RadioShack

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RadioShack Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated February 10, 2015
Updated February 10, 2015
40 Reviews
2.4
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great Training - trained for all major cell phone companies and fast paced (in 144 reviews)

  • Some pros for working at RadioShack is the some of the employee discount (in 87 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management has no concern for their employees unless they are chosen favorites (in 161 reviews)

  • The only thing Corporate cared about was the amount of cell phones you sold (in 139 reviews)

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  1.  

    Faat paced fast cash

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Target Mobile Store Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Target Mobile Store Manager in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at RadioShack

    Pros

    fun flexible hours great new manager working experience

    Cons

    constantly consistant needs more for what we do

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    neeeds more incenitives to keep us happy

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    A good company.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Munster, IN
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Munster, IN

    I worked at RadioShack

    Pros

    All of my co-workers and managers were very helpful in learning about the many product we offered and how to use the computer system.

    Cons

    There was way too many training videos and worksheets. It took me about 3 weeks to get through all the training materials because I had to keep stopping to help customers in between.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    RadioShack was a very nice company to work for, the manager and other employees were very nice. I think RadioShack is doing a good job of letting people know they have expanded their products they offer.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    One hell of a review

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Full-Time Sales Associate in Norridge, IL
    Current Employee - Full-Time Sales Associate in Norridge, IL

    I have been working at RadioShack

    Pros

    Working with a respective team who are well aware of innovative technology.
    For the most, learning about technology is really beneficiary, and teaching customer or other individuals of the product is rewarding.
    Management are underrated, but the company did have a lot of growth.

    Cons

    Pay
    The simple fact that commission rate decreased during a two year span.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay workers for what they deserve, and not take advantage of them.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    A determine sales associate

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Willowbrook, IL
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Willowbrook, IL

    I worked at RadioShack full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good hours and commission loved it until manager got jealous

    Cons

    Company will stab u in the back!!

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    A Company in Free Fall

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at RadioShack full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    -Get to spend all day around technology
    -Laid back environment
    -Decent training in electronics, you get to learn (both through training and experience) a lot about technology and electronics.

    Cons

    -Management utterly confused, frequently given conflicting or unclear goals
    -commission structure changed 5 times in the under 2 years I was there
    -Company was in a free fall while I was there, (stock price lost 200% of value) so management and employees were always jumping ship.
    -Sub-par hiring practices. I worked with lots of smart people who enjoyed technology and were knowledgeable. I also worked with just as many people who knew nothing about technology, didn't care to learn, and were not enamored of customer service or following through with any sales job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do something drastic with the company, the business model is outdated. The stores look tired; many haven't received an interior design upgrade since the eighties. Be clear with your employees as to what you want, how we're going to do it and how we are going to get there.

    Please, hire better people. I cannot tell you how many hours I spent doing other people's jobs, saving their sales from unhappy customers, and general cleaning up.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    It went Okay.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Discounts on your cell phone bill
    You learn a lot of useless talents
    Coworkers are generally great people
    Low stress, kind of
    Commission

    Cons

    The customers can be pretty slow
    Commission structure changes a lot
    There are either too little or too many hours
    Lacks consistency
    Workload can be tedious and over bearing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please get yourself figured out and stop punishing employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Great for students.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Homewood, IL
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Homewood, IL

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

    Pros

    You get a chance to learn a lot about technology. They activate cell phones for multiple carriers, and have a lot of technical merchandise. You also have a big responsibility working in a small store. There's opportunity for advancement.

    Cons

    DMs are paid to be extremely aggravating (at least in the Chicago district). If you're promoted to store manager, you are required to work 6 days out the week.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    See the value in top performers. Don't be so quick to fire people for unintended mistakes.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    It's okay if you only work here part time. Besides that it's kind of boring, not many people come in.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate - Part Time in Burbank, IL
    Current Employee - Sales Associate - Part Time in Burbank, IL

    I have been working at RadioShack part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    You get experience for other jobs.
    Most customers are nice.
    You get a decent discount on most things in the store.

    Cons

    They're always changing how the store looks.
    No room to move up in the company.
    Have to really push products on customers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    As a Store Manager you learn many facets of running a business.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Radioshack Store Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Radioshack Store Manager in Chicago, IL

    I worked at RadioShack full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Pros of working at this company....You meet people from all walks of life and create opportunities to "network". You also learn to work within a given budget and how to maximize profits! Profits equal Bonus for this is a commission driven business.

    Cons

    Typically, new store managers are given the lowest budget stores with high inventory losses...which of course can affect your profits....and therefore your commissions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Often new store managers are promoted or given a store based on their consistent high sales performance. Very little training is focused on the operations side of the business; which is just as important as the sales. More focus should be given on handling the operations side of the business to produce more rounded store managers....and therefore highers sales forecasts!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    It's definitely not a career job, but it will get you through until you find one.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate - Part Time in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Sales Associate - Part Time in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at RadioShack part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    It can be a pleasant place to work at, depending on the location. You will meet people with different skills ranging from great sales to knowing electronics in depth.

    Cons

    The hourly rate is really restrictive, forcing a person who needs to survive on their own to put in a lot of hours....if there are any. It's definitely a company that is effected by the economy and it shows.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is a need for full time workers who know what they're talking about, but unfortunately the majority of the people who are hired are not knowledgeable of too much other than cell phones.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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