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Dick Blick Reviews

Updated October 17, 2017
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Pros
  • Discounts on Art Supplies: 30% for regularly priced store items, 40% for Blick branded items (in 15 reviews)

  • The employee discount isn't so bad either (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • The worst "con" is that there is no real room for growth (in 5 reviews)

  • Low pay, but goes with cost of living for area (in 7 reviews)

More Pros and Cons

  1. "Warehouse Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Dick Blick part-time

    Pros

    Great place to work
    Good upper management

    Cons

    There are no cons to working here


  2. "Minimal departmental support"

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    Former Employee - Design Center Manager
    Former Employee - Design Center Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Dick Blick full-time

    Pros

    Always current on latest trends and materials

    Cons

    Given minimal departmental support, not enough hours and then held accountable for it.

    Advice to Management

    Either properly staff the design center or do away with it altogether.

  3. "Blick art materials"

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    Former Employee - Picker/Packer
    Former Employee - Picker/Packer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to work for
    Optional overtime during the summer

    Cons

    Not much room for advancement
    Sometimes let off early, optional


  4. "A Growing company Dedicated to the Fine Arts Business"

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

    I worked at Dick Blick full-time

    Pros

    A customer focused, associate centric business with over 100 years of growth serving the art communities of the United States. Widest assortment of products, same day shipping, 60 + retail stores make the customers, who are artists, teachers, students, and parents very satisfied.

    Cons

    Brick and mortar stores are struggling like most of retail today.


  5. "Great!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Friendly, energetic people, good staff, knowledgeable.

    Cons

    Wasn't much room for growth.


  6. "NOT a family company!!!!"

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    Former Employee - Warehouse Associate in Galesburg, IL
    Former Employee - Warehouse Associate in Galesburg, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    They have donated to local charities

    Cons

    After 4 years of employment I was fired through an email while going through a miscarriage. This place claims they are a family company and that's clearly a lie. The pay crappy and they only compare their pay to Walmart stores not Walmart distribution center becucae they pay way more than Blick. I would never recommend this company.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees as if they are a person not a number in the system


  7. "Good benefits for part-timers, great job to get through college."

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    Current Employee - Lead Sales Associate in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Lead Sales Associate in Sacramento, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Dick Blick part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, PTO for part-timers, flexible, overall a fun job. Tries to show value to lower associates, open door policy stressed.

    Cons

    Corporate blocks a lot of growth and can micro manage too much. Expectations with set limits seem improbable. Too many corporate people looking solely at numbers.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the stores a little more without doubting their opinions

  8. "Company Tries Hard, but just not much pay"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Galesburg, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Galesburg, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are a lot of company outings and free tickets to local events. Management, even top management is fairly accessible for a company this size. There are opportunities to move around in the company if you are a good worker.

    Cons

    Entry level work is fairly demanding. The packing room is fast paced with a pressure to be faster and you just keep packing stuff. Not hard work but it gets very monotonous. The entry level pay was $10 an hour when I left(it had just been raised from $9), which is not bad pay for unskilled, entry level labor in the Galesburg area, but when you are promoted the pay only goes up a dollar an hour.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to offer the outings and benefits. Look at a more vigorous compensation system especially for those whose work really stands out. Allow for more floating between positions. Maybe allow 2 day working one job, 3 days working another for those who solidly perform in both areas.


  9. "Hard Work/Creative Work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Dick Blick full-time

    Pros

    If you're passionate about art materials and make art, this is a great customer service environment to talk and learn about those things.

    Cons

    Juggling many responsibilities, preventing theft that can be threatening, and moving up in the company is only a matter of chance.

    Advice to Management

    Only delegate responsibilities that fall into that employee's job description.


  10. "An amazing place for autonomous and accountable employees"

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    Former Employee - General Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - General Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You are expected to run your business as your own. There is the freedom to challenge yourself and your employees on a daily basis. The community you get to work with is engaging and special, and the team you can create can be equally amazing.

    Cons

    The company is still growing and creating its structure. Hiring and training can be difficult, but is improving with a larger HR staff and better systems.

    Advice to Management

    Benefits are amazing for part timers to management, but are under appreciated. Make a regular focus.


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