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Sales Associate

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Current Employee - Sales Associate
Current Employee - Sales Associate

I have been working at Cost Plus part-time (more than a year)

Pros

- Working with like-minded people.
- Great environment.
- Products at World Market are actually pretty cool.

Cons

- Cheap pay.
- Slump in hours at the start of the year.
- Dealing with people.

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Corporate hiring gives false promises of full time work with benefits. Store level mgmt chaos.

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    Former Employee - Sales Lead
    Former Employee - Sales Lead

    I worked at Cost Plus part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good product variety. Great customer base, just fun to work with the cool customers! Met so many wonderful people, young & old.

    Cons

    Corporation hired 40 people of all ages and race to open a store. Had a good Corporate crew to set up and train. Hired a GM with no retail experience, who kept friends & unskilled manipulate-able people over skilled mature workers who had a voice. Five months after opening they fired half the employees without warning. Management got rid of anyone not like them, be it values or ethnic background (for real!). Pressured employees to push the store program to the point of alienating customers: "out-of-towners & old people with no email, push push push, just make that 30%."

    They willfully twisted any employee policy to fit their need: positive if they want you to do it (leave a shift early when asked so it will help cut stores spending), and negative if they want to get rid of you or cut your hours (You aren't a team player because you always want to leave early). So twisted!! And like the employees don't see this happening?

    As noted in other reviews, they hire more people only to cut hours of existing employees. They seemed to start with a good organizational plan, only to let it completely fall apart by enabling unskilled management to make bad choices again and again and again. No learning curve from mistakes. Didn't make good on their promises of hours and benefits to any of the many employees they made it to (I was not one of them but found this reprehensible).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your inability to read people's character for the purposes of hiring management is severely hurting your corporation. I think if the top cannot make a good choice for skilled and mature general managers, where is there to go but down?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Friendly environment

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    Former Employee - Supervisor in Corpus Christi, TX
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Corpus Christi, TX

    I worked at Cost Plus full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly people
    Great products
    Discounts

    Cons

    Night shifts
    Poor management
    Sales driven corperation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire from within

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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