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California Closets Reviews

Updated March 15, 2019
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  • "Great opportunities to design and sell a great product" (in 9 reviews)

  • "Flexible Schedule, Well Appointed Showroom" (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Working on the installation team for California Closets of San Diego has been a great experience."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Installation in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Installation in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at California Closets full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    If you’re looking for steady and reliable employment, this is a great company to work for. In the time that I have worked here (under a year) I have seen many improvements within the company. Management does well to handle the daily challenges that arise, and I have seen both procedural/operational and shop equipment continuously upgraded.
    From the newest employees to the top managers, everyone here at the San Diego branch is very friendly. I was surprised to see such a high functioning team environment when I started working. Unfortunately, most of my jobs have been with companies that do not value a team/family-like work environment. Fair pay with clear and detailed paths to receive promotions and raises.

    Cons

    No 401(k) matching, medical benefit coverage is disappointing but at least it’s available.

    Advice to Management

    I don’t feel as if I’ve worked with the company long enough to make any sort of management advice. For the most part they do a wonderful job and I have had a lot of fun working here.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "A little disorganized"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at California Closets full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, flex hours, decent wage.

    Cons

    I had hoped to retire at this company I liked it that much. Been through a LOT of turnover in the past three years. Upper mgmt decided to start hiring temps to fill what they consider lower level positions. They also hired mgrs with no real mgmt experience - who like to stir the pot and create drama. I had almost no issues until this started happening. RUN. And run fast.

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring temps, they are temps for a reason. Hire people that you feel will complement the team. Hire managers with real people skills and prior mgmt experience and that will avoid a lot of drama and negativity all around.

  3. "Slow but expected"

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    Former Employee - Showroom Liaison
    Former Employee - Showroom Liaison
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at California Closets part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    • Creative and business in one setting
    • Good product

    Cons

    • Unlimited liability of designers leads them to complain when something is wrong, regardless if they are at fault
    • Slow moving workspace with uniform clientele

    Advice to Management

    Inspire employees more


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Good company, poor management"

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    Former Employee - Customer Liaison
    Former Employee - Customer Liaison
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at California Closets full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The company is reputable and solid. Nice employees, low stress position.

    Cons

    Poor communication from management. Poor benefits/vacation/personal days


  5. Helpful (2)

    "It works for now."

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    Current Employee - Design Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Design Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at California Closets full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work from home, Set your own schedule, Nobody breathing down your neck, No cold calling, Initial training paid, Get to sell a great product, Contest bonuses, Has insurance $300mo and benefits

    Cons

    No raises for designers (told to sell another closet), Never paid for meetings or continuing training, You being project manager means you're responsible for everyone else's job to get done for your project (need to micromanage), Not paid at all for jobs if the customer doesn't pay, Doesn't cover any of dependent insurance premiums $500 - 1000 mo

    Advice to Management

    Miscommunication everywhere!
    Your bottom line is affecting client satisfaction via install timing and product quality checks.
    You need to give full support to all your designers, not just the top 5.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Inventory Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Inventory Specialist in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Inventory Specialist in Nashville, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at California Closets full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Laid back atmosphere, consistent work schedule, great culture in the production facility, brand and training is great

    Cons

    Micromanagement by ownership, total lack of job descriptions/distinctions which leads to change of responsibility from day to day, desire to get to the root of the problem leads to a witchunt mentality, nobody trusts one another, no performance reviews at all, total lack of direction as to who manages who.

    Advice to Management

    Make job descriptions and stick to them. Do not dole out extra responsibilities to people who already have full plates. Overworking your people that already have a great attitude and mindset is counterintuitive to building a strong healthy culture. Take care of your people (treat them the way YOU would want to be treated, paid, spoken to) and they will take care of your business. Turnover is your biggest problem and expecting perfection from your employees is a surefire way to continue to increase that turnover and run your business into the ground. Plan for mistakes, plan for what may go wrong instead of planning for perfection (which is impossible because this is a CONSTRUCTION business) and then dealing with the resulting mistakes on the fly and with complete inconsistency. Mangement should not be threatening to fire or write people up for lapses in communication during a training period (which typically takes at least 3 months). Creating smooth channels of communication is management's JOB, so if there is failure at the bottom it is due to failures at the top.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Wasn't for me"

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    Current Employee - Installer Apprentice in Kent, WA
    Current Employee - Installer Apprentice in Kent, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at California Closets full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of OT
    Benefits
    Good manager
    Good coworkers

    Cons

    Overtime(12 hour days or longer are frequent)
    Learning curve didn't offer proper compensation. Great if you dont have a life and want a big check followed by a lot of taxes, but the guys were nice.

    Advice to Management

    Try to find a schedule for committed hardworking fastlearners that is a working 8 hour day with consistent start and end times, especially in the beginning. It can be overwhelming.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Don't Waste Your Time Working Here"

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    Former Employee - Designer in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Designer in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at California Closets full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    None that I can think of.

    Cons

    No training given. No clear expectations given.


  9. "Design Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Design/Sales Consultant in Fort Myers, FL
    Current Employee - Design/Sales Consultant in Fort Myers, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at California Closets full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You are given the opportunity to essentially have your own small company, supported with all the tools that you need to be successful. The company creates an environment where you feel more like a family. Company provides benefits and bonuses.

    Cons

    Commission based position, so depending on the economy the pay can vary.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Varies from franchise to franchise"

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    Former Employee - Designer
    Former Employee - Designer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at California Closets full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Work hard - make money

    Cons

    Have become a pretentious - originally it was just the corporate office, it now has trickled down to franchises.

    Advice to Management

    Stop selling a lifestyle and get back to the product!