Origins Natural Resources

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Origins Natural Resources Reviews

Updated July 26, 2014
Updated July 26, 2014
29 Reviews

3.4
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    Store Manager

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    Current Employee - Store Manager  in  Paramus, NJ
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Paramus, NJ

    I have been working at Origins Natural Resources full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Grreat company and leadership. Good benefits and people, excellent training for employees, standard time off for managers

    Cons

    As with any job the politics are not the best but better than most and they do follow thier open door policy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Watch your Sales and Education Executives closer, they don't follow through and hide behind blaming the hard workiners in the store.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Working for Origins Natural Resources is great if you like product.

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    Former Employee - Guide  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Guide in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at Origins Natural Resources part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good product. Nicely built space.

    Cons

    Typical retail hourly salary. If you need to make enough to live on, a part time job just is not going to cut it.

    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    A company that tips the support versus pay scale drastically to support.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Origins Natural Resources

    Pros

    Great leaders, gratis, and training.

    Cons

    Limited growth, it may take you several years to accomplish your career goals here. Keep in mid however that once you're on "the radar" the executive works feverishly to groom you for your next move.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take more time to learn from the salespeople.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    rigid sales techniques, unresponsive management

    Current Employee - Sales Guide
    Current Employee - Sales Guide

    I have been working at Origins Natural Resources part-time

    Pros

    decent bonus for part-timers if the store meets monthly goals, gratis system for free products. Generous discount for company products.

    Cons

    monthly goals dependent solely on last year's revenue, management was mostly unresponsive and manipulative, management would change their own goals to put more sales weight on the employees. These issues were brought up to the district manager multiple times and short phone calls/meetings were requested and subsequently ignored. Bonus dependent on store success, not individual. The company conducts personality tests prior to employment (good), uses those metrics as reasons against promotion, but does not utilize the results to create higher quality performance in the workplace.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Use those expensive personality tests for a purpose. Stop using your sales technique as a hard script. When a store has high turnover and employees continue to request meetings with the DM about questionable leadership, at least acknowledge them or give them a few minutes to explain. Allow employees to submit their reason for quitting without being watched by their managers. Corporate culture is stifling, extremely hierarchical, and not a good environment for those who want development and relatable training.

    Doesn't Recommend
  6.  

    Initially a very positive experience, but disappointing after upper management changes

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    Former Employee - Retail Store Manager
    Former Employee - Retail Store Manager

    I worked at Origins Natural Resources full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Senior executive management is of great quality, as are the products. Client interactions are satisfying because you have the opportunity to make sales while truly helping people address problems that affect how they feel about themselves. Always new material to learn and new products to try.

    Cons

    Shifts in upper field management coincided with decline in retail sales and contributed to a stressful culture and an unfortunate disconnect between how field managers know to run the business and what upper management believes to be effective. The constant shifting of blame to the store level for poor performance and an apparent refusal to recognize obvious issues or to attempt creative solutions disappointed me and my peers, as did the culture of hiring externally for executive positions rather than considering qualified internal candidates.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior executive management in the home office should pay extremely close attention to the feedback coming out of retail stores and should encourage feedback to be given. I would also suggest that the company not be as keen to hire externally when it has the opportunity to grow viable internal candidates who already understand the business and the client base.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Nice place to work

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    Current Employee - Key Holder  in  Natick, MA
    Current Employee - Key Holder in Natick, MA

    I have been working at Origins Natural Resources part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The job is fun and simple and the brand sells very nice products, making them easy to sell to all customers.

    Cons

    Some days can be very slow, with only a few customers coming in. There are a lot of product descriptions to memorize.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Best job ever...

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    Current Employee - Keyholder  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Keyholder in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Origins Natural Resources part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Some pros were the culture of the company, the environment with co-workers and clients felt like family. I enjoyed meeting new people. There were several resources available to gain product knowledge and career development.

    Cons

    I did not like cold calling clients I did no know, however mini facials made it easier to entice people into the store. And it sometimes help sales

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Overall fulfilling yet frustrating.

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    Former Employee - Retail Store Manager  in  Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Retail Store Manager in Arlington, VA

    I worked at Origins Natural Resources full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great benefits
    previously excellent training
    Amazing products and mission

    Cons

    Horrible pay
    Education was cut
    Unnecessary competition with online store
    Some decisions in corporate do not make sense

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to you sales guides they have great insight to the company and deserve better education to represent the brand wholey

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Operations Manager

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    Former Employee - Operations Manager  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at Origins Natural Resources full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    From the beginning I thought it was a fantastic job and company. We were located in NYC so my store received a lot of visits from corporate. Overall I was very satisfied with how I was trained, the store location and quality of employees that were hired. I asked for a raise and received it no problem so it troubles me to see so many people complaining about pay rate in these reviews. You can't expect to get what you don't ask for. Annual raises for retail are never significant.

    My DM and RM were the best people! Truly acknowledged my talents and let me expand outside of the store. I can't express how lovely they were. Generally, there is great deal of fear and stress involved when you know you're getting a visit, but it was never that case at this company.

    The discounts were pretty great for all estee lauder companies as were the corporate memberships to museums were definitely worthwhile.

    I also loved the time they spent in training employees on new products.

    The attempts at being earth conscious was nice with their recycling program and tree planting.

    Cons

    Nothing major. I wish there had been more opportunities for advancement into corporate, but I also should have voiced it and made my own efforts in finding internships or positions within corporate as there was no where else for me to move to besides SM level.

    My particular position became rather routine for me and easy, which is where my DM and RM saw opportunity for me to grow in training management. I would have appreciated more guidance on where to go from there and more offers of challenges to keep me growing within the company.

    I would have appreciated more information about the recycling program and bigger efforts in changing the plastic and paper packaging if it is such a concern for the company to be earth friendly.

    Ultimately I left due to personal differences between myself and the SM. I did not leave because of the company itself.

    Recommends
  11.  

    Great job to have if your in college

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    Former Employee - Sales  in  Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Former Employee - Sales in Fort Lauderdale, FL

    I worked at Origins Natural Resources full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Gratis
    - Generous employee discount

    Cons

    - Store management lacks professionalism
    - No educational training
    - You don't make your numbers for 2 consecutive months, they hand you your walking papers
    - Impossible to actually take vacation time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train managers to handle employees in a professional manner, hire educated managers, train your employees properly

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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