Calico Corners

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Calico Corners Reviews

Updated October 6, 2014
Updated October 6, 2014
59 Reviews
2.2
59 Reviews
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Pros
  • A creative atmosphere, extensive and thorough training program, generous employee discount program (in 11 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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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    In home consultant

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - In Home Consultant
    Current Employee - In Home Consultant

    I have been working at Calico Corners full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The customers are awesome. As an in home, it's nice to go out and work in the customers home on a one on one basis.

    Cons

    Back stabbing by co-workers gets old fast. Hard for part timers to meet quotas. Your quota is set by how many hours you work. The more you work the more you must sell.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should have some design experience or a really good understanding of the product we sell.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Grossly underpaid and abusive SPH goals!!

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    Former Employee - Design Consultant in Laguna Hills, CA
    Former Employee - Design Consultant in Laguna Hills, CA

    I worked at Calico Corners full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Generous employee discount and beautiful textiles. The early training is very beneficial and thorough, especially for those who don't have a interior design background.

    Cons

    The company has not stayed current with technology. They demand that their design associates perform at a very minimum of 14 to 15 times your hourly wage. If you fail to meet the grossly exaggerated sales goals, you are written up and warned that you may be at risk of being terminated. At $12.00 an hour, it is abusive. The design associates job (many of which are design educated) requires an extreme attention to detail, extensive knowledge of window treatments along with hardware knowledge and an ability to work creatively. The company has no marketing or advertising program in place to bring in the type of "customer" that can afford Calico's "custom product and services".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    All design associates should be In-Home Design Consultants. Pay your employees a decent life's wage. Understand your market (not every demographic is like Arlington, VA) and set realistic goals. Get on top of your technology (e.g., design software on iPads so customers can better visualize what is being designed for them). Get out of the re-upholstery business. You are retail (the middleman) and your prices are over-the-top. Stop taking advantage of customers by overselling and over quoting yardage "required" for a "project". Step up your advertising and marketing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Unappreciated

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Orlando, FL

    I have been working at Calico Corners full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Public reputation is great, repeat business opportunities.

    Cons

    Owners do not acknowledge or compensate employees with a design education and 20+ years trade experience! They dismiss the value for the skills one needs to accurately preform soup to nuts soft treatment design services. Only willing to pay $8.00 hour!!!!! Insulting. Also, the commissioned floor is a free for all frenzy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect the knowledge you demand of your employees. Compensate fairly and validate the abundance of skills needed by positively recognizing ones individual contribution under the company's name. Support, highlight and promote the individual with pride.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Creative atmosphere, extensive training, but low wages and mismanagement.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - In Home Design Consultant
    Former Employee - In Home Design Consultant

    I worked at Calico Corners part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    A creative atmosphere, extensive and thorough training program, generous employee discount program.

    Cons

    Low salaries/pay, management that is immune to the needs of their employees, an unrealistically high incentive program

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Calico could take a lesson from the Market Basket chain in MA. If you want to have the benefits of capitalism you have to absorb the costs. $12.00 per hour for the level of expertise that is required to do this job effectively is an embarrassment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Complete disconnect betwen the management team at corporate and the sales staff at the stores.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - In Home Consultant in Phila, PA
    Current Employee - In Home Consultant in Phila, PA

    I have been working at Calico Corners full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Customers, furniture, hardware, trims and fabrics. These things make the job fun.

    Cons

    The high level managent is completely disconnected from the current sales market. The monthly goals that we are expected to meet are not evenly distributed among the stores. The stretch goal is so high that less than 10% of the stores can make a bonus whereas 50% of stores have increases over LY. When you do reach the stretch goal, the bonus is a pitance vs the hard work, long hours and pettiness of the sales team who are paid a %of their sales.the payroll manager, thee vp of stores and the company president are dillusional as to the current spending habits of our customer base. Also, they do not make an effort to spend money on marketing. They need to get our name out there and get people in the door.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay the store managers a bonus based on sales over LY. Get rid of this stupid stretch goal insanity. It does not encourage the staff it demoralizes them.
    Spend money on making the stores as beautiful as the products we sell. Spend money on marketing. You have to spend money to make money Burt and Julie. Keeping all the money in your pockets is not helping morale in the stores, especially stores in horrible locations. People don't walk into stores they can't find.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lost job in 2009 after 21 years at Corporate. I loved working there up to last couple years with new President who he

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Calico Corners full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    I used to love how good it felt ti see the company doing better.

    Cons

    The new leadership helped drag company down from how great it used to be

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too late for that now I hear the culture is worse then ever

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

    Great place to work, very pleased :)

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Design Consultant in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Design Consultant in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Calico Corners part-time (more than an year)

    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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Place to Learn

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Part Time Sales Associate
    Current Employee - Part Time Sales Associate

    I have been working at Calico Corners part-time (more than an year)

    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
  10.  

    in home design consultant

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Calico Corners

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Working Saturdays can sometimes be hard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Underpaid and under equipped

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - In Home Consultant in Scottsdale, AZ
    Former Employee - In Home Consultant in Scottsdale, AZ

    I worked at Calico Corners part-time (more than an year)

    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

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