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California Closets Reviews

Updated November 11, 2018
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Pros
  • "Great opportunities to design and sell a great product" (in 8 reviews)

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

Cons
  • "Pushy sales strategies, competitive work environment with not a lot of comraderie" (in 5 reviews)

  • "The room for advancement is not that good" (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "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.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "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.

  3. "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.


  4. "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.


  5. "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!


  6. Helpful (2)

    "corporate chaos but good training"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at California Closets full-time

    Pros

    good initial training and ongoing training

    Cons

    tons of gossip and corporate backstabbing


  7. "Design Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Design Consultant in Greenvale, NY
    Former Employee - Design Consultant in Greenvale, NY

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

    Pros

    Flexible Schedule, Well Appointed Showroom

    Cons

    Higher Training Salary , Higher Commissions to accommodate cost of living standard

  8. "Designer"

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    Former Employee - Designer in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Designer in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A great idea. In practice a nightmare. Like last review said, theoretically it could be great job.

    Cons

    I love last review.....theoretical and goat rodeo

    Advice to Management

    If the owners are sleazy, expect everyone else to be sleazy!


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Mediocre Nepotism"

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    Former Employee - Sales in Bee Cave, TX
    Former Employee - Sales in Bee Cave, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at California Closets full-time

    Pros

    Theoretically, It could be a cool job...

    Cons

    Owners hire they're unqualified friends as managers. Horrible work environment, biggest goat rodeo I've ever experienced.. You're job is to rip ppl off by convincing them plywood is worth $20k - $100k. You will be treated with little regard, energy and vibes you get from everyone there tells it all.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Sigh."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berkeley, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and flex hours, great staff.

    Cons

    At first I had high hopes. But there is a lot of turnover. The job is very stressful. When you take time off you come back to chaos and tons of work. No one steps up to assist someone on vacation. Also there are no SOPs in place, things changing all the time, no organization, little direction, tons of extra work thrown our way frequently and management that does lot seem to care.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees and their ideas. Also stop giving them too much work to handle.