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John M. Stanton
I have been working at The Running Room
Pros – Schedules for part timers is very flexible, good for students, stay at home parents, etc. Management is open on feedback, friendly, knowledgeable. Some rotten apples in terms of staff but 95% of coworkers are nice. Decent staff discount. Good benefits package for salaried staff.
Cons – Pay is barely above minimum wage. Training could be better in terms of product knowledge. Little opportunity for advancement; mainly movement is lateral not upwards. High turnover of full time staff.
Advice to Senior Management – This company offers a fabulous service and fabulous products. I wish that the wage was higher because one can't survive on what it currently is, and the company loses good full timers because of this.
2012-04-08 20:12 PDT
I have been working at The Running Room part-time for more than 3 years
Pros – Typically the staff you work with in the store are awesome.
As a general rule, the customers are awesome too.
Accommodating of other jobs and school.
Cons – The pay is garbage. I've been there several years and have requested my review multiple times as I am well over the time requirements.
Head Office issues conflicting directions.
No steady manager in store as they always leave.
John Stanton and the senior management preaches a family environment but screw you when it comes to pay and reviews.
There is no training to speak of for shoes.
Advice to Senior Management – Pay employees a liveable wage. Minimum wage means we are constantly training staff and can't offer basic customer service or knowledge. I've been offered assistant manager and manager positions and accepting them would mean a pay cut based on hours worked. If I felt I could make a decent living as an employee of the running room I would stay after I graduate. I have yet to meet a single employee or former employee that would speak well of upper management or home office. Take some steps to make your employees want to stick with the company. Proper training programs so that staff could check on new shoes specs would be a decent starting point.
No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company
2013-12-14 20:37 PST
I have been working at The Running Room part-time for more than a year
Pros – - Flexible hours, GREAT for students
- Awesome environment and customers are super friendly (mostly)
- You can learn a lot
- Everyone that works there are cool (mostly)
Cons – - VERY low starting salary.
- You get a TINY raise after you've worked 1000 hours. The company doesn't notify you when you have worked that many hours.
- Job training is non-existent so it can be frustrating in the beginning.
- On multiple occasions I have contacted management with a question and they never answer me.
- Management sucks and I have seen so many awesome store managers leave because of this.
- Some serious communication problems.
- Store managers are most of the times overworked because they get no support from upper management.
Advice to Senior Management – LISTEN to your store employees!!! You have so many awesome employees and store managers but they don't get much support from you and many of them leave. Increase salary !!
I love Running Room but places like SportChek offer easier work, probably better pay, raises and benefits; give us a reason to stay!!
2012-09-04 12:34 PDT
I have been working at The Running Room
Pros – Great co-workers
Great employee discount
Cons – Little to no room for advancement (young management team)
Mostly lateral movement within company
Work some stat holidays (Remembrance Day, Family Day, etc)
Advice to Senior Management – Try to learn the names of the ppl who work for you
2012-02-29 07:47 PST
I worked at The Running Room
Pros – high energy, lots of work to do especially at the Edmonton flagship branch, flexible for scheduling shifts so it's good part-time for students
Cons – store management constantly changes, wage a bit low and in-store benefits/discounts weren't that great
Advice to Senior Management – introduce more incentives and staff recognition to retain staff
2010-02-23 23:11 PST
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