Cato Reviews

Updated August 26, 2015
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Cato Chairman, President, and CEO John P. Derham Cato
John P. Derham Cato
45 Ratings

Pros
  • Getting a first look at new clothing (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • No Room For Advancement Beyond Associate (in 6 reviews)

  • They tell everyone they have management potential, but you have to start from the bottom and there is no room for advancement (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Good work environment

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate
    Former Employee - Sales Associate
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cato part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Loving people to work and be around a very friendly environment all like a big family

    Cons

    Not very flexible with you schedule don't give you a lot of house and you do way to much work for $7.45 an hour


  2. My view

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    Current Employee - First Assistant Manager in Athens, TN
    Current Employee - First Assistant Manager in Athens, TN
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The job itself it good. It enables you to balance your family and your job.

    Cons

    Pay is horrible, it doesn't matter how much experience you have you get the base pay.

    Advice to Management

    My immediate management is great.


  3. Can be better company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    No matter if you are a normal sales associate you get to do deposits and you get to handle money which is always handy to have that experience.

    Cons

    I believe we do too much for min wage ($8.05)


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Manager

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    Former Employee - First Assistant Store Manager in Pearland, TX
    Former Employee - First Assistant Store Manager in Pearland, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It is fun and rewarding to work with such amazing customers, products and amazing services. You meet the most amazing people who make your day.

    Cons

    Management and pay, Cato treats their assistant managers and sales associates really awful when it comes to pay and management. Their store managers are lazy and expect for their team to do everything for them while they reap the benefits.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more, analyze your store managers every year, spy on them because they lie and take advantage of their staff. Your district managers can only do so much. And when you hear a complaint adhere to it bcuz it could be the truth and act accordingly.


  6. Meh

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Freedom with Merchandising Close knit feeling with co-workers and customers If you're willing to work they'll give you the hours

    Cons

    Too much drama Strict Salary range Management is really disconnected with what's happening in stores No Room to grow in company at all

    Advice to Management

    Discipline those who deserve discipline and rewards those who deserve to be rewarded. Also, there are customers who get annoyed because associates keep talking to them in order to fulfill goals.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Working for Cato

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    If you are into fashion then Cato is a great place to work. This is the main reason I love my job I'm surrounded by clothes, shoes and accessories everyday!

    Cons

    The con would be the pay. I have worked in retail before and I understand that is just the industry unfortunately, but you will never keep good people without paying them. Retail is hard work and I think all who work in this field need a raise.

    Advice to Management

    Push customer service would be my advice to management, If your not a million dollar store currently, you will be practicing that. And also, up the employee discount, we can't hold clothes so make them cheaper for the employees to buy! :) Just a thought.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Okay...better for part time work

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    Former Employee - Senior First Assistant Manager in Decatur, AL
    Former Employee - Senior First Assistant Manager in Decatur, AL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cato full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, but sometimes that mean working all day. Great if you enjoy new things and fashion.

    Cons

    Some stores close at 9, some at 8. That's pretty long hours if you opened the store at 9. Full time is only 32 to 34 hours a week if you are not store manager. There can be heavy lifting. The stores get shipments once a week. That could be anywhere from 30 to 200+ boxes.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Cato

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexibe hours and great environment

    Cons

    Not enough time to finish tasks


  10. So unappreciative it kills morale

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate
    Former Employee - Sales Associate
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The discount was a nice benefit.

    Cons

    Hours. Amount of tasks required in a limited time. Absolutely ridiculous goals and amount of pressure to produce for the hours and salary received.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate your employees. I was an honest, dependable adult looking for a part-time employment but was not any more appreciated than an unfocused high-schooler.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Great company, little pay.

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    Current Employee - First Assistant Manager
    Current Employee - First Assistant Manager
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Cato full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    *Great benefits package *Very forgiving with mistakes *A lot of learning opportunities *Monthly bonus for management if you meet store sales goal *Accrual of PTO *Yearly review with possible raise

    Cons

    *Very little pay for the work expected *Not many incentives offered *Not many opportunities for advancement past 1st Assistant Manager *Company as a whole does not seem to appreciate their employees *Due to them being very forgiving with mistakes it is sometimes hard to let go of an employee *Raises are not much

    Advice to Management

    Ensuring everything is done as a team, making everyone feel appreciated and giving credit where credit is due are ESSENTIAL to keeping your employees.



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