Bob's Stores

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Bob's Stores Reviews

Updated August 14, 2014
Updated August 14, 2014
30 Reviews

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Excellent culture, strong communication from boardroom to store level.

    Cons

    Small company, lack of promotability

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Draining and frustrating

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate  in  Meriden, CT
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Meriden, CT

    Pros

    Works with schedule amazingly. You can't get most days off that you need without a problem. There is plenty of room to grow within the company if you're willing to learn and put forth your energy. There is also so much you can learn about store operations if you talk to the right people. Its a good start for a person new to the workforce.

    Cons

    Be careful with every single move you make because if you say the wrong thing to the wrong person it could get you written up or fired. This company is very strict on the "stupid, petty" stuff, but not strict on much of anything else. There are no benefits and awful pay for part timers. A person will make minimum wage starting off, and continue to make that for at least a year. Training is extremely rough, it is practically sink or swim,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on your management team better

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Retail

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate  in  Patchogue, NY
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Patchogue, NY

    Pros

    Very flexible with schedules. It is easy to take time off, you just have to give them two weeks notice.

    Cons

    Hours are inconsistent, one week you will get a lot of hours and the next you can get very little. Pay is low, only get raises once every year. Usually around .34 cent raise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat employees better.

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  5.  

    Very understanding and helpful

    Current Employee - Service Desk  in  Hamden, CT
    Current Employee - Service Desk in Hamden, CT

    Pros

    Worked well with me in regards to scheduling while away at school and during summer

    Cons

    Limited hours and low hourly wage

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get yourself involved with sales associate duties more often

  6.  

    Things really went downhill.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate
    Current Employee - Sales Associate

    Pros

    Managers are wonderful - will become some of your best friends. Great team of people, extremely flexible scheduling.

    Cons

    Can feel like a free-for-all - not many rules or regulations are enforced. Most recent CEO put the company in serious debt so now employees who have been there 2+ years aren't receiving more than 10-15 hours per week compared to minimum wage high school students.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More transparency about company policies/changes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Great Company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Retail Associate  in  Newington, CT
    Current Employee - Retail Associate in Newington, CT

    Pros

    I have worked at both the HQ and the retail store and both are great places to work. Great environment and management. Everyone is very friendly, and the management team is always understanding and helpful when needing time-off. In the retail front, it's minimum wage way, but there are possible yearly raises. The company gives employees, even part-time employees, room to grow. Many people in the HQ started off as retail associates. Great place to work. I would highly recommend this company.

    Cons

    Obviously, not many benefits for a part -time employee, but that's to be expected. The job can sometimes be boring and I've seen many people quit after a month. But if you stick with it, it's a very fulfilling job.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Sr team

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    Current Employee - IT Department  in  Hartford, CT
    Current Employee - IT Department in Hartford, CT

    Pros

    The old management team was the best! Great people

    Cons

    Long hours, on call 24/7/365

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Boring, poor store placement, no sales

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Footwear Sales  in  Billerica, MA
    Former Employee - Footwear Sales in Billerica, MA

    Pros

    The managers were good guys, and the other employees were a great bunch of kids. Pay was better than my previous job and was negotiable. Interview process was quick and easy.

    Cons

    The store was in a horrible location and no one ever came in! You would work at 6 AM stocking shelves and be bored out of your mind by noon when the store was empty. They also use on call shifts, so you never know if you are working until an hour beforehand.

    Had problems with one manager. Made me work from 5 AM-1PM on Christmas Eve even after I requested it off months ahead of time to go on a vacation with my family. Also, was sick one day, came in at 6 AM anyway, and when I took some time to use the bathroom, this manager wrote me up for "taking too long to do my work", even after I came in sick and worked because I knew at 6 AM no one else was going to take the shift.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better store placement. Sell some modern products. All the shoes and clothing are suitable for the late 90s/early 2000s but not for today. Also, open an online store. Its 2014, how are you staying afloat with no online presence? And people wonder why Amazon is winning the retail war...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    A few bad apples can spoil the bunch.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Meriden, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Meriden, CT

    Pros

    Good team mates to work with.

    Cons

    What was once a very beautiful culture has been devastated by a very poor senior management team - some new to the organization and some who sadly and simply folded - choosing to go with the flow. The senior team has unraveled the culture and unraveled the team - all while not improving sales significantly. So I ask, to what end?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen when people give you feedback. Shed your arrogance - you are not always right. Respect the team - perhaps they would do more if they felt you cared about them. And to those who just went with the flow, it's poor form to not support your people. People are how you meet your goals and earnings!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Great first job if your willing to push

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Service Desk
    Current Employee - Service Desk

    Pros

    Flexible and fair scheduling, progressively gain responsibilities, overall good coworkers, overall dedicated field management

    Cons

    Wages are too low to keep good employees around, and opportunity for growth is sporadic. Since the majority of staff is part time at the store level their is a gap in effort.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great changes since 2013, the years before corporate was pretty stagnant. Take more consideration from store teams and their management, it's helpful to get the feedback we verbally receive from the customer as well as what they say to you when you reach out.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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