Stein Mart Reviews

Updated September 19, 2014
Updated September 19, 2014
152 Reviews
3.0
152 Reviews
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Stein Mart Chairman & Interim CEO Jay Stein
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The employee discount is nice and employee of the month is also a nice perk (in 13 reviews)

  • Great merchandise at great prices (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • Too much emphasis on getting people to sign up for credit cards or to sign up for "free" magazines (in 8 reviews)

  • Long, long hours for management (in 7 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Area Loss Prevention

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Area Loss Prevention Coordinator  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Area Loss Prevention Coordinator in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Stein Mart full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great work life balance. Company has more like a family athmosphere from the regional directors to the managers in the store. Not like any other big box retiailer.

    Cons

    Pay ok but lower than a lot of other companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing. Seems like the company is trending upwards.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Slow to promote but mostly promotes from within.

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

    I worked at Stein Mart part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Employee discount and the merchandise were great. The job variety was good because I worked in every department as a sales associate.

    Cons

    Getting promoted would have taken me two-three years and the store I worked in was heavily micro-managed by the stores manager and area manager.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit micro managing and learn to spot talent early on for promotion.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Average

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate  in  Tulsa, OK
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Tulsa, OK

    I worked at Stein Mart full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Nice people, stable enviornment, clean

    Cons

    The wages are low and work load can be high.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give equal treatment among all employees when it comes to breaks and requests off.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Enjoyable

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - General Manager  in  Baton Rouge, LA
    Current Employee - General Manager in Baton Rouge, LA

    I have been working at Stein Mart full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    There is more freedom for creativity than at most retailers.

    Cons

    Too many hours spent at work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reasonable expectations considering payroll.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    I liked working here

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate  in  El Paso, TX
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in El Paso, TX

    I worked at Stein Mart full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    My coworkers were like my second family. I was always busy and felt that I had more control over what I was doing than at other retail positions. It was easy to take time off.

    Cons

    At the time that i worked there no pay raises. Upper management had extremely high expectations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate better with store managers on sale events and store layout.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good retail experience.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Area Loss Prevention Specialist  in  Melbourne, FL
    Former Employee - Area Loss Prevention Specialist in Melbourne, FL

    I worked at Stein Mart part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The managers always had your back was I was crossed trained in several departments so I could fill in and get more hours.

    Cons

    Working in retail you always have to work weekends and late into the evening but that is just part of any retail business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more full time employees and give better pay and benefits and fewer part timers who just put in time.

    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    It is what you make of it...

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Stein Mart full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Hours are better than other retailers
    Discount
    Good people within the company

    Cons

    Communication could definitely improve
    Compensation is affected by the "better schedule"
    Limited growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better communication
    Better compensation (You get what you pay for)
    Consistency is always good and sometimes necessary.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    High maintenance thrift store

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

    I have been working at Stein Mart full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The discounts are ok.

    Cons

    Long hours, LOW pay. Upper managers don't care for safety and personal well being of the employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give credit where credit is due. Raise the base pay and maybe your turnover rate won't be so high.

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

    So-so place to work.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate
    Current Employee - Sales Associate

    I have been working at Stein Mart part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great co-workers, nice merchandise, great prices, most customers are nice, good employee discount.

    Cons

    Long hours on your feet. Job can be physically demanding. Compensation is low. Management can make or break your experience working here. I've had managers who understand that keeping employees happy leads to good results in the store & others who are inconsiderate & insulting to staff. Schedules vary & often aren't posted in a timely manner so you may not find out until Friday afternoon if you're on the schedule for Sunday. If someone in management is promoted, they're transferred to another store.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Associates should be treated with some respect. Weekly schedules should be posted as soon as possible. Managerial promotions within the store should be not only permitted, but encouraged.

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

    It's a nice place to work if your are looking for a part time position

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Visual Merchandiser  in  San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Visual Merchandiser in San Antonio, TX

    I have been working at Stein Mart part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    the best thing in working here is that i make real good friends and the hours for working at a retail store are pretty decent

    Cons

    the only thing that is a draw back in working for this company is that they do not pay the leads or any of the full time position a fair salary for the amount of work that they do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The management staff needs to take initiative when it come to changing thing at the store level and address problems to corporate office when needed.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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