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  1. Best job I've ever had.

    Current Employee - Store Sales Manager in Orland Park, IL
    Current Employee - Store Sales Manager in Orland Park, IL

    I have been working at Archiver's full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Working with great staff, making long term relationships, craft culture

    Cons

    The store closed due to economic downturn in June of 2013 and the company closed in 2/14


  2. Great Atmosphere, So-So Management

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Associate
    Former Employee - Sales Associate
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Archiver's full-time

    Pros

    I loved the ability to be around arts and crafts all day, help people design really cool scrapbook pages and cards, and just meet creative, fun customers. I enjoyed helping them find what they were looking for, and seeing that 'aha!' moment when everything came together was simply fantastic.

    Cons

    Personal growth was limited, and management had some issues. I loved my co-workers, but the management appeared to believe they were above their associates. They were not the easiest to work with as a whole. I feel that if the management was more supportive, and listened their employees a bit more, they may not have had as many company issues as a whole.


  3. Out of Business

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Naperville, IL
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Naperville, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Archiver's part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    When the company first started, when I worked there originally, for the first 2 years, it was amazing. Lots of opportunity to make extra money helping to host events or teach classes, great people to work with.

    Cons

    The last 2 years I spent at my first location and the year at my second were less than amazing. No opportunity to move up, management paranoid that you were out for their jobs just because you're good, taking initiative meant you were stepping on the managements toes.


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  5. Amazing company to work for

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Supervisor
    Current Employee - Supervisor
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Archiver's part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Love sharing my passion for the crafting making field. Fun job!

    Cons

    Lower pay but that's retail


  6. Low pay and broken promises highlight working at this retailer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Instructor
    Current Employee - Instructor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Archiver's part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Product discount is a nice feature of working at Archivers but it's also dangerous because when you bring stock out of the store room to put on the shelves, you see all of the great product first hand and end up buying it!

    Cons

    When I was hired, I was told I would be an instructor and a hostess for the Scrap Mania events on Friday and Saturday nights. Talk about a broken promise! These plum assignments were given to others and I was stuck constantly working the night shift which meant cleaning, cleaning, cleaning. Their bathrooms are the worst! Archivers should hire a professional cleaning service who are equipped to clean public restrooms. Disgusting!

    Advice to Management

    Don't lie to prospective employees in your interviewing process. And … hire a professional cleaning service to clean those disgusting bathrooms and maintain your floors. Yuck.


  7. Fun Place to Work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Associate and Instructor in Gurnee, IL
    Current Employee - Sales Associate and Instructor in Gurnee, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Archiver's part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Love working with friendly people who share my hobby and helping customers with their creative projects. Also enjoy seeing all the great new scrapbooking products.

    Cons

    Pay is low. Nights and weekends are required.

    Advice to Management

    Hire a cleaning service to clean the bathrooms and the floors.


  8. Fun and laid back experience.

    Current Employee - Customer Service Associate
    Current Employee - Customer Service Associate
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Archiver's part-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    30% discount. Love being the first to see new product coming in.

    Cons

    Being an instructo it's difficult to teach a class for the first time when you never made the cards yourself.

    Advice to Management

    For instructors...give them a card kit to make themselves so when they teach that card class, they know how to make the cards!


  9. In the middle of chapter 11 bankruptcy, but working hard to keep stores open.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Archiver's full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Work life balance, great product and overall concept. Lots of room for creativity and initiative.

    Cons

    No cohesive vision and company direction. Many stores closing, new announcements each month. No job security. Inconsistent communication and leadership from corporate office

    Advice to Management

    Hire some retail and marketing professionals as consultants to get back on track.


  10. Used to be a phenomenal company, now it's just sad

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Archiver's full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Customers who share a passion for the craft and creativity. Get to see newest products first and a discount on them.

    Cons

    Communication to stores is inconsistent at best. The industry is changing and they can't keep up. Can't continue to discount everything and compete with the big boxes and stay in business.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest with employees about what is going on. Don't keep secrets. Trust the people who work for you who want to keep the company afloat.


  11. No career path here

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Archiver's part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Part time hours if that's what you are looking for.

    Cons

    Full time hours and benefits only offered to the Store Manager. No benefits. Pay low. Grumpy clientele.

    Advice to Management

    Offer benefits!



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