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I worked at Ashley Furniture full-time (More than a year)
Great company and great pay
It was far away from home
Advice to Management
Relocate the office from Advance to the triad area.
I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Ashley Furniture (Advance, NC) in February 2021.
I recently interviewed for a Vice President position with Ashley Furniture. I was told that mine was the only one in 400 applications received that they decided to move forward on. My experience and successes in my field are well documented and fit the position perfectly. I had over four hours of interviews on Microsoft Teams, including one with the hiring manager. Each one was followed up with glowing praise from both the interviewers and the in-house Executive Recruiter. They flew me in for an in-person interview with the hiring manager, and I received overwhelmingly positive feedback. In fact, was told that I would be their next VP. It went well enough that they scheduled a final Teams interview for two days after I interviewed in person. It also went great, with the interviewer telling me that he was looking forward to working with me. All indications were that I should be expecting a formal offer. I had calls almost daily with the recruiter - who works for and recruits only executives for Ashley - for over two weeks straight.
Then. Nothing. Ten days later I receive a form email generated from their system telling me the following: "Thank you for your interest in Ashley Furniture. At this time, we have selected another candidate for the position. Please feel free to go out and apply to other positions on our Career Site".
Since I had unreimbursed expenses from the interview trip and hadn't been given a form by Ashley, I sent my own expense report and asked the recruiter for feedback as to what happened. Other than to let me know that the mileage reimbursement I requested was in excess of the company rate, my request for feedback was completely ignored.
Does Ashley have the right to hire anyone they want? Of course they do. I don't take issue with that in the least. But obviously, something went very wrong at the very end of the process for him to not even be willing to talk to me. I had built a close personal rapport with the recruiter, and now he won't even take a call from me. So I'm left to assume it was one of two things: either someone from a former employer trashed me, which I find unlikely since I'm on good terms with all of them. Or the second, and the only explanation that checks all the boxes, is my hair color. There is no other reason that I attribute that rude, dismissive behavior to other than my gray hair - I'm too old for them to hire me. When making my plane reservations, I was asked for my date of birth. Up until the end of the process-one which I'd devoted at least three full days of my life that I'll never get back- I held a high opinion of Ashley Furniture and everyone I interviewed with and met there. It appears to be, like their furniture, covered in a phony verneer.
And before you assume that I'm bitter because I didn't get the offer, I'm not. I may or may not have accepted it. I'm just trying to save another applicant from wasting their time with them. Update: they never hired anyone for the position. They renewed the posting almost immediately after telling me it had been filled. So I'd add dishonest to the list.