Party City Reviews

Updated October 19, 2014
Updated October 19, 2014
358 Reviews
2.8
358 Reviews
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Jerry Rittenberg
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Plus is employee discount of 30% which actually comes handy (in 22 reviews)

  • flexible hours (usually), shifts aren't too early or too late, most managers can be very agreeable (in 17 reviews)


Cons
  • It is retail, and the pay is basically minimum wage with no benefits (in 22 reviews)

  • low pay, very poor management, little chances of moving up in the company (in 21 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    A fun place for a first job

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Party City part-time

    Pros

    there was a great employee discount, very friendly coworkers, pretty chill managers, had a great time around decor and costumes and party supplies, customers were almost always friendly

    Cons

    janky hours, theyd have you close at midnight one night and the very next day expect you to be clocked in by 6am, the khaki pants are horrible, but thats probably something everyone complains about

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep doing what youre doing

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Party City is the best company I have ever worked for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager of Field Recruiting in Pembroke Pines, FL
    Current Employee - Manager of Field Recruiting in Pembroke Pines, FL

    I have been working at Party City full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lots of growth within the company. We are opening up over 300 new stores over the next several years.

    Cons

    I have had all positive experiences working for Party City over the past 6 years. I love it me

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up with all of the great work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Alright

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    Current Employee - FT Team Lead in Aurora, CO
    Current Employee - FT Team Lead in Aurora, CO

    I have been working at Party City full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    it's there and not in going anywhere

    Cons

    it's there and it's my job

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be more respectful to people

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Sales Associate

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    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 an 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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    It isn't much of a party...

    Current Employee - Front End Lead
    Current Employee - Front End Lead

    I have been working at Party City part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The people I work with are nice, and most of the work is not hard once you know what you are doing. There are opportunities to become a manager just by starting out as an associate, but it will take a number of years of reliable, good work. Also, you get decent hours for part time retail if you work hard and take extra shifts.

    Inflating balloons can be fun, and if you like Halloween, it is great to help someone get a costume together.

    Cons

    There isn't really any established method of learning how to do the work well or how to use a PDT efficiently, and coworkers can be annoyed by repeated questions.

    Some of Party City's products aren't very good quality, and I often tell customers to go elsewhere for better makeup, costume accessories that could be purchased at a thrift shop, etc.

    It is retail, and the pay is basically minimum wage with no benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are training videos for balloon inflation and talking to customers, but why not setting a planogram or using a PDT? Streamline the learning curve for your associates and you would greatly increase the value of your associates.

  7.  

    Seasonal Job

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    • 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 an year)

    Pros

    Discount on Halloween costumes was nice

    Cons

    Not much training, overworked managers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great Seasonal PT Job at Party City

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Halloween Sales Associate in Chesapeake, VA
    Former Employee - Halloween Sales Associate in Chesapeake, VA

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

    Pros

    Good shifts. Great coworkers. Get to dress up in costumes. Great pay.

    Cons

    Customers are crazy. But that's anywhere and everywhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Nationwide retailer with limited room for advancement

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - General Manager in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - General Manager in Charlotte, NC

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

    Pros

    Growing company, moving over to bix-box style retail vs. older, smaller stores of the past. Fast paced environment, especially during Halloween. Easy to advance up to General Manager level. Great place to get experience working in retail. Management teams in surrounding stores become part of your family which makes any types of store-store interaction much more pleasant than at other retailers.

    Cons

    Little to no down time, management does a lot more actual hands-on work than in most other retailers, very little support from the corporate level. Example: there are rules for returns, but if a customer so much as mentions calling upper management or corporate, you may as well just do the return because you'll get a phonecall telling you to do so anyway., even if the return is clearly fraud. But then you're held accountable for the shrink this causes. There is a great deal of relocations that take place in my market. I have worked at 6 different stores on my way to becoming a general manager, this can be quite taxing if that isn't your cup of tea.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This company's managers do a lot less managing and a lot more work that associates would normally be responsible for at other retailers. There is a great deal of micromanaging and paperwork unheard of at other retailers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Fun place to work.

    Former Employee - Cashier/Sales Associate in Roseville, CA
    Former Employee - Cashier/Sales Associate in Roseville, CA

    I worked at Party City (more than an year)

    Pros

    I enjoyed working here for the flexible schedule and fun people to work with as well as helping people find all there party or halloween needs.

    Cons

    I didn't find a quick opportunity to work my way up in the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employee Newsletter may make employees feel more valued. To include job advancement opportunities within the company.

  11.  

    Experience was horrible because they manger had no feeling about anything and only cared about himself.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Halloween Sales Associate in Aventura, FL
    Former Employee - Halloween Sales Associate in Aventura, FL

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

    Pros

    Training was easy and relax nothing major, everyone was though to work together and get along

    Cons

    Manger didn't care that i had to call out of work because my grandfather had just died and had to head out of town for the funeral.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trying to see things from the employee view instead of wiring about themselves.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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