Ethan Allen Reviews

Updated Feb 27, 2021

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2.8
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Ethan Allen Chairman, President, and CEO M. Farooq Kathwari
M. Farooq Kathwari
211 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great product that I was proud to sell(in 14 reviews)

  • "Opportunity to work in a retail environment, knowledge on furniture and fabrics, sales and organizing skills(in 13 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Everything falls back on the designer, including manufacturing issues(in 28 reviews)

  • "No work life balance as enormous pressure constantly applied(in 18 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Fun

      Feb 22, 2021 - Sales in Lancaster, PA
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      Pros

      Fun work environment. Great people to work with

      Cons

      Things can be a bit slow at times

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    2. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Review

      Feb 27, 2021 - Interior Designer in Des Moines, IA
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      Pros

      Rewarding Great Team Wonderful Company

      Cons

      Commission based pay which meant inconsistent Pay

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    3. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      nice

      Feb 1, 2021 - Chief Executive Officer in Gainesville, GA
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      Pros

      it made me happy sometimes

      Cons

      it made me mad sometimes

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    4. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Changes

      Jan 31, 2021 - Interior Designer/Merchandiser in Cleveland, OH
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      Pros

      The work and people are rewarding!

      Cons

      The draw/commission system is antiquated; revolving door!

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    5. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 8 years

      Great Career Outlook for Motivated Candidates

      Jan 28, 2021 - Design Center Manager in Jacksonville, FL
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      Pros

      Excellent compensation and benefits, Flexible scheduling, Sky's the limit!

      Cons

      Working many weekends as they are an important time to connect with new clients

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    6. 3.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      High Potential Earnings

      Jan 25, 2021 - Administrative Assistant in Escondido, CA
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      Pros

      Potential to earn high income with base salary, steady clientele, good health benefits, company is environmentally friendly.

      Cons

      High pressure to sell, micro-management, typical corporate management environment looks out for company interest only, long days with short or no lunch breaks, work weekends and holidays, beautiful showroom, old and dirty Designer office areas, Designers have to deal with all customer service issues including manufacture defects and delivery damages.

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    7. 3.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Opportunity for starting knowledge

      Jan 23, 2021 - Design Consultant 
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      Pros

      Opportunity to work in a retail environment, knowledge on furniture and fabrics, sales and organizing skills

      Cons

      Not much design required, leadership was somewhat controlling and did not designate tasks, store was not always busy which led to not many tasks

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    8. 3.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Overall review

      Jan 14, 2021 - Design Consultant in Dallas, TX
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      Pros

      The company is focused on the education aspect of what is involved to become one of their design consultant. Company’s history and management style are well presented via the EA school (online training program).

      Cons

      Their design staff, at least the ones I worked with directly, are not team players, and showed little talent beyond what EA has to offer. Their project manager was the exception to the norm, since she was highly knowledgeable, courteous, intuitive and a team player.

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    9. 4.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Great place for skills, product knowledge but not so much for growth.

      Dec 19, 2020 - Design Associate 
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      Pros

      Had beautiful product and great staff.

      Cons

      No creative freedom, little appreciation.

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    10. 2.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Do not work at Ethan Allen if you are really an interior designer

      Feb 19, 2021 - Design Consultant 
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      Pros

      The work environment is friendly and managers are supportive, nice variety of fabrics and finishes for customizing furniture, sociable and fun clients

      Cons

      No work life balance, no room for creativity you are more like a salesperson rather than a designer, unfair working schedule

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