Stein Mart Reviews

Updated August 25, 2014
Updated August 25, 2014
148 Reviews

2.9
148 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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  1.  

    Good retail experience.

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    • 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
  2.  

    It is what you make of it...

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    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
  3.  

    So-so place to work.

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    • 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
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  5.  

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

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    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
  6.  

    Buying Intern

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Buying Intern  in  Jacksonville, FL
    Former Employee - Buying Intern in Jacksonville, FL

    I worked at Stein Mart as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    You are learning a lot in short period of time but the company makes it fun and interesting. Great family environment. As an intern, you make a decent amount of money & really get to learn the daily activities of a Buying team.

    Cons

    They hired too many interns and job offers after were slim. Some interns were not placed with teams that wanted interns and it reflected in their teaching abilities.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Nice

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    Current Employee - Cashier  in  Knoxville, TN
    Current Employee - Cashier in Knoxville, TN

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

    Pros

    Very fun environment, can be stressful but over all a great job.

    Cons

    Stress brought on my managers if you are a cashier. Credit card sales are very important.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good discount, fun people, nice environment.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Your only as good as your last mistake

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    Former Employee - Store Manager
    Former Employee - Store Manager

    I worked at Stein Mart full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The personal bonds made while @ Stein Mart were priceless.

    Cons

    Nothing is ever good enough and you are not forgiven for mistakes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remeber that the associates are human and mistakes will be made

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good job for High School Students

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate  in  Cooper City, FL
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Cooper City, FL

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

    Pros

    Easy Job
    Good People
    Flexible Job
    Good Managers

    Cons

    Low Pay
    No Future , just a job

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Lots of Physical Labor, Low Low Low Compensation

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    Former Employee - Assistant Manager  in  DFW, TX
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in DFW, TX

    I worked at Stein Mart full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Very much like a family within each store you work in. Everyone takes care of each other. Have met some wonderful people in the 10 years I gave to this company.

    Cons

    For the amount of physical work, the compensation is not worth it. Constant floor moves In the home department means moving heavy fixtures, merchandise, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    For district/regionals: take care of and appreciate your management staff within your stores. There are better paying jobs with less physical work, less stress that you inflict on them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company has lost its way

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    Former Employee - General Manager
    Former Employee - General Manager

    I worked at Stein Mart full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The merchandise is beautiful but is purchased for only one demographic. The employee discount is nice and employee of the month is also a nice perk.

    Cons

    The staff is so terribly over worked and it is so difficult to maintain the standards of the store. The employees are really suffering from exhaustion and bitterness. They are pushed every day to do the work of 3 or 4 people and the raises if any are so minuscule they are insulting. The training is inconsistent and there really is no time to complete it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please re-work the budget. Give the stores control of their payroll again. you cant protect assets with a staff of 5 people. You can't vacuum the store with 4 people. The company is Top Heavy and you need to give it back to Mike Ray. He is the only one who knows how to make things work. Retail is instinct as well as numbers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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