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a lot of work, a lot of appreciation yet not rewarded properly for it

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Former Employee - Sales Associate in Chicago, IL
Former Employee - Sales Associate in Chicago, IL

I worked at DSW part-time (more than 3 years)

Pros

great atmosphere for the most part, middle management is uplifting yet upper management tends to be hidden away. always moving around and doing different tasks so there is never a dull moment.

Cons

the lack of ability to retain employees and lack of support and help from management when needed. No leadership within management makes it difficult to reach expectations set by them.

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Positive Outlook
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    Former Employee - Sales Associate
    Former Employee - Sales Associate

    I worked at DSW part-time

    Pros

    -Flexible schedule
    -30% employee discount
    -Possible growth in company

    Cons

    -Constant change
    -Consistency is rare throughout the company
    -Hassling customers to sign up for rewards membership

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication is key to getting the job done.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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    Mediocre retail posision.

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Paramus, NJ
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Paramus, NJ

    I have been working at DSW full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Dress code is fair. Sometimes every one is in a good mood. They have Reeses in the break room vending machine.

    Cons

    The management is always hostile, and constantly grouping together to talk smack about associates. Hard workers who always do their job don't get recognition, whereas slackers who suddenly feel like working get "bravo" awards for doing so. The phrase "the customer is always right" has proven to be a terrible mindset for a company considering the extremely high turn over rate. Very few associates spend more than a year here due to the humiliation of constantly being told they are wrong. There is a huge difference in providing outstanding customer service, going above and beyond, and letting a customer degrade your associate and tell them they can return their 3 year old worn shoes with no receipt. The attendance policy is also a joke. Can't drive to work in a foot of snow? You get a point. Get a few more and you're fired. I actually laughed at the fact that they keep running for America's favorite place to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ensuring your associates feel happy and confident rather than constantly on edge will ensure they provide the best customer service. This means not snapping when they need to leave once their shift is up. It is not their fault you cannot construct a schedule. It also means understanding how annoying it is to be pressured to become a member, and that is doing the opposite of providing good service. Recognize the hard workers so they don't just leave the company along with leaving you with only the slackers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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