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Updated June 21, 2017
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Cato Chairman, President, and CEO John P. Derham Cato
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  • Low pay not much growth opportunity (in 63 reviews)

  • Upper management will pick you apart on every corporate visit (in 35 reviews)

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  1. "Assistant store manager"

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    Current Employee - Assistant in Fredericksburg, VA
    Current Employee - Assistant in Fredericksburg, VA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Mostly the customers is why I love my job.

    Cons

    Getting paid $8 less then my boss but doing the same exact job.

    Advice to Management

    Being equal due to the pay and duties to each job title


  2. "Store manager"

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    Former Employee - Store Manager in Omaha, NE
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Omaha, NE

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

    Pros

    Nice clothes. Really great prices

    Cons

    Not enough pay for employees

    Advice to Management

    Pay them more!


  3. "Assistant Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charleston, SC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charleston, SC
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Cato part-time

    Pros

    Fun staff to work with, medical insurance offered to part time (32 hours/week), managers cared and motivated employees

    Cons

    Medical insurance was not satisfactory, company did not seem to have logistical planning for amount of shipment, low pay, no work life balance


  4. Helpful (1)

    "1st Assistant manager"

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    Former Employee - First Assistant Manager in Guthrie, OK
    Former Employee - First Assistant Manager in Guthrie, OK
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work environment and fun people to work with. Loved my district manager. She always got her part done and was there anytime to help you with yours if need be.

    Cons

    Pay and hours. They are both low for position.


  5. "Store Manager"

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    Current Employee - Store Manager in Lawrence, MI
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Lawrence, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Rarely see upper management and it is like running my own business. One weekend a month off. Discount ok. Hours are long.

    Cons

    Pay is so low. It is impossible to make ends meet. They say it is job security to have low pay, but it can ruin you. You can't afford a family, house, and cars.

    Advice to Management

    Increase pay so your managers can afford to live and be happy with the company. Instead of miserable.


  6. "Store Manager is awesome, but Cato as a whole does not value their employees."

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    Current Employee - Retail Sales Associate in Inverness, FL
    Current Employee - Retail Sales Associate in Inverness, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cato part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Store manager at my location is amazing. She tries to work with everyone's schedules as much as possible. She leads by example. Best boss I've ever had.

    Cons

    Pay is terrible. Cato Corporation refuses to hire full-time employees unless they are management. Raises are few and far between and when they do happen, they are pitiful (insulting, actually).

    Advice to Management

    If you expect to KEEP good, honest, hard-working employees, you should pay them accordingly. You could save money in the long run and cut down on high turnover by paying a fair wage. Allow store managers to hire non-management full-time employees.


  7. "Hated Cato"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baton Rouge, LA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baton Rouge, LA

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

    Pros

    20% discount on anything in the store, nice coworkers. Easy to become friends

    Cons

    Little pay for 2nd Asst. managers. ( 8.50) Associates only make about 7.25. only 2 people work the store especially on Saturdays & Sundays (busy days). Rude customers, & my manager promoted a Part timer to 1st assistant & I am a great worker

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to your loyal employees.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Fun, but not rewarding"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you have a great store manager, you usually have a great staff that's fun to work with and be around.
    Regular customers are usually friendly and it doesn't feel like work to help them out.
    The job itself is super simple, not a lot of heavy lifting.
    Very customer focused.
    Benefits were nice for employees (FULL TIME ONLY) even tho the network was limited.

    Cons

    I don't know how anybody is able to support either just themselves or a small family with the way they're pay and hours worked out.

    --The pay is NOT competitive in the least bit. I was the 1st Assistant Manager and I made less than $10/hr. Most Store Managers made less than $15/hr.
    --Scheduling was not very flexible - you cannot hold a second job and be a manager (the only way to be a full time employee is to be a manager). They will literally demote or fire you for this.
    --You only get one Saturday off a month.
    --Unfortunately, the company thinks the customer is always right, which leads to customers verbally assaulting employees and getting rewarded for it (10-20% purchases and such).
    --I worked there for 2 years - not one raise. There was a rumor among senior employees that the raises were minimal anyways.

    Advice to Management

    I was a very loyal employee - followed policy and procedure to the letter, always early to work, first one to volunteer to cover shifts for others, willing to go out of my way to help out other stores within and outside my district. But the following points forced me to leave the company. [This is mostly directed towards people above the DMs, since they have no control over most of this.]

    --Customers are not always right, please listen to your employees and tell your Customer Service department to stop bending policies and procedures to make them happy - it really screws over employees who have to then deal with the unhappy customers because we couldn't break policy without being punished.

    --Pay your staff what they're worth. Managers put up with a lot of BS and most aren't paid more than $10/hr. This is why there's a high turnover rate. Nobody can support themselves on this, let along support a family.

    --Reconsider the policy that disallows full time employees to hold second jobs to compensate for the lack of money you pay them.


  9. "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Training Store Manager in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Training Store Manager in Charlotte, NC
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cato full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great company to work for. Treats employees well

    Cons

    Pay is not competitive compared to other companies.

    Advice to Management

    Be prepared to work hard and constantly look for new employees every six months.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Not a good company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Store Manager in Arlington, TX
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Arlington, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cato full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Somewhat of an easy job. 20 percent discount. Co workers become good friends. Promotes from within. If you are reliable its easy to get promoted quickly.

    Cons

    Just like what everyone is saying the pay is terrible. Unrealistic expectations expected out of you. You never get appreciation for the hard work you do. Upper management will pick you apart on every corporate visit.

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees. Especially ones who have been there for many years.


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