California Closets Reviews

Updated Jun 24, 2020

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California Closets President & CEO Bill Barton
Bill Barton
24 Ratings
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  • "Some installers will take a small mess up and blame the helper without letting them fix their mistake(in 16 reviews)

  • "Long hours and the pay is low compared to the cost of living(in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Love my job"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Design Consultant in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at California Closets full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, good pay, good company values, lots of resources

    Cons

    Stressful, high pressure, no base pay under commission

  2. "Undervalues employees"

    2.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Designer in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at California Closets full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Flexible schedule Get to work with some great people Get to meet some wonderful people Benefits offered

    Cons

    Can be very stressful at times Company changed the compensation plan for the Design Consultants, so now it is very difficult to make anything above an hourly minimum wage. 12 weeks or more of training before getting out into the field

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  3. "Great Workplace with room to grow"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Installer 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at California Closets full-time

    Pros

    Can take overtime if needed

    Cons

    Nothing Really, all the people are great and fun to work with

  4. Helpful (1)

    "Hostile work environment"

    1.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Designer in Huntington Beach, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at California Closets full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Some of the customers, non-management employees

    Cons

    Horrible pay, horrible management, dog-eat-dog environment

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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Best for the retired and bored, just out of college resume builder, or the proven killer outside sales rep"

    3.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Design Consultant 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at California Closets full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Make your own schedule (with some guidelines): At my location, we're required to work 1 evening and 1 weekend day a month. But, it's otherwise open. Your not stuck in an office for most of the week: You will have to work some office days a few times a month, but there are perks to that depending on your location. Micromanagement: Since you're not in an office, there's not much opportunity for your manager to be on your back all the time. Money: There definitely IS an opportunity to do well financially. But if you're reading this wondering if that could be you, it's probably not. You would already know if you are driven and salesy enough to make and outside sales career work. Just keep in mind that it generally takes years to get to that point, and top selling designers sit at about $100k/yr. Resume building: Since this is a sales role, bite the bullet for a few years and then move on to a job with a base salary plus commission! I often get messages on LinkedIn for new opportunities because of this job. Creativity: Every once in a while you'll get a client with a healthy budget and complete trust in their designer. These jobs are the most fun and are rewarding.

    Cons

    Your wages are the first to go if you make any mistakes (and there are TONS of opportunities for mistakes): It's difficult to conceptualize how many errors can be made when building out a system, but it's just going to be the case. The fault could be yours, or it could be production, or it could be the manufacturing facility. But it's YOUR pay that will suffer no matter whose fault it is. You may get a charge back even if you DIDN'T make a mistake, the customer just doesn't like the way it looks in the end. Designers are the only people in the company that are never guaranteed their pay and the company could truly care less if you can pay your mortgage. You will not be paid until the customer pays: While there is a little part of the contract that states the company can put a lien on the property for non-payment, CC rarely exercises that. And even if they did, you're still not getting paid. This happens more than you might think. You WILL have multiple $0 pay checks. THIS IS 100% COMMISSION JOB: As such, you do not have paid vacation and you absolutely do not have maternity (or paternity) leave-- even though this is a primarily female driven company. Your commission structure is broken down in a way to keep money from you: You are not paid a straight 10% for each job. You are paid a certain percentage based on designs, a certain percentage based on uploading all the correct documentation, a certain percentage based on re-measures, etc. This is done SPECIFICALLY so they have the right to garnish your wages for even the tiniest infraction. ALSO good luck getting your commissions after you quit the company... they'll find a way to keep them. The company does NOT have to give you leads: CC considers its company generated leads a privilege, not a right. So, your manager has every right to instruct the office workers to stop scheduling you jobs for whatever reason they deem good enough. In my location, this is used as a punishment. And if you have no leads, you have no work, you have no money. Ethical? I'm not sure. You WILL be responsible for paying for all of your own things: Like I mentioned, every location is different. But in my location, I bought my own computer, pay for my own gas, and pay my own phone bill. I am only repaid for these things if I sell a job. You are going to be basically on call 24/7: There is no room for work/life balance here. These closets demand the same respect as heart surgery. SO YOU BETTER ANSWER YOUR PHONE AT ALL TIMES. The last thing a new home buyer wants to do is buy a custom closet: You will hear it over and over-- they need to get quotes for window treatments, landscaping, water treatments, etc, and whatever is left over goes to the closet (if there even is any money left over). So, if you like being an outside sales rep, go sell something that home buyers NEED to live in their home, not a luxury item. Also consider the implications of selling some of the most expensive closet products in the midst of a recession. Morale: I've now worked at two locations in two different states, and the morale in both locations was absolutely awful. We lose lower level employees often because they feel bullied. And there is definitely a sense of "us vs them" between designers, management, and production. You'll avoid working in the office as much as possible.

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  6. "Do not waste your time."

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Helper/Apprentice in Hawthorne, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at California Closets full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Every day is something new with who and where you work.

    Cons

    They expect you as a helper to completely understand how and why their system works in just a month. Some installers will take a small mess up and blame the helper without letting them fix their mistake. They have no problem complaining to a management about you. Trust no one. Even the installers who seem to be cool with you will still complain to management about you. Only a few installers went out of their way to help me figure things out when it should be everyone’s job as an installer to help out. Management thought I was working there for six weeks when it had only been four weeks and then they let me go.

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  7. "Good job if you dont mind the hours"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Installation Tech in Richmond, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at California Closets

    Pros

    No bosses hovering over you and they dont hassle you when you clock in late.

    Cons

    Long work hours. 10 hrs average

  8. "Good"

    2.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at California Closets full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good people, mostly nice and friendly.

    Cons

    Management okay, can be better.

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  9. Helpful (2)

    "horrible company to work for or do business with !!"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Installer in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at California Closets full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    bounce program was a plus , working in different location everyday

    Cons

    i'v been working with california closets san diego for 2 years as an installer, Horrible place to work for, poor "MANAGMENT" and extremely stressful!!! They are fake and money hungry. They do not treat customers well, once they have their money. anyone who has done a good job or knows what they are doing has been let go. Shady stuff going on ,, I also think that having been put under so much pressure at jobsite ,, the worst job I ever had. most of the "DESIGNERS" are not capable of using tape measures or levels at the consultation which makes your day SUCK Over all a horrible company to work for or do business with. also be AWARE No job security you can be fired and will be fired at anytime with no warning and no reason!!! If you're looking for a decent job with good pay and a chance to advance, stay away from California Closets.

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  10. "Great company to work for"

    3.0
    Former Employee - Designer 

    I worked at California Closets full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great company, great training and superior products

    Cons

    High pressure sales, weekly sales meetings.

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