I worked at Conway full-time for more than 8 years
Pros – Freedom, ability to write your own schedule and work around your personal life issues if your management. The Vice President of operations is excellent to work for
Cons – 1. Annual raises are inconsistent and never on time. As an example for the past seven years the review is in Jan and the raise might come through in august or not at all and you have to ask to get one.
2. The company will not fix equipment or buildings to prevent spending money at the expense of employees and customers well being. As a district manager I have had buildings with broken air conditioners, constant roof leaks and rat/mice infestations that the company will not repair or will take several months to repair.
3. The company is a multi hundred million dollar company but the buying philosophy is send the stores Tons of goods , pile it high and hope it flys but offer little to no payroll to get the job done and do little to no planning of what inventory the store actually needs
4. There is 10 mandatory 6 day work weeks during all major holidays during the year. You get a benefit day for the 6th day but not the holiday, so in essence you never get a holiday paid.
5. The bathrooms and employee break areas are disgusting and are in constant disrepair.
6. The district managers run the entire stores operations including communicating what is selling and what the buyers should buy. There is no accountability for the buyers and allocators to buy and send the right goods to the stores.
7. Bonus programs are available and never obtainable. Over the past six years only one bonus was ever paid out due to unrealistic bonus plans
8. Multiple district managers are quitting the company and leaving after numerous years employment from all over the country.
9. Poor 401k matching. .25 cents per $1 invested up to 2 percent of your pay. Expensive health insurance
10. The company appears to be going out of business and stores have been closing consistently for the past two years
Advice to Senior Management – Get back to basics. Hold buyers accountable. Treat your employees with respect and value the people working for you. Stick to the founding principles that made you successful
2013-11-19 22:27 PST
I have been working at Conway full-time
Pros – It was a good at first
Cons – Company is going down the tubes
Advice to Senior Management – Move On
2014-02-06 06:16 PST
I have been working at Conway full-time for less than a year
Pros – Busy, bonuses, and there isn't a lot of paper work.
Cons – You would have to work over 45hrs a week, there would be a lot of 6day work weeks, very little training, and the company it self has an high turn over rate.
2013-10-23 06:08 PDT
I worked at Conway part-time for more than a year
Pros – There are great employees and great leaders.
It is easy to be promoted within the store to do multiple jobs.
Cons – Some managers wear inappropriate attire; clothes that show too much cleavage, dirty jeans and pajamas.
I have seen managers meanly take advantage of employees who do not speak English well and employees who work hard.
Some managers curse at employees, make employees feel guilty and worthless, do not take responsibility for their mistakes, back talk employees and tease employees.
Coway has faced a $90,000 fine for unsafe work conditions that has been compared to The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory. The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory is considered the worst workplace hazard jobsite in United States History.
Back Exits can become block by excessive merchandise shipped to store, sometimes mold shows up on the clothes shipped from their manufactuers, and I have seen a little boy's uniform pants sold at Conway come with a label stating ' state of California determines that this product was made with chemicals that can cause reproductive harm.'
This is a minimum wage job, and managment recieves excessive pay and bonuses.
Advice to Senior Management – Conway needs to be about building people, not profits before people. I am embarassed and offended by ethics this company demonstrates.
2013-07-13 08:46 PDT
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I worked at Conway full-time for more than a year
Pros – Small personal company, flexibility is OK,no corporate guidance, most people are friendly working conditions are dismal at best.
Cons – No training or development plan for staff- potential for growth is very limited
Understaffed in stores
Insufficient infrastructure -MOM-Pop mentality
Advice to Senior Management – Evaluate your real estate- get back to core businesses- trying to cover too many areas not doing well in most-
Invest in systems that are current state of art
Get in the field more often- too many loose ends
2013-01-17 07:27 PST
I have been working at Conway part-time
Pros – 20% employee discount on clothes.
Some great coworkers.
Some professional managment
Cons – There are news articles online reporting that the store was arm-robbed by its own employees (security gaurds) in December 2010 and Store Manager was assualted trying to apprehand a shoplifter in 2012. Some employees, including one assistant manager, was fired for shoplifting from the store
Unprofessional managment-- some managers use bullying, manipulation, yelling, intimidation and lieing to get employees to extra work. Week-vacations and most of the promotions are usually awarded to women over males.
Pay raise that I recieve is .20cents a year. Former employees told me it once was .20cent every 90 days, and that management rarely awarded it. Some employees talked about internal theft bonus ($250) and apphrending shoplifter bonus ($25) never being awarded to them.
Advice to Senior Management – District Manager and Presidents need to meet confidentially with employees to discuss what kind of job their supervisors are doing. This company is unprofessional and will become more porfessional as soon as they treat employees better and start investigating and firing unprofessional people.
2012-12-24 10:02 PST
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I have been working at Conway
Pros – Location is great. Near Bryant Park, PATH and MTA stations nearby and walkable amenities in the area (restaurants, banks, parks, etc.)
Medical and Dental benefits are offered, but pricey.
Cons – Senior management seems to not want to make any investment into upgrading the company's currently outdated infrastructure. Many of the senior employees have very basic computer skills or do not use a computer at all. Filing, and record-keeping practices are out-of-date and insecure.
Conway's current building is older and the offices have a very cramped feel. Bathrooms are very old and sometimes are not tended to which leaves an unsanitary situation.
No, I would not recommend this company to a friend
2012-02-07 07:28 PST
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I worked at Conway
Pros – - Cheap stuff plus 20% off discount in almost evertything.
- They raise your salary the third month and then every time you make a year.
- Managers are friendly unless they're stressed at busy times.
Cons – - They started giving no enough hours
- Even though they don't turn on the air conditioner most of the time, they don't want employees to wear summer clothing.
- Lately, they started exploiting employees; they didn't hire enough employees so the rest of us had to do all the work.
Advice to Senior Management – STOP EXPLOITING YOUR EMPLOYEES.
2010-08-26 15:58 PDT
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