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Retail can be a tough business these days

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Former Employee - Network Engineer in Houston, TX
Former Employee - Network Engineer in Houston, TX

I worked at Garden Ridge full-time (more than a year)

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

Pros

From a technology perspective, GR is suprisingly advanced in many areas. Was able to learn a lot in the time I was there. Mostly good people to work with.

Cons

The cyclical nature of retail is a little offputting in terms of job security. Pay was reasonable but not that competitive. Somewhat of an unprofessional environment from an HR perspective. Benefits were not competitive.

Advice to Management

None really.

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    Easy Management, Fast Paced, & Basic Direction

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    Current Employee - General Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - General Manager in Houston, TX

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Overall a good company. Great rotating schedule for all key carrying managers, unusual for retail management. Fast paced, in all aspects. They have no tolerance for attendance issues, and expect you to finish all tasks on time or sooner with clear communication and accurate signoffs. Peers help when needed, so you feel your support system. All in all the management aspect for retail is basic, you have daily tasks, freight, and basic operations. It's low stess due to little programs, you do not have to focus on pushing sales and customer service. This helps you actually drive your teams, and develop your high potential associates. You do have to do mostly everything at a store level like maintenance, landscaping, receiving, shipping, janitorial, ect. But again, this makes your day fly by because you have your daily task list and you are aware of what your store needs.

    Cons

    No actual training program in place, training is all hands on training. This isn't always bad however it would be better to invest in a training program for management hired exterally. There is no bonus program in place, however salary compensation meets expectations.

    Advice to Management

    Get with your Teams & People to develop a basic 3-4 wk training program, have a "training store" at a lower volume store so that they will get more one on one time with trainer, and not feel thrown into unknown territory.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Ok for Someone Just Out of College..Not a Place to Develop a Career

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    Current Employee - Assistant Buyer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Assistant Buyer in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Garden Ridge full-time (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    Depending on the buyer, you get freedom to make key decisions regarding the assortment (again, this depends on your buyer and is not the case for most assistants)
    Nice people
    25% discount on merchandise

    Cons

    Company does not work to develop assistant buyers in order to promote within. There is no type of training or employee development and little room for advancement. Company does not give employee reviews.
    Depending on the buyer, role can be solely administrative.
    Assistant Buyers don't travel to market or trade shows
    Restrooms are disgusting
    Too many pointless rules (ie- corporate employees can't greet or talk to store employees)
    Pay and benefits are AWFUL...waaaaay below the industry average. You are given 1 week vacation the first year and 1week of personal time. You are not allowed to take half days but must use each personal/vaca day all at once. Personal time must be used if you are out of the office because you're sick and if you have no more personal time or vacation and must miss work because of medical issues...YOU WILL BE FIRED. I've seen it happen to several people.
    No company activities/events

    Advice to Management

    Work to develop your current talent and concentrate on promoting within. Ensure buyers are coaching/training their assistants and not just giving them "busy work". Make employees feel more appreciated. Provide employees with reviews so that they are able to better identify their strengths and weaknesses and make improvements. Offer more competitive pay and benefits or at least reward employees with the unneeded samples.

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