Aaron Brothers Art and Framing

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Updated July 5, 2015
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Pros
  • Helping customers with their framing and art supply decisions (in 3 reviews)

  • Assisting customers with custom frame orders (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Super low pay, no where near enough hours in payroll, Every week we were moving merchandise around for sales (in 5 reviews)

  • Low pay, Rich mean customers that think they own you and you are on commission, Bad management, 12-4 am truck deliveries (in 3 reviews)

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  1. A lifetime of Fun

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Aaron Brothers Art and Framing full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Experience is what you make it, and I've made a career at Aaron Brothers. Lots of Fun loving, Creative folks to work with store to store and at the corporate level as well. Overall a great experience, with a passionate upper leadership group. The customers are mostly super fun, the product is inspiring and the Custom Design counter can truly test your creative skills.

    Cons

    The industry is getting smaller and market share is at a premium.

    Advice to Management

    Keep developing the vision to grow number of locations!


  2. Stifled Creativity

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Aaron Brothers Art and Framing

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Decent pay for Salaried managers (median wage for industry).
    Occasional opportunity to be creative.

    Cons

    Poor recruitment practices and systems which are a constant burden for hiring managers. Turnover is astronomical due to companies inability to adapt to wage trends within the market. Consistently poor materials handed down to shops who are asked to placate disgruntled customers.

    Advice to Management

    Adapt to the marketplace more quickly. Pen and paper application processes are really dragging you down.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Hate it

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Aaron Brothers Art and Framing

    Pros

    Discount art supplies, peace and quiet

    Cons

    store is always empty, very overpriced

    Advice to Management

    Match sales prices to competitors


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  5. Helpful (2)

    A Bad Apple

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Certified Custom Framer
    Current Employee - Certified Custom Framer

    I have been working at Aaron Brothers Art and Framing (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    The employee discount is great, especially as an artist looking for ways to supplement my meager income.

    Cons

    I previously worked for Michaels, which is simply the other half of the rotten apple that is this company. At Michaels, I had a corporate visitor tell me, almost verbatim, "anyone can slap a frame together, it's really not that hard. Framing isn't even one of my core competencies and even I could do it." My spineless manager sat there listening to the whole thing and didn't offer a word in my defense. Two weeks later I left Michaels and laughed as the tight ship that was my frame shop sunk into utter chaos. About a year later after completing my Masters degree program I returned to the company via Aaron Brothers. And once again, I had to grit my teeth and endure yet another higher-up talking down to me like I was some idiot for having ideas and wanting to improve myself. This company is 100% pathetic for keeping disrespectful, elitist people in charge who wouldn't look half as good if not for the people busting their butts at the store level to get the job done. I tried very hard to grow with the company, but regardless of who I or my store manager reached out to at the corporate level to express my ambition, we were completely ignored. They don't actually want talented, experienced framing professionals at their stores - all they want is a warm body they can pay minimum wage to so they can "slap frames together" until they find a better job somewhere else. And thus, there is a constant revolving door of people getting hired, getting disillusioned, and finally getting the hell out.

    Advice to Management

    Framers carry your business. Treat them like the valuable employees they are. Provide TRAINING (no, not in a spotty little photocopy, but in real group events and seminars.) Invest in opportunities for framers to become nationally certified (we are supposed to be the best of the best, and yet you can't spare a shiny penny to actually make this statement true). Create opportunities for GROWTH for those who might not be interested in retail management.


  6. Not for the faint of heart

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

    I worked at Aaron Brothers Art and Framing full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great employee discount and it's pretty hard to get fired since they're so desperate for half-way competent employees. It's interesting to see what people are framing.

    Cons

    Great employees never stay long so you're forced to work with the disgruntled remnants. No support or encouragement from upper management - just lots of threats that they never follow through on. Corporate communication is full of holes and misinformation. Register systems are so ancient even the customers are disgusted. Customers are always angry and disappointed because they expect to be hand-held and there is no payroll to do that. Two associates in the store most of the day - one is supposed to be in the back manufacturing the framing orders which leaves one person to run around the store trying to help everyone while simultaneously making sure to greet each person who walks in the door, take custom orders, run the register, answer the phone and do stock checks, prevent theft of art supplies, and not get a customer complaint. Surprise visits from executive team where they tend to catch you in the middle of this chaos and then call it a bad visit. No payroll to process truck shipments but they have to be done before the store opens.

    Advice to Management

    Don't set the store teams up to fail and then act surprised that everything is not going well. Most of your employees start out giving their hearts and souls to the job but end up exhausted and discouraged when they realize it's impossible to do what needs to be done with the available payroll.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Depends on management

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Burbank, CA

    I worked at Aaron Brothers Art and Framing part-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Very friendly atmosphere, really used to push framing goals... but it was never strictly enforced.

    Cons

    Unorganized managers can really ruin the atmosphere.

    Advice to Management

    Keep an organized calendar for dates when to put up new banners and sale signs. Make sure these are easy to find for employees with clear instructions for their new locations. Throw away old/torn sale signs.


  8. Lead Sales Associate

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Sales Associate in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Lead Sales Associate in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Aaron Brothers Art and Framing part-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    If your desire is to become Assistant mgr. Show some initiative & they'll make it happen..... If your like-able.

    Cons

    Pay is very low, for the level of expectations. Learning the custom framing aspect of the job is not as easy as it may seem. Revolving door of associates.

    Advice to Management

    Although it is retail, better screen employees.


  9. Versatile, fun hearted group of people, creative company

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Merchandising Assistant in Coppell, TX
    Former Employee - Merchandising Assistant in Coppell, TX

    I worked at Aaron Brothers Art and Framing full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    great employee 401k match/some travel/perfect world for a true merchandiser

    Cons

    progress of growing your career is limited by your completion of college

    Advice to Management

    Listen more to your employees, encourage them to explore their talents more in the field


  10. Hard Work, High Expectations, Low Pay

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Sales Associate
    Current Employee - Lead Sales Associate

    I have been working at Aaron Brothers Art and Framing full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Leadership possibilities are easy to acquire because basically everyone that works for the company is expected to be participatory in some level of management. Working with art is great and the employee discount is awesome if you're an artist.

    Cons

    TIme off policies are limited and based on staffing. Your pay is not great based on how hard you have to work. Business strategy is mainly "sell, sell, sell" with no thought as to how you're supposed to get customers in the door.

    Advice to Management

    Training is flawed. Favoritism in the company is needlessly high. Delivery times are unrealistic and shouldn't take away from sales hours.


  11. Working for this company may force you to move back in with your parents.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Aaron Brothers Art and Framing (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    You meet interesting people and get to work in a creative environment. 30% employee discount. A good first job, if you are willing to work very hard.

    Cons

    The hourly pay does not reflect the amount of training and experience you need to excel at the job. The company treats even their long term employees as expendable. No tangible incentives are given for meeting and/or exceeding sales goals.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your people better. People don't want cookies - they want cold hard cash! And not only if you are at a store that is beating comp sales. How about giving every single employee a slice of that big bonus your people at the top are making? A commission on each sale would ensure that everybody is interested in making that sale.
    Streamline operations on every level and reduce the daily task load, so your employees can give more attention to generating sales.



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