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"No longer a good company to work at"

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Former Employee - Sales Leader-Assistant Manager in Detroit, MI
Former Employee - Sales Leader-Assistant Manager in Detroit, MI
Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

Decent pay but that is negated by the mandatory reduction of hours, easy job but boring most of the time.

Cons

Low morale, poor communication, lousy corporate atmosphere, too many secrets kept from employees, no stock or advertising, lying to customers, lots of pressure on stores to perform even with no support from corporate.

Advice to Management

Stop lying to the stores, get feedback on what positve things can be done to improve things, and stop blaming store employees for the fact that the company is poorly run by people who would fail a basic Finance or Business Management class at any college. If you don't advertise or get any new product for over 6 months, you can't blame the lack of sales on poor performance at the stores.

Other Employee Reviews for InkStop

  1. "General InkStop review"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Cincinnati, OH
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It is a relatively simple job and they don't ask much of you besides normal duties. The people are please to work with and the market leader in my area is easy to get along with. I find it to be an environment that is easy to adjust to and be part of since it is slower paced. The benefits overall are very good, 20 hours or more and you're covered by full benefits which is nice compared to other retailers I have worked at. I think that the overall chance to bonus is difficult, but rewarding when you do.

    Cons

    Sometimes it is slow, too slow and management can get negative when things are down as opposed to a coaching environment

    Advice to Management

    Manage equally, pay and treatment seem to be all over the board


  2. "Good pay, no accountability in upper-management"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Time to read a book! There is often little to do in the store for months on end. There's some busy-work that takes maybe two hours a day to finish. Bring in a book and enjoy your time. Just avoid the district manager. This might only work in the Texas market where I'm at... which is way under goal. There are some really nice employees and customers who work and shop at Inkstop. Base pay for each position is relatively high though little real experience is needed to achieve any of the positions. Getting a manager position here is as easy as applying at the right moment.

    Cons

    Boring and upper-management is fairly incompetent. The company uses terms like "Net Sales" when they actually mean "Gross Sales." Only a small number of people at the Ohio Corporate location have degrees. There is a small-store mindset at corporate and it holds back all of Inkstop. Each store is held accountable for making goals but there's little these stores can do to drive sales. The ads (now far and in between) drive people in to buy products that that are well below margin if we have the product at all. The company is now firing many managers in Texas, perhaps in other places as well, for not meeting goals. It should be the district manager, his immediate supervisor, and Inkstop Corporate whose jobs are on the line.

    Advice to Management

    People with degrees and prior-experience should be moving up closer to the top of the company. The store goals should be more realistic. There's a general retail industry slow-down and expecting phenomenal growth in this economy is just plain silly. Guerrilla marketing should be encouraged at the store level. Store management should be trained on how to canvass, especially on how to achieve special order goals. Protection plan penetration shouldn't be effected by products like memory cards, usb drives, and other products that cost as much to replace as the protection plan itself. Start admitting that upper-management is making mistakes and showing the stores that people on the top are being held accountable. It speaks volumes when the number 3 guy in the company simply sets up shelves for stores.

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