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Converse Reviews

Updated May 22, 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)

  • Work/life balance tough to beat (in 10 reviews)

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  1. "Operations Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Converse full-time

    Pros

    - Great company that was fun to work for. Team building. GREAT benefits with health ins, good hours, and understand work/life balance. Work hard and they recognize you. Room for growth

    Cons

    Its retail so thats about it...


  2. "Lead"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Converse full-time

    Pros

    Good work life balance
    Opportunities for advancement
    Great corporate partners

    Cons

    Management - depending on which store you are assigned to
    Retail - busy holiday seasons

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Not recommended"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Converse full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work/life balance tough to beat. Great location. Nike perks.

    Cons

    Company could and should run with half the people. No accountability. Corporate layer after layer. Can't get out of our own way. High majority of employees have roles they've never done before and are "trying to figure it out." No one knows where this brand is headed.

    Advice to Management

    Stop ignoring the loyal customer who's grown this brand to $2+ billion in favor of a new niche market leadership is trying to break in to. Stop forcing Nike processes and practices on this brand because it clearly isn't working. Realize Converse has it's own heartbeat and isn't Nike. Bring in industry veterans, not Nike castoffs who succeeded in established businesses.


  4. "Store Lead"

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    Former Employee - Store Lead in Robstown, TX
    Former Employee - Store Lead in Robstown, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It was great. I had a great experience

    Cons

    None. I had a great experience


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Lead"

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    Former Employee - Part Time, to Partime Over, to Floor Lead in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Part Time, to Partime Over, to Floor Lead in Santa Monica, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Converse part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    You work with really awesome associates. Nike owns Converse so you get a really good employee discount at both establishments, as well as "free" staff dress.

    Cons

    Management didn't know how to manage. You were constantly told not to be friendly with co workers inside or outside of work, so you had to hide being friends. There was no mobility within the company, they were constantly hiring from the outside for all positions. Also, corporate is so out of touch with their product and demographic its no wonder the brand had to close a lot of stores, leaving us unemployed.

    Advice to Management

    It's just retail, you can be decent people and have a little fun.


  6. "Product lead"

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    Current Employee - Product Lead in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Product Lead in Nashville, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Pay is good for retail. Free product every quarter. One weekend off a month.

    Cons

    There aren’t very many stores so it’s hard to move up in the company. The dress code.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Manager Review"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Manager in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing Benefits! gym, free barista on site, health insurance, 401k, stock options, tuition reimbursement, and employee discounts.

    Cons

    Often the company wants to hire from outside instead of promoting from within.

  8. "Small volume store with a small sales team but great communication and work ethic"

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    Current Employee - Store Leader in Everett, WA
    Current Employee - Store Leader in Everett, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunities to grow within the company ie Nike, Hurley and other Converse stores. Great employee discount 40% in store 40% online and 30% at Nike stores and access to the Nike company store.

    Cons

    Small volume and small market store so weekdays are very slow usually. Small store means weekends are very cramped and hard to keep the store clean.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great potential with lack of focus"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Lots of talented creatives as well as roles for hard workers
    Opportunities to meet diverse employees from around the globe
    Opportunities for travel and relocation, as long as you did it their way
    Many chances to learn new skills if you are assertive enough to look and ask for it
    Given autonomy in many aspects of business
    Great insurance, 401k, vacation policy

    Cons

    Reviews and career growth were a joke; why bother the charade if articulated career goals are ignored
    Little clarity around field career advancement besides moving from store to store
    Expected to take on additional responsibilities with no additional pay or promotions
    HQ marketing initiatives hit store p&l
    Difficult to actually take advantage of vacation and sick time accrued


  10. "Supply Chain Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Converse full-time

    Pros

    Flexible hours, working from home, great office and perks

    Cons

    People are resistant to change, no clear vision for progression

    Advice to Management

    More thorough performance assessment


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