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Updated Jul 28, 2014

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2.3 11 reviews

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Torben Paulin

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20% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Talent is lost on this corporate modal that purports to be truly interested in their employees

    Sales (Former Employee)

    ProsThe training is in depth and the fellow employees and in store management are energetic, enthusiastic and supportive. The physical space is attractive and always evolving.

    ConsSales expectations are unrealistic on a consistent basis given the size of staff and the individual set goals - you are only as good as your last month - even if you had many good months previously. If you have true design talent it is wasted here - there are set ways to put things together - it is best to have a "sell now and worry about the aftermath later" kind of attitude - a real culture of get the sale no matter what (got to make those quotas!) - even if it is not the best option for the customer. The quality is not where it should be for the cost.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to the professionals you hired as a real window into the actual customer base and stop throwing around the "directive jargon of the month" as dictated to you.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great corporation, bad franchise

    Design Consultant (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsGreat corporate company to work for, fun, easy, all about progressive growth. Cool training programs, fun athmosphere, great worldwide network with positive executive/corporate influences.

    ConsBad franchise in the NYC area if you aren't Asian then you don't stand a chance to survive. They are very discriminating. Lot of people quit because of the unpaid overtime and the rest get fired because they have a bad month, threaten loss of commission and deduction in pay

    Advice to Senior ManagementTone down the ego, if you close your first location and open a outlet, business can't be that good for you so make use of what you have and stop being greedy. Its killing your business.

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

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    Sales

    Sales (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsMeet new and interesting people, commission plus salary

    Consco workers and managers stealing sales

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Abuse of Talent & Personnel

    Sales (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsFairly large company, with many locations.

    ConsFranchised, keep strict guideline on how their products are sold, but not on how their employees are treated (who personify their brand). Franchisees not held accountable.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf you have enough resources for secret shoppers, you should also have enough resources to gage how the employees that represent your brand are being treated, to the point of exploitation.

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

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    Not a positive environment.

    Design Consultant (Former Employee) Brooklyn, NY

    ProsTraining of new products was very good and I must say that this was one of the highlights of BoConcept, the company. All of the Sales ROM's were very well educated on new and existing products and got back to you with any info you needed. Parties were a very common event at the New York franchise.

    ConsAt the Brooklyn location where it was mostly quiet there was alot of down time. This meant that the Sales Staff had to come up with different methods of increasing business. Since the franchise owner had no Public Relations or Marketing Department. We would often in the summer go around the neighborhood in the morning and hand out heavy catalogs to new housing developments to increase business. They said this was our job because we worked on commission and it would only help us.

    It was also not uncommon to come in on our days off, without pay to work on projects to close a customer sale.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease be more supportive to your sales staff instead of making them feel bad for not being as strong as someone else might be.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Being happy in your job is what it is all about

    Sales (Current Employee) Bellevue, WA

    ProsI love talking to the customers, and the other sales clerks.

    ConsNot enough time off for personal reasons. Our prices are so high, that having less people on the floor would not have any impact on sales. With Crate and Barrel, Pottery Barn and Nordstrom across the street with lower prices, it is hard getting sales completed.
    I don't like explaining our philosophy to philistines.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe more understanding to your employees needs.

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

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    Great work culture, perks and people

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe people are the best. Very friendly, open and helpful. You definately feel like a part of the family when working there as everyone around the world keeps in touch. They train you every step of the way.

    ConsCan be a bit stressful as directives come from Denmark and you get no say in how things are run.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI think better communication is sometimes needed as it can be hard to know what is going on around the world.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Incompetent

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsI was with the company for many years, and the only positive was my same-level co-workers.

    ConsNo accountability for incompetent franchisees, and no monitoring of their behaviour towards staff. Unclear management structure that is too personal and friendly with the owners of the franchises, therefore no support for staff with concerns. Staff often left to run all aspects of the franchise, a fact which is not exclusive to the store I was part of. NO COMMISSION structure on low wages which were paid sporadically. LAZY OWNERS and uncaring national managers with appalling ideas on how things should be run. No room for progression as such tight, closed off management structure. A ridiculous company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementConsider a reorganisation and reconsideration of the running of the company.

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

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    Young environment

    Sales (Former Employee) Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    Pros- Young environment
    - Friendly co-workers
    - good benefits (dental mostly covered, bc medical covered)

    Cons- Hard to compete with a much larger furniture store in the same building
    - Highly priced for its quality made selling quite difficult
    - Pressure for high sales

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A management team that shy away from conflicts and poor salary

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsInternational atmosphere, highend design, quick descision from thought to action

    ConsVery unstructured approach to strategy and people-management. Not good respect for competencies, and a management team without sufficient academic background

    Advice to Senior ManagementDo strategy and stick to it. Have respect for employees professional competencies and start looking on a more lean way of doing business.

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

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