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Ethan Allen Reviews

Updated December 10, 2017
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Ethan Allen Chairman, President, and CEO M. Farooq Kathwari
M. Farooq Kathwari
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Pros
  • Very pleasant work environment and people (in 12 reviews)

  • Great product, limited number of sales (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • 100% commission, work every weekend, high sales/up-sell pressure (in 14 reviews)

  • Too much politics within the upper management and there is definitely no work/life balance (in 10 reviews)

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  1. "Corporate manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Danbury, CT
    Former Employee - Manager in Danbury, CT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ethan Allen full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    EA is a decent company, staffed with some exceptional people - really smart, talented, dedicated people.

    Cons

    Corporate culture there is prone to some of the usual complaints that plague other large organizations: some micro management, salary compression, lack of mobility in certain departments. If you aren't promoted in 3 to 5 years, it's time to move on, otherwise it can take a really, really long time.

    Advice to Management

    It's time for Farooq to give up at least one of his titles and let someone new take on some leadership role. I have the sense the company doesn't quite know who or what it is and where exactly it is going. Like it's tacking into the wind without making much forward progress.


  2. "New Employee- Hiring Process Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ethan Allen part-time

    Pros

    Employer kept me updated throughout the whole process

    Cons

    Took a long time to get hired

  3. Helpful (1)

    "not all sales persons are professional interior designers"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ethan Allen full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    nice surroundings great furniture

    Cons

    not all sales staff are professional interior designers

    Advice to Management

    do not promote interior design services without actual interior designers


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Micro managed to death"

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    Former Employee - Interior Designer in Palm Desert, CA
    Former Employee - Interior Designer in Palm Desert, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's a high quality furniture line at reasonable prices. Possible to make a decent income. Some of the best training I have ever had. I worked in 2 different stores & one of the managers was reasonable.

    Cons

    I worked in 2 different stores & one of the managers was the most horrible person I've ever worked for, had constant complaints from employees, yet they kept backing her up. To much oversight and HR will protect the crazy management before they ever give you the benefit of the doubt. They micro manage you to death, like what side of the paper the staple is on. Honestly, when it comes to the micro managing, they will suck the life out of you.

    Advice to Management

    Stop being such control freaks!


  5. Helpful (1)

    "INTERIOR DESIGN CONSULTANT"

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    Current Employee - Interior Design Consultant
    Current Employee - Interior Design Consultant
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Ethan Allen (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    good way to enter the business

    Cons

    Long hours, often working on your days off, management team tends to Micro manage. Little to no support on projects. Company takes your commission away for manufacturing issues.

    Advice to Management

    You only celebrate the top 10% in the company. Yes, everyone would like to be invited to the annual awards weekend, but how do you expect to motivate and show your support and concern for all the other designers. We have a voice that matters and it would be nice to know that we matter, each and everyone of us. The insight we can share with corporate is invaluable. The momentum, energy and excitement should extend to all as well as respect for us being in the forfront of the business You should have a support staff in all locations that allows designers to design and sell instead of worrying about extended responsibility of obtaining quotes and being responsible with all facets of placing orders with vendors as well as the tedious paperwork required with each order. All we hear on our end is there isn't the budget to hire someone to support us or that our catalogs that we would love to hand out to potential clients "are coming" and then 3-5 months later, still no catalogs.
    Our hope is that the company is able to represent quality in all aspects of the "client experience"


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Work life balances"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Wayne, IN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Wayne, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Coworkers were very great and fun to work with.

    Cons

    No family life outside of work. Long hours in the Design Center.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "great for stating out"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Ethan Allen full-time

    Pros

    learn the process of residential design as clients come to you

    Cons

    low pay. 100% commission based. you can spend months trying to get out of deficit as you pay back the company for very low wages paid out in draw. dependent of a few large projects to get by each month, which puts a lot of pressure on those projects to close.

    Advice to Management

    eliminate deficit and pay your hard working designers a fair base pay plus commissions

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Ethan Allen"

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    Current Employee - Interior Design Consultant in Richland, SC
    Current Employee - Interior Design Consultant in Richland, SC
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Ethan Allen full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Ethan Allen as a brand markets itself effectively and continues to provide high quality printed marketing materials to their designers. The clients and personal
    relationships you build with your clients are very rewarding on many levels.

    Cons

    Ethan Allen Designers are paid on a draw against actual sales commissions earned structure.

    Advice to Management

    Adapt to the changing market and pay your Designers/Sales Force a respecting
    salary for their knowledge and work.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Misplaced Focus"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Ethan Allen full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The Benefit package is acceptable for this industry. Some of the people you will work with are intelligent and appreciate your work.

    Cons

    Most management will never appreciate the job you do or acknowledge it. Too much politics within the upper management and there is definitely no work/life balance. Its a furniture store that makes it very difficult to sell with constant and ongoing computer changes and updates. Upper management is out of touch.

    Advice to Management

    Throw out your 20 year old ideas of what works. They had there day and that day has passed. Stop alienating the people that pay your salaries..aka. Design Center Managers and their staffs.


  10. "Fair place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ethan Allen full-time

    Pros

    Decent benefits with fair rules on work ethic and punctuality.

    Cons

    Some employee benefits have changed or went away over the years. Work schedules can differ depending on workload.


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