Baer's Furniture

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Baer's Furniture Reviews

Updated July 11, 2014
Updated July 11, 2014
12 Reviews
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12 Reviews
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  1.  

    10 years and still LOVE my job!

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    Current Employee - Design Consultant in Sarasota, FL
    Current Employee - Design Consultant in Sarasota, FL

    I have been working at Baer's Furniture full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Baer's Family is wonderful and hands over 50 Million in stock goods to deliver, Number one Tommy Bahama dealer in the Nation, Great brands, and a Great family! I am in the Sarasota store and there are many other Furniture stores here I could work for but This company is awesome!

    Cons

    New sales people that come from other companies who don't understand we are not a high pressure sales bag um and tag um kind of place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If I ever have any ideas for the company, the Bear family door has always been open.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work.

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    Current Employee - Office in Boca Raton, FL
    Current Employee - Office in Boca Raton, FL

    I have been working at Baer's Furniture full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I love the people I work with.

    Cons

    Good benefits. Good people.
    Beautiful furniture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We should have office staff recruiting at another location and ready to work when coming into stores. Schedule needs to be efficient.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Nothing to advance nor learn

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    Current Employee - Interior Design Sales in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Interior Design Sales in Miami, FL

    I have been working at Baer's Furniture full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Greatest vendor selection, multiple lines of manufacturers. Zero or low micromanagement

    Cons

    Work aprox. 45 hours weekly with zero salary, but commissions just do not compensate the time. Excessive down time. Female Baer has no idea about design much less Miami's multi culture, nor does she care (mind you, that high end culture is the one they should be catering too). She is also extremely rude, and has no regard for courtesies. Office staff is underpaid and/or undermined as well as all commissioned sales. There is favoritism toward sales personnel. Medical benefits? Horrible. Deductible extremely high.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Problem is not management. Problem are the owners.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Was misled when hired.

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    Current Employee - Design Consultant in Fort Myers, FL
    Current Employee - Design Consultant in Fort Myers, FL

    I have been working at Baer's Furniture full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Large clean store with varied selections. Made some nice friends with some of the employees.

    Cons

    I have worked in commissioned furniture sales for many years. This is not a place where you can earn a living. I was recently promoted to designer and am still not getting by. I will be looking elsewhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees kindly and pay them a fair commission. They will be happier to come to work and be more productive instead of being depressed and desperate.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Battleground Favoritism

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    Former Employee - Design Consultant in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Design Consultant in Miami, FL

    I worked at Baer's Furniture full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Varied vendors, great selection, lots of advertising

    Cons

    Seasoned salespeople that cheat their way to the door, lie to customers if they ask for a specific designer, give discounts to get ahead, specific salespeople are favored by the Baers and their corporate leads, it's a battleground for survival which makes salespeople moonlight on outside private design practice or refers customers to other colleagues at Thomasville to get a referral fee.
    No base salary. Very high medical insurance, very very high revolving turnover. No professional development, no time to even try to venture on the side yet one salesperson does it. Home calls are not followed up on. Office staff is underpaid. Female Baer is a bully and has no concept of true design, style, and doesn't know her cultures. If you're a true designer this is not the place for you. Go work in a real estate development or a design studios. This is just another "El Dorado Furniture" with the branded furnishings behind them. Royal Partners in Design in Key Largo pays 12%. Commissions ...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pity but sales managers are following orders to keep the shark cheaters and rid the professional designers. They really want you to speed thru the sale by selling what they have. Never mind special orders nor space planning.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    A Great Place for Well Experienced Salesperson

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Salesperon in Altamonte Springs, FL
    Former Employee - Salesperon in Altamonte Springs, FL

    I worked at Baer's Furniture full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    - There is potential to earn money if you have prior sales experience
    - The typical clientele has disposable income to spend and will buy more than one piece of furniture
    - There is a wide variety of products to sell at various price points
    - There isn't any show-rooming. Customers couldn't find the furniture online and use their cellphones to find better prices.

