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Calendar Club Reviews

Updated June 20, 2017
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  1. "Sales Associate"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Maple Grove, MN
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Maple Grove, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Calendar Club part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -Seasonal
    -My manager was great. She was very flexible when needed, and she kept my hours regular.
    -Lots of hours
    -Lots of free time since the store was mostly empty
    -Fair starting pay (I was also able to get a $0.25 bonus after taking some tests for the company about their values and procedures)
    -Coworkers were very nice
    -Customers were very nice

    Cons

    -Owner would only spend money when absolutely necessary. They refused to pay for anything more than the bare minimum, even if it would've improved the store greatly.
    -The plans for setting up the store didn't match the actual store at all, and many of the things they gave us (signs, posters, etc.) weren't compatible with the store at all.
    -The lights and front sign of the store was broken for at least 2 months of my employment, but the Owner didn't help fix those
    -The store wasn't supplied with a mop, even though it was in a location with lots of snow + salt. My manager had to go buy a mop for the store to prevent it from looking horrible half of the time. The Owner didn't want to reimburse my manager for the mop either.
    -Worked alone for 90% of my time. Although I was fine with this, many of my employees struggles because they were either not as quick on their feet, or they didn't have a good idea of how the register worked.
    -Lack of training
    -VERY late with the first payment. I probably didn't get my first paycheck for a month and a half after I started. I was supposed to be paid every two weeks. After the first payment, it got more regular.
    -Issues with payments. My first check had my name spelled wrong on it, and the amount was off. Many of my coworkers had similar troubles all throughout their time working there.
    -Little warning about things. We wouldn't be told about upcoming sales, events, etc. until just before those things happened. It made things difficult to manage at times.
    -We got way too much inventory. We were told we had to put ALL inventory received out on the floor, but our store was always way too full. We ended up having to store a lot of extra items in the back.
    -The store I worked in wasn't as successful as the 6-7 other stores the Owner had, so they paid little attention to our store. The Owner often mentioned how our store wasn't making enough money.

    Advice to Management

    Improve communication and be willing to give more to those who work for you. Some things may not seem completely necessary, but they could really improve the store and sales.


  2. "Good Company/ Nice environment"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Assistant in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Marketing Assistant in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You can learn a lot, and the team is very close. The work environment is the highlight.

    Cons

    I was seasonal and the pay wasn't the best.

  3. "Corporate headquarters"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Merchandising Department in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Merchandising Department in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Calendar Club full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Bonus potential. Friendly co-workers.

    Cons

    Bonus allocation was arbitrary and not consistent. Antiquated thinking and internal systems overall. If it wasn't on a xl spreadsheet it didn't exist.

    Advice to Management

    Move into this century.


  4. "Poor communication between Employees and Managers."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier in Liberty Township, OH
    Former Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier in Liberty Township, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Calendar Club part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It's mostly dead on a daily basis, you have a ton of free time.

    Cons

    As a result of the store being dead 90% of the time, You're often expected to work alone, This wouldn't be a problem by regular means, but they do not train you for several functions of the register, such as discounting, refunds, specific credit card transactions and more.

    I had never worked retail before this job, and while the manager seemed nice during the interview, she never told me I'd be working alone my first day, and she was irritated whenever I called her for help on things I wasn't trained for.

    They expect everyone to adapt at the same pace and it just feels unrealistic, in one of my shifts I noticed I wasn't the only one being unproperly trained to run the store, as a new employee was struggling similar to how I was my first day, there's no patience, and no breathing room to learn it's out of the frying pan and into the fire, even worse is that the training I did get was performed at another store that functioned differently than the store I applied for, as I said earlier having me close alone on my first day after having been trained in a completely different store was a terrible idea, and I was met with no mercy for any mistakes.

    I honestly would not recommend this job, it's not very busy so you barely get hours, and the managers are from the most understanding people you'll ever meet, and they don't train you well, and the training you do get may be significantly different from the practices used at the store you're applying for.

