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I have been working at Room & Board part-time (More than a year)
Good company, it takes care of its employees and customers by trying to listen to them. Great benefits: vacation + 401k.
Made in the US
No clear path to grow from within, they are always trying to hire from the outside, post ads without letting the employees know (even when management claim to be a transparent company), then start interviewing and we don't hear it from leadership.
The company tries to convince you that staying in the same role is the way to go. And after people transferred or quit, management doesn't even consider making the Part Timers to Full Timers even when they ask since we cannot afford living in San Diego without at least having one more job, which means that now we are working at least 6 days a week.
The drama - after a member of leadership left, one person decided to be "acting leader".
Advice to Management
Listen to your employees that are trying to move from 3-day to at least 4-day or they will be leaving sooner than you think. We know that it isn't easy to find, hire and train new people.
I applied online. I interviewed at Room & Board (San Diego, CA) in June 2017.
Started out as open house meet & greet, then phone interview, and finally a 4 person round robin interview with about 30 minutes per interviewer. Each of the 4 interviewers held different places in the company. One was head of HR and works in Minnesota, another was a Senior Design Associate (I think) for a store in Colorado with a number of years experience as a Design Associate, another was going to be the new manager of the San Diego store opening, and the last one was a current Design Associate (8 years) at the Costa Mesa location. I didn't think she was asking the right type of questions, and though nice, I felt like she had already decided who she liked and was just interviewing me out of obligation. She asked me "designer" type questions from the perspective of someone who didn't seem like they knew a whole lot about design. As a designer myself, it seemed even trickier to answer, as the questions weren't well thought out or explained. It was also clear that she wanted to assert her authority over me and felt it necessary to explain that you didn't need design experience or knowledge to do this job, just after referencing my past design experience on my resume.