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Ethan Allen Reviews

Updated April 18, 2017
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Ethan Allen Chairman, President, and CEO 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
  • In addition, your responsibility for customer service is negative as well (in 19 reviews)

  • 100% commission, work every weekend, high sales/up-sell pressure (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Interior Design/Sales"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Interior Designer/Sales in West Palm Beach, FL
    Former Employee - Interior Designer/Sales in West Palm Beach, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Quality product, beautiful showroom, nice people, creative field, love of textiles, woods, creating beautiful environments

    Cons

    Filling in at reception desk which cut into design or sales time, helping in warehouse when no one was there to assist, benefits gradually reduced, flaky customers who wanted to use designers for free design help but purchased nothing, working every weekend and most holidays

    Advice to Management

    Value your staff with good benefits and pay. Have management or office staff cover phones and warehouse - not designers/salespeople. Have more & better bonuses.


  2. "Design Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Interior Design Consultant in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Interior Design Consultant in Miami, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working for Ethan Allen was the best time on my life, I enjoyed and learned a lot.

    Cons

    Dealing with the monthly goals was difficult.


  3. "Don't care about employees"

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    Former Employee - Warehouse Associate in Margate, FL
    Former Employee - Warehouse Associate in Margate, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Ethan Allen (More than a year)

    Pros

    None..... None none none none

    Cons

    Alllllllll alllllll alllll allllll alllll

    Advice to Management

    New management


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  5. "Controller"

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    Former Employee - Controller in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Controller in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Ethan Allen full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very pleasant work environment and people.

    Cons

    There were no cons working there.


  6. "Design Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Interior Design Consultant in Portsmouth, NH
    Former Employee - Interior Design Consultant in Portsmouth, NH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You actually get to be a designer.
    You have the supplies rather than paying for them.
    Good one on ones with manager. They were always looking for the positive in your performance.

    Cons

    Working with former "interior designers" who owned their own businesses, thinking that they knew how to run a business.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to create a welcoming environment for designers. Don't keep a designer on who tends to like to "stir the pot" even if they can sell.


  7. "Design sales associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Warwick, RI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Warwick, RI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    work with a variety of different customers, beautiful furniture, great employee discount.

    Cons

    low pay, working weekends, competitive nature can create conflict with fellow employees


  8. "Interior Designer"

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    Former Employee - Interior Designer in Eagan, MN
    Former Employee - Interior Designer in Eagan, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ethan Allen full-time

    Pros

    Very creative job, beautiful product and working atmosphere. My income ranged from $32,000-$43,000.

    Cons

    Uncertainty of commission each month.

    Advice to Management

    Consider salary with profit sharing.


  9. "I do not recommend"

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    Former Employee - Sander in Orleans, VT
    Former Employee - Sander in Orleans, VT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ethan Allen full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    It is a 40 hour week full time job and you are not required to work weekends, unless they are really behind.

    Cons

    You are just a number. They don't train people enough. Too much favoritism. There is no job security.

    Advice to Management

    Start treating your employees like people and not numbers. Listen to your employees and stop with your favoritism.


  10. "Worked in Kent WA Service Center"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kent, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kent, WA

    I worked at Ethan Allen full-time

    Pros

    It was a job and they did provide paychecks. My immediate supervisor was very pleasant by highly stressed due to her supervisors

    Cons

    One of the mangers of the warehouse/service center made several racist and homophobic remarks to several employees. Was hired for a job in customer service but the day I arrived I was told that they needed me to work in scheduling "temporarily" which turned into 5 months. It was only supposed to be a week or two at the most.


  11. "Great place to work, poor management"

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    Former Employee - Interior Designer in Glendale, CA
    Former Employee - Interior Designer in Glendale, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I loved the challenge of working for Ethan Allen and creating great home décor projects for my clients. The graphic floor plan system made it easy to set up a room and putting together boards w/the furniture we picked out was always so much fun! When everything shipped together, it could be very lucrative. And winning some of the incentive contests always made it worth working there even more!

    Cons

    Some of the employees were backstabbing and would steal your reserved fabrics. That would make for uncomfortable situations when clients came in and you couldn't find the fabrics you needed for your consult. Orders were frequently held in the warehouse to control how your commissions were based, thus making it hard to make higher $'s. Management wasn't very strong on controlling problem staff so there were frequent clashes of personality.

    Advice to Management

    Orders should never be held in warehouse if they have arrived. Problems w/staff should be handled promptly and in private, not on sales floor. Frequent clashes between designers need to be addressed promptly.


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