Ethan Allen

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Ethan Allen Reviews

Updated November 22, 2014
Updated November 22, 2014
111 Reviews
3.0
111 Reviews
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Ethan Allen Chairman, President, and CEO M. Farooq Kathwari
M. Farooq Kathwari
69 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Most people who work for EA are highly skilled & qualified interior design professionals NOT just furniture salespeople (in 5 reviews)

  • Some of the stores have FABULOUS "design center managers" who heavily invest into their employees (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Customer service is a complete disaster and causes you to lose your clients (in 9 reviews)

  • Additionally, you work every weekend and holiday as long as the company is open (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Temp to Perm

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ethan Allen

    Pros

    Office is great. I really did enjoy the assignment and wished it lasted longer.

    Cons

    Not enough work in my area.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    I've seen worst, Bitter with the Sweet plus I love my job

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    Current Employee - Design Consultant in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Design Consultant in Bethesda, MD

    I have been working at Ethan Allen full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    You really get autonomy there

    Cons

    Clients are not always in agreement with your design plan.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to staff

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Training and Benefits

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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Ethan Allen

    Pros

    They offer an excellent benefits package and continuous training.

    Cons

    The design firm concept is great with excellent resources, but I would prefer to be off on weekends with Saturdays by appointment only.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good experience in retail and design

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    Former Employee - Interior Designer in Winston-Salem, NC
    Former Employee - Interior Designer in Winston-Salem, NC

    I worked at Ethan Allen full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great discount on products, low stress job

    Cons

    Night and weekend hours, paid on commission which is difficult in poor economy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realize the economy as an affect on sales

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Lots of hard work, many hours required to net average income

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    Current Employee - Design Consultant
    Current Employee - Design Consultant

    I have been working at Ethan Allen full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Leading edge technology, great pulse on marketplace, forward thinking, good benefits, product quality still good.

    Cons

    Very little training, rules of game change frequently, made to feel guilty if take time off (including regular days off) Because the position is commission only there is a sense that you are expendable even though you have talent, sales skills and repeat customers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Company is dependent on designers for sales growth but does not really value their hard work and long hours required to make it happen. Sales expectations constantly increased

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Pay doesn't commensurate work load

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    Former Employee - Design Consultant
    Former Employee - Design Consultant

    I worked at Ethan Allen full-time

    Pros

    Excellent product. Reimbursement for gas.

    Cons

    Pay structure: Draw against commission. If you get into deficit, it's extremely difficult to get out.
    Training: while the visit to Danbury was informational, training at the store location was non-existent.
    Communication: people are so afraid to offer ideas for risk as being seen as uncooperative. Not allowed to communicate with CEO, even though he seemed open to ideas. Managers feared him and revered him like a God. A bit strange.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve pay structure and then the "good" employees will want to stick around.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great Company- Small Business Feel, Great Customer Service

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    Current Employee - Interior Designer in Frederick, MD
    Current Employee - Interior Designer in Frederick, MD

    I have been working at Ethan Allen full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Wonderful people to work for and with, support for interior designers, ability to plan events, etc. you see relative to work, multitude of resources available to the interior designers, conveniently located within the design center.

    Cons

    Holidays, Weekend hours, lack of 401k and benefits, lack of long term growth.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Creative Design

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    Current Employee - Design Consultant in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Design Consultant in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Ethan Allen full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great product, great fabrics & accents to design with- ability to make a great income. Its appointment based with meeting clients off the door as well as by referral. Can get hectic at times, yet if you love sales and design you will thrive. I enjoy going to work each day.

    Cons

    Sometimes not enough coverage for appointments

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Enjoy my team and management is always a great help in completing projects

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Work place

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    Current Employee - Interior Designer in Scottsdale, AZ
    Current Employee - Interior Designer in Scottsdale, AZ

    I have been working at Ethan Allen full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Nice showroom, great staff

    Cons

    small office space no windows

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better salary incentive as base pay

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company

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    Current Employee - Design Consultant in Plymouth, MA
    Current Employee - Design Consultant in Plymouth, MA

    I have been working at Ethan Allen full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great pay if you work hard. Most interior designers are not used to a commissioned based atmosphere, but you have to establish a relationship with your clients as well as establish trust, give a great design, follow the sales process taught you- and the sales will come. Company gives you your own computer, opportunity to set your own appointments and market within the community. I was a designer in this location for 3 years and loved it!

    Cons

    Only con were some delivery issues, but it is furniture- it happens

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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