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What Employees Say
I have been working at Ardene
- good hours - not stressful - able to socialize if you get along with your coworkers - generous employee discount after working there for 1 month... 50% off of accessories, 30% off of... clothing/shoes/swimwear, and 15% off of any clothing reduced by 50% off or more - reasonable break times - kept busy throughout shift - always get time off as needed [with the exception of the blackout periods] - very technologically advanced in terms of everything being online for your schedule/booking time off and there is an app you can download to your phone, it also shows your pay stubs - the company is getting rid of ear piercing [good because piercing guns are not sterile, employees are not piercing professionals or trained properly, and they jam a hole through an ear whereas a needle actually pierces a hole]
- The dress code can be difficult to dress for. You are understandably not allowed to wear anything with logos/slogans representing other companies. You are not allowed to wear hoodies, anything that... doesn't cover your shoulders entirely, leggings with a top that doesn't entirely cover your bottom and in the front, no ripped jeans, and no light wash jeans. Skirts and shorts have to be a certain length. No cleavage or low cut shirts. - You are not allowed to have duel toned hair or unnatural hair colours. You are limited to 2 piercings on your ear lobes and 1 other visible piercing. - You are not allowed to work at another workplace that sells any of the products that Ardene sells as it is considered a conflict of interest. So, since Ardene sells bags, you couldn't work at a place such as Bentley. Or because Ardene sells shoes, you couldn't work at Famous Footwear. - The rules about footwear suck. You have to wear impractical "fashionable footwear". You are not allowed to wear sneakers, open toe shoes, winter boots, heels, moccasins, UGG style boots, flip flops, or anything with a white sole. They strongly encourage you to wear their footwear... which is very cheaply made, poor fitting, and provide no foot support. Wearing ballet flats for an 8 hour shift is just HORRIBLE for your feet... can lead to foot pain, bunions, hammertoes, etc. - The company seems more concerned with internal theft than they do external theft. There are mandatory bag checks every time you both enter and leave the workplace. If you spend too much time near the tills when there are no customers [even if you're using the counter to fold clothing] red flags go up. You can only make purchases if your store manager is present [even if you aren't getting your discount] to sell you the items... the SKU number of each item is written down and you must sign your receipts and one copy of your receipts goes on your file. If you shop at another location, you are required to bring in your receipt for your store manager. All of which seems a tad too invasive... they need to trust their employees and not make them feel like criminals. - As with all retail/sales jobs, there is always miserable customers that can ruin a good mood. - The return policy isn't the best and leads to a lot of complaints from customers. - Sore back and feet after a long shift of standing. - Depending on who you're working with, you could be dealing with some drama. - Very tiring to continuously refold/straighten up things. - Blackout periods for booking time off happen... there is one from halfway through November to halfway through January for the holiday season. So you are not able to book time off during this period even if you're a part time employee where you wouldn't be working all available shifts anyhow. - Stock day sucks. You end up sorting through a mountain of boxes and hauling them around the store. Unpackaging shoes is a whole other chore. - The company seems to be awfully picky on who they hire.
Advice to Management
1. Put more trust in your employees. 2. Ditch the blackout periods. 3. Allow more sensible footwear to be worn [i.e. Sketchers Go Walk Sneakers]. Fashionable flats that are good for your feet are... upwards of $100. 4. Embrace employee individuality and lighten up on the piercing/tattoo/hair colour rules.