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"Ehh"

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  • Culture & Values
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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

I have been working at Christmas Tree Shops part-time

Pros

Decent Pay for what your doing

Cons

Everyone acts like its more than it is. Very Strict.

Advice to Management

Be lenient on your employees. You will get better more motivated people to work than.

Other Employee Reviews for Christmas Tree Shops

  1. "good experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    work life balance is great

    Cons

    nothing bad to say about the company


  2. Helpful (9)

    "CORPORATE KINDERGARTEN: Unethical, disorganized horror show"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Christmas Tree Shops full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Health Benefits, financially stable parent company, no debt, Bed Bath name looks good on a resume

    Cons

    Corporate "campus" lacks cafeteria, fitness facilities, and adequate parking. Mileage is not reimbursed at the standard IRS rate, they reimburse at the minimum rate and tell you to claim the rest on your taxes, which dollar for dollar is a huge loss, especially if you have to drive often, or long distances. They don't tell you this until after you've driven 400 miles on a trip. Office supplies is only the bare minimum of what they have in-house. Pens, cheapo legal pads, highlighters, manila folders, a mouse pad and wrist rest. Everything else, including POST IT NOTES, you have to bring from home. Post-It notes are not supplied because they want you to "cut up scrap paper" No, I'm not kidding.

    You are brought in 3 levels below your experience and salary level, with the empty promise that "it's a huge company, there's room to move around" only to be told you have to stay in your position for 18 months with a perfect review and there are no internal job boards. Moving departments/store concepts is unheard of. The company is run by HR and they watch your EVERY move like the CIA. Emails are routinely read by HR and your boss, even if nothing improper is suspected. They are paranoid. Not allowed to work from home- no remote computer or email access, except on your personal cell phone, and that's highly frowned upon. Basically, if you're going to work, you have to be IN the office.

    There is no independence, everything is micromanaged because everyone is paranoid. The caliber and intelligence of people is surprisingly low. The questions asked in meetings, and the emails people sent left me stunned. Nobody knows how to do their job, nor are they smart enough to figure it out. The company is like the red-headed stepchild of Bed Bath, so you're last on the list for resources. Projects take an extraordinary amount of time. The company is so big that nobody knows who does what, or who to work with on a project. You will spend more time trying to get to the right people than working on the project.

    The company is stuck in this "cutesy/whimsical" New England style that doesn't make sense in the rest of the country. That's why the store in Texas closed. Everyone is terrified of upsetting the crazy, cranky senior citizens who nickel and dime the stores for unregulated, cheap merchandise that falls apart in a week. They also won't advertise an item that isn't available in every single color/size/shape/option in every single store. They are all about disclaimers that mean nothing, because the customers get whatever they ask for. Never 'disappoint the customer'- IN A DOLLAR STORE! There are so many great ideas from buyers, yet everything is shot down because "it doesn't fit, we can't change, it's not good for the core customer". Well, good luck growing if you only cater to your existing customers.

    I cannot stress enough that this is a company to STAY AWAY FROM AT ALL COSTS. You will be made to feel like it's your first job, no matter what level you are at, or what experience you have. If you want a no-brainer job with a lot of management, rules, and hand-holding, this is the place for you. Otherwise, steer clear.

    Advice to Management

    Stop being paranoid. Rein in HR- you are going to get sued. Get out of the 80's. Let people work at the level they are qualified to work at- you'll get more out of them. Hire more intelligent people. Make a company directory. Get post-it notes.

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