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46 English reviews out of 46

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August 6, 2022

Pros

Fun and expressive environment, meet celebrities and influencers, style and clientele

Cons

Poor management, favoritism and low pay, no work life balance, late closing hours, under staff, over working management

Advice to Management

Invest more into your employees, check into stores with high turn over rate, treat all managers fairly

Poor management, favoritism and low pay, no work life balance, late closing hours, under staff, over working management

August 6, 2022

Reviewed by: Assistant Manager in Atlanta, GA (Former Employee)

October 8, 2021

Pros

Very diverse workforce. Some inspiring and likable individuals at the corporate level.

Cons

There is little organizational or departmental structure with most decisions being made with little foresight. There is little guidance about how to operate at the corporate level outside of a poorly-maintained store associate handbook and a silly list of 10 or so commandments the owners slapped together. Employees have to literally intuit company rules with the vague edict of "Think like an owner" as their only guide. Not having a legal department (shocking for a retailer of their size), I guess they haven't yet realized how vulnerable this leaves them to a bevy of potential HR and legal headaches. Leadership touts that they are a small scrappy start-up despite the fact that they've been operating for almost 20 years; To be clear, there is no such thing as a 20 -year-old start-up company. But there *is* such a thing as a company that has peaked because ownership doesn't have the operational know-how or business savvy to match their vision. It happens to even the best companies, as has clearly happened to Akira. Unless you are part of the in-group - namely the buyers and e-commerce teams who openly ridicule their coworkers as if they were still in high school - you can expect little if any support from your supervisor, your team, or even the company itself. You are nothing. And you get to experience this all from the comfort of a seedy windowless warehouse by the train tracks where the owners' dogs are allowed to roam and defecate everywhere, including but definitely not limited to under your desk and in front of the communal refrigerator. There is a reason for the atrocious turnover rate, and you would be wise to heed the warning.

Advice to Management

Sell the company. Your cluelessness is keeping it from ever being able to compete with the likes of H&M or Urban Outfitters. I am legitimately embarrassed for you.

you can expect little if any support from your supervisor, your team, or even the company itself.

October 8, 2021

Reviewed by: Anonymous in Chicago, IL (Anonymous Employee)

April 14, 2022

Pros

Not corporate, lots of feedback, competitive pay, communication, no dress code, higher management works on the floor with you which is amazing, so many opportunities to move up in the company, paid meetings in Chicago (including hotel and mileage) and great music!!

Cons

9 hour shifts and only 30min breaks. I don’t have many cons.

Not corporate, lots of feedback, competitive pay, communication, no dress code, higher management works on the floor with you which is amazing, so many opportunities to move up in the company, paid meetings in Chicago (including hotel and mileage) and great music!!

April 14, 2022

Reviewed by: Store Manager (Current Employee)

July 19, 2022

Pros

fun environment, great people, fast paced

Cons

very cliquey, especially from management

very cliquey, especially from management

July 19, 2022

Reviewed by: Store Ops in Cincinnati, OH (Former Employee)

March 1, 2021

Pros

I loved working this job, the company is super open to allowing you your own sense of style and it's a very creative environment. Management was good, and day-to-day tasks were simple. This was my first real part-time job and I was enrolled in school and it worked perfect with my schedule.

Cons

Co-workers can switch out often, not a ton of growth opportunities

Management was good, and day

March 1, 2021

Reviewed by: Sales Associate/Cashier in Chicago, IL (Former Employee)

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46 English reviews out of 46