Jonathan Adler Enterprises

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Updated June 19, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Imperfectly Perfect for Me

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

    I have been working at Jonathan Adler Enterprises full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I've been a huge fan of the brand for years. For me, it was a dream retail job to get this gig. The pros are numerous: health insurance is 100% paid--unheard of in retail. You get the discount on day one. SIMPLE IRA after 1year. Achievable monthly bonus structure. Supportive, communicative upper management. Awesome products. Fantastic coworkers and customers.

    Cons

    It's retail. The hours can be long some days. Comes with the territory. No regional advertising. It can be a struggle to get new footsteps in the door in some markets. They are allowing us to plan more in-store events, which helps.

    Advice to Management

    In general, I think management is on the right track. I'm pleased with my regional management and the support I get from HQ. I've been in retail for almost 20 years and worked on the wholesale, furniture-manufacturing side for a couple of years. The issues we have within our company are intrinsic to furniture retail. It's not a perfect world. It will never be. If you can't roll with the minor issues and work through them, this business is not for you. I like JA because it feels like a boutique but with a corporate structure. I feel that the corporate team in general is doing it's best to grow the company. I respect a group that takes risks, tries new things, and is then willing to switch gears when things don't work as planned. You cannot be afraid to fail, if you want to achieve great things.


  2. Great company that needs a lot of improvement

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

    I have been working at Jonathan Adler Enterprises full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great clients. Amazing energy if you work with a great team. Product craftsmanship make it easy to speak to & love. Great benefits. Very flexible with schedules and time-off. Smaller teams which is great for collaboration and teamwork.

    Cons

    Need to become more organized when it comes to communication with the company & delivery agents. Develop a better POS system & way to ensure availability of items. Doesn't have a great feel of growth to a corporate position unless you are friends with somebody higher up.

    Advice to Management

    Put equal focus on both your employees & managers. Get ALL your employees business cards & their own email. It makes a big difference I promise and gives a stronger sense of responsibility.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Disappointed

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

    I worked at Jonathan Adler Enterprises

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

    Pros

    A well known brand in the industry with quirky and iconic product. Laid back office environment with the cutest pups! As much as I didn't like the company, it definitely helped me reach my success now, so cheers to that!

    Cons

    Quickly becoming an over-saturated brand. If they're looking to be a "luxury" brand, they should stop making so many unnecessary and terrible partnerships as well as silly product that doesn't sell. Quality of product is terrible especially compared to how much they mark up the price. Product lead times are unbelievably long and basically always show up damaged. Corporate shows no appreciation for employees and does not ever reward them for their hard work. Unless you're BFF with upper management, expect no chance of upward movement no matter how much talent and hard work you bring to the team. HUGE turn around rate for a pretty small company. I've never seen so many people come and go. When they have that much talent walking out the door, they should really reconsider their practices. Terrible work life balance. Highly disorganized and unprofessional structure.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on what does sell and make it better instead of trying to create every product possible. Quality over Quantity. Do they're market research and learn from what other companies are doing successfully. JA's designs are quickly going out of style because they can't keep up with the times. And stop trying to sell the brand as a 'start up' company - they've been around since the 90's. Quit using that as an excuse as to why the company can't pay their employees what they're worth.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Over rated

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Jonathan Adler Enterprises full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great merchandise! I have always loved Jonathan Adler's designs. Customers love the accessories.

    Cons

    The customers don't think of JA as a furniture store but the goals are based on furniture sales and designer sales. The designer discount is only 20% and the furniture is overpriced for most pieces being manufactured in China. The rotation of merchandise is not exciting and the product begins to feel dated.

    Advice to Management

    Understand the limitations of the business and work with the employees for a better work life balance and bonus structure.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Store Manager at Jonathan Adler

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Denver, CO

    I worked at Jonathan Adler Enterprises

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Jonathan Adler is fabulous company to work for. The culture and passion of the employees from corporate to the retail field is felt throughout the company! As a manager of one of the store locations, I always felt supported by our corporate partners, who were easily accessible and helpful in many different situations. If I were not relocating to a state without a JA store, I would undoubtedly still be working for this amazing company!

    Cons

    No cons come to mind, great company to work for overall!


  7. Helpful (1)

    Don't listen to the naysayers - I love it here!

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Retail Employee
    Current Employee - Retail Employee

    I have been working at Jonathan Adler Enterprises

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I’m glad to see that I’m not the only one willing to post about my POSITIVE experience at Jonathan Adler. After reading all of the reviews, I felt compelled to write about my own experience. It seems like this site attracts former employees with a chip on their shoulder who feel the need to vent, and in doing so come across immature and vengeful with no real examples to support their complaints.

