Astor & Black
3.3 of 5 6 reviews
astorandblack.com Columbus, OH 16 to 50 Employees

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Updated Jun 11, 2014

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Astor & Black CEO Richard A. Dent III

Richard A. Dent III


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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

    ConsAfter private equity sale the new owners did bad job.

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    Wear a lot of hats

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsSupervisor recognize efforts and hard work

    Consemployees took advantage of the work from home policy

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

    Professional Clothier (Former Employee)
    Columbus, OH

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

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Ok, but not well managed.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThe 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)!

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Difficult

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsIf 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.

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

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    depends what you're looking for

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsLots 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

    Conslow 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 Senior Managementneed 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

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