The Art of Shaving

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The Art of Shaving Reviews

Updated December 10, 2014
Updated December 10, 2014
48 Reviews
2.8
48 Reviews
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    S.M.A.R.T. Goals

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

    I have been working at The Art of Shaving full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Upper management shows value in the teams, while still being objective to store issues. Work life balance is great, anything over 40 is pretty much unheard of unless it's the holiday season. Training for Store Managers is EXTENSIVE, usually about a week with the trainer.

    Cons

    Small teams make it challenging to take time off without a support person that is not really able to be used without jumping through hoops. Goals can sometimes seem unattainable but with positive action are workable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow stores to hire one part time sales associate to help with work/life balance for team members.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Working at art of shaving as a second source of income I have a unique perspective.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Shaving Consultant in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Shaving Consultant in Dallas, TX

    I worked at The Art of Shaving full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Pay and 50% off merchandise. Great benefits if single, horrible if married. Literally..... That is it absolutely nothing else.

    Cons

    EVERYTHING ELSE! Literally, they treat you like a dog, talk down to you, unreasonable goals! If you ever want to be in sales this is the absolute worst job for you. You basically have to sell the exact way that they say or its wrong. Wanna think outside the box? Don't even attempt it at AOS. Thinking about a career and advancement Art of Shaving? You've got a better chance of getting lucky at the bar three times in one night. Management is filled with morally unethical, sedistical, middle aged men who don't have a back bone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Absolutely no room for advancement. They lie about interviewing other managers and district managers can practice interviewing that have absolutely no competence themselves. It's almost like a hush hush society if you go above shaving consultant it's actually embarrassing to have so much red tape in a retail company. Not even upper management can think for themselves it takes 5 people to come to a conclusion, it's only shaving products for crying out loud!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Currently employed

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

    I have been working at The Art of Shaving full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The company pays well, but how you are treated and what you will lose in your life personally is not worth it.

    Cons

    Where do I begin? Unrealistic goals that are impossible to meet, being written up and threatened every time you turn around, upper management that beats you down and pretty much tells you have no value, no marketing, no one in corporate who cares at all,or had a clue as to what they are doing. This company is awful to work for.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring back Eric and Myriam. They day they sold was the day you lost every bit of anything good this company ever stood for. Stop treating your people like crap. Stop making your people color red dots like they are 4 years old. Stop threatening to fire your people. Stop writing people up. You guys are a sinking ship. I just hope one of you wakes up and does something to fix it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Please Do Not Work There.....

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Shaving Consultant in Novi, MI
    Former Employee - Shaving Consultant in Novi, MI

    I worked at The Art of Shaving part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The wonderful, delightful trusting customers. That is all.

    Cons

    The store uses you, treats you poorly and unfairly. The store manager is fake and dishonest as is her supervisor. Please don't fall for their games. It is such a shame. Never in all my years in retail have I been treated this way.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No advice. Management is bad. Period. They do not care one bit about the staff in the store. It is sad and pathetic.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great pay with aggressive sales goals!!

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

    I worked at The Art of Shaving full-time

    Pros

    Small work environment so get to know your co workers very well and become very close. The pay is high for retail and company has great product and a great customer experience.

    Cons

    The environment is a aggressive selling environment with super high goals, 30% up from prior months average( what company grows 30% each month). The managers are micro managed and expected to maintain high sales as well as balance being a leader and coaching and doing all manager tasks, while still being a seller! Upper management from RM to DM don't respect the frontline( SM and sellers).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to managers and allow them to run the stores! Set goals with realistic numbers that are based off the trends of the business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 7 people found this helpful  

    Major communication opportunities

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

    I have been working at The Art of Shaving (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pay is above average compared to other retailers (Especially for non-management associates). Product quality is above average and clients are most important and treated as so. Inventory levels are consistent, and no late night floor-sets.......

    Cons

    Channels for proper communication is terrible! No respect for the role and responsibilities of the Store Manager from upper management. Store Managers are not allowed to be "shop leaders" due to the level of micro - managing that comes from both the DM and RM when it involves hiring, scheduling, coaching and corrective counseling.
    It is way too long of a process to get anyone hired on and even when someone is hired, training can be a joke since coverage is minimal and the Store Manager is trying to balance both personal sales and insuring the new hire is receiving proper training.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start: Practice what you preach.
               Be more open minded and listen to what employees in the field are asking for and / or saying.
    Stop: Blaming others for your bad decisions.
               Not taking the competition more seriously. (They will beat us if we do not provide more options)
    Continue: To provide the true 4 Elements

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good Company, I was in a poor location

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

    I have been working at The Art of Shaving full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good pay for retail, product is high quality, benefits were reasonable

    Cons

    They did absolutely nothing we asked for us to have a shot at saving our location. Absolutely no communication from upper management to store level employees. Over saturation of product in competing stores.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let store level employees know what you need, and put a bigger emphasis on store exclusives. At current state store fronts without barbers are basically staffed advertisements for the online store.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Horrible management, and horrible at communication.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Key Holder in Boise, ID
    Former Employee - Key Holder in Boise, ID

    I worked at The Art of Shaving full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    They give you great pay for a horrible job.

    Cons

    Monthly goals are so high there is no way you can meet them. Management only cares about them self and blamed red months on the employees. Also the communication between the associates, store manager, and district manager was horrible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a new management.

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

    Lame

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

    I worked at The Art of Shaving part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The stores look nice and you get to know other employees in the mall.

    Cons

    The commissions are a joke, No vacation time off, Pretentious vibe, Super boring just standing around, and high turnover.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit! You don't know what you are doing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    TAOS Could Be Great, Leadership Driving The Business Off A Cliff

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Front Line Store Operations
    Current Employee - Front Line Store Operations

    I have been working at The Art of Shaving full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Unbelievable pay for front-line retail work. Product line, tools and accessories are easy to believe in for their high performance value for the consumer. Good looking stores with a masculine atmosphere make you feel right at home!

    Cons

    Sales goals are NOT allocated in a balanced or fair manner to the stores across any District or Region which leads to a de-moralized sales force in several stores. Several good metrics are measured and recorded that provide a good view but management and TAOS administration limit their own view to just one metric and don't hesitate to use that as a weapon for punitive purposes. There is talk among several store managers that middle-management is working to create an uncomfortable environment for people in "under-performing" stores in order to replace the sales force with new people at a lower wage.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go read-up on what the P&G CEO announced to investors last Friday, August 01, 2014. Consider how you've been managing the people and the company and ask yourself if this strategy of yours has worked in the last 3 years. It has not. Do you want to see TAOS on the chopping block 12 to 24 months from now? If not, then start with re-organizing yourselves from the Executive position on down to District Management. Bring in some outside consultants to study TAOS and to help you remove the "blinders". Maybe we can be saved before it's too late.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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