    Advice to Management

    find time to train employees at the same store they are to work in, and make sure to give them the exact same training procedures as expected for the store they are to work in, be more understanding, do not continue to expect first time employees to be able to run a store alone on the first day, and if you do tell them ahead of time.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Read the fine print"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Store Operator in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Store Operator in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There aren't many. Company works you like a slave

    Cons

    Calendars aren't anything special. The toys are dumb and often are shoplifted. The puzzles are poor sellers. One is better off working at a McDonald's before committing to doing the calendar clubs dirty work. Very poor back office. Horrible support. Don't get sucked into this dying business.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to treat people like human beings instead of slaves. No wonder you guys stock a George Zimmerman calendar every year. Wackos


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Owner/Manager cheats his workers"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Indianapolis, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Calendar Club part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Location in a mall. Your in the heart of it all.
    Merchandise: Always fun to see the variety.
    Customers: They love to find a perfect calendar and are generally happy to be there.

    Cons

    The owner/manager does not respect over-time pay, Working to open the store or closing it will not be compensated despite the fact YOU ARE WORKING FOR THE STORE. He refers to have employees beg for change/small bills rather than support the staff by having funds to buy from. Owner/manager nearly impossible to find, as he stays home.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your staff over-time as you should. Give them better fund base at Christmas. Quit being lazy and cheap.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Very poor management"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Retail Sales Representative in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Retail Sales Representative in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Calendar Club part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Not many customers. Lots of free time

    Cons

    Managers were never present and never left clear instructions. Did not train staff well. Blamed problems on staff instead of taking responsibility.

    Advice to Management

    Be more present and active or do more training

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Manager - In-Line GO! Calendars, Games & Toys"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    3 1/2 month seasonal retail operation. Good product lines and fairly priced. Concept draws quality customers who are fun to be around. Overall a very enjoyable seasonal job. Everything spelled out in their manuals and an excellent support staff available via phone.

    Cons

    Difficult to complete setup and teardown within the allowed budget. Compensation is on the very low end for what is expected and doing it right. I actually worked an extra 10 to 15 hours per week knowing that I would not be compensated. (Note; this was my decision and was not required by the company) Can't really increase the merchandise of the best selling items for your store - they have a system setup to do so, but something breaks down after you enter the 50 requests - think that it's a human who gets involved & has to APPROVE YOUR REQUESTS. He/she makes their decisions without any onsite information.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest when telling managers how long it takes for setup and teardown. Trust the judgment of those who are placing orders or trying to increase product on hand amounts. Get rid of the present Bear Promotion, go with something like .... Price Bear $12.99 & FREE with $35.00 Calendar purchase.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Merchandise Planner"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    -located in Austin, TX
    -connected to UT Austin program

    Cons

    -low vision
    -declining industry
    -bad traffic
    -discrimination of benefits based on full-time vs. part-time & intern


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Poor Department Head and Awful CEO."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Merchandise Planner & Store Display
    Former Employee - Merchandise Planner & Store Display
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Calendar Club full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I surrounded myself with good co-workers from different departments.There are driven employees who wanted to help the company. However many shared the same feelings about specific management executives including my own boss, who does not know how to lead her staff. There were some strong leaders in other departments but her group was known as the most dysfunctional.

    Cons

    My boss has no experience as a leader. She was rude and sucked at her job. She is just a negative human being overall. The entire company hated her because of how she treated others around her. In the many years that she worked here, she has not contributed to business and somehow she manages multiple departments. The CEO, Marc Winkelman is a horrible leader and also did not have any plans for the business. He would say racist and sexist comments in front of his employees. I have never worked with such poor management and would not allow any of my friends to apply for a position here in this company.

    Advice to Management

    Train your department leaders. Be more professional in how you talk with your employees. Phase out bad leaders. Create a plan for the company.


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