Stride Rite

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Stride Rite Reviews

Updated October 23, 2014
Updated October 23, 2014
65 Reviews
3.0
65 Reviews
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Gregg Ribatt
18 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Discount on shoes if you have kids (in 4 reviews)

  • They are flexible with school or other jobs, fun place to work with others and to work with kids (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Low pay scale and the benefits were cut every year I worked there (in 5 reviews)

  • no support from district leader or upper management (in 5 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Store Manager
    Current Employee - Store Manager

    I have been working at Stride Rite full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Love working with families and watching kids grow up over the years. Our customers love and respect the Stride Rite name. It can be a little crazy in August and March during our annual promotions.

    Cons

    Very large shipments and climbing 12 foot ladders

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Customer surveys are not always the best indicator of what is going on in the store

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Store manager

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Stride Rite full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Nice hours, and very little physical work! It's a very easy job, I love working with kids , and meeting new people.

    Cons

    Too many changes, there have been so many changes in the brief amount of time I've worked there! They make this job harder than it should be!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put more thought into the decision you make .

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Simply alright.

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

    I worked at Stride Rite part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Not a lot of pros to be honest. If you are a people person, you might enjoy the interaction with customers. Otherwise, there is hardly anything about the job worth praising.

    Cons

    The scheduling was poor and employees were given preferential treatment because of personal ties to the manager. Also, management is motivated by sales and an often unrealistic forecast of sales.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Things were great until new management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Bossier City, LA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Bossier City, LA

    I worked at Stride Rite part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Working with the customers , regular customers would recommend you if you were a good seller or good with their children. Flexible schedule , simple task

    Cons

    Only thing the manager cared about was making goal. Sometimes the store would get very crowded and loud , associates weren't getting along. Management took sides; there wasn't a reason to report any incidents because there was never a solution brought to attention.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on operation than sales, managers are so focused on other things that all other duties fall on associates.. It's hard to have respect for the manager when she is constantly up your behind, there is no praise given to the team when they should be appreciated. and HIRE managers that know what they're doing and that'll give the team a great stride instead of picking favs or kiss ups

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Store Manager

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Store Manager
    Former Employee - Store Manager

    I worked at Stride Rite full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Little Christmas business so you can celebrate with your family.

    Cons

    Poor pay. Poor quality shoes. Customers who are angry because the shoes fall apart. Moldy shoes coming from China. Small staff. Company has outlets and wholesale accounts so you are competing with everyone for the same sale. Stores have gotten rid of customer service. You are supposed to hover over customers. Cannot sit on the floor to help children try on shoes. Removing benches so family cannot sit together to try on shoes. Grab and go is the motto.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Couldn't help you if we tried. There will be massive store closures this year as NEW company gets rid of the Stride Rite Stores and goes online and wholesale for sales. This is the third owners for this company in ten years.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Good for full-time students

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

    I have been working at Stride Rite part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    -40% discount on Stride Rite shoes, Sperry's, and Sauconys
    -Really flexible schedule
    -Cute kids/nice families

    Cons

    -Pay is kind of low for everything that you do
    -Small staff so it can be hard to get shifts covered if you need it
    -Tons of shipment
    -Rude customers
    -Only get a raise once a year (which is like 20 cents)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Ok.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Rockaway, NJ
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Rockaway, NJ

    I worked at Stride Rite part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Hours flexible, paid even if no one comes into the store

    Cons

    No commission so no incentive, stupid survey, screaming kids

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire managers who aren't stupid.

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

    Needs Improvement

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Key Holder in Franklin, TN
    Former Employee - Key Holder in Franklin, TN

    I worked at Stride Rite full-time

    Pros

    You get a pretty good discount, but you can't partake in the loyalty program. You also get a lot of customers who return over time and you get to know the family, which is pretty nice.

    Cons

    Participating in the loyalty program is a big no. Other companies such as GameStop allows their employees to practice this.

    Stride Rite also cuts down on so many hours that most of the time on a busy night, you'll be handling more than 3 families by yourself.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on promoting within the company rather than hiring new people, consider actually managing instead of giving yourself busy work to compensate for your lack of managing skills, and consider making it a requirement for district managers to know how to use the cash register. Management should also consider that because Stride Rite gives customers a full service, employees should be compensated more. Those in higher positions should also be a bit more proactive when it comes to responding to store managers as well, seeing as sales have actually been affected due to miscommunication.

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

    My experience at stride rite has been a rollercoaster of emotions

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Full Time-Stride Rite
    Current Employee - Full Time-Stride Rite

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

    Pros

    Some of the customers you get are recurring and they're absolutely amazing and get the benefit of stride rite shoes for their kids. My district manager was understanding of my role in the store and gave me two raises and one promotion.

    Cons

    The manager focused more on sales than on the operations of the store. Focusing on sales isn't necessarily a bad thing but when all the other duties fall on the associates its hard to have respect for the manager.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would focus more on the associates than the managers. I feel as though some associates in some stores hold the store together better than some of the managers, yet they're the ones getting promotions.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great but the manager was rediculous

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

    I worked at Stride Rite part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Challenging atmosphere
    Fun working with my coworkers
    The kids can be so cute and rewarding!

    Cons

    The manager was a liar and he harrased his employees constantly.
    No opportunity for you to work up the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest with employees with expectations and promotion opportunities

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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