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Best Retail Job

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Current Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Philadelphia, PA
Current Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Philadelphia, PA

I have been working at Calico Corners

Pros

Great hours for retail - 10 to 5 and closed on Sunday
Closed Christmas Eve too allows family time
Great scheduling no "On Call" hours like other retailers
Pay is better than other retailers
great environment - not the same job every day
this is retail - it is a shame not every one realizes it because the hours are awesome!

Cons

Personality conflicts/pettiness among the staff
Light traffic makes days pass slowly
Customers complain about the price but do not understand quality - if you want cheap go to JoAnn Fabrics!

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Market better - email with special promos to get people in the door
We are always on sale, which makes it difficult to close sales.
Corporate office staff and management teams are on different wavelengths.
We need to get people in the door and that should be our main priority

Recommends
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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Interesting and generally pleasant, but most employees are grossly underpaid for the amount of work and responsibility.

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    Current Employee - Labor Coordinator in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Labor Coordinator in Princeton, NJ

    I have been working at Calico Corners

    Pros

    Lovely surroundings for those interested in home decor with generous employee discount. The atmosphere is somewhat casual and management is usually willing accommodate unexpected scheduling needs.

    Cons

    The work of creating custom decorating products is extremely detailed and errors can be very costly for the company/store. The low rates of pay do not fairly compensate for the amount of knowledge, work and responsibily required of sales associates and labor coordinators.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop underestimating the value of input from employees who work on the "front line". Experienced sales associates and labor coordinators have real life knowledge of their store's market and demographics. Require more professionalism from store managers and district managers. Make wages commensurate with the amount of responsibility expected of employees.

    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    The company that killed the goose that laid the golden egg.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bloomfield Township, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bloomfield Township, MI

    I worked at Calico Corners

    Pros

    Customers are wonderful and fun to work with, co-workers and store management are great. Employee discount was great, is still o.k. Great outlet for creative minds.

    Cons

    Bert Kerstetter made that company successful. He believed in rewarding the employees and listening to what they had to say. When he left the man who took his place and his "team" ruined the company. The owners are struggling to keep it afloat, but they lost the company identity along the way, and that is what made them a unique company that was great to work for.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the rest of Stuarts team, i.e. district managers who's threatening tactics create a non-productive work environment. Try to find a way to re-establish what the company was founded on. Of course Stuart and team let go all of us who remembered the way it was because it threatened their "new" concept.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
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