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Money comes first, employees come last.

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Current Employee - Sales Associate  in  Hot Springs, AR
Current Employee - Sales Associate in Hot Springs, AR

Pros

Work is physically easy.
Store manager was incredibly understanding of my personal issues and easy to talk to.I'm sure he is the only manager like this in this company.

Cons

Seeing as GNC is only about making a profit and nothing else. They tend to hire the most minimal amount of employees they can for each store and only have one employee work at a time. Since, every employee has a life and responsibilities outside of the store be granted time off or being able to get another employee to cover for you in case an emergency is pretty hard to do if at all. Plus, pay is good seeing as how you comfortable putting your job up for risk because the biggest part of your job is selling certain GNC products but you don't get commission on them instead you paid more to sell third party products that count against your sells and make your numbers low. Not to mention the constant threats of being written up or losing your job that come whether or not your doing well at your job, how very motivational. Not to mention the fact that they establish how good you are at sells by the percentage of number of customer to the number of specific products being sold.. Which, means that if you have people coming in to get and energy drink and there's nothing you can do convince to buy something you have got to sell because you can't change anybody's caffeine addiction. Well...your screwed.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

The turn over rate for this company is extremely for a reason. The fire employees just to hire someone else to wait for the same thing to happen to them Instead of just going with it start changing some things to make an employee actually want to work for GNC as career and not a job they are putting up with until they lose it do to the fact no one can constantly keep up with the impossibly high standards for sells. GNC should also be more understanding to their employees and realize that maybe threatening employees a loss of their job isn't the best way to motivate them. I have seen a lot of employees quit just to get a "more stable" job. Corporate will also have different types of competitions between stores to reach a certain goal. It's always competition. It's never do the best you can it's do better then someone else. They never seem to understand how different store have different circumstances so a realistic goal for one store may be completely absurd for another because certain store may have a higher customer count, more stock of a certain product exc. so having competitions of which store can sell the most of the specific product is extremely unreasonable . Managers will even do it to motivate you, "You should be able to make this goal because this employee in a store 85 miles away was able to do to." Not to mention upper management is completely unconcerned with the employees well-being, as long as enough profit is made and goals are met they couldn't less what hell you through to do it.

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Thankless, hypercritical and hostile work environment.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Store Manager  in  Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Pittsburgh, PA

    Pros

    You have the opportunity to offer customers the products that can change their lives for the better. You have the chance to build relationships with the folks you meet.

    Cons

    Deplorable senior management beginning at the Supervising Store Manager (SSM) level to the Divisional Vice President for region 32.
    Zero direction from management above the store manager level, and intense ridicule, criticism, passive aggressiveness, and favoritism among the SSM, RSD, and DVP group.
    Scapegoating of SSM responsibility on to store managers.
    "Do as I say, not as I do." mentality.
    I completely agree with individual's post from February 29, 2012 entitled "Roller Coaster".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take responsibility for you own actions. Do not wait until the very last minute and expect flawless execution of a initiative. Treat your employees with respect and recognize them when they are doing a good job, and guide them when they are in need of help.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Over worked (60+hrs) UNDERpaid >20k base pay

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Store Manager  in  Grand Rapids, MI
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Grand Rapids, MI

    Pros

    Discounts! Employees get 30% off everything except hot buy items. this includes all sales and closed dated items. The environment can be stimulating and a lot of fun with the right demographic.

    Cons

    Can be exceptionally irritating in the wrong store, Employees do not recieve a percentage commission off of the P3 products they are encouraged to sell. I often times as an associate sell $1500 in product and make less than 5% of that in commission so that I can get more hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    PAY YOUR PEOPLE BETTER

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