Gardner-White

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Gardner-White Reviews

Updated July 14, 2014
Updated July 14, 2014
4 Reviews
2.7
4 Reviews

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Steve Tracey
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  1.  

    My time at Gardner White

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Store Management
    Former Employee - Store Management

    I worked at Gardner-White full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    They try to make it feel like a family business and that employees are part of the "big" family. They let each store Manager handle a lot of store issues without involving upper management which is good, because no two store locations have the same problems or issues. Pay is fair and reasonable, although strictly commission.

    Cons

    Upper Management ask for opinions, but they don't REALLY want to hear them. Then DON'T ask. Still somewhat of a boys club. Warehouse, drivers, store management and sometimes upper management all fight for top billing in regards to their importance in the company and don't work together well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are not the only one with great ideas listen more to store managers and take more of interest in sales people, not just at the presidents club dinner. I understand sales run the company, but without your people there is no company to run. More holidays and close at 8 for heavens sake. If you can open more stores, you can close an hour earlier each day. Your people will work harder and feel more appreciated.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Good for some, not for all

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gardner-White full-time

    Pros

    You can make a good income once established.

    Long-time employees that sell well can get additional benefits like paid health insurance and retirement plans

    Cons

    Long shifts every Saturday.
    Low commission percentages.
    Pay structure not fully disclosed.
    Follow up of company compensation each pay period. Wrong commission percentages paid.
    Favoritism toward some employees.
    On-going training non-existent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create clear, consistent and reliable policies for compensation.
    Avoid favoritism

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    very low pay

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative

    I have been working at Gardner-White part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    furniture discounts, relatively close to home

    Cons

    Pay rate is seriously low. The office has u working full time hours on a part-time status. Training is not that great as far as office procedures.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get on the same page

    Doesn't Recommend
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  5.  

    A great environment for any sales professional to strengthen skills. May or may not be a career.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate
    Former Employee - Sales Associate

    I worked at Gardner-White full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Small, family owned company that is a leader in its region and market. Owners and executive staff are personally vested and are present often.
    Being a fully commission based employer wages are 100% up to the individual and with constant training around products a sales individual can certainly attain personal growth.

    Cons

    As with any commission based sales environment it is an every man for himself type of sales floor that really requires an individual to have a strong drive to succeed.

    Retail furniture requires working every weekend and 100% of the holidays (outside of Christmas Day and Easter). Even Postal and Government holidays become days of high traffic anticipation so full staff is required to be present from store open to store close.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management is very hands-on with its staff. If there were anything to be aware of is for them to remember what its like to be on the sales floor.

    Alternating weekend shifts during slow seasons would allow for a greater family/life balance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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