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Cost Plus Reviews

Updated December 6, 2017
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Pros
  • Benefits, employee discount, cool products (in 97 reviews)

  • Interesting items from around the world (in 23 reviews)

Cons
  • Good for temporary or part time work, but doesn't seem like there would be much room to growth (in 45 reviews)

  • World Market is pulling the profit weight for the whole conglomerate (pressure (in 43 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Pay more - get more...."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hoffman Estates, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hoffman Estates, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice employee discount of 20%

    Pretty store

    Cons

    Pressure of Explorer Sign ups
    Low wage
    Employees have to clean the bathrooms

    Advice to Management

    You cant expect to get good people or keep them if you pay minimum wage. This store is fun to work at but it requires people who care. Nobody will care if they have the feeling the pay is not right. That was my reason to leave.

    Also, they are putting way to much weight on the Explorer sign ups. Basically they are making it to be your fault if the numbers are down, but don't see that it's the programms fault when people don't wanna sign up. The programm could be so much more attraktive if somebody would seriously start looking into it and start compairing it with other companys.

    Also, the store doesn't have a daily or weekly cleansing crew. So you as an employee are the cleaning staff as well. Floor, bathrooms etc. all your job as well. For a minimum wage?? Wow....


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Supervisor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Riverside, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Riverside, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Fast Pace
    Always Something to do
    Making head-way into streamlining procedures
    Good benefits, even for part-timers

    Cons

    As with all retail, hours were restricted and people's duties became stretched beyond efficiency. Goals became increasingly hard to hit because of the reduced man-power. This is the way all retail has been trending though.

    Advice to Management

    Realize what you're asking of each person and be realistic about what goals can actually be attained. Don't forget that we're all individuals working for the same goal and truly uplifting those below you (personal praise and genuine recognition) go a long way.

  3. "Decent Part Time Job"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Cost Plus part-time

    Pros

    Good for going to school, work 2-3 days a week, weekends off.

    Cons

    Minimum wage and sometimes the workload can be overwhelming but not too bad.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Its Retail"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cost Plus part-time

    Pros

    Fellow employees are great (store specific obviously). Can be a variety of activities for a change of pace.

    Cons

    Going to need push their rewards program/texting program which people don't want.


  5. "POS"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cost Plus part-time

    Pros

    Friendly co workers, work discount,

    Cons

    Not enough hours, schedule is always changing


  6. "Great community to work with"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Awesome discount on worldy house decor

    Cons

    Worked like slaves during holidays


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Disappointing.."

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    Former Employee - Gourmet Department Head in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Gourmet Department Head in Tucson, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Meeting new people, employee discount

    Cons

    Not getting promoted, lack of hours, no appreciation. Pressure to enroll customers to the WME discount program.
    This is not the company that you want to work for if you want to be promoted. It's unfortunate that they don't promote long term employees. Doesn't look good on the company's part that I found more con's than pro's after almost 6 years.

    Advice to Management

    Sit down and talk to your employees and actually listen to them. Take a chance on your employees who were there the longest.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Stock Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    great place to work at

    Cons

    Night shift can be very brutal


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Assistant Store Manager/Supervisor"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Fort Wayne, IN
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Fort Wayne, IN
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture and cool stuff!

    Cons

    Unloading the heavy wooden furniture off the truck was sometimes difficult...


  10. "Leader"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cost Plus full-time

    Pros

    gave me an opportunity to become a store manager and loved the merchandise.

    Cons

    A lot of complacency at the supervisor level and created road blocks for others to advance.


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