Hat World Reviews

Updated April 14, 2015
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  1. They treat you like idiots

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in New York, NY

    I worked at Hat World full-time (More than a year)

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Honestly cannot find any pros that comes with working for this company. I was forced as a work horse for minimum wage for one year and it definitely was not acknowledged even a little bit.

    Cons

    Used to be fun environment that I was happy to come into. When genesco purchased siopa sports, everything changed for the worst. Managers treated MERCHANDISE as means to act as if everything was life or death. Raises were unheard of to ask for. Will discourage anyone I know who is interested in this company.

    Advice to Management

    Relax and take your job as it is. It is definitely not a serious job, stop acting like Nazis. Selling is common sense, no need to drill it into people's heads as if they are about to perform surgery.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Great for people who will never amount to anything in life.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Hat World part-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    -Awesome discount on hats! 40% off!
    -Depending on the location, you get to work with and talk to hot chicks!
    -Mess around all day and get paid minimum wage to do it!

    Cons

    -DM's and above are completely out of touch with their employees and customers.
    -No benefits.
    -Managers can be real a-holes sometimes.

    Advice to Management

    Don't expect a whole lot from a a bunch of kids. Yeah, there are some here and there that are looking to make something out of it, but for the most part, you guys need to stop putting so much pressure to sell your crap.


  3. good part time job while in school

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Lancaster, OH
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Lancaster, OH

    I have been working at Hat World

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    works around schedule good DM's and good store employees and manager. Fun people. Understanding and interesting management who know you as a person

    Cons

    you have to work by yourself a lot of the time. if you like being alone 60% of the day then your good if you like people you will be bored during the week.

    Advice to Management

    administratively there are a lot of things that can be improved: inventory control, marketing, promotions, raises? People need to see where growth is past the store level.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    i loved it

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Sales in Fairfax, VA

    I have been working at Hat World

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    your around fun people along with customers

    Cons

    on your feet all day

    Advice to Management

    chair would be nice to seat on


  6. You work hard, to never get a raise or promotion.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Tampa, FL

    I worked at Hat World

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The discount is great (40%) and the sports atmosphere is great.

    Cons

    Corporate and upper management is very disrespectful and unfair. Never promote from within the company nor do they give raises.

    Advice to Management

    Show employees more respect!


  7. Helpful (2)

    Sell or get lost

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Cincinnati, OH

    I have been working at Hat World

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Easy entry level management. Employees can enter the retail world easily here and find out rather quickly if this line of work is for them. 40% off at Lids and Journey's. Opportunities to build your own team from scratch. Embroidery can be fun.

    Cons

    Sigh. Too much micro managing. No schedule flexibility. The company hires DSMs from the outside all the time so managers have to listen to people who don't even know how to run the register. When there are good managers they must jump through so many hoops to move up it isn't funny. Inventory responsibility is squarely on the shoulders of the mgr but the system is so outdated. There aren't even packing slips in boxes of shipment. We are just supposed to trust the DC. Turnover rate is way too high since the pay scale is so low. The company refuses to spend money, wether its for a remodel, pay raise, extra security measures, an extra register. Most stores have only one register! The higher ups don't take criticism well, even if it is constructive.

    Advice to Management

    Please listen to your store managers. Give people more money or more payroll and scheduling flexibility and your company will really flourish like you are always claiming it is.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Great beginner store for retail management

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Peoria, IL
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Peoria, IL

    I have been working at Hat World

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly work enviroment with decent communication from district managers. Customer base was always easy to work with. Offered quality products you could stand behind.

    Cons

    No support system in place from upper management. Offered limited product base to customers.


  9. Helpful (3)

    This company forgot it's roots...

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Hat World

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Easy to be promoted to store manager due to extremely high turnover, benefits are sufficient, can be a fun environment to work in.

    Cons

    As store manager you are: the cashier, the stocker, the visual merchandiser, AND the manager... most time working as a manager is alone in the store with no employees, by far the lowest pay for a retail manager I have heard of, instability at district management and up, poor POS systems, lack of accountability for home office/warehouse employees, corporate policy changes constantly.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on keeping talented managers with the company by raising the pay scale... most competent employees will leave for a higher paying job as soon as it's available.


  10. Great

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Garden City Park, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Garden City Park, NY

    I have been working at Hat World

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing recognition in a job well dont

    Cons

    held responsible for things that are beyond your control

    Advice to Management

    try to understand your employees better


  11. Good growth, typical corporate BS involved.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Service in Honolulu, HI
    Former Employee - Customer Service in Honolulu, HI

    I worked at Hat World

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great opportunity to grow, experience

    Cons

    Corporate decision making, DM's who think they know it all.

    Advice to Management

    All stores are individually unique due to their location, budget, and cash flow. Stores should be treated as an individual asset not under one big corporate umbrella.



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