Calico Corners

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Calico Corners Reviews

Updated July 16, 2014
Updated July 16, 2014
61 Reviews

2.5
61 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Employee discount - available after 90 days (in 9 reviews)

  • Beautiful fabrics and finished products, good employee discounts, great coworkers, close to home (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • There is also little pay raise, or no pay raise for part-time employees (in 4 reviews)

  • All new sales associates enticed with FT hours (in 3 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great place to work, very pleased :)

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Design Consultant  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Design Consultant in San Diego, CA

    Pros

    Working in a creative environment with non-mall hours ROCKS. A true platform to grow.

    Cons

    Technology is being updated- yay, but please hurry ;)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep supporting and growing the company. And for those complaining about goals being too high, you are lazy liars! This company is awesome and I hope to retire here many decades from now!!!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great Place to Learn

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Part Time Sales Associate
    Current Employee - Part Time Sales Associate

    Pros

    Nice, helpful staff, good manager, hours are good, decent training but could be improved. You learn a lot and become quite verse on many aspects of interior design.

    Cons

    Poor commission structure and low hourly rate for the skill level and sales goals that is required for this job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your staff better, invest in the look of the stores and the people. Store is looking very tired, dated and old...needs major overhaul.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    in home design consultant

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great Job, Great discount and super fun to go to work every day.

    Cons

    Working Saturdays can sometimes be hard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Underpaid and under equipped

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    Former Employee - In Home Consultant  in  Scottsdale, AZ
    Former Employee - In Home Consultant in Scottsdale, AZ

    Pros

    People are wonderful. even at corporate. they are really interested in making it a better company and want to know what you have to say.

    Cons

    grossly underpaid staff. very difficult to make a good living and the tools are incredibly outdated!! they want to be high end but haven't established it yet. very slow moving. lots of outdated systems and a lot of paperwork.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pay people! full time workers are imperative for client relationships. part time is too difficult to manage projects. seasonal employees to help delegate work and no sales goals on the floor will make it a more pleasant experience for all. way too much work for not enough pay causes the great people to leave.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Liked the job but beware of management!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Labor Coordinator  in  Wilmette, IL
    Former Employee - Labor Coordinator in Wilmette, IL

    Pros

    I was at Calico for 10 years starting as part-time on the sales floor and ending as full-time Labor Coordinator. Not a traditional retail operation because holiday times were not the busiest season. I enjoyed the people I worked with and the responsibilities of the back office experience. Working as an liaison between client, sales associate, and work rooms to ensure the custom product was delivery correctly was a challenge I enjoyed and the pay was fair.

    Cons

    During my 10 years at the company, I worked under 3 managers. The high turnover should say it all! My last manager truly had some anger-management issues and has since left the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advise to management would be to allow each store a little more individuality and update your image for the current market.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Company is behind the times

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Discount, holidays, Discount, Discount , Oh did I mention Discount

    Cons

    They require employees to do a job that should pay at least $20-$25/hour for $10./hr. This is not really a retail job. They also have a in home program that needs to be revamped. All Design Associates/Consultants should be in homes. and save the company money. They have tunnel vision.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your Design Associates/Consultants well and allow all to do In homes. You will have less turn around on In Homes, increase profits and present a better company image. Also spend money on tecnology. New store music system does not help sell.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Adapting slowly to the internet age

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Part Time Sales Associate  in  Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Part Time Sales Associate in Sacramento, CA

    Pros

    They have really beautiful, high-quality fabrics and furniture, really happy return customers, and the sales associates/designers had the ability to establish excellent working relationships with customers, who would come back to work with them repeatedly. Training was very thorough and ongoing. I learned a great deal about furniture construction and window treatment installation. Employees were helpful to each other, and treated each other with professional courtesy.

    Cons

    They have gone through some severe growing pains, and seem to have lost their focus. They once catered to do-it-yourself types, but now prefer to sell their fabrication services instead. The transition came at an already low point in the overall economy. Morale was very low at the corporate level, but this was probably due to the changes, which included many layoffs. The amount of incentive (sales commissions) that it was possible to make was exaggerated by the hiring manager, but I suspected it was too good to be true, and so went in with realistic expectations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be realistic with your employees about the sales they are or should be capable of. I didn't know anyone who wasn't trying their best, yet the manager was unhappy with everyone. Performance reviews were a dreaded experience. Our store had high turnover in the years before it closed, and people mentioned the general manager as the main reason.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company in trouble. Poor management and training. Low pay.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Beautiful fabrics and fun helping customers with their design needs

    Cons

    No respect for employees. Hire unqualified people and expect them to hit the floor selling without much training. They use customers as training tools which customers pick on how inexperienced staff really is.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect staff and pay them for what they are expected to do! Hire more competent store managers. No more sales shark attitudes - it turns customers off and they leave and don't come back.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    In Home Consultant

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    Former Employee - In Home Consultant
    Former Employee - In Home Consultant

    Pros

    For retail it has great hours and the employee discount was a nice perk.

    Cons

    Corporate not well organized, need to reevaluate the pay structure. Management seemed disinterested in their position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get involved with the sales associates and designers to create a more harmonious atmosphere. Need to create more excitement!!!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Dis illusioned

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Store Manager
    Current Employee - Store Manager

    Pros

    Creativity, great store hours, lovely customers

    Cons

    Company has lost it's human touch

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Store managers are the backbone of the company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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