Cato Fashions

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Cato Fashions Reviews

Updated October 21, 2014
Updated October 21, 2014
72 Reviews
2.8
72 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Employee discount, flexible schedule, always a chance for advancement (in 7 reviews)

  • Great place to work while in school or if you love retail (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Very low pay, not enough hours to provide necessary floor coverage, micromanagement (in 11 reviews)

  • Secondly, being a part time assistant manager is just putting someone in limbo (in 6 reviews)

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  1.  

    I really enjoyed working there

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    Former Employee - Second Assistant Manager in Wetumpka, AL
    Former Employee - Second Assistant Manager in Wetumpka, AL

    I worked at Cato Fashions part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Enjoy working with the public & meeting people

    Cons

    The job can get a little stressful at times, but a good place to work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cato Fashions full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule with a close group of fun, non gossiping women. Depending on your store manager, you may even be blessed with a Christian manager. 20% discount on all merchandise .

    Cons

    The lack of hours to efficiently run the store. Very heavy workload with minimum pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice is to really listen to your field staff. DMs don't coach your staffs to say what upper management want to hear, let them speak the truth. The unrealistic expectations may not be so unrealistic if they could speak the truth without being punished for it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Cato

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Palm Bay, FL
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Palm Bay, FL

    I worked at Cato Fashions full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The job had good hours

    Cons

    Management could do better with organization

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Not great....

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cato Fashions

    Pros

    Customers are great. Great product.

    Cons

    Upper management is stressed out and puts pressure on others.

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very Understanding, Loving People!

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    Current Employee - Second Assistant Manager
    Current Employee - Second Assistant Manager

    I have been working at Cato Fashions full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Paid time off, discounts, able to work around prior engagements, upbeat associates and higher-ups

    Cons

    Pushing customers and having to say a paragraph to them as soon as they walk in! Not enough hours to go around, even with getting great scores on secret shops and good inventory turn-outs, the company is stingy. My pay rate for an assistant manager position? 8 dollars. I can go to Rue 21 and make 13 for the same position! People who are above you take their power for granted, and let it go to their head. Unprofessional higher ups, at times. Company is always pushing you to invest in stock. You have to wait 6 months after you get promoted to receive paid time off, way too long of a wait.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    District managers: Don't let the power go to your head. Yelling and cursing in front of 10 customers in the store and joking about how you love to go home and take a couple swigs of a certain beverage is extremely unprofessional, talking about associates you don't like is childish. We're here to work, not gossip.

    John Cato: Payless, right next door? Pays my position 3 dollars more than what you're paying me. Rue 21 pays 5 dollars more. Maybe its time to rethink that, yeah? In one hour of work, I can pay for 2 gallons of milk.

    Whoever is making us upset the customer as soon as they come in: THE CUSTOMERS DO NOT LIKE IT. The pricing strategy and online ordering pushes them away, why can't we just offer our help if they need it and let them shop?

    Store managers: You deserve more money.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Senior 1st assistant manager

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    Current Employee - Senior First Assistant Manager
    Current Employee - Senior First Assistant Manager

    I have been working at Cato Fashions full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Its easy to become close with coworkers, which makes work more enjoyable

    PTO and holidays are great

    Cons

    Work too hard for not enough pay

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great, friendly atmosphere! Love the open door policy and fast growth!

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    Current Employee - Allocation Analyst in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Allocation Analyst in Charlotte, NC

    I have been working at Cato Fashions full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Training provided, open door policy, 8-5 no weekends. Great supervisors and managers.

    Cons

    I have nothing bad to say about Cato Fashions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing, great company to work for!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Fun place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cato Fashions

    Pros

    Fun place great customers great atmosphere

    Cons

    You are expected to do the work of 3 people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase your pay or lower your expectations

  10.  

    Overworked

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    Current Employee - Store Manager in Front Royal, VA
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Front Royal, VA

    I have been working at Cato Fashions full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I do enjoy my job . Just a lot of hours not enough pay . Definitely a great experience.

    Cons

    A lot of hours . High turnover rate . No life outside of work .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay a bit more .

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Sales Associate

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in San Antonio, TX

    I have been working at Cato Fashions part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Discount on clothes ! Clearance items

    Cons

    Low pay, hardly ANY customers, GOSSIPING managers, store to store drama, NO part time help, staying open later on Sunday's if the store's "numbers" aren't met for the day, SECRET SHOPPER.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Company values don't matter at my location. No type of perks. I've been at my store for a year and will be leaving soon because I found a way better full time job. Thought about staying on as a part timer but too much store drama and gossiping management so I won't be sticking around.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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