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Former Employee - Support Specialist in Poughkeepsie, NY
Former Employee - Support Specialist in Poughkeepsie, NY

I worked at J. C. Penney full-time (less than a year)

Pros

Got to take breaks for lunch at same time

Cons

Boring, pay was low, not a whole lot of energy/ enthusiasm

Recommends
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO
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  1. 3 people found this helpful

    Don't be lulled into JCPenney obsolescence.

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    Current Employee - UI Developer in Plano, TX
    Current Employee - UI Developer in Plano, TX

    I have been working at J. C. Penney full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    • Nice facilities
    • Casual dress code
    • The people are easy to get along with

    Cons

    • Company has a tendency to underutilize talent causing people to become stale, and skills to atrophy. This is a problem once its time to find work elsewhere because proprietary JCPenney production tasks are not relevant or useful outside JCPenney.

    • Once you're underutilized, it's very hard to make a case for a raise or bonus. Also, the company recently changed bonus policy so that people only get bonuses if the company is "successful" regardless of the individual's contributions, long hours, etc.

    • Company tends to misrepresent (or flat out lie) about job description during the hiring process. Then once you're employed there, you're doing something you're either over-qualified for, or completely untrained in. This leads to the issues stated above.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    • Replace all middle management with outside talent who isn't tainted by JCPenney's culture of promoting frequently unqualified and/or incompetent "friends" from the inside.

    • Promote people based on their abilities rather than based on politics.

    • JCPenney needs to train their managers once promoted rather than just assume that people who are good at their occupation are also good at managing other people. Most managers I've dealt with seem relatively competent at their occupation, but have very little actual management ability. This is a problem.

    • Make it clear to employees who they report to. Random people will ask employees to complete tasks... Only a few of these people actually have the authority to do so. Sometimes it feels like everyone is your manager at JCPenney.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. never a dull moment, there is always something that needs to be done.

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    Current Employee - Sales Support in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Support in Thousand Oaks, CA

    I have been working at J. C. Penney part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    fun environment to work in

    Cons

    too much work, not enough people

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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