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Charming Charlie Chicago Reviews

Updated May 29, 2017
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Charming Charlie Founder & CEO Charlie Chanaratsopon
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  • No work-life balance, many times working without a lunch break, no 10 minute by law breaks (in 27 reviews)

  • High turnover rate for managers (in 18 reviews)

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  1. "Charming Charlie Sales Associate Review"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate, "Charmer" in Merrillville, IN
    Former Employee - Sales Associate, "Charmer" in Merrillville, IN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Charming Charlie (More than a year)

    Pros

    I loved working at Charming Charlie. The people I worked with were awesome and I couldn't really complain about much. The pay wasn't bad for a part time job for a college student.

    Cons

    I cannot really complain about much. I know other locations of Charming Charlie were more strict than my managers were about dress code. But my location wasn't bad at all.


  2. "Co-Manager"

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    Current Employee - Co-Manager/Sales/Visual/Stylist in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Co-Manager/Sales/Visual/Stylist in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Charming Charlie (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good product and fashion forward environment

    Cons

    Lousy benefits and low pay


  3. "Operations Manager"

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    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Charming Charlie full-time

    Pros

    It's a place where you can really help people style and put together outfits with the perfect accessories

    Cons

    They are not letting many people grow because of corporates wrong decision making.


  4. "Fun and unbeat"

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    Current Employee - Stylist in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Stylist in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent discount, great coworkers, chance to work with people looking to feel good and look good.

    Cons

    Starting pay is really low. $8.50 is hard to live on.

    Advice to Management

    A little bit more pay would keep the better sales reps there.


  5. "Great environment!"

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate, "Charmer" in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Sales Associate, "Charmer" in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Charming Charlie part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very good retail job. Not a very high traffic store so it's not a stressful job. Really nice managers and overall a good place to work.

    Cons

    Not many hours- which was something I was completely okay with because of school but may be a con for others.


  6. "Style Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Style Specialist in Lombard, IL
    Current Employee - Style Specialist in Lombard, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Charming Charlie part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It's a fun place to work! An acquaintance describes it as "Claire's for adults".

    Cons

    Cleaning of bathrooms - why does CC not have a commercial cleaning arrangement?

    Advice to Management

    No complaints.


  7. "Sales Associate"

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    Current Employee - Charmer/Sales Associate in Highland Park, IL
    Current Employee - Charmer/Sales Associate in Highland Park, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Charming Charlie part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Staff members were kind, average retail job

    Cons

    Not enough to do. Would often be just standing around.


  8. "Great management, great coworkers! Wish the pay was a little higher"

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate, "Charmer" in Kildeer, IL
    Current Employee - Sales Associate, "Charmer" in Kildeer, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Charming Charlie part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Our management team is awesome! Always a fun time coming to work! Managers and Charmers both do register, recover the sales floor, and help customers, so it really helps to feel more equal and closer to the managers.

    Cons

    The pay is not very high at all. Many retail stores pay their sales associates more. Also, they make us play this awful music lately and even customers complain all the time.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing!


  9. "Good Job"

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    Current Employee - Charmer in Crown Point, IN
    Current Employee - Charmer in Crown Point, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Charming Charlie (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice Environment
    Product sells its self
    Good job for college students
    Flexible schedule
    Friendly staff at my store

    Cons

    Pay is low compared to other stores i've worked at

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing!


  10. "Bad Management"

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate, " Charmer" in Orland Park, IL
    Current Employee - Sales Associate, " Charmer" in Orland Park, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Charming Charlie part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    flexible hours and there is one manager (TJ) that everyone is totally open with because she listens, and genuinely care about people and their feelings. She even buys breakfast and or lunch for the entire team weekly:) She is the only reason why I like working there:)

    Cons

    There is specifically one manager there that NOBODY likes. She is belligerent, obnoxious, and verrryyyyyy RUDE! And she is supposed to train all charmers!

    The 20% to 25% discount is horrible! Employees cannot use coupons or use the employee rate off of clearance merchandise. They tell employees how to merchandise according to the companies standards, without giving proper trainings or reading materials.

    I hate to keep mentioning this but the manager (whose name I will not mention) is again very RUDE and obnoxious and I dread working there every day with her.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees, repromend bad behavior, and have follow up discussions:)


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