Container Store

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Good Retail Company

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Former Employee - Sales Associate in San Diego, CA
Former Employee - Sales Associate in San Diego, CA

I worked at Container Store

Pros

+Great employee discount. 40% off regularly priced items, 50% off Elfa products, discounted gift card purchases.
+Very organized about everything, communication, store policies, etc.
+Health and dental benefits available to part-time associates
+Excellent benefits for full-time employees

Cons

-Very difficult to become a full-time employee
-Very hard to advance within the company.
-Standard retail downfalls, holidays, odd schedules, etc..

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Keep up the good work and be flexible with personal schedules.

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    A good seasonal job

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    Former Employee - Sales
    Former Employee - Sales

    I worked at Container Store

    Pros

    Regular hours each week
    Team atmosphere
    Casual attire - you can wear jeans to work!
    Good discount and quality products.

    Cons

    The aprons could be updated. Guys look funny wearing them. I would have preferred a full time position to part time hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make management positions visible to part timers.

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    The managers and the people are good people. This does not mean that the assistant managers are good leaders though...

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    Former Employee - Visual Sales - Part Time in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Visual Sales - Part Time in Washington, DC

    I worked at Container Store

    Pros

    The manager of the DC store is a great leader that is a wonder to work for. He treats everyone fairly and treats men and women the same based on competance and performance. He is direct and to the point, which would be extremely valuable for him to convey to more of his staff. He never asks you to do jobs that he would not jump in and help you with (and frequently does exactly that, even in late night operations.)

    The old guard at the stores are great employees that really know their stuff. They work very hard, and make intensity and excitement about getting the job (merchandising the store and selling product) legitimately fun. More than half of this is that they are just great people, and it shows.

    All of the managers are technically skilled.

    Cons

    The Container Store is a pretty decent place to work, but one serious downside is that it, just like many places these days cater pretty heavily toward female workers, and being an organization and storage seller, it is heavily dominated by women, and somewhat hostile to men (and especially unfair, due to men doing much more of the heavy lifting for the same pay.)

    Being in DC or MD stores, you will be privy to a heavy dose of progressive viewpoints that they feel it is appropriate to express openly in the workplace, but hostility toward former military servicemen is allowable.

    Team Leaders (Assistant Managers) are not *nearly* as competant as the store manager, who is well trained and a great leader, and treats everyone, from all walks of life, fairly.

    "Drinking the Kool Aid" about being unecessarily excited about store activities (this is not the same as being driven, they seem to expect you to be literally happy about this stuff) is a painful experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You turn off a certain kind of very business like employee by tiptoeing through the tulips when talking about difficult issues. Being direct but still being fair is something that you ought to teach your assistant managers. Some of them seem to have trouble just telling you that you did something wrong, telling or figuring out with you how to fix it, and moving on.

    No, not all employees work that way. But some do, and it would be valuable to your organization to learn more about this.

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