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Updated June 16, 2017
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Cost Plus President, CEO, and Director Barry J. Feld
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Pros
  • Benefits, employee discount, cool products (in 90 reviews)

  • New products from around the world arriving every week (in 22 reviews)

Cons
  • part time regardless of work ethic (in 41 reviews)

  • World Market is pulling the profit weight for the whole conglomerate (pressure (in 39 reviews)

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  1. "Nice place to work"

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    Former Employee - Logistics Supervisor in San Dimas, CA
    Former Employee - Logistics Supervisor in San Dimas, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very easy job no real problems when it comes to receiving and stocking goods.

    Cons

    Hours and pay offered to associates could be better

    Advice to Management

    Know your inventory stock levels


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Fine Entry Level Job"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Glendale, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Glendale, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Cost Plus part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    work was relatively easy, interview was also easy and pretty basic

    Cons

    there's a quota you have to meet for number of people you sign up for the rewards program, management is stressed and would constantly pressure employees to do better


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Perfect for students/young people."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Daytona Beach, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Daytona Beach, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Most friendly, teamwork oriented environment I've ever worked in. I love my GM and just about every person I work with like a friend, and that makes it easier to work as a team and be the best store we can be. Flexible when it comes to personal life and extenuating circumstances. Also tend to promote from within, whenever a position happens to open up.

    Cons

    Ridiculously low hours for almost all employees except Supervisors and GMs, if you're a department head or below you're going to want a second job. Even some supervisors have other jobs to make ends meet if they have families. I get paid an alright wage, but the hours I get make me still live paycheck to paycheck.

    Advice to Management

    If you want people to push SMS and Explorer program, give stores incentive to. Releasing numbers and boohooing over stores who's numbers are low isn't enough to get your minimum wage sales associates fired up to sign people up. When you get 15 hours a week (at most) as a sales associate how can you be expected to be passionate about your job or it's reward program? Also, instead of having 10+ sales associates who get 15 hours or less, hire associates with more availability who can make a decent paycheck on higher part time hours. Unbelievably low hours make for heavy rotation of associates because they find other opportunities that are full time, or at least high number part time positions. I love what I do in my position, but will most likely not stay because I'm underpaid/underworked hourly.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Most of the buyers are awful, not all"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alameda, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alameda, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    good sample sales, attractive products, staff in other departments are nice

    Cons

    The buyers have attitudes and egos that are pretty comical and sad seeing that Cost Plus is based in Alameda and sell products that are about the price point of Walmart. Most of the buyers have worked there for a decade or more and have visited but never worked in a major design, retail and fashion market like New York, Paris, Milan or London.

    Advice to Management

    Please encourage your buyers to be decent human beings


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Sales Associate"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Maple Grove, MN
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Maple Grove, MN
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Cost Plus (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fun products and co-workers. Great prices.

    Cons

    Push member enrollment so much it annoys customers. Took too long to get out of the store at night when closing. Issues not addressed until review time, which is very poor management.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate things regularly with your employees. Don't have such high expectations for the member program. If people don't want it, they don't want it!


  6. Helpful (4)

    "working retail is difficult"

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    Current Employee - Supervisor in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Supervisor in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Get to work with friendly shoppers. Recieve a check every 2 weeks. Able to for the most part have a fixed schedule.

    Cons

    Hostile attitude by district management. Company does not value supervisors. Poor pay even with great performance per reviews . Extremly Poor benefits . Will be working on your lunch by answering phone calls and helping employees. Major problem to take earned vacation off and use earned sick time.

    Advice to Management

    Know how to value employees including supervisors. Learn how to communicate in a motivating manner opposed to a hostile manner. Stop blaming staff for the retail crisis and take a good look at the reality of how buisness is changing. Give better pay to staff. Company needs new upper management with new ideology in buisness and how to make employees happy at store level


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Sales Associate Employment Review"

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate in College Station, TX
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in College Station, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cost Plus (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible Schedule, Co-workers were nice, Managers were pretty easy to get along with

    Cons

    Low pay, no other cons


  8. "Retail is Retail - Good Experience Overall"

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    Former Employee - Inventory Analyst in Alameda, CA
    Former Employee - Inventory Analyst in Alameda, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - supportive team and understanding manager
    - flexible schedule
    - autonomy and freedom to plan your own schedule
    - fun sample sales, bid sales and wine sales

    Cons

    - limited PTO
    - slow paced environment with limited growth opportunity
    - BBBY has become an excuse for everything they can't or don't want to do


  9. "Supervidor"

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    Current Employee - Supervisor in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Cost Plus (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great company, flexible with the schedule, nice benifits

    Cons

    Heavy lifting at times. On your feet most of the shift.


  10. "Okay experience"

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    Former Employee - Cashier/Stocker in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Cashier/Stocker in Alexandria, VA

    I worked at Cost Plus part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It was an easy job, fairly flexible scheduling (manager dependent)

    Cons

    Everyone who wasnt the manager tried acting like they were to newer employees thinking that they were showing initiative or something but really they were just on a power trip. The pay sucked.

    Advice to Management

    Too many chiefs, not enough indians


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