Gallery Furniture Reviews

Updated July 27, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    sALE ASSOCIATE

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Sparks, NV
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Sparks, NV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Gallery Furniture full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    meeting all different types of people and cultures.

    Cons

    not enough pay for the qualities that I APPLIED TO THE BUSINESS!

    Advice to Management

    i ACT AS MANAGER BUT NO PROMOTION FOR ME BECAUSE OF SUCH A PROFESSIONAL SALESPERSON THE WANTED TO KEEP ME ON SALE FLOOR TO MAKE THEM MORE SALES,.


  2. whipping dog

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Gallery Furniture full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    they provide lunch, nice stores and above average pay.

    Cons

    You are expected to be a whipping dog for your first 3-5 years. You get cussed at and made to feel like you are nothing but a number. The owner is very two faced. He will give you great pay and other things that other companies will not. Just expect not to have any free time, to be called out for any mistake in front of everyone else in the company, be called names and be bullied by the owner and other people that has been there longer than you. It feels like you have to give up your life for the better pay and you also have to ready to live in constant fear that you may walk in and find that you do not have a job for no reason other than the owner was in a bad mood and you did something that pissed him off. Right to hire, right to fire.

    Advice to Management

    look at what successful companies are doing for training and recruitment. I am worried that when the company has changed to a point that there is no going back to what made the place great in the first place and that the personal views of the owner is starting to effect everyone there personally. There is no clear chain of command after the owner. He has made a company that is great and he has done so much for the city and more, but until he starts putting more effort into grooming people to take his place and less into micro managing, I fear that once he is going the company will self destruct in no time.


  3. Money isn't worth it

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Gallery Furniture full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    High wages, free food on site

    Cons

    No work/life balance. Expected to work 55 plus per week. Mattress Mack throws things, yells at employees, terminates at random. My way or the highway is Mack's management style. There is no structure below Mack; the company will likely collapse when he dies. The money is great, but it's not worth having to put up with being demeaned, or hearing others be demeaned, on a daily basis.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Can not recommend

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Gallery Furniture full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Free food. Overtime is paid. Benefits.

    Cons

    Toxic negative environment. Yelling and swearing is how things are communicated by the boss. Sad because this toxic atmosphere trickles down. People are fired for no reason.

    Advice to Management

    Sell to outside company who will manage correctly.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Save yourself the trouble

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Gallery Furniture full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The occasional bonus and free food. The food is highly suspect but its free nonetheless.

    Cons

    Prepare to be extremely disrespected and overworked. There is also no work life balance. You are expected to work a minimum of 55 hours/week.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to respect your employees.


  7. Helpful (1)

    You Get A Lot of Knowledge, You Just Suffer

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Sales in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Gallery Furniture full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You have an opportunity to learn from a mastermind of sales and knowing the customer. Likewise, as long as you haul the company line, you can rise.

    Cons

    There are, unfortunately, a ton of them. First among them is the autocracy by the CEO, Mattress Mack. Success, with some luck, has helped him mentally forge a feeling that he can do no wrong and it is his way or the highway. Opinions are not listened to, unfortunately - unless they are those of family. To wit, some family members once recommended that the manager of the monkeys may be better suited to being the marketing director, even though the monkey man manager had no real-world marketing experience which then led to a changeover. Likewise, a warehouse manager had left and came back to work, and trumped the fellow who was the harder working and most deserving when he came back as if nothing happened. These sorts of things were common place. Likewise, the advertising agency has been using the sales staff's ideas and passing it off as their own and then billing the company horrendously throughout the duration, all to the CEO not knowing. So, while there is a highly level of autocratic micromanagement, there is an unfortunate amount of backstabbing and manipulation that creates an air of deceit.

    Advice to Management

    SImply put, manage the culture, not the people and encourage ideas to be shared. Likewise, don't have pet handlers in charge of media buys, ensure that salespeople who have ideas get credit for those ideas and don't let the ad agency take credit. Also, someone needs to explain to the CEO that Gallery Furniture is already paid into Texas Workforce Commission, so fighting everyone's unemployment is a waste of the company attorney's time. You gain nothing.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Do your work and you will be rewarded

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Awesome pay, the hours weren't that bad, free food.

    Cons

    Somewhat high-stress, especially with the owner constantly running around, etc. But as long as you do your stuff you will be fine.


  9. worked in warehouse (over winter break)

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Warehouse Crew in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Warehouse Crew in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    got paid $10/hour to work in the warehouse over winter break. thought that it was good for amount that i worked

    Cons

    LONG hours- lived 30 minutes away with no traffic- left the house at 4:30am, lucky to get home by 10

    Advice to Management

    they guy knows what he's doing


  10. commission Furniture sales, customer service

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Associate
    Current Employee - Sales Associate
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Gallery Furniture full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great owner, good crew, warehouse guys take care of heavy work

    Cons

    non really, maybe quicker decision making


  11. Gallery Furniture gave me the opportunity to experience directly an "autocratic" management style.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Your are exposed to working in different areas. Not limited by titles or levels. Everyone is expected to contribute. You have an opportunity to directly impact the public. You are pushed to maximize your abilities and contributions.

    Cons

    Extremely autocratic management style. Professionals are not allowed to do their jobs. You must become a "Yes" person or you are labeled a "non-team" player. There is no work-life balance. You must be married to the job and put family in second place to be viewed as a contributor.

    Advice to Management

    Be proactive and willing to move into the 21st century as it relates to the work environment and employee motivation. Management by intimidation and threats is not productive in the long run and limits the overall growth and productivity of the organization.



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