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assis manager

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Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Crystal Lake, IL
Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Crystal Lake, IL

I worked at Pier 1 Imports part-time (more than 3 years)

Pros

great merchandise, fun working with customers

Cons

built too many stores too fast, upper management did not relate to the field associates

Advice to ManagementAdvice

know who is responsible for your stores, better internal LP investigations

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    Slave Labor

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Portland, OR

    I worked at Pier 1 Imports part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    You get some nicely toned arms and you go home from work smelling good (as long as you didn't work a truck shift).

    As a sales associate, when you leave work you are done. No emails, calls, or anything.

    Cons

    -Do you like being on welfare and other sate benefits because you don't get paid a living wage (minimum wage with annual bump, not even 10% which is the cost of living. Even our store manager was paid so poorly that she on food stamps.)?
    -Do you enjoy teetering on top of a ladder putting away chairs and boxes of dishes? (If you aren't good with heights, consider another job)
    -How about being told that if you are scheduled for more hours, the company would have to offer you benefits, thus you can only work a few hours per week?
    -Do you like selling thousands of dollars of furniture and not seeing a dime in commission?
    -How about loading and unloading heavy furniture from trucks at the crack of dawn (truck delivery), in the middle of the night (store reset), or all through your shift while cranky customers bark at you, " Don't scratch my car!"
    -What about broken glass? Are you good with dishes and vases falling on you, breaking and cutting you? (Everyone breaks glass, cleans up glass, gets cuts, glass splinters, etc. Comes with the job.)
    -Do you like going to work just to mop the floors, fold napkins, and dust? (You are expected to clean the store)
    -How about your ethical compass? Where are you with pushing a credit card with high interest rates on seniors that live on fixed income and students who have no idea how to managed credit yet? (The company makes a majority of it's profit from credit card interest, thus you are required to push it HARD.)
    -How about your global awareness? Pier One makes their product using slave labor in other countries from junk material then imports into the US using tons of material that is not biodegradable.
    -Have you always dreamed of a job where there is no room for advancement unless you are the manager's favorite or their drinking buddy? (Very limited upward mobility. 2 key holders, assistant manger, and store manager. The next 4 key holder positions were spoken for when I was hired)
    -When you think about your dream job, do you envision working while your coworkers stand around chatting and watching you?

    If you're good with all this, than the sales associate job at Pier One is for you!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your sales associates. They are bringing in the money driving business and creating the atmosphere in the store. Benefits for store associates! Commissions on furniture sales!

    There are a lot of things mentioned above that come with a sales associate job. These things would be much more tolerable if people were being paid a living wage and felt valued by the company. Instead, people are treated as expendable.

    Stop making your product with cheap materials and using slave labor. Pay your people!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Sales Associate

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate in New Orleans, LA
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in New Orleans, LA

    I have been working at Pier 1 Imports part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    They will work with your hours. My store has employees who work anywhere from a little over 25 hours a week, to just one 4 hour shift a week.

    Cons

    Pay is too low for the required work. Especially since they hire people who are restricted, leaving you to always do the "hard" stuff. My store hires sales leads and managers from outside, making the associates more experienced than they are.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more, promote from within, be aware of unbalanced workloads. Most of the people I work with has an excuse as to why they can't move or build furniture, why they can't climb ladders... but the worst part is a number of them spend all of their time in the back doing freight. There's nothing I love to hear more than my co-worker say that she went the entire week without having to talk to one customer because she took it upon herself to work in the back.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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