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AKIRA has a culture and values rating of 3.

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What is the company culture at AKIRA?

16 English reviews out of 16

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June 18, 2022

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

Reviewed by: District Education Manager (Current Employee)

May 24, 2021

Pros

Good company culture. You work with all types of people and feel welcome.

Cons

Communication between managers could use improvement.

Good company culture.

May 24, 2021

Reviewed by: Warehouse Associate in Chicago, IL (Former Employee)

May 17, 2021

Pros

Co-workers can be really nice!

Cons

The culture is toxic, it's just a fast fashion group that resells cheap clothes from China. The wages are so miniumiun with a heavy push on competitiveness.

The culture is toxic, it's just a fast fashion group that resells cheap clothes from China.

May 17, 2021

Reviewed by: Stylist (Former Employee)

April 26, 2021

Pros

Discount on merchandise that is already overpriced.

Cons

Horrible training. No organization. You are treated like property. If you work for Akira, you live for Akira. They make you believe you're one purpose in life is to make them money. They will keep you in the store late, past closing, and expect you to call people to make sales over the phone to make your days budget. Your job is threatened and held over you if you don't do what they ask. The entire company culture is a cult. Monthly unpaid, meetings in their warehouse, which for some is a good 2-4 hours away, and you're expected to be there on time at 7am. Again, they don't pay you for those hours, or reimburse you for the travel. Its a toxic environment, with greedy owners and delusional DM's. They all play favorites, and allow employees to steal and cheat from them, as long as they are making sales. The entire dynamic of this company is like a middle school playground. I can't say a single positive thing that I've learned from working there, other than it showed me how much better life could be out of retail, and that you should never let a company take advantage of you like they do.

Advice to Management

Sell the company.

The entire company culture is a cult.

April 26, 2021

Reviewed by: Store Manager in Chicago, IL (Current Employee)

October 21, 2020

Pros

Fast paced Sense of ownership Close relationship with owners Opportunities to try new things other than your given role

Cons

Long hours Can be a bully culture Low pay for high expectations No work life balance

Advice to Management

Start valuing your employees that are people of color more and don’t hold family emergencies against your employees

Can be a bully culture

October 21, 2020

Reviewed by: Store Manager in Chicago, IL (Current Employee)

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16 English reviews out of 16