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Not a place for professional/personal growth

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Portland, OR
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

I worked at Storables

Pros

Generous Company Discount
Good retail hours-most locations do not have holiday hours
Some nice staff at store level
Variety of operational tasks/selling on sales floor

Cons

HQ may talk about puting their people first, but you won't see that in action. Stores have closed, associates have taken paycuts, no pay reviews, and now a bankruptcy process makes the HQ focus on "having fun" pretty empty. When HQ rolls into town stores do a dog and pony show and breathe a sigh of relief when they're gone. Storables has never been much of a growth organization. It's led by a small leadership group that has been very cautious and yet hasn't managed to figure out it's own business. Whether it's POS, ordering, or marketing Storables has been slow to embrace technology and strategically use data to positively impact its business. Their loyal customer base is aging along with the brand. Being so behind the retail times in capturing and retaining new business they'll be lucky to keep any of their stores open in this economy.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Be more transparent and honest. Bring in some new talent at HQ to take company in fresh direction. Ask for feedback from all levels at the stores to find new ways to motive them; what HQ thinks is fun & motivating is not on par. Solicit ideas without dismissing them. Just because you may not like someone's views doesn't mean it lacks validity.

Doesn't Recommend

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    Solid Company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Storables full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    From the top down a solid company

    Cons

    Retail hours are tough on the home life

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep listening to your stores

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Disorganized local company trying too hard to feel large and corporate.

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    Former Employee - Organization Expert Amd Closet Designer  in  Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Organization Expert Amd Closet Designer in Portland, OR

    I worked at Storables full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Hours are reasonable, benefits were decent, and the employee discount was great.

    Cons

    The management style is terribly outdated and conservative. The owner doesn't seem to understand the cultures of the cities he owns store in. Dress code and general sales guidelines are restrictive and antiquated, making it feel like a mall job instead of a skilled sales position.

    Closet sales compensation is offensively low when compared across the industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Abandon aggressive sales tactics and micromanagement. Work on hiring a skilled, knowledgable team and then retaining them. Your turnover rate and outdated notions of professionalism make your company seem cold and anonymous, like your big box competition. Clients likely don't even realize that your company is local.

    Stop replacing your product with cheaper alternatives to increase your margins. You can't win a price war with Costco and the Container Store. Focus on quality and expert design.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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