Glik Company Reviews

Updated July 10, 2014
Updated July 10, 2014
7 Reviews

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Glik Company

    Pros

    Amazing company, very caring, and interested in their employees.

    Cons

    None, I see an amazing future for this company.

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    Not an establishment for professional growth.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous  in  Granite City, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Granite City, IL

    I worked at Glik Company full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Somewhat of a connection to major brands. I appreciate the connection made to certain family members.

    Cons

    Where does one begin? As a former employee, all I have to say about my experience is that it wasn't positive.

    First, who or what exactly is "Glik's"? This is a 116 yr old company who establishes it's brick and mortar locations in small towns across the Midwest, BUT has no true or unique marketing direction. Glik's hides behind the imagery of all the major brands that it carries and defines it's success by riding on the coat tails of others. How do you establish a connection with your consumer when you have no true connection to your employees or self? Walk into any location or visit them online and you're instantly confused as to who they're truly appealing to? Is this an outdoor retailer, a small town Pacsun, or is it a Forever21 wannabe? It is a smart move to establish yourself in locations where major retailers are an hour away (at least), but what is your core branding strategy?

    As far as careers within Glik's go... I was not impressed. If you're comfortable with little to no room for growth, then this is the place for you. A position within this company is not a true fashion career, it's just a job and if you're interested in working within their home office, good luck. Located in a poverty stricken community only miles from East St. Louis, Glik's home office is far from a professional or a truly safe environment to want to spend the 45+ hours of your life a week. As mentioned in a previous review, I have seen homeless people and unsavory individuals solicit the employees both on the Glik's home office sales floor and in the parking lots.

    I had hoped to gain vital knowledge of the industry while working for this company, the family-owned "community" image promoted by the management team is far from the truth. I have never seen a more micro-managed environment than while employed here. The "buyers" have no true control when it comes to positively effecting the growth of this company and that is sad, because there is opportunity in this department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice is this: If you try to appeal to everyone you’ll end up appealing to no one. Figure out who you are as a retailer and appeal to that target market.
    Appreciate all of the positive qualities, opinions and knowledge that your employees bring to the table. Management may have years of knowledge, but they're severely lacking when it comes to progressively thinking and that is a necessary quality to possess in today's millennial age.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Very Fun

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    Current Employee - Assistant Manager  in  Saint Robert, MO
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Saint Robert, MO

    I have been working at Glik Company part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great coworkers, a lot of benefits

    Cons

    Having to work holiday hours, but that's just retail for you.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Not a place for overly-ambitious and innovative thinkers.

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    Former Employee - Buyer  in  Granite City, IL
    Former Employee - Buyer in Granite City, IL

    I worked at Glik Company full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    If you are from a small town in the Midwest and you don't believe you can do better for yourself with a slight interest in"fashion" this is a good place to work and learn the retail business as it was taught in the 1950's without using technology and writing PO's with a #2 pencil. This is a premier fashion job for those that would not have done much else with their career. Most 'in store' retail employees have worked on the sales floor at a Glik's in the town they were born and raised in for 20+ years because it's the only business in town other than Wal-Mart, fast food chain or a random Chinese or Mexican restaurant.

    Cons

    No room for growth. Closed minded. Management does not encourage change or ideas from team. This is truly a dictatorship style of management with an unpredictable & intense emotional, religion-fueled roller-coaster of a leader.
    There are rules for everything in this dilapidated home office which by the way is in a poverty-stricken town 1 mile from East St. Louis.

    No use of red pens, No pink highlighters, No chewing gum, No eating at your desk, No snacks outside of the break room, No flex schedule, and several others that just don't make sense. It's like the movie OFFICE SPACE without the humor.

    Most memos and company handouts are literally written with a #2 pencil on lined notebook paper and copied from the copy machine you have to pay .35 (or something like that) cents to use.
    In 1 week of working there, I witnessed someone get fired through a folded up hand written note. Over the course of 3 years, 8 merchants either walked out on the job, never came back after lunch, were fired and just simply quit. There are only 10-12 people in total on the merchant team!

    No job security here and no open-door communication policy, it's more like a revolving door policy. I would only recommend this place if they were working on the Men's team (a more methodical, strategic leader and partner in the company is over the Men's division) and they wanted a position without growth potential as they rarely creating true "BUYER" positions they have SR. Assistant Buyers that have been in the same position for 5+ years.
    There is no employee development program or plan.
    There is no hope for employee retention or happiness. Merchants cry due to the CEO's manic outbursts almost every day.

    The office is in a high crime rate area with families of homeless digging in the dumpster behind the building. Office employees 'cars get broken into in the parking lot often. The company doesn't not share sympathy for this either...

    And finally, the office hours are at "minimum" are 8am to 5:30pm and if you actually leave at 5:30 the owners take away your brownie points. They want you to work until at least 6:30 to gain their respect.
    You also have to work on Saturdays from 9am to 4pm and they treat that like they are giving you a break by letting you work 6 hours instead of 8 hours, and this is after you already put 55+ hours into Monday to Friday.

    It's 1 Saturday a month during the non-holiday season. During the holiday season, they make you work in the stores every single weekend. You work 6-7 days a week for about 2 months. And none of this is comp'd with extra vacation days like other forward thinking retailers do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take off your blinders and take care of those girls that have dedicated their lives to working for you. They are obviously complacent and will never leave. Stop taking advantage of them.
    Also, try to recruit & keep fresh young talent, give up some control and trust people to do their jobs. Listen to their ideas. Do a 360 review like Google and really assess your own management skills.
    Take lessons from leaders at Google, Zappos, Zumiez, other forward thinking retailers that care about their people. Become a "People-first & Family-first" company. Give employees a reason to work and stay there. Benefits like dental insurance, flex schedules or a gym membership. We know you have the money because you brag to every vendor about how the only time the company was in the red was during the great depression.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Good experience

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    Former Employee - Store Manager
    Former Employee - Store Manager

    I worked at Glik Company full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    You're in charge of your own store, regionals don't micro-manage.

    Cons

    Pay is low, can't really move up above store manager because there are only 3 regionals for over 60 stores and a couple area managers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Add another region/have more area managers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    great people, no room for upward movement

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Glik Company full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    In store sales associates are fantastic to work with. Great discount.

    Cons

    too many policies and procedures for what is supposed to be a family run company. No room for upward movement, they say they like to promote from within, but mainly hire new so that the outsiders do not know what they are getting into with the owners.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Practice what you preach. Do not expect staff to do what you are not willing to.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Family Oriented

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Glik Company

    Pros

    Glik's is focused on its customers.

    Cons

    Glik's rarely promotes or gives raises.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Glik's management motivates its workers to please customers.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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