Gottschalks Reviews

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  1. Great Experience

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Marysville, WA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Marysville, WA

    I worked at Gottschalks part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Fun, discounts on clothing, great atmosphere

    Cons

    Went out of business, No longer exists

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. Great Experience. Loved my job

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    Current Employee - Management in Fresno, CA
    Current Employee - Management in Fresno, CA

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

    Pros

    Worked with all levels of management. Executive management truly believed in training and associate development. Promotions from within were made a priority when committed to your own development.

    Cons

    Company went out of business and left a big hole in the retail market. Have not come across of company who puts its associates and customers first like Gottschalks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Company went out of business.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. Friendly Staff, sorry it didnt last.

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    Former Employee - Sales Assistant in Santa Rosa, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Assistant in Santa Rosa, CA

    I worked at Gottschalks

    Pros

    Friendly staff, great benefits, opportunities to move up within the company. Management was always very encouraging and supportive. They worked with employees flexible schedules.

    Cons

    Information about the insecurity within the company should have been shared with the employees sooner so they could have made preparations to find a new job before bankruptcy went into effect.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Gottschalks should not have grown so fast. No one predicted the downturn of the economy but if the department store stayed small, limited to 10 to 15 stores, the company might have survived.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. good

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    Current Employee - Fragrance Sales in Blackhawk, CA
    Current Employee - Fragrance Sales in Blackhawk, CA

    I have been working at Gottschalks

    Pros

    Good discount
    Great managment
    Not a competitive environment

    Cons

    on your feet all day
    commision isnt much at all
    Pretty high sales goals

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I worked there a long time ago...they were doing a great job back then.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6. so long

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    Former Employee - Buyer in Fresno, CA
    Former Employee - Buyer in Fresno, CA

    I worked at Gottschalks

    Pros

    family friendly environement, flexible people.

    Cons

    insane management who contradicted themselves weekly

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get real

    Disapproves of CEO
  7. Gottschalks

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    Former Employee - Area Manager in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Former Employee - Area Manager in San Luis Obispo, CA

    I worked at Gottschalks

    Pros

    Fun, smaller retailer. I was able to put my own touches on my areas of responsability.

    Cons

    Being a smaller department store we should have been able to adjust quicker to trends than the big boys,however we seemed to react slower.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    React!

    Disapproves of CEO
  8. Stores were fun, satisfying work.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Gottschalks

    Pros

    Excellent associates and managers within the store. Local store was able to be creative with merchandising and display set up.

    Cons

    No support from corporate. Too many mistakes and last minute ad changes. Often shipped us what they thought we should sell, not what the customer wanted, even when we had explained our customers needs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too late now. The company is out of business. Overall, it was a very nice company to work for the past nine years. district manager level was receptive and good to work with.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. Gottschalks Poor Management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fresno, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fresno, CA

    I worked at Gottschalks

    Pros

    The fact that Gottschalks was a full department store located in small towns made it a good choice for many employees.

    Cons

    Poor management and lack of growth potential made Gottschalks a sub-par place of employment. The value of the dollar was more important than customer service or their employees, which was one reason for their failure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Superior customer service and quality products are the foundations to a successful company. At one time Gottschalks knew this and the company grew and thried. Those who forgot, destroyed the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. Gottschalks- The good and the bad.

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    Current Employee - Buyer in Fresno, CA
    Current Employee - Buyer in Fresno, CA

    I have been working at Gottschalks

    Pros

    Career advancement. One can join with the company at the bottom and work their way to the position of their choice with tenacity and desire.

    Cons

    Salary compensation seems lower than the industry average. Vacation time is constantly being denied for work reasons. Do not expect merit raises in a given year. The bonuses are set with little regard to reality... turn expectation is unrealistic. Health benefits are extremely pricey, while coverage is going down.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I despise the way department plans are handled. This process needs to be revamped with regard to reality and the frequent revisions are a consuming waste of time.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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