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Converse Reviews

Updated February 10, 2018
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Converse Chief Executive Officer Davide Grasso
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Pros
  • Fairly laid back work environment with a great design department (in 24 reviews)

  • good work/life balance for employees (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "You'll like it"

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

    I worked at Converse part-time

    Pros

    Great employee discount and flexible scheduling

    Cons

    No cons solid job with Converse

    Advice to Management

    More opportunities to move up


  2. "Finance"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Converse full-time

    Pros

    Entrepreneurship, accountability, passion, love for the brand

    Cons

    Lack of vision on new products

  3. "It was better at the beginning"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associaate in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Associaate in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Coworkers, Friendly atmosphere, Friendly consumers

    Cons

    Management, Growth, Communication, working hours

    Advice to Management

    What management? there was none left and HQ never did anything to support the store. Yeah we, the associates, tried every day but when management fell short in every aspect and cared very little for us (management was every man for himself attitude) our work suffered. I can see why they are closing so soon.


  4. "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Operations Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Converse full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Family environment, team oriented, Learning experience, growth

    Cons

    Gossip, sometimes cant handle pressure

    Advice to Management

    Love what you do.


  5. "Great company and benefits"

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    Current Employee - Store Manager in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and you are not a number. Allowed to give feedback and have opportunities to stretch in roles to help give you experience while continuously growing and developing.

    Cons

    Not a lot of corporate opportunities unless you want to move to Boston.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work and run the best business as possible!


  6. "Lead"

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    Former Employee - Lead in Saint Augustine, FL
    Former Employee - Lead in Saint Augustine, FL
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Converse full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    nice product
     good discounts
    cool people

    Cons

    inconsistent HQ
    inconsistent training
    high turnover rate


  7. "Sales Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Converse part-time

    Pros

    Easy job. Coworkers are usually cool people. Opportunities for advancement if you stick around long enough. Dress code is pretty lax.

    Cons

    Inconsistent hours and scheduling. VERY boring. Management can be unprofessional and simply annoying. Not a job you look forward to coming to. High expectations and low pay.

    Advice to Management

    Try making the work atmosphere more enjoyable. Happy employees will help create happy customers.

  8. "I love wearing Converse but working there was a roller coaster."

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    Former Employee - Maestro in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Maestro in Santa Monica, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I enjoyed my work and the variety of customers. Bonuses were great and free merchandise. 40% discount at any Converse or Nike store. The manager that actually worked hard and was supportive of our section was Paul Perez. Love love love PAUL!

    Cons

    The management wasn't good. While I was there we went through at least 8 different managers. Customs section (where I worked) had little to no support.

    Advice to Management

    Understand your employees. Back your employees. Racist comments are not welcome in the work place. Treat employees how you want to be treated. Make the environment worth coming to.


  9. "Associate Footwear Production Designer"

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    Former Employee - Associate Footwear Production Designer in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Associate Footwear Production Designer in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Converse full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good work/life balance. People leave to go skateboard at lunch often

    Cons

    Poor communication between teams. Management is not timely with feedback

    Advice to Management

    Communicate with teams more frequently


  10. Helpful (3)

    "The year of transition ...for the last three years"

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    Current Employee - Senior Operations Manager in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Operations Manager in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Converse full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Self motivators do well
    A lot of new talent being brought in
    Good people to work with
    PTO policy/ benefits

    Cons

    This used to feel like a family but since the move to Boston that feeling has disappeared. People who care about the success of the company are taken advantage of and are getting burnt out quickly with little to no compensation for the lack of work/ life balance. Flexibility on working from home and hours are completely at manager discretion creating a lot of inconsistency and animosity between department. Senior leadership can’t seem to stick to a direction, often changing the strategy mid season with what seems like little regard for the work that has gone into it already and the work that must be done to make up for the lack of time left to execute. In general it feels like SLT has no idea of the limitations of the tiny Converse company (since many are from the parent company NIKE. Converse is not NIKE and can’t operate like them without many more additional resources). The company feels lost and like we’re throwing everything at a wall just to see what sticks.

    Advice to Management

    Pick a direction and stick with it. Employees can’t keep up with the amount of changes that keep happening.
    Implement a remote working policy to help employees who can’t or don’t live in the city. The public transportation here is terrible and it often feels like we get blamed when it fails.


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