Ardene

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Ardene Reviews

Updated February 26, 2015
Updated February 26, 2015
45 Reviews
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  1.  

    A fun and creative job.

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    Former Employee - Third Key Holder and Sales Associate in Saint Catharines, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Third Key Holder and Sales Associate in Saint Catharines, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Ardene part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I enjoyed the visual merchandising aspect of the job and providing ear piercing services. The managers were fantastic and the hours of work were quite consistent. Employee discount was great too !

    Cons

    Low pay as with most retail jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase hourly wage especially for key holders and managers. I would have been motivated to stay with company if I could survive on the wages.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Store Manager

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    Former Employee - Store Manager in Ontario, CA
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Ontario, CA

    I worked at Ardene

    Pros

    Discount, merchandising, always busy, enjoyed stock day

    Cons

    Only one employee on floor most of the day, company expected the world without offering additional hours, always recovering tables and change rooms

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management should stay in contact with store managers to offer assistants and guidance...offer training, more than just reading a store manual.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    Stay away unless you want to be in pain

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate
    Current Employee - Sales Associate

    I have been working at Ardene full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Employee discount if you can last 3 months.

    Cons

    To pass the dress code you can only wear trendy flats, and I'm sure we all know how impossible it is to find trendy flats that you can walk around in all day. I'm shocked that this company has been operating for so long and still does not realize or care about the immediate or longterm health of their employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realize that employees are not mannequins, we have a job to do and we can't do it with a smile if are feet are battered and bruised and are knees are aching. Let employees wear tennis shoes, or some other type of shoe that is trendy AND comfortable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5.  

    Good first-job

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    Current Employee - Part Time Sales Associate in Surrey, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Part Time Sales Associate in Surrey, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at Ardene part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Employee discounts, sometimes flexible with school schedule. Good job for minimum pay but many people dont last here long as there is no oppurtunity for growth or development

    Cons

    Gets boring, too much work for the little pay. Also have a blackout period during which u can request any days off which is the stupidist thing ever

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more proffessional

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good first job

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Coquitlam, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Coquitlam, BC (Canada)

    I worked at Ardene

    Pros

    Started off working here in a great team environment, loved my Co workers, pay was decent, flexible work schedule.

    Cons

    Got transferred to another store because my store closed down manager at new store scheduled me for 22 days straight with no offer of overtime compensation asked for one day off and was told all the other girls already worked 5 days a week and couldn't take anymore shifts. I called the district manager and complained. The next day my new manager called me and told me I was no longer needed

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    Great place to work with a lot of opportunity to have fun while you work. It all depends on your boss.

    Former Employee - Part Time Sales Associate in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Part Time Sales Associate in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Ardene part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Easy work. Time goes by fast when you are friends with your coworkers. Discounts are great. You end up with a lot of merch from the great prices.

    Cons

    It can get boring. Working with the public can be tough. All depends on the location and who walks through the door.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Awesome Manager but terrible company culture

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate
    Current Employee - Sales Associate

    I have been working at Ardene

    Pros

    Good discounts - 15% off discounted items, 30% off clothing, 50% off accessories
    Close bonds with Co-workers, awesome manager that is really friendly and caring

    Cons

    terrible company values
    terrible pay - sales associates get paid $11 and third key gets paid $11.75. No commission, promotions or motivation get a load of responsibilities that are very similar to manager's responsibility.
    terrible hours - work part time and only get to work 6 - 10 hours a week (3 hours per shift, rather work 6 hours in just one shift)
    no job advancement- manager worked for Ardene for 8 years and still get paid $16, never been offered an advancement even though she's such a hardworking individual
    products are cheap, they break easily.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Supervisor is miserable and strict - makes a big deal for the smallest mistakes. She doesn't put the effort to get to know her employees. She always try to yell at her employees whenever she has the chance too, yet she stresses us to provide excellent customer service when she can't even provide any. The company has a high employee turnover rate because the job has no attractiveness or motivation at all. It's an minimum wage job. The company has no company values, at least from what I see.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9.  

    Unorganized

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Quebec, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Quebec, QC (Canada)

    I worked at Ardene part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    -Flexible hours
    -Make good friendships girls are amazing

    Cons

    -Unorganized company
    -Looked down upon from management and regional manager
    -Will shame you infront of other

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think management should care more about their employees, and not laugh at them directly in their faces.
    When management is pissed at you, instead of telling you, they'll vent to other employees and ignore you, which is not the way to work.

    Doesn't Recommend
  10.  

    Fun place to work

    Current Employee - Sales Associate
    Current Employee - Sales Associate

    I have been working at Ardene part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Very laid back while still stressing target goals.
    They were very thorough with training and time-off, other than during the holidays
    Overall a very fun place to work!

    Cons

    Minimum wage, little room for advancement.
    It's kind of annoying to work there during the holiday season because it's insanely busy and with young girls frequenting the store, they have little care to put things back where they found them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some management need to act more professional

  11.  

    It's alright

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I worked at Ardene part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The people I work with were great and I learned a lot from them. Great employee discounts before they changed it.

    Cons

    Sending too much merchandise to the store and not enough time to put out. The work being done are very tiring.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't change rules all the time. Don't make us take down merchandise after a day of putting it up nicely.

    Doesn't Recommend

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