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  • Comp & Benefits
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Customer Experience Manager
Current Employee - Customer Experience Manager

I have been working at Michaels Stores full-time (more than 3 years)

Pros

Excellent opportunities to get some experience under your belt in retail and management. They're pretty flexible in hiring, so it's a good place to try to get your start if you're looking at a career in retail or management. Many customers can be fun to work with, especially if you enjoy being creative.

Cons

1. The biggest complaint from customers and employees alike is PAYROLL. There is none. You're required to have 6 people on the floor at all times, and they give you enough for 2. This is where all the good ideas, SOP's and exciting programs literally fall apart.
2. Upper management (district and above) is extremely negative. More often than not, you do not get a pat on the back for a job well done, but you will get yelled at for not being the best. In other words, someone is always in trouble, while no one is being praised.
3. Constantly making menial changes in SOP without warning or reason, creating more work, more training, etc.
4. Doesn't always hire the best candidate, often (not always) promotes by seniority (while claiming this is not true, don't be fooled.)
5. It takes so much effort to get someone terminated, that most poor employees simply stay and collect a paycheck, pawning their work onto the more motivated people.
6. UnAchievable expectations on everyone, especially hourly management. (again, we're back to payroll and the inability to terminate poor employees)
7. Practically non-existent support system for hourly managers. They essentially throw you under the bus each month because they don't provide the information you need to do your job, nor the time.
8. The training is "watch three videos, read this packet of papers, and do it." Almost everything you learn you will have to teach yourself. There is an "onboarding curriculum" but it is rarely ever utilized (payroll again!) and when it is, it is used inconsistently.
9. Even for full-time associates, don't expect 40 hours a week unless it's peak season. Off season, expect 30-35, peak season expect 50-60.
10. The pay is not competitive. You can make more doing less work with better payroll at walmart.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

1. Find a way to make payroll more consistent and more realistic. In order to achieve everything that you ask of your hourly associates and management, you need to raise most stores payroll by about 33-45%, and in some as much as 60-75%.
2. Support your stores! Send them information. Don't start publications with helpful hints for things like customer special order and classroom programs, only to keep them active for two months.
3. Refine the training programs. If you're going to do on-the-job training, you need to provide at least one week of extra payroll for that to happen for each employee and each role change. If you're going to do paper, video, and online training, you need to let the associate do it in an environment where they can concentrate and absorb the information. Right now you're doing both at 33%, when in reality you should just do one at 100%.
4. Be more selective with your new hires. While I appreciate the fact that people straight out of high school can be hired (hello!) and can advance based on their performance (hi!) there needs to be a better selection process. This may involve better pay and benefits to encourage a wider pool of applicants.
5. Performance-based compensation and promotion should be the RULE, not the POSSIBILITY.
6. Be honest with your applicants for management positions about what they're really going to be doing and what their schedule is going to look like.
7. Be less negative-reinforcement-oriented. It's a dread to come to work when you know that there will be one or two stores in your district that WILL get chewed out for being at the bottom. Not everyone can win, someone will always be on the bottom. Correct what they're doing wrong, give them advice and plans, rather than just expecting everyone to already know how to do what you didn't train them on how to do.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Must be a multi-tasker

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Michaels Stores full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Creative environment, relaxed atmosphere, great benefits for FT associates

    Cons

    Tight payroll, very few FT positions, must be self motivated to train

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't just say associates are valued, follow up with the one thing all associates want, proper training, recognition for a job well done and enough hours on a regular basis to prevent having to juggle multiple jobs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great part time associates, but not a long term career option for most.

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    Former Employee - CEM in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - CEM in Cincinnati, OH

    I worked at Michaels Stores full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The associates are very nice and laid back for the most part. There is a bonus employee discount a few times per year. Good job security for everyone, due in part to a lack of accountability, which can be a con. Work is very straightforward, but gets boring at times.

    Cons

    There is potential for this to be a great company, but they don't invest in their employees. Getting a 15 to 20 cent raise is insulting. They only care about the replenishment manager / team and everyone ends up doing planograms and basically their job. Store managers are not expected to boost store morale, so they tend to not interact or get to know their employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train your managers to be good leaders. There is more to the job than just building a display. You need to pay your employees more, especially the full timers that are good, so that you can retain top talent. There are negative employees and store managers that can really drag the store down and hurt sales. District manager is nice, but clueless when it comes to accountability. There are no opportunities for growth, as store managers tend to be hired outside of the company. Have career goals for your good employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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