Games Workshop

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Could be a rewarding job if upper management didn't change every year and a half.

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Current Employee - Retail Sales in Grapevine, TX
Current Employee - Retail Sales in Grapevine, TX

I have been working at Games Workshop full-time (more than 3 years)

Pros

Unique products and decent benefits.

Cons

No real intrest in allowing for employees to move up the corporate ladder. I saw many very loyal and talented employees burned out or get fired.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Have some respect for your employees, your turnover rate speaks for itself. Stick with a plan for more than a year.

Doesn't Recommend
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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    Somewhere between a dream job and fever induced night terrors

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    Former Employee - Hobby Center Operator in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Hobby Center Operator in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Games Workshop

    Pros

    Truly INCREDIBLE employee discount
    You get to sell games for a living and play them in your spare time
    Awesome community of customers that are incredibly loyal and effectively become part time employees
    You get to teach painting models as well as paint in your spare time
    Fixed hours that are amazing for retail management
    Generous pto and sick leave
    Good insurance
    Regular and productive meetings in Las Vegas and corporate HQ
    When your store hits bonus, it's a really great bonus
    The customers make the job worth coming in to every day, they are so loyal to you and your products it is quite simply staggering. You want to hug them at times.
    Great work/life balance. You literally still play the games you sell at work in your time away from work

    Cons

    The discount invariably means that you spend large chunks of your salary on the games
    Stores are obsessively and very strictly numbers driven
    You must always be in sales mode even though most of your customers will literally be in the store as much as you are
    One woman/man stores mean if you are sick, have car trouble, etc the store isn't getting opened and you will loose sales for that day which is a very bad thing
    Taking vacation and sick leave to take care of your kids can and/or will be used against you because not being open is no excuse for not having sales unless you are fortunate enough to work in a city with a floater
    UK management really does give the impression of not having a clue as to how the US markets function even though we are very different
    Zero room for advancement
    Upper management has constantly shifting ideas
    They will tell you it's not a numbers driven game but all reviews are strictly numbers based
    Don't expect to get bonuses often
    Upper management is turning the information pipeline into a very narrow trickle and is aggressively and openly keeping their store managers in the dark
    Rarely do you recognize people from one year to the next at meetings given the turnover

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realize that the US is very different from the UK market. Become more open and stop making employees be the last to get info that is going to anger customers. Store managers should be prepared at least somewhat to tamp down the latest thing we did to anger customers. Try placing some trust in the store managers and allow them to do things that they know works. Quit angering customers even though you know they will still remain loyal as puppies to you. Even if you are a manager that gets treated well, you see how others are treated and it is discouraging.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Set up for Failure

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    Former Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Games Workshop

    Pros

    Was given authority to run store as I wanted to do so.

    Cons

    Business is dropping due to poor decisions by management to restructure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand marketing i nthe US. It's different than Europe.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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