    Cons

    - Other salespeople are cut-throat and are only out for themselves, in other words, very competitive
    - If you don't know how to handle walk-in customers and gain trust quickly you can lose out on sales quickly. I saw too many salespeople that couldn't assess people's body language, personal space, and attitudes. Customers would literally run away from salespeople.
    - Weekdays can be slow, and everyone has to work on weekends.
    - There were little to no bonuses around Christmas or end of the year. I was offered a $30 bonus which we all chipped in to the manager to have a Christmas party at the manager's house.
    - There is no overtime. If you are not selling you are expected to spend your life at the store.
    - The furniture industry is very sensitive to economic factors. The housing bubble decimated this industry and Baer's Furniture wasn't aware of the future trends in 2008. The company tried to rapidly expand by buying land instead of holding onto liquid capital before the housing bubble crashed. This mismanagement of capital hurt the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Stop advertising in local newspapers, especially in areas that do not have a high amount of retirees. It's an archaic and outdated way to advertise. There should be a modern approach to marketing such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, etc. Start involving the community in more reach out programs. Little league teams, public parks or anything that builds a better brand image.
    - You can't create the same brand image in Central Florida as you did in Southern Florida. Baer's may have been around for a long time in Ft. Lauderdale/ Miami, but not in other areas of Florida. The demographics in Florida vary across the state and each area should target the major demographic, especially when it comes to the selection of furniture.
    - Listen more to your salespeople and their ideas. Upper management and the owners show up for store meeting with their ideas and do not always sit down to talk to people individually about their ideas.
    - Work on a better supply chain. Baer's Furniture isn't up to date on their computer systems and software. Update the system and it will eventually pay for itself.
    - Make Bobby Baer retire. There isn't any need for someone as old as him to be in charge. Give him busy work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    A Most Unpleasant Experience

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Miami, FL

    I have been working at Baer's Furniture full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Air Conditioned and good parking

    Cons

    We have no trianing in customer service-All employees are lazy and don't return calls.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train your employees in the products and in customer service

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Family Company that treats employees fairly.

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    Former Employee - Interior Design Sales in Naples, FL
    Former Employee - Interior Design Sales in Naples, FL

    I worked at Baer's Furniture full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Stage is well set for profitable earnings. All bases are well covered for selling products in well maintained showrooms. Management, admin staff, and design/furniture sales professionals are respectful of each other most of the time. Bad eggs fire themselves.

    Cons

    Constant advertised sales. Too many, too complicated, too misleading for shoppers. Delivery issues that upset customers with damages and late schedules. Daily operation of this magnitude in retail furnishings is never smooth. Management decisions are not always easy, but usually reflect the big picture of keeping the company going and employing several hundred people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to suggestions of employees who are trying to service your customers well. Control favors to "pets" and let others feel they are heard. Let the appropriate customer complaints go to the delivery contractor for ownership.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Cheating Salespeople Wanted

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    Former Employee - Design Consultant in Pinecrest, FL
    Former Employee - Design Consultant in Pinecrest, FL

    I worked at Baer's Furniture

    Pros

    Variety of vendors was the best option provided together with an excellent sales manager; however they've invested millions of dollars on what Carl's left behind and they cannot come afloat.

    They've managed to get their manufacturers to advertise their own products and relieve their overhead.

    Cons

    They fired all their best talented designers because they wanted cheating salespeople with or without design ability; they're becoming another El Dorado Furniture in their turnover of sales associate.

    Their medical insurance has a very high deductible. They provide no base salary plus commissions. It's becoming a war ground among sales people because they cannot be called designers any longer.

    They rely solely on walk-in customers and do not target the high end foreign community. They will work their employees to the ground with no recognition especially the female Baer

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Demeaning, very unprofessional and technogoly deficient

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Fort Myers, FL
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Fort Myers, FL

    I worked at Baer's Furniture

    Pros

    Hours of operation, employee discount

    Cons

    Very unprofessional atmosphere. Management encourages backstabbing and unprofessional customer service in an attempt to make the environment competetive among salespeople. In many cases, fighting for customers in front of customers was considered acceptable, including by managers.

     Manager would consistently put his code into the computer to share in salespeoples commissions.

     Designers are discouraged from leaving the store to do in-home consultations. Managers feel their time is better spent on the salesfloor waiting for a new customer to walk in the door rather than offer in home measuring and design services (which they advertise).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you treat professional salespeople like professionals, and create an atmoshpere of teamwork, it would build customer loyalty and not let customers be treated like a number. By encouraging petty infighting you are reducing the value of your brand.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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