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BLICK Art Materials Reviews

Updated Oct 7, 2019

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Pros
  • "If you're an artist, being around all of the art supplies is very inspiring(in 22 reviews)

  • "Employee discount 30% off most items, 40% off store brand items(in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • "Hard to communicate with dm and upper management(in 13 reviews)

  • "Low pay, but goes with cost of living for area(in 10 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review
    Helpful (5)

    "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Retail Sales Associate in Salt Lake City, UT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BLICK Art Materials part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The company is trying really hard to take care of its employees, they offer paid time off for part timers, a recognition program, and a slew of other benefits not normally seen at part time jobs.

    Cons

    Can't think of any cons

    BLICK Art Materials2019-03-18
  2. "Easy job/duties, good benefits"

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BLICK Art Materials part-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Easy tasks Good benefits such as pto, 401k Moving up in the company is easy. Easy to communicate with staff and store managers.

    Cons

    Managment turnaround is quick Lots of unwanted transients and theft Difficult and privledged customers. Hard to communicate with dm and upper management.

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    BLICK Art Materials2019-10-04
  3. "Backwards"

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    Former Employee - General Manager 
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BLICK Art Materials full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Company provides snacks for the employees

    Cons

    No personal email addresses, lack of technology, lack of taking true input from the field, no support, arrogant leadership, poor processes that just make things harder than they need to be.

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    BLICK Art Materials2019-10-07
  4. "great coworkers, low pay"

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at BLICK Art Materials part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Fellow sales staff are knowledgeable, friendly, and approachable to customers and new coworkers.

    Cons

    Pay is not great (minimum wage) and store can feel too small to handle the amount of stock and customers during busy season, leading to disorganized vibe.

    BLICK Art Materials2019-09-23
  5. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - General Manager in Roswell, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BLICK Art Materials full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    great benefits, CEO does a great job of creating a pleasant working environment and genuinally cares about the well being of his employees.

    Cons

    The retail side of the company lacks reputable leadership at the corparate level. This puts a strain on the stores management staff.

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    BLICK Art Materials2019-08-29
  6. "Don't be fooled"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at BLICK Art Materials full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    PDO for full time and part time employees. Benefits for full time employees.

    Cons

    Lying about policies, harassment, and mismanagement. HR is not actually there to help employees it's there to protect upper management. There is absolutely no work life balance. Expect to be called by the GM on days off and at odd hours.

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    BLICK Art Materials2019-09-23
  7. "Good but boring"

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    Former Employee - Store Associate in Savannah, GA
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BLICK Art Materials part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    easy and stress free environment

    Cons

    stand on feet all day. daily tasks are boring.

    BLICK Art Materials2019-08-18
  8. "Good part-time job for students, artists, or someone trying to figure out their next move..."

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    Former Employee - Retail Sales Associate in Salt Lake City, UT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BLICK Art Materials part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Employee discount 30% off most items, 40% off store brand items Profit sharing possible (if you work 1,000 hrs. annually) Bonuses every 2-3 months depending on sales PTO accrues a certain percentage for every hour worked (builds up pretty quickly) Employee recognition program that rewards points that you can exchange for gifts Snacks available during your shift in the office Can work on your art during downtime (if really slow) Can work on artwork or crafts for the store (in-store demos can be fun to run) Creative atmosphere Other creative-type people to work with Pretty flexible schedule (great for students wanting a part-time job that will work with school schedule)

    Cons

    Low wages (seems like only time for raises is during annual review and you may have to fight for a higher raise than the minimal $0.10-$0.25 they may initially offer) Hard to pick up extra hours, sometimes you could only get 2-3 shifts/week Dealing with customers (I would say Blick is better than other retailers, but you still get THOSE people) Not a lot of opportunity for growth (kind of have to luck into higher positions) Not a lot of recognition received from management Back-to-school season is very busy and can be stressful No insurance options for part-time employees Felt like management didn't really can about investing effort into employees, even if you made it clear that you wanted more responsibilities or to move into higher positions

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    BLICK Art Materials2019-08-30
  9. "Depends on location, store is good, corporate eh"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Manager 

    I worked at BLICK Art Materials full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Free art samples and good discounts A good amount of employees are fun Some managers are super cool For a rental job, totally great

    Cons

    Staffing can sometimes be abysmal because managers are not slotted enough hours. The end of while I was there the headquarter side was struggling with trying to maintain a small store feel while NOT being one. They never got the balance.

    BLICK Art Materials2019-08-09
  10. "Great Company"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BLICK Art Materials part-time

    Pros

    Great to work for Good benefits Great discount

    Cons

    Pay was not that good.

    BLICK Art Materials2019-07-21
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