    As with all growing companies, there are inevitable growing pains, some people just don’t like change…

    My experience thus far has been a good one! I’ve been with JA for a while and I myself have been promoted and have seen several people within retail and corporate be promoted as well. While I do agree with some comments about the company, most people aren’t clear in saying the “cons” they list refer to the way it was over a year ago. It has changed during my time here and mostly for the better! In the past, people in retail management roles “a.k.a leaders” were scared to come to work everyday and you could see the stress on their faces after the weekly store leader conference calls- stress from the “berating” as someone called it on this site already. You’d think more people would have left during that time but I guess some people are a glutton for punishment and preferred to be micromanaged verus being held accountable for the success of their business. It has taken some time for significant changes to happen but I feel like we are now given more tools to succeed and, yes, we are now held accountable for our businesses and I think that’s the part that has changed the most. We’re no longer micromanaged at every corner and have no one else to blame if we can’t drive our own stores. Many of “us” find this challenge exciting; I can see how others may not be up to the challenge.

    Cons

    Some people in the home office are very busy and hard to get ahold of. I wish they could be more responsive and understanding of the retail field.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you’re doing and provide more training. The people in retail want to continue growing and learning everyday. Specifically, more product knowledge training and opportunities to work more directly with corporate partners.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Exciting, creative and truly FUN place to work!

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

    I have been working at Jonathan Adler Enterprises

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    For anyone truly passionate about design with an edge, Jonathan Adler Retail is a stellar place to spend your days. Co-workers share their passion for JA's design.....having the ability to tell the story of any collection gives consultants an honest and interesting way to engage the clients. Jonathan openly shares his vision and inspiration for his works with the teams as new lines are developed......it leaves the team hungry to share his irreverent vision with everyone that enters. Unlike other home furnishing & décor chains, JA's brick and mortars are over the top with in your face design and a wealth of inspiration for all that enter. We don't lurk or trail....we engage, share a story or, at times, just laugh with the client at the irreverent yet classic world that Jonathan has created. The DAY 1 employee discount is HUGE! Starting salaries are competitive, Management changes made at the corporate level in the past year have brought forward a positive and supportive approach to driving the business. HQ support teams (i.e.: Customer Service, Account Managers, Buyers, Visual, etc.) become like family.....we work together to solve issue as they arise with out finger pointing or blame. I thrive in an environment in which a brilliant client experience is our highest mission and our team gives 100% toward this end. Human Resources stronger presence is guiding the transition from a "mom & pop" into a multinational enterprise without crushing the charm and individualism that we all relish. JA embraces a strong "develop & promote" from within culture. In my case, I rose from part time associate to store manager in 18 months and have had the opportunity to task force at other stores in our region. One of the most truly enjoyable jobs on my storied resume!

    Cons

    So many SKU's, so much to learn.....this is not the place for someone that believes that they can know it all. With Jonathan's ever expanding imagination driving new lines and designs......working here makes you a constant student. Some stores are located in lower traffic area then would be desirable, but increases in brand exposure do seem to make them somewhat of an anchor for their neighborhoods.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to develop and promote the individuals that have the passion for the brand and you will be left with a team of ambassadors that cannot be stopped.


  9. Helpful (3)

    Worst work experience of my life

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

    I worked at Jonathan Adler Enterprises full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    The company did pay health benefits to all full-time employees with no co-pay this is something that has gotten a little mention and one plus for working with the company. It would've been difficult to see your healthcare provider given the hours staff is expected to work

    Cons

    Omitting the two or three glowing reviews that are in such stark contrast to the other largely negative reviews their sincerity needs to be questioned. There are consistent themes and most of these reviews that I would only echo saying my experiences with Jonathanadler Enterprises we're basically the same: disorganized upper management, poor quality product, fear and intimidation or standard practices from a corporate level Store managers and staff were solely responsible for the health and well-being of the company.

    Retail stores competed with the website little thought was given to the dilution of the brand jonathanadler the person was pretrade as a benevolent creative genius who we were all there to serve.

    A psychologically damaging place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Sell the brand while it still has some value


  10. Helpful (3)

    Toxic, unpleasant, inexperienced people running the show. STAY AWAY!!

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

    I have been working at Jonathan Adler Enterprises

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

    Pros

    Wonderful pottery. Best clients in the business. Really great customers. Jonathan Adler himself is a genius!

    Cons

    Most furniture is poor quality and over priced. The imported furniture looks like it belongs in a discount store rather than an upscale furniture boutique. Cheapens brand. Horrible management. Most of corporate office is a joke. Human Resource dept non existent. Poor business practices. Very poor customer service at corporate level.

    Advice to Management

    Wipe them all out and start fresh. They hold the business down and don't allow it to thrive. Drop the high school gossip mentality. Fire the entire Chicago staff. Chicago will not live up to its potential until the entire staff is changed. Weak and deceitful people all with Giant egos. If you choose to work there, be warned. Trust no one at the store level or corporate. You'll be miserable.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Amazingly creative founder of the company, but needs to hire organizational team.

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

    I worked at Jonathan Adler Enterprises full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great products that are one of kind and can not be found any where else. Customer service is always in progress, items that are one of kind are kept around, and bright bold creativity.

    Cons

    Need home office leadership and a creative director that will keep the founder in line and focused on what is done amazingly. No real employee retention or care to keep what is good in a person around.

    Advice to Management

    Get a creative director, trust in "good" of what people bring to the table, and don't act like mean people to field people.



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