborhoods you put your associates at risk of getting hurt. I've seen one good manager in all the stores I've worked at, the manager of naperville, He needs to be promoted!



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