Art Van Furniture

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Art Van Furniture Reviews

Updated September 5, 2014
Updated September 5, 2014
59 Reviews
2.8
59 Reviews
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Kim Yost
35 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Dental, Medical and Vision are good benefits (in 5 reviews)

  • There are some great people that work at this company (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Too many long hours and not enough pay for the hard labor you do (in 6 reviews)

  • Sales people are treated like "worker bees" and given no respect whatsoever (in 4 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Work Hard - Get Paid

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Sales Manager  in  Grand Rapids, MI
    Current Employee - Assistant Sales Manager in Grand Rapids, MI

    I have been working at Art Van Furniture full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great workplace environment that supports constant and never-ending self-improvement. Willing to create additional titles for those who provide additional value to the company.

    Cons

    Long hours, no 401k matching...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Managerial scheduling should be revised...shorter hours would help balance work/personal life and keep managers from burning out.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great opportunities, but you must dedicate your life to this job if you want to thrive.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate  in  Ann Arbor, MI
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Ann Arbor, MI

    I have been working at Art Van Furniture part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The company is working to give itself a more positive image than it has had in the past due to pushy sales people. There are good opportunities to make good money here. Its hard work but you are rewarded with the commission you earn if you work hard enough.

    Cons

    This job is all commission and long and late hours. The managers definitely show almost unfair favoritism to top performers, I suppose that's how things work. Also, if you can not manage to sell above a certain point you will loose your job in less than 6 months. The pay structure is on a monthly draw system.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dear Management,
    the store does not need to be open past 8 on any day; people will come when we're open and the late hours is ruining the morale of the staff. Also the frequency of sales will eventually ruin any urgency there is left. The habits of the sales and management are training the customer to demand free everything and is ruining the value of the brand. I still believe this is a great company though; I believe this company has room to grow, but will eventually be the largest furniture store in the nation.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Roller coaster ride With MANY dips

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Pick-Up Associate  in  Toledo, OH
    Current Employee - Customer Pick-Up Associate in Toledo, OH

    I have been working at Art Van Furniture full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Many different jobs/tasks to do stay busy

    Cons

    Do the most work of anybody in store but get paid the less. Management bends the rules to fit their way to what they want, regard company policies/rules.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maybe if they stop spending all this money on free food, cookies for v.i.p. days and pay there people more it might be worth it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    loved this job!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative  in  Muskegon, MI
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Muskegon, MI

    I worked at Art Van Furniture full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I got to meet and talk to a lot of people in my position in customer service. Unfortunately, I moved from Michigan & had to leave my position.

    Cons

    the only thing I didn't like was our work area had too many people in it. Not only 4 of us but, others in different positions. I know it was remodeled after I left but, it's still the same.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Amazing Company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Warren, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Warren, MI

    I have been working at Art Van Furniture full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    With Art Van Furniture I have found: tons of opportunity, a company committed to your growth, I get to work with many people who have become best friends, and a company that loves to win. Every day I am proud to work for such a philanthropic entrepreneur.

    Cons

    Retail is tough. You have to be great at time management.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Do Not Recommend.

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

    I have been working at Art Van Furniture part-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    At the store level, you will feel as if you are part of a family.

    Cons

    Retail hours, hit-or-miss management, unprofessional leadership, little recognition. Hours are to be expected with retail but hours have been consistently getting worse since I've started with this company. Opening earlier, closing later, and if there's a single customer browsing in the store you are at their mercy. It's a growing company but unfortunately this year it seems as if they've tried to grow too fast and keep trying to find ways to gain more sales and cut costs. To go further in this company, you have to be pretty cutthroat, as exemplified by the cold upper management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize positives at least as much as negatives.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    A lot of hard work will definitely pay off here.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Home Furnishings Consultant  in  Ann Arbor, MI
    Current Employee - Home Furnishings Consultant in Ann Arbor, MI

    I have been working at Art Van Furniture full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The draw is nice because you still get a check every week. Benefits like health insurance, paid vacations, profit sharing, life insurance.

    Cons

    Being 100% commission there is always some serious competition and not everyone is always friendly and truthful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try not to manage by use of intimidation.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great Place to Work

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

    I have been working at Art Van Furniture full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great company to work for, good vision, great compensation packages, opportunities for advancement, leaders in the industry, always improving.

    Cons

    Overwhelming expectations, bad communication, lack of respect for managers, little consideration for others, frequent and unpredictable schedule changes, lack of accountability.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to accept different ideas, communicate better, stop fighting and mistreating staff members.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good place to work before landing a real dev job.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Art Van Furniture

    Pros

    Discounts on furniture
    Small enough you can get exposure to upper mgmt.

    Cons

    Small enough you can get exposure to upper mgmt!

    Not very challenging

    Reaction marketing. Always last minute work.

    High stress

    Mgmt doesn't show appreciation for outstanding work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Plan better and execute projects in a timely manner.

  11.  

    Fantastic and Growing Michigan Based Company

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

    I have been working at Art Van Furniture full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Although we are a fast growing company we still have a family feel inside all or stores. The people, product and culture are wonderful. For a sales focused company creates a very cohesive environment.

    Cons

    Retail is Retail. The hours are tough, but as long as you are flexible and able to communicate scheduling needs to your leaders there isn't a lot of issues.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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