Danier Leather Reviews

Updated August 18, 2014
Updated August 18, 2014
23 Reviews
3.2
23 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great company to work for

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

    I have been working at Danier Leather full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    *Strong emphasis on growth
    *great support from Upper management and DMs
    * Your input is valued at every stage to help satisfy the customer
    *Strong focus on customer service

    Cons

    *Huge time commitment. You are expected to put in as many hours as required to make your budget with no additional compensation or overtime. You are always "on call"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A Career position, you get out what you put in. I love working for Danier, but mostly because I want to grow. IF you are interested in a Retail MAnagement career as a stepping stone to a larger end, this is not the position for you.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Awesome First Job

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Danier Leather part-time

    Pros

    Good People, fun environment, good benefits, good hours.

    Cons

    None while I was there.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Could be better, but not bad.

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

    I have been working at Danier Leather part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - When it's a busy season, it's lots of fun selling and working with customers
    - Great discounts
    - Not too stressful for sales associates
    - Commission
    - Great products
    This job is good if you're just looking for a part-time job. It's great money during christmas season.

    Cons

    - Can be very competitive
    - Some sales associates are rude and steal sales
    - Needs better marketing skills to avoid completely dead and boring days
    - No raises, compensation isn't very high especially during the slower seasons

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Better marketing skill
    - Shouldn't be biased to the "top selling associate"

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    What a mess.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate  in  Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Danier Leather full-time

    Pros

    You can make decent money here -- IF you can keep yourself motivated and sell in spite of demotivated staff, demotivated management and constant pressure. Expect to be incredibly bored and make little money during the summer months, and decent money (easily $17/h) in the winter months.

    Cons

    Base wages are unfair. There is no yearly evaluation or raise for team members, so expect to become incredibly demotivated when you realize you've been working for two years with no raise and the company has decided to start hiring at a higher pay grade! My store had at least one associate being paid a base rate of LESS than minimum wage (after minimum wage in the province had been raised a year after her hiring date), because management is SO apathetic towards giving raises. Expect to be told "we can't afford to raise your pay" unless you walk in with your resignation letter in your hand. Expect for new hires at more junior levels (Sales Associates vs. Key Holders, or Sales Associates vs. Sales Leads) to be hired at a higher rate than your base wage, and when you ask for a raise to be told that it's impossible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Yearly wage reviews are a MUST. In spite of what the company may think, it is NOT motivating to be told "you'll make more money if you just sell more!"

    The number of items that come into the stores these days that are blatant knockoffs of other brands is ASTONISHING. The company is in dire need of an overhaul. It's shocking that they expect to compete with the prestige held by Michael Kors and Coach while simultaneously knocking off their styles! From Rebecca Minkoff to Guerlain to Balenciaga to Michael Kors, the knockoffs are obvious and egregious. It's hard to motivate yourself to sell (and convince the customer to buy) when there's junk like that on the sales floor.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    OK

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Danier Leather part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good support to reach your full potential

    Cons

    Low wages at starting positions and need to polish decor of some stores.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on the image of products and store

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    $9.25 in hour plus 2% commission

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Danier Leather

    Pros

    Get discount on leather goods

    Cons

    Very underpaid to stay motivated

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put employee first

  8.  

    A good introduction to retail customer service

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service  in  Ajax, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Customer Service in Ajax, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Danier Leather part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    I enjoyed working at Danier because I believed in the product I was selling--the clothing was generally well made; I valued workding for a Canadian company, and I actually became a regular customer of Danier due to the employee discounts I received.

    Cons

    I didn't enjoy having to stay on my feet for each shift. Since I was working behind the cash counter, it would have been nice to have stools available. Also, there weren't many incentives for non-sales positions so there wasn't much opportunity to maximize my earning potential in my position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better compensation for customer service representatives

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Sales Associate

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate  in  Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Mississauga, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Danier Leather part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Flexible hours, positive and fun working environment, lots of incentives to push you to work harder, and good management.

    Cons

    The commission based grading system, (Very hard to rise, but very easy to fall). In turn, creating a tension between coworkers on the sales floor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to induce more teamwork on the sales floor with incentives. I've noticed the more we cooperated, the more sales each individual received. As opposed to every man for themselves. But I do not in any way mean remove the commission based system, I just mean to improve it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    No Future

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Factory  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Factory in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Danier Leather full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    better benefits for high level management and office staff

    Cons

    working in factory is under stress and pressure. every move in under watch. salary is very low. grading professional employees is unfair. Heavy work, long shifts with pressure to stay overtime. they do not increase the vacations with seniority and pay increase is minimum. not able to get your vacation when you need. When I was working there I was eager to be laid off as soon as possible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    treat all fairly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Loved the people, the manager needed more training - her people skills were lacking.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate  in  Newmarket, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Newmarket, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Danier Leather part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    During the Christmas season, the hours were great.

    Cons

    Danier encourages staff to work against each other, not with each other.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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