Party City Reviews

Updated March 3, 2015
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  1. 3 people found this helpful

    General Manager

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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

    Pros

    Great employee benefits for tenured employees.
    Promotion of lower level manager positions, team leaders, Assistant Managers are usually conducted from with in.

    Cons

    No longer looking for a manager who can think and do what is necessary to help a store make money. They would like a cookie cutter manager who only does what is asked. No room for regional or local changes.
    If you are looking for growth into the upper level of management, District level or above, Party City does a very poor job of promoting from with-in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There was a time when managers could make decisions to merchandise cretin product that would turn and generate revenue however now District Managers are so afraid of doing something that was not directed that they do not allow for any change in the layout even if one can show it will generate sales.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  2. Around Halloween time it's very busy.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Halloween Sales Associate in Hawthorne, CA
    Former Employee - Halloween Sales Associate in Hawthorne, CA

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

    Pros

    It's a fun environment to work in you get to meet a lot of great new people and the customers that come in are sometimes nice sometimes rude

    Cons

    When the store is packed its gets really really hot and the ac you can't really feel and the pay is minimum wage that could be way better the amount of money that comes into the store.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. I was hired as a seasonal employee for Halloween in Sept, and was let go first week of Nov.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Seasonal Sales Associate in Mission Viejo, CA
    Former Employee - Seasonal Sales Associate in Mission Viejo, CA

    I worked at Party City part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Easy hiring process (aside from the tedious Assessment Tests). Really fun work environment! Fair management. Full shifts available through October. Gets super busy, so the closer it gets to Halloween, the faster time goes by. Be prepared for late shifts, (up to midnight or 1am). Also, paychecks are provided in the form of a prepaid "Comdata" debit card. Automatically uploads on payday. And returning seasonal employees have first dibs on employment next year.

    Cons

    The pay rate for seasonal workers is minimum wage. The permanent employees working there aren't that nice to seasonal workers, as they know they are only temps, and therefore don't want to put forth the effort in any personal contact. Not a lot of room for growth in the company. Takes a long time to even be promoted to "Team Lead". The Comdata payroll company AND ATM's charge fees to withdrawal. However, the ATM's inside CVS are surcharge free.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try and make sure your Team Leads are being helpful and friendly to the seasonal workers. It's discouraging when the staff and/or management isn't approachable.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. Store employees more helpful than management

    Former Employee - Halloween Expert in Monrovia, CA
    Former Employee - Halloween Expert in Monrovia, CA

    I worked at Party City

    Pros

    Employees make it fun. they are very nice/knowledgeable, and quite willing to help you figure something out. Very positive attitude from many of them.

    Cons

    communication was little. some explanations of tasks were entirely too drawn out and others were not explained nearly enough.
    multiple missed shifts because schedules were posted late (ie posted after closing the day before the schedule begins) and communication was nil.

  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Great, dynamic retail environment where you can make a difference.

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

    I have been working at Party City full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Exciting, dynamic, licensed product lines. Customers come in looking to celebrate, which makes it a great retail environment. Donations to charity also help make you feel like you are making a difference in people's lives.

    Cons

    No negative comments on this employer.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Sales Associate

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

    I worked at Party City part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible Hours and great schedule. Great employees around the same age

    Cons

    Difference styles of management among managers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more feedback on work

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. Seasonal Job

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Seasonal Sales in Torrance, CA
    Former Employee - Seasonal Sales in Torrance, CA

    I worked at Party City part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Discount on Halloween costumes was nice

    Cons

    Not much training, overworked managers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. Sales Associate

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Part-Time Sales Associate in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Part-Time Sales Associate in Burbank, CA

    I worked at Party City part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Honestly, the only cool thing about working here is that you get to help people prepare for Halloween. There is nothing fun about working here.

    Cons

    It gets really crowded during October and the manager WILL play favorites.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You guys need to make your employees feel special. Employees here end up feeling like volunteers instead of fully employed employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 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 (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
  11. 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 (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

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