I worked at Talize part-time (More than a year)
50% discount off donated merchandise only
1) Poor pay, few incentives, no recognition. Poor working conditions (no AC - turned off regularly, dusty, very hot and gets stinky).
2) Everyone works against each other rather than with each other.
3) Managers have clear favourites, not based on performance. Laziness seems to be the norm and is clearly accepted.
4) No business standards, overpacked racks and shelves that severely impact potential sales. Employees given no direction when given tasks and are expected to finish it flawlessly.
5) Hours of part time workers capped at 20 in order to avoid benefits payout. Do not expect more than 3 shifts a week - but expect to be called every day to work Production for less $$.
6) Two separate "teams" that do not work cohesively and are paid different wages and benefits despite similar responsibilities and expectations.
7) Management leaves store by 4:30pm every day and do not come in on weekends resulting in a lack of accountability throughout the store.
8) Management more worried about petty theft and illegal dumping in the dumpster than employee morale. Numbers always come first at Talize.
9) Only certain people can do certain tasks, minimal crosstraining, if manager doesn't like how you do something one time you will never be allowed to do it again.
10) 6000 items a day or bust without any regard for cleanliness, efficiency, shopability, or common sense.
Advice to Management
Take your head out of the sand!!! Clearly not experienced running a store and it shows in lack of sales and employee morale. Company run very cheaply with zero retail logic and supported by yes men throughout the ranks.
Respect your employees and hold people accountable for their work (or lack thereof). Be on the floor more! Work on creating a culture for the store. Create opportunities for advancement as there currently are no chances for current employees to be promoted.
This store is in need of some serious help!
I applied online. I interviewed at Talize (Toronto, ON (Canada)).
I did two interviews for this company where each interview lasted around an hour and a half. One interview was very short notice (hours in advance), where I had travelled in horrible conditions to arrive at the interview. The interviewer spent most of the time(about an hour), for both interviews continuously talking to me about the company and all their future plans. I did not even receive a rejection email despite me politely emailing them on their decision. The people I met were nice, however were not at all respectful to at least follow up, despite a candidate's time and efforts.
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