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Stéphane Gonthier
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    Great place for students (<20 hours) and/or people looking to work a LOT (60+hours). Not much in between.

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    Former Employee - Deli in El Cajon, CA
    Former Employee - Deli in El Cajon, CA

    I worked at 99 Cents Only part-time (less than a year)

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    Great part-timer gig for students or those not looking for a lot of work. There's always something to do. There are also opportunities for raises at the same position; expect a small raise if you're one of the best at your store. If you care enough to be looking at this website about your job, you should be in that higher tier.
    It's also a great place to grow, but growth is at the expense of the cons. That said, they do promote fairly regularly due to turnover.


    99 Cent Only doesn't really embrace raises with position changes. If you move up, raises are given in the form of overtime at roughly (within a dollar of) the same pay as before; you really need to have solid laid-out reasons for a raise if you're moving up in position. Expect to work 50+ hours to make a decent wage even as a manager.

    Advice to Management

    There are two options that I see, really. You can do more to keep your managers in place (hire a more diverse staff, offer benefits for the 60+ hour workweeks in exchange for not giving the raises). There's also the idea of expanding management to allow managers to get more than one day off and work less than 60 hours.

    For employees looking up, it's really a choice between work-you-till-you're-dead management type of position vs regular employee "I have no hours, what gives". This creates a massive disconnect between employees and management, which is where every problem I witnessed stemmed from.

    Other than the occasional prank hotline call to collude against coworkers, the company is in pretty good shape. Take action to address managers' complaints and you'll be fine!

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    I applied in-person – interviewed at 99 Cents Only.


    It was a really easy process. But, they were very unorganized which didn't capture my attention. To even say she had lost my application and forgot that she had schedule my interview. Besides it was a really easy process with easy questions.

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Website www.99only.com
Headquarters Commerce, CA
Size 5000+ Employees
Founded 1982
Type Company - Private
Industry Retail
Revenue $1 to $2 billion (USD) per year
Competitors Unknown

With more than 30 years of operating experience, 99¢ Only Stores is the leading operator of extreme value retail stores in the southwestern United States with 341 stores as of January 2014 located in the states of California, Texas, Arizona and Nevada. Our stores offer a wide variety of consumable products with an emphasis on name brands and our items are primarily priced at 99.99¢ or less.

We believe that our differentiated merchandise mix, combined with outstanding value, enable us to appeal to a broad consumer demographic, increase overall traffic and frequency of... More

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