99 Cents Only Reviews

Updated March 23, 2015
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Pros
  • Competitive pay, good benefits, alot of tenured employees (in 3 reviews)

  • The team in the offices, the warehouse and the stores are all very dedicated and hard working (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Low Pay, Huge Amounts of work, expect managers to work 52 hours a week with really (in 9 reviews)

  • Dishonest upper management that abuses employees, especially Hispanics (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Greatest learning experience ever

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    Current Employee - Store Manager
    Current Employee - Store Manager

    I have been working at 99 Cents Only

    Pros

    The ability to really learn how and what retail is all about.

    Cons

    Short staffed, not very competitive with pay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be self motivated

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. Hands on store management.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Store Manager in San Bernardino, CA
    Current Employee - Store Manager in San Bernardino, CA

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, health care.

    Cons

    High stress, company very disorderly. No constancy in company directions. Products ship to store regardless of sales creating back log of product in store rooms. No support from upper management. Upper management against outside hired store managers perfecting to promote within causing a poor support structure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be ready to sweat and cry a lot. Career opportunities are there but are mainly for long term managers who started as stockers. Outside manager that are hired are not viewed the same regardless of what they bring to the company or how well they manage.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  3. Decent atmosphere; company's still growing.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Commerce, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Commerce, CA

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

    Pros

    It's your typical 9-5 office job if you work in a home office, with a good mix or fast-paced and slow seasons. Leadership/management was a mess when I first started (3-4 years ago), but everything started coming together after the company got bought. Everyone now has specific, defined roles and are expected to perform them. Great atmosphere all around if you have the right people on your team.

    Cons

    The company doesn't do a lot to stand out in terms of how they treat their employees. No bonuses, raises are few, and last-minute changes to whatever you're working on are often.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wish hours were more flexible, but that's really with any corporation. Oh, and a (free) coffee machine would be nice.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Very Flexible

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    Former Employee - Overnight Stocker
    Former Employee - Overnight Stocker

    I worked at 99 Cents Only part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    flexible work schedule. manager very friendly and a lot of great items at low prices.

    Cons

    Stocking can me very heavy and there is a lot of pressure to get the merchandise out even when there is no room to put it at. The pay is not very good, one of the reasons I left. When the minimum went up to nine dollars an hour I lost what I had worked for when the minimum was eight dollars, my pay was almost at nine. So, I had the same wage a new person had when I knew how to do way more, from reading the flow charts, doing the seasonal aisle, cycle counts, repacking, inventory, and break pallet seals.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  6. Company offers a lot of opportunity for growth to their employees.

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    Former Employee - Graphic Designer
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer

    I worked at 99 Cents Only full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities. Flexible scheduling available. Yearly salary reviews.

    Cons

    Corporate headquarters is located in a sketchy area of Commerce. Lots of semi-trucks to weave through just to get into the parking lot. Being "Cat-Called" was a "norm" while walking into the building.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Move locations.

    Recommends
  7. Better than not having a job.

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    Current Employee - Store Manager in Hanford, CA
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Hanford, CA

    I have been working at 99 Cents Only

    Pros

    Good pay. Can work as much as you want.

    Cons

    No work life work balance. Work 6-7 days a week 60-70 hrs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let your managers take back to back day off. Maybe a weekend from time to time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. please run from this company

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    Former Employee - Cashier in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Cashier in San Diego, CA

    I worked at 99 Cents Only

    Pros

    the manager doesnt really care about anything so you can do whatever you want

    Cons

    too many to list. just stay away from this company please

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    learn how to manage a store!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. Was a cashier. It was eh, okay for my first job

    Current Employee - 99 Ceny Only Store in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - 99 Ceny Only Store in San Antonio, TX

    I have been working at 99 Cents Only

    Pros

    Getting paid every week. Easy

    Cons

    Minimum wage. Hrly pay was 7.55. Registers always messed up. First job though.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Eh

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10. Few hours a week

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at 99 Cents Only part-time

    Pros

    They try to accommodate your preferred day offs.

    Cons

    Weekly schedule is always a surprise. Sometimes you get only 2-3 working days in a week with varying shifts. No chance to take a second job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide employees with a fixed schedule, so they can still find a second job.

  11. 1 person found this helpful

    Overall, 99 Cents Only Stores was a good place to work.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at 99 Cents Only

    Pros

    Great people with a rich company and corporate culture. The company was founded by an entrepreneur who had his heart into helping people and providing great products for under a buck! His spirit lived through many of the employees who he had helped through the years, and they remained loyal. Many working for the company for over 20 years, some as a cashier/stocker.

    Cons

    After the company was bought out, changes were pushed, some for the better, but most were treating people very badly. Overall, the new ownership viewed the employees who had been around as a threat of blocking change. Big lay offs happened, hundreds of long term employees terminated, laid off, or quit after the year of badgering and hostile work environment created.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company should reevaluate it's purpose, create a clean friendly well - lit store and sell stuff for under a dollar! That was it's mission originally, and it was highly successful.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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