Gordmans Reviews

Updated September 3, 2014
Updated September 3, 2014
102 Reviews
2.5
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Gordmans President, CEO, and Secretary Jeffrey J. Gordman
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Best benefit about working with Gordman's is the employee discount (in 9 reviews)

  • Work/life balance is important to them (in 3 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    No Employee Recognition

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Clarksville, IN
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Clarksville, IN

    I worked at Gordmans part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    My team (leads and co-workers) were certainly up to snuff. They made working there for over a year worthwhile despite the many times we were severely understaffed, underpaid, and most prominently under-recognized for the many things we did.

    Cons

    Not enough staff, high expectations for the only employees they had, too many responsibilities for the people who DID come in to work, and most of all a vague appreciation from the managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to schedule enough coverage for the floor, cash registers, and fitting room (ALSO THE DOCK). It's impossible for 20 people to complete an 80 person job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poor, but need the money.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gordmans part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Employee Discount, Friendly Associates. As a shopper, there is cute merchandise.

    Cons

    .Very little training, was not trained for my department. Was thrown on register with no one to help me.
    .Poor management-very rude and not organized
    .Staying up to an hour after close-sometimes longer
    .Management refused to put my college schedule into the system because I do not have their app. Still scheduled during classes.
    .Always Understaffed.
    . Was told a promotion was available, a bunch of people applied, no promotions were given.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start training your employees and actually following through with your promotions. If an employee brings an important schedule adjustment in to you, put it in the system... we do not get paid to do your job! Follow through with your promotions and be friendlier when people call in,make mistakes and ask questions. Do not hang up on employees!
    Get the appropriate amount of walkie-talkies for your employees. I should not get in trouble for not responding to a call when I am unable to have a walkie.

    Be more organized, do not take people away from their assigned departments.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    I am a full-time lead.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gordmans

    Pros

    If you are part time the schedule can be flexible. If there are openings it is pretty easy to get and interview and a job.

    Cons

    No one on any level of the company is on the same page. Everyone at a store level is underpaid! There is no consistency and a lot of bad attitudes. Payroll is scarce.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more clear about what is going on within the store and company as a whole. There is a lot of miscommunication.

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    UNORGANIZED

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Gordmans part-time

    Pros

    20% discount thats about it

    Cons

    management was horrible, unorganized, went thru people like crazy and training sucked

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    the hiring manager needs to communicate better and pay needs to increase and maybe you wouldnt go thru so many people

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good for seasonal position

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate (Home Fashions) in Springfield, MO
    Former Employee - Sales Associate (Home Fashions) in Springfield, MO

    I worked at Gordmans part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Coworkers were fun and easy to get along with. Pay was decent.

    Cons

    I was hired in August and had a decent amount of hours up until after New Years. The holiday season is obviously super busy so when a couple people in my department quit, a few of us were expected to make up for their absence. My manager didn't seem to care about our lives outside of Gordmans. Me, being a student, this was a big problem. After the holidays, everyone's hours got cut and they didn't even have a reason as to why or even a clue as to when our hours would pick back up. I went about a month to a month and a half of not working when I just ended up "quitting". I went in to check my schedule like I did every week and my name was no longer on the list. Was I fired without so much as a phone call or did they assume I quit after not being scheduled? I'll never know.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better communication is a must!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Lack of follow up

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gordmans

    Pros

    The company growth is great it opens up other opportunities in future areas

    Cons

    Lack of follow up, even after everyone says if you have any questions call us and we will help out. Then when you do call you get they will call you back when they get a min, and still never get a response.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Follow up is critical even in all situations.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Eh.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Guest Service Associate
    Current Employee - Guest Service Associate

    I have been working at Gordmans part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    I like the flexible hours and managers are usually very accommodating of second jobs. Overall a fun company to work for.

    Cons

    Some managers do play favorites with employees and it's very noticeable to other employees. They also ask for suggestions on how to make things better, but never implement any of the suggestions. Communication between management and departments is practically non existent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There needs to be a lot more communication. Part time associates in the departments have no idea what's going on if they're off for more than a day.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Stay away unless you really need the job.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Area Assistant in Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Area Assistant in Omaha, NE

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

    Pros

    The Distribution Center has casual work environment.

    Cons

    Most people with real skills work here until they get a promotion and then they find a better job somewhere else, creating "brain drain" within the company.

    While there are a few good managers, many lack the basic communication, planning, and people skills required to effectively do their jobs. Communication within and between most departments is very poor.

    You see a lot of "you get what you pay for" with the employees. Due to the low pay and poor benefits most people treat this as a disposable job and just do not care, making those people that do care jobs more difficult.

    A big part of this problem lies within the HR and Loss Prevention departments. Lots of penny pinching and oppressive rules wear the employees out and make for a horrible work environment:

    They give people a lunch and only 1 break during their shift (you have to work 8+ hours to get your 2nd break). When there is no overtime, they make people leave at around 7 hours and 45 minutes just so they don't have to pay employees for taking a second break. Who does that?

    They make employees wait until they walk all the way across the warehouse to punch in at the time clock closest to their work area. It is a big warehouse and they do not want to pay employees to walk from the door to their area. This lets you know just how little they value *your* time.

    Loss Prevention keeps track of how much time people spend in the bathrooms.

    If you forget your badge, they charge you to use a temporary badge for the day.

    These are only a few of the problems, but all of these things add up to make for a work environment where most employees just do not care about their jobs. Why would they when the company obviously does not care about them?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If the DC is going to thrive and live up to its potential, start treating your employees with some respect and stop making them feel like second class citizens. You really do get what you pay for. Start paying more and offer insurance without the high deductible to attract better employees. Stop penny pinching and creating rules that drag everyone down to the point where they do not care about their jobs. Make it a place where people want to come to work, not just do their time and collect a paycheck.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Horrible Management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Nampa, ID
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Nampa, ID

    I worked at Gordmans part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Fun people to work with and a decent discount.

    Cons

    Horrible communication between management and employees. Could be a decent place to work but when things change with how things are run weekly and the employees are the last to hear about it, it becomes a frustrating environment to work in. Hours are also based seasonally so unless its around the holiday the hours get cut a lot. Had different leads in each department constantly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have daily meetings explaining any changes that might be going on. The very rare "take 5" meetings never really went over much. And on top of a meeting or even instead of make daily notes for all employees and have them readily posted. Your employees are the backbone and they need to all know whats going on in the company or any changes to how things work as soon as possible in order for them to function properly and do a good job. The CEO really needs to pay more attention to how his stores are actually run. Surprise visits do nothing because the managers make everything look like its in order but its not.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    It has been challenging working for this company and I have had to persevere.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Freight Handler/Machine Operator in Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Freight Handler/Machine Operator in Omaha, NE

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

    Pros

    It is a job with benefits.

    Cons

    High employee turnover rate. Lack of communication from above and between various departments. Favoritism of certain employees. Inordinate amount of Dysfunctional equipment. Can have some frustrating days, weeks and months.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees and value them and their opinions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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