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"Cato is a good environment to grow."

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  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
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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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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 (1)

    "Poor business acumen"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Store Manager
    Former Employee - Store Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    The people you work with...most of them at least. The discount was ok. Layaway program.

    Cons

    This company is living in the dark ages. Their technology is completely outdated and they rely heavily on faxing to the point where I would get up to 50 pages of faxes a day sometimes.

    The pay is so low it's practically illegal. PTO was practically nonexistent. Raises are a joke.

    Zero work/life balance. I know I often put in 60+ hour weeks and so did MANY of the other managers in my district with almost no recognition for this. The SM has to do the job of 5 people.

    This company is completely out of touch with what people want and it shows even in the 90's decor of the stores.

    The dress code is beyond conservative in the territory I was in. Let your people wear what they sell, it makes it easier!

    There was a lot of backstabbing and talking about other employees in a derogatory way.

    The turnover in my district and my store was out of control. I realize there is turnover in every company but this was excessive IMO.

    Everyone who is good at their job will leave for something better because this company has no respect and no recognition for those who are good at their jobs! If you're smart you'll find another job.

    Advice to Management

    Stop micromanaging everything. Let store managers and DM's decide what's best for and works in their particular market and area of the country...go online your company will stay flat or continue their decreases unless you get with the times. Get rid of the ridiculous faxing system and use e-mail. Pay people what they're worth and you won't have such high turnover. Cato considers itself fashion so let your people wear fashion! Don't play games, it's demeaning.


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