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Like to be used? Overlooked? Stabbed in the back? Work at Party City

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

I have been working at Party City full-time (more than 3 years)

Pros

Coworkers. There is something unifying about being mistreated; we banded together against the ridiculousness, stress, and unfairness.

Cons

Party City pays as little as possible and expects 10 times more work than they pay for. They pay minimum wage for associates, only allow them 5-25 hours a week, and demand complete dedication and availability. Associates are given little training and not enough time to learn what is needed to properly do their jobs. Associates and managers who try to enforce company policies are punished by corporate if the customer complains. The complaint doesn't need to have merit, or even be true! The customer should always be happy when they leave the store, even if they are rude, demanding and verbally abusive. The turnover is astounding. Low pay, minimal hours, unprofessional managers, rude customers, and almost no opportunities for advancement make for a job that most want to leave as soon as possible.

If you are "lucky" enough to be promoted to management, expect a miniscule raise, a mandatory schedule, micromanaging from corporate, regional and district managers, and lack of recognition for good work. Do NOT believe upper level management when you are told that you are doing well and are in line to move up to a higher position. If you are treated unfairly and speak up about it, they will seem sympathetic but do absolutely nothing to rectify the situation. Run - don't walk - to another job, any other job. Party City is where professionalism goes to die.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Pull your heads out and recognize and reward good workers. If you pay better, you get better. Don't bury your head in the sand when a problem arises, DO SOMETHING! Listen to your employees, they are the ones actually working in the stores and know how things will work best.

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Positive Outlook
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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    Not a party

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    Current Employee - Part-Time Sales Associate
    Current Employee - Part-Time Sales Associate

    I have been working at Party City part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Really bad pay with a great discount on junk.

    Cons

    Worked to the bone for the least amount of pay they can get away with giving you. Horrible yearly raises. Mean clientele and corporate has no idea what they are doing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your workers. Corporate hire someone with a brain to run your business. For the love of god stop doing meaningless resets and remodels every six months they are nothing but a waist of time and money.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Horrible Place to Work

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    Former Employee - Corporate Employee in Rockaway, NJ
    Former Employee - Corporate Employee in Rockaway, NJ

    I worked at Party City full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Wish I could say there are pros, but there are none.

    Cons

    Just a horrible place, run by total incompetence. Your expected to work 12 or more hours a day, and at night from home whenever needed. (which is most of the time). Yearly increase is 1-2 percent. All management that I worked for were total idiots. HR dept is probably the worse I've ever seen. They tell you everything you want to hear to get you in the door, and never come through on any of it. I've never seen as many people so eager to leave an employer. Just a very depressing place to work. I don't see Party City doing well in the future.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start listening to your employees. Also, upper management needs to be held accountable for their actions. They throw everyone else under the bus.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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