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Cost Plus Reviews

Updated February 25, 2017
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Cost Plus President, CEO, and Director Barry J. Feld
Barry J. Feld
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Pros
  • You get a great employee discount (in 86 reviews)

  • New products from around the world arriving every week (in 21 reviews)

Cons
  • part time regardless of work ethic (in 40 reviews)

  • World Market is pulling the profit weight for the whole conglomerate (pressure (in 38 reviews)

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  1. "It's a retail store, but the one you want to be at!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in Santa Ana, CA
    Former Employee - Associate in Santa Ana, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great working atmosphere, great and interesting products (20% discount), clientele that isn't trashy. Room to grow really quickly if you work hard.

    Cons

    It's retail, so you start at minimum wage. No benefits for part-timers.


  2. "Nice discount"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Cashier/Stocker
    Current Employee - Cashier/Stocker
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Cost Plus part-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Nice discounts and other employees easy to get along with

    Cons

    Unrealistic goals not enough staff and management doesn't care about the people and expects you to have no work /life balance just a work balance

    Advice to Management

    have realistic goals and trust your employees


  3. "great company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cost Plus part-time

    Pros

    great company to work for

    Cons

    there are no cons here


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  5. "Worked as a part time employee in Brookfield WI"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Brookfield, WI
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Brookfield, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Everyone was super nice and it was a very laid back place to work. Loved seeing all the new seasonal items

    Cons

    Our store had a lot of furniture so it was a hassle getting it from the back for customers

    Advice to Management

    Doing a great job!


  6. "Supervisor of Operations"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Supervisor of Operations in Sioux Falls, SD
    Former Employee - Supervisor of Operations in Sioux Falls, SD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work environment, great product, always changing, awesome culture

    Cons

    Very physical for retail, constant product resets

    Advice to Management

    none, it is the nature of that style of retail.


  7. "Better retail than most."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Supervisor
    Current Employee - Supervisor
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good atmosphere, unique products, customer service focused

    Cons

    High workload with low payroll budget


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Lasted longer than I needed to.."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    Former Employee - Sales
    Former Employee - Sales
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some of the best reasons to work at Cost Plus had to be the work relationships you developed with your coworkers. I stayed with this company for just about 3 years. Honestly if it was not for my coworkers I may have not have lasted as long.

    Cons

    The downside to this company is the lack effort from management. The GM only cared about his own personal gain. I am glad I got out when I did and that I had as little interaction with him as possible. The pay was bad and I would not work for this company in my life again.

    Advice to Management

    Hire someone who cares about the store and the company. Get rid of what is old and is not working well for the store anymore. There was a lot of turnover and bad decisions when it came to hiring individuals.


  9. "Operations Supervisor"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cost Plus full-time

    Pros

    Benefits, employee discount, cool products

    Cons

    Long days, very hard work.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Downhill experience"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Associate
    Former Employee - Sales Associate
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Employee discount, lots of unique merchandise, and a fun environment during holidays. Nothing much else to get excited about beyond that.

    Cons

    All of my bosses were overly critical. Every day I was told I've done something wrong, and they pulled me aside so much it felt personal. Training is very lacking, and the cause of many of my "bad reviews." When you're new they hound on you, but if you're not new they let you go play on your phone or just not do your job when in uniform. I only stayed because I got good hours and good pay, but when I found something better I bounced.
    Beware - they rotate themsleves monthly and constantly rebuild or move stuff, so learning the store and where stuff goes will be difficult with all the rotations.

    Advice to Management

    Train your employees and stop breathing down their neck! Putting blames on them for things out of their control is not how you run a company.


  11. "Fun and Friendly Work Environment"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Love the atmosphere, my coworkers, and seeing all the new stuff that comes in.

    Cons

    They push to get sign-ups too much.



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