99 Cents Only Reviews in Commerce, CA

Updated July 23, 2014
Updated July 23, 2014
56 Reviews
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56 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Competitive pay, good benefits, alot of tenured employees (in 3 reviews)

  • Busy, learn new things every day, make a difference with someone, whether co-worker or customer (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Low Pay, Huge Amounts of work, expect managers to work 52 hours a week with really (in 7 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great family-oriented vibe & wonderful compensation

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant to Chief Financial Officer  in  Commerce, CA
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant to Chief Financial Officer in Commerce, CA

    I worked at 99 Cents Only as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Fantastic management, respectful employees and professional environment

    Cons

    A bit dated in internal structure, but they're working on it!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Disappointing Tenure

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    Former Employee - Manager  in  Commerce, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Commerce, CA

    I worked at 99 Cents Only full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    This company has some aggressive growth plans, which makes the potential exciting to consider. The team in the offices, the warehouse and the stores are all very dedicated and hard working. They are the heart of this company.

    Cons

    This is not a great place to work if you are looking for work/life balance. Most everyone is expected to put in very long days, 6 days a week not uncommon. Meetings tend to be scheduled quite frequently to start after 7 p.m.

    The corporate office is next to the warehouse in an older part of town - security guards in the parking lot, sketchy neighborhood surrounds the area - walking out to your car after working late, with police helicopters overhead searching the area for a felon, or the adjacent street cordoned off by LAPD due to a shooting, is not a comforting feeling. There are plans to move the offices next year sometime.

    The change in sr. leadership has led to confusion in actual direction to be taken. The new CEO is smart and knowledgeable, but is a micro-manager, so moving forward on a timely basis just isn't possible.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Rough….

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    Former Employee - Merchandising  in  Commerce, CA
    Former Employee - Merchandising in Commerce, CA

    I worked at 99 Cents Only full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Hard working people in the stores.
    Good people in the office to work with.
    Getting paid every week.
    Potential……

    Cons

    Management....top leadership is really lacking.
    Very little in terms of communication or direction.
    Dysfunctional
    They do not understand performance management or how to train and develop talent. If you meet someone at the company with good skill sets, they acquired those skills from somewhere else.
    High turnover. They do not track it.
    Clear objectives are tough to come by for performance reviews.
    You will likely not grow professionally.
    Short sighted in decision making for both people and the business in general. Poor use of resources.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wow not sure where to start.
    I would love to see the people working there give the VP level and above a 360 review. I imagine that it would suggest to start over. That would be a good first step.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good People, Horrible company

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    Former Employee - Warehouse Worker  in  Commerce, CA
    Former Employee - Warehouse Worker in Commerce, CA

    I worked at 99 Cents Only full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great co-workes and decent employee discount.

    Cons

    Poor pay rates, under industry standard as well as rats, mice, cockroaches and feral cats. They often hire people with obvious gang ties. Parking lot vandalism, aspestos, propane exhaust dust, theft, bugs, leaking ceilings, and improper working enviroments. Once came to work and there was mutilated dead kittens in the parking lot next to the employee entrance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put some money in the business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Former loyal employee who wasted her career at 99 Cents Only

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    Former Employee - H R Generalist  in  Commerce, CA
    Former Employee - H R Generalist in Commerce, CA

    I worked at 99 Cents Only full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great place to make friends

    Cons

    H.R. is a MAFIA there. If they do not like you, they will fire you. Especially if you tell them when something is wrong. You must be related to someone in H.R. if you want to make it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    FIRE everyone in H.R. and start fresh. Just like they did with CEO and upper management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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