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Former Employee - Supervisor
Former Employee - Supervisor

I worked at Cost Plus full-time (More than 3 years)

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

World Market has wonderful employees, unique products that always make coming to work new and exciting, and the ability to be creative through varying merchandising techniques.

Cons

Tight labor (depending on what volume store you are in) makes it difficult to provide adequate customer service and to finish the multitude of projects that need to be completed.

Advice to Management

Training and development need to be improved on all levels.

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  1. Helpful (4)

    Welcome to Bed Bath & Beyond - 6 years in the job

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    Current Employee - Former Department Head of II Depts
    Current Employee - Former Department Head of II Depts

    I have been working at Cost Plus part-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Mostly good people to work with. Can get the time off you need for the most part. Great products, decent discount.

    Cons

    We just got our "grandfathered benefits" canceled come Dec 31st. They weren't even offering them to new hires, so only the veterans (non-management) were getting this inadequate "health benefit". Very expensive but for a healthy person OK. But now, it has put us who had them in a position that we have to get our own very expensive policies or quit. Cost Plus was one of the few places part-timers could get benefits which made the extremely hard work tolerable. Now we are screwed. We've had 4 people go on worker's comp for serious injuries and myself, had a bad one but didn't blame it on the company. Should have. Thank you management for finally making the reward program a real reward program. Now maybe I can sell it.

    Advice to Management

    Quit working your people to death resetting programs and especially schematics every 3 months. The customers get confused by having their favorites moved and the employees can't give the customer service you expect while having to move things around every other week. Your decision to trash the benefits was a real deal killer. You're too focused on the almighty profit. Understandably, you must turn a profit to pay people, but I would suggest you don't hand out any large bonuses to upper management this year due to you're cancelling benefits. You are barely tolerable as it is.


  2. Helpful (3)

    As far as retail goes, it's pretty decent.

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    Former Employee - Cashier/Staff
    Former Employee - Cashier/Staff

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good coworkers Usually pleasant customers Flexible schedule Helpful supervisors and managers Department heads are actually experts Pay starts above minimum wage (not much but whatever)

    Cons

    Sometimes a lack of communication between management and staff. Example: Don't tell someone you're keeping them on after seasonal and then just stop putting them on the schedule without a word. I mean, it's retail. It's not a dream job.

    Advice to Management

    Continue being supportive to hardworking staff. However, make sure to respect workers' availability EVEN if it's the busy holiday season. Also actually tell staff you're letting them go instead of just taking them off the schedule.


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