99 Cents Only Reviews

Updated September 2, 2015
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Stéphane Gonthier
25 Ratings

Pros
  • Good, hard working crews in the stores (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, doing work of 3 people (in 9 reviews)

  • Verry unorganized upper management (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Store manager

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at 99 Cents Only full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    I enjoyed working with so many people and making customers happy

    Cons

    They stopped for about 3 years giving no raises and then they started againa and would be not even worth it, then they wanted to hire management from outside and pay them more then us.

    Advice to Management

    Pay everyone equally


  2. Growth Potential

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    Current Employee - Store Manager
    Current Employee - Store Manager
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Promotional opportunities Tremendous growth potential Casual work attire Promote from within philosophy

    Cons

    Long hours Low pay Antiquated systems No on-hand system in place

    Advice to Management

    Look to hire from outside to pump fresh blood into the company


  3. Fun and easy

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    Former Employee - Cashier in Lodi, CA
    Former Employee - Cashier in Lodi, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Managers, friendly people, meet a lot of people

    Cons

    Working nights and having to pull the carts in as late as 1 am .

    Advice to Management

    Overworking cashiers in areas they don't need to worry about , like doing the stockers job in the back and not hiring enough people


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  5. Ok job

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Bernardino, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Bernardino, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at 99 Cents Only (More than a year)

    Pros

    paid weekly. co workers were awesom

    Cons

    your just a number to them. dont care about employees


  6. Low Prices, Low Wages, Low Moral!

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    Current Employee - Key Holder in Las Vegas, NV
    Current Employee - Key Holder in Las Vegas, NV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at 99 Cents Only full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Due to the money saving concept, most customers are happy. A plus in retail! Flexible hrs. for part-timers.

    Cons

    Low pay with great expectations. Health and safety rules NOT a priority. Little harmony between staff members. Hidden racism.

    Advice to Management

    Rid out lazy, unreliable workers. Support your lower management team. Create incentives for a job well done.


  7. Look elsewhere

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    Current Employee - SALES CLERK in Encinitas, CA
    Current Employee - SALES CLERK in Encinitas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at 99 Cents Only full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    10% discount on 11 items or more. Will hire if you're really that desperate. Honestly idk what else to say. Regular employees (clerks) are ok.

    Cons

    Management isn't clear, and on top of that belittling. You're nothing more than a pawn to them. Pay isn't good. They will string you along until you either quit, are fired, or submit to their working conditions. The 3 types of people here that stay here (from what I've noticed) is: 1) they are older and dont have many other options. Stay with company for god knows how long. 2) people in school just working part time, but those who dont have drive to achieve more, not for themselves or the company. Just here to get paid, dont really care. Or 3) this is their first job, and share similar qualities to group #2. Not many other options for them. Management (as I read in another review, and I agree) can have power trips, affecting productivity and general morale.

    Advice to Management

    Why do you give the wrong people position of power. Pay your employees better. There's no question about WHY they either quit or leave. I get a dollar raise for being promoted? And guess what minimum wage increases in January... I won't be getting a raise then. Being promoted means more responsibility, and the same pay as someone who starts off a week ago. All in all: Treat your employees better.


  8. Think twice about the 99

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    Former Employee - Customer Service in Paramount, CA
    Former Employee - Customer Service in Paramount, CA

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

    Pros

    The work isn't too hard when you get the hang of how to work the machines in the back. Work is pretty redundant, I'm a guy so I was mostly stocking and working in the warehouse unloading trucks and organizing merchandise.

    Cons

    One downside is the supervisors and managers. I went through 4 supervisors in the few months I worked at the store and each one cared less about the store than the previous supervisor. And if you don't like rude people then the 99 cent store isn't the place for you.

    Advice to Management

    Some good advice is to believe the employees when complaining. If more than two are telling you the same story then some truth must be behind it. The manager at my store was a pain and didn't like people who didn't, more or less, suck up to her. When we complained about her, no one did a thing til 2 of the best workers quit. Sometimes the higher ups don't have respect for the employees either, seems like everyone has a power trip when they have a little power at the 99 cent store. Hopefully this isn't at every 99 cent store.


  9. It pays

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Easy job to do and start off

    Cons

    People bickering about cheap products

    Advice to Management

    Pay better, dont overstock on items, more employees


  10. My experience

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    Former Employee - Cashier in Commerce, CA
    Former Employee - Cashier in Commerce, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at 99 Cents Only (More than a year)

    Pros

    Accommodated my class schedule; Allowed me to cross train in different departments, because I like versatility. I become bored doing the same thing day in and day out;

    Cons

    Hourly pay is not great. Dealing with customers


  11. Please run!

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    Former Employee - Cashier in Apache, AZ
    Former Employee - Cashier in Apache, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Get paid weekly, nice cashiers, good wear house

    Cons

    HORRIBLE management, HORRIBLE pay, over worked, not understanding at all, asked to skip graduation.

    Advice to Management

    Maybe if you were not so rude and hard on your workers maybe they wouldn't be"dropping like flys". Learn to manage, being a manager you need to be strict but not treat people like their garbage.



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