California Sun Centers Reviews

Updated July 21, 2015
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  1. Fun Place to work

    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Sacramento, CA

    I worked at California Sun Centers (More than a year)

    Pros

    It was a fun fast-paced atmosphere, not a hard job and you get commission.

    Cons

    Your hours depend on your sales.


  2. Floor Staff

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Floor Staff in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Floor Staff in Sacramento, CA

    I worked at California Sun Centers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    The only real pro about working at this job are the customers, some can be mean sometimes but getting the regulars and having small talk with them was the highlight of the shift You can EASILY get hired, they hire pretty much anyone, so it is insanely easy to get a job if you are looking for one. Also the co workers you get are a great element of the job. You do get lazy people but people quit so quickly that it doesn't really affect you in the long run. This would be a great first job for someone to get a little work experience on their resume.

    Cons

    There are way too many to count but some of the notable cons are the hours you get. The hours you get each week are based off the amount of sales you make, that is really easy if you get a lot of new customers who didn't own tanning lotion but it was brutal for the repeat customers. It is very hard to sell someone another bottle of lotion when they have a ton already. On a regular basis you close the shop alone so there is always that worry of someone robbing you, which did happen to two other stores while I worked there. Also for the amount they pay you per hour is not justifiable for the amount of work they require of you. Management comes down on you really hard for your lack of sales and that seems to be the only thing they care about instead of actually caring about you as the person and training you better. Not to mention that every past employee who still came in to tan would always talk crap about the company and previous management which you will soon come to realize after you leave the job. They really take advantage of the people who work hard and reward the slackers who don't do any other facet of their job besides sale lotion. They have an insane turnover rate and no wonder that is the case. Oh and if you stay there for longer then 5 months ( which makes you seniority, sadly enough) you can get the option to be promoted to trainer, but don't get too excited about that because they don't give you any pay increase, so you are getting paid the same as a regular floor staff if your new hires don't pan out and stay for a certain period of time.

    Advice to Management

    Management thinks trying to bribe you with gift cards and lotion samples will make the customer want to buy lotion, not the case. Stop being so absent from the stores and only let yourself be known when the end of the night comes and you call to say that Michael Blore is on your back about sales...that changes nothing. Tell upper management to stop spending so much money on stupid commercials and radio air time and just pay your employees a little more money and maybe invest that money for more frequent training instead. Stop hiring people from the outside to become manager, they have no clue how difficult the job is and they eventually quit. There were many many managers that couldn't take it and moved along.


  3. NOT WHAT I EXPECTED

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Salon Manager in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Salon Manager in Sacramento, CA

    I have been working at California Sun Centers part-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You work alone Customers are amazing All access to tanning

    Cons

    Upper management are rude Maintenance is lazy Little to no employees working Sales goal are shoved down your throat You work 7 days a week still not hitting 40 hours Pay is little to nothing , Not the best company to work for Defintely not what I expected and I will be looking else wear to manage

    Advice to Management

    Actually be about your lower management team help them where they struggle and quit looking down on them as if there peasants


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  5. Best job until management change.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Rocklin, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Rocklin, CA

    I have been working at California Sun Centers full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    This was an amazing job, free tanning , customers that came in were all very thankful and fun to chat with, you work alone and do your own thing for example no ones over your shoulder every minute telling you what to do. For the few minutes you talk and pick up your associates shift , they're super sweet and friendly. :)

    Cons

    Anyone above you (route driver , manager , people at corporate) will treat you like absolute sh**. Managers are very rude and push sales down your throat , and everyone you talk to with any type of power won't make friendly conversation and will give you the cold shoulder.

    Advice to Management

    DONT HIRE MANAGERS THAT TREAT THEIR ASSOCIATES LIKE PEASENTS.


  6. Horrible place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Rancho Cordova, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Rancho Cordova, CA

    I worked at California Sun Centers part-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    free tanning clients are very nice

    Cons

    expect to work 0-10 hours a week if you don't meet sales, you don't work. managers play favorites place seems nice at first,but employees are poorly trained high turn over rate

    Advice to Management

    Train your staff correctly, listen to your customers.


  7. All about SALES!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at California Sun Centers

    Pros

    The company will pay you to attend there sales classes and you get a lot of down time throughout your shifts because tanning isn't a very popular hobby these days. You pretty much take your lunch when ever you want and the company works well with your schedule if you have a second job or are in school.

    Cons

    If you can't handle the heat, don't waste your time. This company if HUGE on sales and if you aren't in company standards you will be coached.

    Advice to Management

    I think management here is great, but I do feel like the associates should have more flexibility with the uniform policy. I also think that associates shouldn't get chews out for having bad sales especially when it's slow season and nobody really wants to spend 50-100$ on lotion.


  8. Not what I expected...

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Salon Manager in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Salon Manager in Sacramento, CA

    I have been working at California Sun Centers part-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The customers are probably the best part of the job. They come in almost everyday excited to be there. They're fun, and funny, and you get to know some really awesome people. California Sun also has a great product to offer. They really do have the best beds in the business coupled with amazing lotions and cute clothes gives you a sense of pride in what you're offering the public.

    Cons

    I was offered a salon manager position with the promise of full time work, and benefits after 90-days. However, despite making my schedules every week, I never received the full time hours promised when I signed my offer. Upper management is uncaring. They don't help with issues, and provide very little guidance or training. But, you are expected to perform to a high level which, more often than not, is unknown. Sales are they're primary form of performance evaluation. You can be your customer's favorite salon, and favorite associate, but if your sales are low, you'll get the cold shoulder. Salon managers are expected to drop everything for their salon. You're on call during all business hours. And if someone is sick on your team, you're expected to cover, no mater what. It's a physically demanding job, with tanning being the only perk. The pay is very low, and you rarely, if ever, get praise for a job well done. Some might consider it a modern form of slavery. No wonder they have one of the highest attrition rates in California.

    Advice to Management

    Management training would be my recommendation. It was my experience that upper management thought their teams were guilty until proven innocent, and expected the worst even if it wasn't merited. In my opinion, it's best to partner with your teams and give them the benefit of the doubt until they no longer deserve it. I often felt belittled, and preyed upon in my position; like I was easily replaced, and not an asset. That's a horrible feeling to experience everyday. Management should work on follow through and dependability. It's important to be the example, then you'll get the same from your team. It's hard to expect to get your team in the office everyday and ready to work, if you never do what you promise!



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