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AKIRA has a culture and values rating of 3.5.

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June 18, 2022

What is the company culture at AKIRA?

Pros

This company leads with Servant Leadership from the top to the bottom. From the owners to the district managers they are all in the trenches with their people when they are in store. The support you get from the senior leaders is amazing and unlike any other retail company I have ever worked for. The leadership skills you gain from this job will not only help you in you professional like but also in personal life as well. You learn how to make people work hard for you, how to create magic morale in your businesses and how to think and act like an owner. I have worked for the company for 9 years and seriously would change a thing. What I have gained from this job and to be able to grow and create my own position is truly so rewarding and unreal. I would have been here if the owners and my senior leader didn’t push me everyday to be a better leader. If you are looking for a place where you don’t have to be a robot and you can truly be your authentic self, this is the home for you. If you are wanting to be challenged and try out a very different but fun side of retail this is the job for you! The best part of this company is the PEOPLE for sure the people I get to work with on a daily basis truly inspire me to want to be a better leader every for them ! This is definitely very different from corporate structured retail but I would never go back. I truly love and value my job every single day.

Cons

Just basic cons of working a retail job but all come with the territory we are in. There is not much I can say the way AKIRA focuses on morale and culture within the stores is unreal and incredible.

There is not much I can say the way AKIRA focuses on morale and culture within the stores is unreal and incredible.

June 18, 2022

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June 7, 2021

How was the interview at AKIRA?

Pros

Very hardworking and close knit staff. Inclusion and diversity. Nice coworkers, no dress code, fun music, beautiful selection of merchandise. Praises team for accomplishing goals daily, monthly, etc. Large staff allows room for growth. Great networking opportunities. Customers become clients or even friends. Can maximize every paycheck with commission and monthly bonuses due to high traffic and sales volume. Celebs shop there sometimes. Managers are always strategizing on how to improve.

Cons

Little organization or structure, though not at fault of the team. They are doing the best they can with the resources provided and manage to keep a great attitude. Severely understaffed store and overworked employees across the board. No rotating Saturdays, you work every Saturday unless requested off. Seems as though the money being made came into this location very fast and no one was prepared. This role is task focused even though you are expected a certain amount of sales each month (very hard to balance), not the role for managers with a more operations or visual focused background, that is a completely different department with this company. If that is your interest inquire about every position available during the interview process! It was not clearly communicated to me upfront that my role was solely that of a selling manager, as my background is more broad. I believe this was due to the management setup being similar to that of a department/big box store where as I come from a more boutique like environment. I’m sure it was assumed that I was aware. I have 10 years of retail experience, 5 of those years in management and felt like a brand new associate working for this company. So many managers made it difficult to show my true skill set. I really wanted to like this job, the people there genuinely want their people to be successful and have fun but are struggling to build a solid staff. If you thrive off of an extremely high paced, hectic environment you’ll love it, not so much of you need a bit more control over your environment day to day.

Advice to Management

Set your high volume store teams up for success. Giving your managers freedom to set up their own structure is amazing, but allocate hours properly to do so. Managers should not have to choose between stepping off of the floor during the busiest times of the day (for paperwork, recruiting, etc) and customer servicing. Could be more balanced. Streamline the channel of communication. Texts, emails, and a separate app for communicating essentially all of the same information seems unnecessary and time consuming. Put your new managers on a strict training schedule, don’t wait until a month in to start training them. Audit/purge paperwork monthly, quarterly, yearly.

If that is your interest inquire about every position available during the interview process!

June 7, 2021

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March 8, 2021

What is the hiring process like at AKIRA?

Pros

You get to listen to good music on the sales floor, and wear what you pretty much want.

Cons

The owner Eric, has questionable moral and ethical skills. The compensation for work is not on par with the amount pf work being done, the commission rates are not competitive which drives down work ethic. Upfront the company puts on a façade of being fair when behind closed doors there are unprofessional techniques and behaviors from the employees. The techniques include lowballing, being intrusive and misleading, along with favoritism. The hiring process is not transparent and causes disconnect between employees. This makes it hard to develop an atmosphere of trust and teamwork. The employees filling the part time positions are overworked during their shift, all while having to keep up with commission, in order to keep hours low. The District Managers do not engage with the employees in a beneficial manner that can build the company as a whole. This has more to do with their inexperience. If you are coming from a bigger, or establish company, you will notice. There is a high turnover rate, and lack of empathy in the company. Growth in the company only comes because of turnover. Over all I do NOT recommend this company, I have 15 years in retail and the opportunity to work for a “young” (20 year old) company, was exciting. I was extremely disappointed with what I discovered, and honestly I stayed way long then what I should have.

Advice to Management

Be transparent! And do better! The fact that people have been complaining about the professionalism and the working environment and nothing has been done about it shows your priorities!

The hiring process is not transparent and causes disconnect between employees.

March 8, 2021

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