Party City Reviews in Los Angeles, CA

Updated April 12, 2014
Updated April 12, 2014
325 Reviews
2.8
325 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • flexible hours (usually), shifts aren't too early or too late, most managers can be very agreeable (in 16 reviews)

  • This company has a fun environment with very likable people (in 15 reviews)


Cons
  • No room for advancement (took me 4 years to be promoted to a supervisor) (in 10 reviews)

  • The minimum wage was pretty disappointing (in 19 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good job, bad career.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate  in  Simi Valley, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Simi Valley, CA

    I have been working at Party City part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The pay is above minimum and the customers you get coming through are primarily women looking to shop for parties, making sure that almost everybody who walks in there is in a good mood to begin with. The management at my store are all awesome and incredibly flexible with availability, hours, and getting days off.

    Cons

    Worst. Music. Ever. It's all covers done by horrible imitators of the original songs. The only other complaint is that usually Party City hires outside of the company for management positions and doesn't usually hire up from within the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire from within. We know so much more about the ebb and flow and inner workings of the stores that I feel we are much better equipped with the knowledge to address issues that arise compared to those who are just coming into the company with no prior experience of working in a Party City store.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Excellent!!!

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

    I have been working at Party City part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great hours
    Friendly staff
    Fun environment
    Learning experience

    Cons

    Minimum wage
    Only a seasonal job

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Young company with ambitious goals.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - General Manager  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - General Manager in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Party City full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Fast-paced retail perfect for those who enjoy no down time. Ownership model provides opportunities for those to take pride In their accomplishments.

    Cons

    Halloween season provides several challenges that can be overwhelming for some and has been notorious for creating a high turn over ratio for the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Has it's good and bad qualities

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant Manager  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant Manager in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Party City full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Lots of seasonal changes to give you variety in the work. Stays busy all the time. Overall it's a very easy job.

    Cons

    Don't get much chance to get promoted. Very little if any development. Pay is below average. There is very little opportunity to manage anything outside of the Halloween season, mostly you are doing most of the work yourself ie. stocking, cashiering, zoning, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you wonder why you have no bench of people to fill open positions, take a look at the lack of development going on in the company. If you don't allocate resources to it, it won't happen.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great People

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Party City

    Pros

    work with awesome people
    Discount
    Gaining the experience to plan parties

    Cons

    A dislike of Balloons :D
    The pay
    Customers, that think they own you cause they're shopping there

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allocate hours to stores so that tasks could get finished at the time that corporate wants it done.
    Allow some independence on the store level, DM's should not try to micromanage

    Disapproves of CEO

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