The Art of Shaving

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The Art of Shaving Reviews

Updated September 4, 2014
Updated September 4, 2014
45 Reviews
2.8
45 Reviews
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Eric Malka
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  1. 2 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 for 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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Company, I was in a poor location

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    • 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 for more than a 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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Horrible management, and horrible at communication.

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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 for more than a 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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lame

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    • 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 for less than a 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
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

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

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    • 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 for 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
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great for a few years, things have really changed lately

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Art of Shaving full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good pay for retail and retail management. High quality product so it is easier to sell than something you don't believe in. Great company history and brand identity.

    Cons

    Unispiring and often inexperienced upper management (DMs, RMs, etc.) as well as too much nepotism going on at corporate level. Product is on the pricey side so it takes a lot of energy to sell to new customers. Unrealistic sales goals set by (surprise, surprise!) the people at corporate who got their jobs for the wrong reasons.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start valuing the talent you have in front of you rather than pushing them away with huge, unrealistic goals every month. No one likes a bonus structure that never allows you to bonus! You have lost some very talented Shaving Consultants, Store Managers, and Barbers due to the lack of understanding of the real issues at hand. Also, remember at the end of the day, it doesn't matter how much a person loves their job and company if their boss (district or regional manager) is awful.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    message for upper management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Art of Shaving full-time

    Pros

    I love the store teams. Family oriented, good quality of life(if your not stressed), good pay, good trainng program.

    Cons

    Upper management needs to do their research. We need to make certain sales goals but we have horrible marketing, we are over saturated, and there is much more competition within men's grooming than there was a couple of years ago. They don't offer competitive prices or offer to price match. Most stores are located in a mall near anchor department stores. Most of the department stores sell the same product we do for less. We are also in Sephora and available EVERYWHERE on line for less. In my eyes we can no longer be called a luxury brand because we are so over saturated. Our competition is slowly beating us because I do not believe this company understands the customer. Get it together and this would be a great place to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Everything I just stated in "Cons" Eric and Myriam we miss you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Everything that has a begining, has and end

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Shaving Consultant  in  Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Shaving Consultant in Bethesda, MD

    I have been working at The Art of Shaving full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The pay is great for the job that you're doing. Training is extensive, almost too extensive.

    Cons

    Upper management (DM and Regional) set unrealistic goals and despite advancement, if goals are not met the team suffers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Bad DM and RM and Store Manager

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

    I have been working at The Art of Shaving full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Customers are great to work with; decent pay; stores are nice; fun to meet new people all the time, as in the customers.

    Cons

    Bad DM and regional manager. Couldn't care less about the employees in the store only communicates with the store manager who is not trustworthy and only out for herself. No fairness, say they hire from within but do not, say they hire those with upscale store experience they do not, they drag them in from anywhere in the malls. Goals are ridiculous and unfair.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house. Hire truly experienced people with luxury store backgrounds and not flakes from any old store in the mall. Hire decent people as DM and RM who could be role models to store employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Monthly Plans

    • 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

    Pros

    Great Work/Life Balance and pay

    Cons

    Opportunities for advancement don't exist. Sales plans are very high . Home office is very disorganized. Quick and unfair documentation policies.

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