Ardene

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Ardene Reviews

Updated July 24, 2014
Updated July 24, 2014
33 Reviews

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  1.  

    a pretty fun and easy job

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

    Pros

    Great employee discount. It's a pretty fun job and it changes everyday. If you can't adapt to change then this is not a job for you. Expect to pack up and move boxes almost daily. most customers are awesome and it helps that I really like my District Supervisor.

    Cons

    too mauch estrogen = drama. Leave the petty drama at home. Some ppl need to communicate. Expectations to have a clear backroom is rediculous. Send everything together for window/display merch, not half and then the other half a week later.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When a store has a small amount of hours to work with don't expect the pace to put out merch to be the same as other stores.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Frustrating

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

    Pros

    Discount was nice, some good people and there are lots of interesting customers to meet.

    Cons

    Management was insane, went through two managers in a couple of months. Store completely changed policy between the managers. It became a mess, hours were cut to the point where the only hours I could get were on the weekend. Store had a skeleton staff crew and when one was sick no one was there to cover. Plus Ardene switched to an online scheduling company which sucks. Can't switch shifts even if people are willing its so stupid.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ensure store standards are carried out in every store, even the outlets. And stay off the Internet for scheduling and payroll, two different systems complicate things unnecessarily.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    Have to be able to roll with the punches

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

    Pros

    Plenty of room to grow.
    A lot of opportunities and lessons to learn.
    Great discounts.

    Cons

    Communication is something to work on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find an easier way for price changes that eliminates an error for mistakes.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Very fun work environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Retail Sales Associate  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Retail Sales Associate in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    Pros

    Lots of laughs and employee discounts are great

    Cons

    Constant price-point changes
    Unexpected store category changes
    Poor product quality

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Ardene Isn't so bad..

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate  in  Winnipeg, MB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Winnipeg, MB (Canada)

    Pros

    Depending on the store you work in, staff can be awesome

    Cons

    District manager was awful, she wanted there to be no stock in the back room and everything to be on the floor.
    Ardene gets so much product that when we were forced to have it on the floor, you couldn't even shop in it, customers said it looked awful, which it did. Stands would fall on customers, and folding clothes would be a joke, the piles would have to be so high they would flop over

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less is more

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    enjoyable experience, sometimes poor management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate  in  Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    Pros

    good people, healthy, happy environment

    Cons

    sometimes the company hires really shitty people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    you guys should rehire! i regret leaving

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    Amazing

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

    Pros

    Everyone is so nice, and room for advancement.

    Cons

    Can't think of anything :)

  9.  

    Horrible Experience!! Would Not Recommend Working Here At All!!!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate  in  Winnipeg, MB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Winnipeg, MB (Canada)

    Pros

    - Some of the people were nice to work with.
    - Employee Discount: 50% off on clothing, 30% off on accessories.

    Cons

    - Management was rude and mean. They would stand around, laughing and joking about their own personal stories, but would get mad at you if you wanted to talk to a coworker about something that was work related.
    - One of my managers was incredibly incompetent. She would tell you to do a task, and even if you though of a more logical way to do it, she would yell at you and tell you to do it her way.
    - VERY physically demanding job with little pay.
    - They force you to wear Ardene flats or boots that have no support whatsoever and can cause serious damage to your feet and legs; but management doesn't care.
    - The store is ridiculously packed with merchandise that I have even had customers complain to me about it being a fire hazard.
    - The store always looks like a mess, especially on weekends, and there is barely any room to move around.
    - You receive about 200 boxes of stock a week that you end up having to sort through yourself. The sales floor is already packed, so we have to keep most of it in the back. The store that I worked at had such a small backroom that we had to use our handicap change room stall to hold merchandise, which because a huge issue when customers come in that actually need to use that change room stall.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Treat your employees with respect! Also, don't send out so much stock that you don't have room in either the back room or sales floor to store it.
    - Upper management needs to train store managers better on how to actually run a store.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10.  

    Poor pay, no confidence in employees

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager

    Pros

    -Friendly co-workers
    -Good staff discount
    -Cute, although cheap, merchandise

    Cons

    -Terrible pay, even for management positions
    -No company confidence in employees - cameras are very obviously in stores to monitor employees, not potential shoplifters
    -Area supervisors are essentially given free reign, which can be very good or very bad, depending on the person. There is no way to deal with a problematic supervisor.
    -The company is run very simply and managers are given no responsibility. You stock the floor and run the cash and that is it. Don't expect to be asked an opinion on anything.
    -They place way too much emphasis on "looking the part" and not enough on actually being competent at your job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Nice girls, much work

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

    Pros

    Great discount on selection (50% 0ff )
    Clear scheduling

    Cons

    Employees come and go
    Lots of physical work

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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