Astor & Black

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Astor & Black Reviews

Updated August 10, 2014
Updated August 10, 2014
7 Reviews
3.5
7 Reviews
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Astor & Black CEO Richard A. Dent III
Richard A. Dent III
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  1.  

    Great

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Clothier  in  Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Clothier in Detroit, MI

    I worked at Astor & Black full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great company to work for

    Cons

    no cons , great company

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Astor & Black

    Pros

    Good work environment and good people, before the private equity sale.

    Cons

    After private equity sale the new owners did bad job.

  3.  

    Wear a lot of hats

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Astor & Black full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Supervisor recognize efforts and hard work

    Cons

    employees took advantage of the work from home policy

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  5.  

    Exciting and promising career turns into empty promises and frustration as company tries to discover their true self.

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    Former Employee - Professional Clothier  in  Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Professional Clothier in Columbus, OH

    I worked at Astor & Black full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, technically. Clothing allowances. Working with different clients everyday. Building relationships with high net worth individuals. Some creative expression.

    Cons

    Very little appreciation or career advancement. Senior management oblivious as to the facts on the ground. The CEO (Richard Dent) made promises to the sales force that he didn't keep.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen more. Incentivize successes. Reinstate some form of mentorship program. Establish more accountability/transparency of mid-level management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    Ok, but not well managed.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Astor & Black full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The schedule is flexible and sales people have a lot of control over their own schedule. The experience is certainly educational and people who work there never look at fashion the same ever again (in a good way)!

    Cons

    The company seems to constantly put band-aids on each problem because they are too cheap to fix them correctly. I also think the company grows much faster than what they are prepared for, which leads them to place people in positions without proper experience and know-how. The support staff passes the buck and leaves the employees without the tools they need to effectively do their job. Too often clients get the run around because no one in the company really has the answer and everyone else makes excuses for whoever screwed up; no task is ever complete

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be afraid to spend money in appropriate places. Hire people who are qualified for a position, not just because they are your friend.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Difficult

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Astor & Black

    Pros

    If you're in sales, the company will roll out the red carpet for you. It's a cool brand to associate yourself with. If nothing else, the workplace is...educational.

    Cons

    The company is constantly in a state of big transitions. Communication between upper management and corporate staff is dismal. People are constantly stressed out. There are a few high performers that do everything while slackers go unnoticed. It's a frustrating environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Empower the work force to achieve the greatness you want from them. Improve communication and transparency. Get rid of dead weight.

    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    depends what you're looking for

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

    I have been working at Astor & Black

    Pros

    Lots of flexibility, laid back work environment, clothing incentives, young coworkers, woman-friendly, fast paced, internal mobility, growing company with lots of opportunity for the right fit

    Cons

    low opening pay rate, difficult parking, only one week vacation after a year of employment, no sick time until 1 year, can be chaotic and unprofessional, high turnover due to stressful situations and low compensation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    need to develop hr department and figure out true values of positions and not start everyone off at the same rate, more incentive programs and 401k program

    Approves of CEO

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