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"Cato is a good environment to grow."

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Current Employee - Store Manager
Current Employee - Store Manager
Recommends
Positive Outlook

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

Pros

Pretty good hours for retail Minimum 45 for Store Managers, Good benefits including Insurance, 401K, Temporary Disability, 20% Employee Discount, Stock Purchase Plan, and PTO and Holiday time. Great opportunities for advancement if you are willing to work. Some really wonderful loyal customers and good support from upper management.

Cons

Part time employees don't receive very many benefits, competitive pay or very many hours (8 - 15 a week) which makes it difficult to staff and keep quality people.
Bonuses are okay, could be better. Not a lot of sales incentives or employee recognition from corporate.
sub-par training program for new associates.
Not enough marketing the brand

Advice to Management

Offer more employee incentives and reward the behaviors that you want to see repeated. Take better care of your part time sales employees. These are the individuals that handle your customers, they are your most important and valued asset: it is important whether or not they can survive on what you pay them.

Other Employee Reviews for Cato

  1. "Lot of work for little pay"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    If you meet your sales goals for the month and you are a manager you get a nice bonus at the end of the month. Rotating Sundays means you don't work every weekend. Get to see all the merchandise before it hits the stores. It's fun to rebuild walls and house the latest style trends for the customers.

    Cons

    Terrible pay. If you're an assistant manager you don't make as much as with other stores. Even with experience the average pay a first assistant makes is 9$ and for a second assistant as little as 8$. Lot of stress out on the managers to perform as the dm expects and they are quick to dismiss ideas that go outside of the box. Long hours and not much room for breaks. Most times you have no scheduled lunch period and have to go when customer flow is minimal. No sick days. Not able to call in because of lack of coverage. After a year your pto does not add up to more than 4 days. Insurance is very expensive to make so little and it's hard to find doctors who accept it. Stores only close on Christmas Day and are open all other holidays. Not much room for advancement because people stay in this job a long time. Not sure why. There are favorites and if you've been with the company a long time you get away with a lot. A lot of managers break rules frequently and suffer no consequences. The associates take most of the blame. Criticism and write ups are harsh and come very easily. Not my idea of a fun retail experience.

    Advice to Management

    Follow the rules. Don't expect so much from associates who only make minimum wage. Be willing to put in work and get things done, don't put the work off on someone else. Pay needs to be competitive and there would be less turn over to other retailers. Listen!!


  2. Helpful (9)

    "Toxic work environment. Worst corporate experience of my life."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Buyer in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Buyer in Charlotte, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cato full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Bonuses paid most years.

    Able to walk out of the door at 5 pm, as most employees do.

    Cons

    Buying office is run like a dictatorship. Upper management micromanages everything down to the sku level. If you are ambitious, creative and have good business acumen this is not the work environment for you.

    No such thing as a merit raise, 1-2% increase in salary a year regardless of business results. Be sure to negotiate salary up front.

    PTO- very little time off for sick/vacation.

    Not family friendly

    Very little opportunity for growth beyond the Buyer level.

    Hostile working environment- Top level merchants are known for screaming and throwing tantrums. DMM's stay petrified and show their Buyers little to no support.

    Upper management is out of touch with the retail environment of today and not open to new ideas. Out of touch with who the consumer is, what the marketplace has become and what it takes to move business forward into the future. Business is suffering because of this.

    Advice to Management

    Stop micromanaging your employees and allow them to do the job you pay them to do.

    Be open to listen to new ideas.

    Hire new talent to bring in fresh ideas, better retail/marketplace/global business knowledge in order to move the company forward.

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