99 Cents Only Reviews

Updated July 28, 2015
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Stéphane Gonthier
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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. My experience

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    Former Employee - Cashier in Commerce, CA
    Former Employee - Cashier in Commerce, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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


  2. cashier

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    Former Employee - Cashier/Stocker in Bakersfield, CA
    Former Employee - Cashier/Stocker in Bakersfield, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    the store is small and you can meet many friendly people there.

    Cons

    they don't pay you for all the work they demand from you.


  3. "visit all their stores and see it for yourself"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA

    I have been working at 99 Cents Only

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

    Pros

    Getting Paid weekly that is about it.

    Cons

    Too many power tripping chiefs, not enough working indians. Your company is only as good as how you lead your company team. starts from the CEO. Poor Company planning structures, communication, and SUPPORT! we want working leaders not messengers! Lack of proper merchandising tools and work equipments to make those HUGE OPPORTUNITIES SALES! DELI and Produce department especially. Big sale opportunities loss. Packing warehouse full of pointless merchandises of the same item from DC is causing big fines and work hazards not sales!

    Advice to Management

    Advice to Corporate Executives and Boards : Turn Over in management team is a big issue right now for this company. it doesn't matter which region or district! look into it! Hiring the right ones that will fit your company. Promote those from within company with a reasonable pay instead of low compensation and low review evaluations. We know you pay more for those who you hired from outside that doesn't know nothing about the company standards causing you more money and headaches!! especially Regional Directors/DM's/Store mangers/ and Assistant managers. EVERYONE(including regular staffs) IS walking away to work for other big retail chain stores for better competitive pay and GOOD ORGANIZED COMPANY STRUCTURES! OPEN YOUR EYES MANY WANTS TO GROW WITH THIS COMPANY! if you do it right.


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  5. My thoughts

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at 99 Cents Only full-time

    Pros

    We all work hard, it pays off

    Cons

    The only thing constant is change


  6. Decent job for a high schooler

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    Former Employee - Cashier in Garland, TX
    Former Employee - Cashier in Garland, TX

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

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

    Pros

    I worked with people my age. Management was not too strict. I got paid weekly. It is a good job for a student.

    Cons

    Management was unorganized at times. The manager had favorites. She made the new people do returns all the time. I didn't get too many hours sometimes.

    Advice to Management

    My advice to management would be to get more organized and do not have favorites.


  7. Terrible Place

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at 99 Cents Only

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

    Pros

    You get your paycheck every 2 weeks

    Cons

    Everything. Terrible environment and low pay. I'm glad that I left

    Advice to Management

    You need to care more about your employees. Also, the place smells bad. Constant headaches. Improve it!


  8. A lot of big promises very little delivery

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    Current Employee - Store Manager
    Current Employee - Store Manager

    I have been working at 99 Cents Only full-time

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

    Pros

    Unique concept versus most of it's competition. Opportunities for advancement if it's aggressive plans are inacted upon.

    Cons

    Really needs a new brand. Complaints often from the price points of merchandise. There really isn't a whole lot of $.99 only merchandise. Expenditures on security systems and over purchasing of bad close out merchandise versus paying a decent wage to hard working trustworthy associates is a bitter pill. Corporate structure is very unstable. Leadership turnover is rampant. I personally believe the ever changing environment and unstable leadership has bogged down the expansion of this brand.

    Advice to Management

    Be prepared for anything and everything every day.


  9. It was great working here specially it being my first job.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at 99 Cents Only full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    They management is great and understanding. Many work with your schedule. It's a fun environment to work in .

    Cons

    You have to be able to work with an urgency and work extra hard to please the store demands

    Advice to Management

    Could really help if you trained new employees before sending them off to work without any boundaries


  10. Cashier

    Former Employee - Cashier in Santa Paula, CA
    Former Employee - Cashier in Santa Paula, CA

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

    Pros

    Great store..and the merchandise is good. some items you pay 5x's more at Dept Store, and at the 99 store, you pay anywhere from 99 cent to $1.99....shoppers get excited. Its always busy, so u never have a reason to b bored. Its a place to shop for the entire family.

    Cons

    I found that they never had enough registers opened. And like that store is constant, they never scheduled enough checkers, and that is the Customers #1 complaint...and some customers csn b rude about it. Call the Manager, let him explain to the pist off customer.

    Advice to Management

    my only advice is to have more Cashiers on registers, it would keep our Shoppers happy, it would make a happier enviroment. Also emphasize that after every Cashiers shift is over, before she is ready to leave her work station, that she leave it clean, throw trash away and make sure a pen and plastic bd bags are stocked, counter top clean. Ready for the next shift.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Horrible job

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    Former Employee - Cashier in Simi, CA
    Former Employee - Cashier in Simi, CA

    I worked at 99 Cents Only

    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good hours Good managers Good employees I don't know what else to say bc I'm writing this just to read reviews

    Cons

    Pour pay Hard work Same thing it says I have to have a 20 word minimum so whatever

    Advice to Management

    I hate you guys



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