Party City Reviews

Updated October 27, 2014
Updated October 27, 2014
363 Reviews
2.8
363 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 18 reviews)


Cons
  • You will be paid minimum wage if you work in a store (in 23 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Great Seasonal PT Job at Party City

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  2.  

    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.

  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    So much fun!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    It's very easy to learn the job. It's basically stocking shelves, cleaning mirrors and fitting rooms, and helping customers. Hours are very flexible. 30% discount.

    Cons

    During Halloween, hours are extremely limited unless you're availability always free. It's very hard to be promoted.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Okay place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Arlington, TX
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Arlington, TX

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

    Pros

    The best reasons would be for the people and the environment. Youre taught well, and its an okay job.

    Cons

    Hardly any improvement to move up in the company, not good pay, sucky hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't make decisions on things you don't know.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Party City- Meh

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

    I have been working at Party City full-time

    Pros

    Whats good? Employee discount is 30%.
    You get good experience with setting planograms with constant changes every season

    Cons

    Whats bad? 47.5 hours per week. Working weekends. Lack of payroll hours and unattainable expectations with those hours.( I know... thats retail!) Lack of care or concern about employees or understanding of specific store issues. Management acts like every store is a cookie cutter store and there are no unique situations. Zero respect for store management and store personnel from anyone in corporate or DM level and above. It takes DAYS and sometimes weeks to get answers to basic store questions and even with personal HR related questions. Lots of chiefs but very few true leaders.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice to management: DM's and above- Understand your management and employees better. Being a dictator with very little advice or knowledge sharing is terrible for morale. Constantly threatening management with termination instead of getting to the heart of the real issues makes everyone uncomfortable.

    To corporate: ANSWER OUR EMAILS! Takes too long to hear back from you. Stop pushing it back on us for more info. I dont have time during the day to be in the office answering emails to questions that you should be able to get the answer and solve my problem.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Sales Associate

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 an 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
  8.  

    It was a fun experience although it was only for holloween. I would definitely return.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Stock Associate in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Stock Associate in Miami, FL

    I worked at Party City (less than an year)

    Pros

    The hours were flexible and the managers were cool.

    Cons

    It was hot outside when I had to wear the constume to promote other costumes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Not worth wasting your gas on

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Party City

    Pros

    There are no pros for this job. Seasonal workers deserve more then they are given.

    Cons

    Seasonal workers deserve so much more. They are underpaid for a lot of work and sometimes checks are not even $100 dollars. I think their advertising for "great pay" and "flexible scheduling" should not be printed on their banner because it's not true at all. Seasonal works are paid minimum wage

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide seasonal workers with better benefits!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10.  

    Good place if you
     are a new manager

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

    I have been working at Party City

    Pros

    great discount and nice customers

    Cons

    they really ask a lot of the team and it never seems to let up. Not enough help but standards need to stay at a high level.

  11.  

    Good working environment.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Cashier/Sales Associate in Westminster, CO
    Former Employee - Cashier/Sales Associate in Westminster, CO

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

    Pros

    Meeting new people, learning retail basics, fun atmosphere, 30% discount, always have something to do, good first job, good pos system

    Cons

    Halloween brings a lot of stress, management doesn't always listen to concerns, not enough training, don't have the opportunities you can find in other profession (raises, promotions, ect.)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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