Earthbound Trading

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Updated June 26, 2015
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Pros
  • Their is an amazing employee discount (in 8 reviews)

  • Our team worked hard but kept a laid back atmosphere (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Sales goals pulled out of thin air (in 11 reviews)

  • upper management I cannot express this enough (in 7 reviews)

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  1. mixed feelings

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great discount
    Awesome product
    Not super fast retail

    Cons

    My manager was very rude
    But the new assistant manager is the best!

    Advice to Management

    Stop being giant gossips


  2. dismal outlook

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Earthbound Trading part-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    great discount, developed great relationships at store level

    Cons

    The company is becoming extremely greedy and changing the culture and feel of Earthbound. Raising goals by 25% or more is a little money hungry, don't you think? Hiring DMs externally and surpassing internal candidates really shows that the company has lost its core values.

    Advice to Management

    No one at home office reads this site


  3. Varies by Location

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - First Assistant Manager
    Current Employee - First Assistant Manager

    I have been working at Earthbound Trading full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The employee discount is really good, it's a fun and laid-back atmosphere, interesting product, there are many opportunities for advancement to management, and the staff is generally small and tightly knit. It feels like going to work with your friends, not just random co-workers you barely know. A lot of that has to do with what location you work at, though. Overall it's a fun, chill place to work. Not that you can just go in and not do anything, because they do have high expectations with sales and customer service, but as long as you're friendly and chat with customers, you'll have a good time at work.

    Cons

    People assume the product is fair trade or something similar, but it's mostly just very cheaply made from China and Indonesia that breaks pretty easily. They have started getting a lot more high-quality product recently, though.

    Sales goals are sometimes ridiculously high compared to last year's numbers, so you feel like you're being set up for failure. Especially when they have company-wide contests and extra incentives, they'll jack up the goals so that no one can actually earn those extra incentives. Certain months they'll offer a double bonus for making a certain % over goal, but then they'll make your goal sky-high so that you're trying really hard and making them more money, but they'll never have to actually give you a higher bonus. There was one time when we were promised our extra bonus by the end of a certain month and then a company-wide email went out saying that they couldn't do it yet because they didn't expect so many people to earn such a high bonus, and I'm still not sure if we ever actually got that money.

    The pay for management isn't great. It's one of those companies you have to work for because you love it, not for the money, because their pay for store manager is what a lot of companies pay for assistant manager. They do have a good bonus system in place, but that depends on making goal so it's not guaranteed. In some districts, managers can have one weekend off each month if they made goal the month before, but in other districts managers can never have a weekend off and I'm sure in others they get one weekend off each month no matter what. It's not consistent.

    Also, the employee handbook is pathetically vague, so managers and DMs can basically make up their own rules for a lot of stuff (like the dress code or SM weekends off). Because of that, your work experience will depend on which location you work at.

    Their standards for promotion are also confusing. Previous store and assistant managers used to leave embarrassing passive aggressive notes, take people off the schedule and hope they would quit because they didn't have an actual reason to fire them, sit in the back room and talk on the phone all day, etc and were able to succeed and work their way up in the company. But then other stores have been without a manager or assistant for months because they "want to make sure they find the right person" but don't offer competitive pay. Makes no sense.

    Advice to Management

    Hold your DM's and RM's more accountable, make more specific policies and actually enforce them, the expectations for management are very high and you expect a lot from them so offer them higher pay or at least better benefits, don't try to double cross your employees or set them up for failure while dangling a prize in front of them because it's extremely immoral and frustrating. And if that's not what you're trying to do, at least understand that's how your employees perceive it and COMMUNICATE with them.


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  5. I have worked here for a year now

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Earthbound Trading

    Pros

    Great environment, great items to sell

    Cons

    Because each day you are give a sales goal it can become very competitive on the sales floor and hours will be cut if you dont make your sales goal. Highers outside instead of training and coaching from within.


  6. Key Holder

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in College Station, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in College Station, TX

    I worked at Earthbound Trading

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great environment, steady customer base, great products. amazing management

    Cons

    corporate micromanages district stores, little room for advancement


  7. No money to be made nor a future

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Second Assistant Manager in Charleston, SC
    Current Employee - Second Assistant Manager in Charleston, SC

    I have been working at Earthbound Trading (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Employee discount is good, my site had an awesome location, Could be bad but tourist destination. Umm thats about it

    Cons

    The pay is pathetic even for a college student. I went through 4 District managers in 2yrs. Huge turn over rate

    Advice to Management

    Pay employees what they deserve and give management more incentive


  8. Blah

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Chanhassen, MN
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Chanhassen, MN

    I worked at Earthbound Trading (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great discount and Fun Products

    Cons

    Cash goals for each month
    People steal your sale and then you get blamed for not meeting your goal

    Advice to Management

    Ditch the cash goal system.


  9. Awesome work environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - First Assistant Manager in Montgomery, AL
    Former Employee - First Assistant Manager in Montgomery, AL

    I worked at Earthbound Trading full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great product
    Really cared about associates
    Wanted a fun atmosphere in the store

    Cons

    Didn't pay very well
    Company wasn't very structured


  10. it was a job

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Keyholder
    Former Employee - Keyholder

    I worked at Earthbound Trading full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    an okay place to learn and then get out

    Cons

    company doesnt have a set of standards as far as clothing, breaks, etc so you can go to one location or another and you have a totally different environment. they will do whatever they can to gget rid of you and make it look okay on paper and they gossip a lot within the company about employees its like high school with a crappy paycheck and even more asinine rules. the paper trail is a joke. its slowly become a hippy spencers. the ceo sent a statement to everyone over christmas about a product that was demeaning to homosexuals as a stereotype where he was upset with the employees for expressing their disaproval and then he lied about the product information saying that the people who developed it were gay (it's made in china. it's a mouth spray they bought wholesale from a novelty wholeseller). the product is getting really cheep speaking of which. its all chinese made crap we make up culturally significant lies about to sell it ignorant young people. the companies standards are horrible. if you need a job its okay but if you have any values get out soon and dont look back

    Advice to Management

    I really dont see this company changing its colors any tme soon i dont have any advice except maybe develop some integrity


  11. Company is a sham

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Earthbound Trading part-time

    Pros

    The only good thing about working here is the discount.
    Sometimes you meet some pretty cool people.
    The discount.

    Cons

    Higher ups do not care about their employees.
    The pay is terrible.
    They do not stand for what they claim they do.
    If you're not sucking up to someone you're not getting far.
    If you're having problems in the store higher ups could care less.
    The company is twisted and backwards.
    Money hungry company.
    District Managers do not last long.
    Managers in store are constantly changing.
    Nothing is fair trade.
    Everyone who is above a manager, talks negatively about the people below them.
    The DM's do not think their managers can manage their stores.
    Lots of micro managin.

    Advice to Management

    Change you're approach to the company. Make you're employees feel like they matter. Listen to your employees, they're people too. If one of your employees is having a problem fix it, just don't put it off, do something! Actually stand for what your company is suppose to stand for. Stop trying to be like every other run of the mill retail store. Also, how about not hiring racist people to be your District Managers and Regional Managers, yea that would be a good idea.



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