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Gabberts Furniture & Design Studio Reviews

Updated February 17, 2017
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  1. "Associate Designer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Designer in Edina, MN
    Current Employee - Associate Designer in Edina, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Gabberts Furniture & Design Studio full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great coworkers, atmosphere is congenial, management is responsive. Very good training regarding manufacturer assortment. Fantastic brands and variety to offer customers. Great support teams including the best delivery and service techs.

    Cons

    Biggest complaint is the pay which is low for the experience and knowledge involved. Difficult for new people to earn more than the minimum for a year or more. Working nights, weekends and most holidays is expected. Technology is out of date; floor staff carry phones that are ancient and don't work well if at all.

    Advice to Management

    Address the compensation issue, update technology, hire webmaster to make web more informative. Redirect marketing to appeal to younger audience- 30-50 age group. Have buyers be more open to suggestions from the selling team.


  2. "Sales"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Gabberts Furniture & Design Studio (More than a year)

    Pros

    Beautiful, quality furniture. Wonderful Reps.

    Cons

    Horrible and very toxic place to work. Management plays favorites and it causes problems on the selling floor. Micro manage and treat educated adults like small children. There is no money to be made. Most full time employess have second jobs and need to have a roommate.

    Advice to Management

    No words can express what a horrible experience it is to work at Gabberts under HOM management.


  3. "Toxic Work Environment Plus no Money"

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    Current Employee - Designer/Sales in Edina, MN
    Current Employee - Designer/Sales in Edina, MN
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    A few great co-workers, opportunity to learn about high end furniture

    Cons

    Lousy training, dysfunctional atmosphere involving favoritism and requirement to play up to management to obtain decent treatment, disrespect of employees in the form or scolding and "talking down,"retaliation against anyone who dares to report unfair treatment. One might be able to put up with this if there was really an opportunity to make a good living, but for the average designer/salesperson, expect to struggle to make ends meet. Most salespeople on the floor have to take a second job to pay their bills if they are not supported by a partner or spouse. It is such a shock to experience the reality at Gabberts when the image is that of a quality place to buy furniture. The furniture may be nice but if you notice disenchanted people helping you who don't seem to care, there is a good reason for this. They are being treated badly. Such a shame!

    Advice to Management

    Stop being so cheap! Put your dedicated, talented employees on a base salary that is actually a living wage, and then re-train your managers on how to treat their employees with respect. Prohibit favoritism, and the many other forms of inappropriate behavior exhibited by your managers.. Let the employees rate their managers, and you will be shocked! Use this as a tool to improve. Your business is suffering and the morale of your employees is painfully low.


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  5. "Growth opportunity"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Merchandise Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Merchandise Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Gabberts Furniture & Design Studio full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great leadership when I was there

    Cons

    Small company limited advancement opportunity.


  6. "Awesome atmosphere and very customer centric."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Specialist in Edina, MN
    Current Employee - Specialist in Edina, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Gabberts Furniture & Design Studio full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    A beautiful store with upbeat employees. A world renowned Design Studio that all employees can be proud of. A mattress department that carries the finest and most exquisite selections money can buy.

    Cons

    If your going to work retail there's really not any cons at Gabberts. Customers are usually very satisfied and there's low turnover on the floor.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the focus on being the best furniture store in the world.


  7. "Constantly trying to re-invent themselves"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edina, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edina, MN
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The creativity, the people you work with and for, the reputation the company holds.

    Cons

    Management was constantly chasing their tails....bringing in new people to "save" the company.
    Each new addition drove the company further and further into the ground.

    Advice to Management

    Respect your companies history.....do what you've always done well. Avoid people that are all talk and have zero understanding of the furniture industry.


  8. "Sales"

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

    I worked at Gabberts Furniture & Design Studio part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Comfortable and professional work environment.

    Cons

    Retail hours can make for a long day.


  9. "Interior design sales"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gabberts Furniture & Design Studio full-time

    Pros

    High end furniture selections to provide for clientele, schedule, nice co workers.

    Cons

    100% commission based pay, long retail hours and weekends.


  10. "Awful managment"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    For retail it's not the worst

    Cons

    Lieers and cheats. So many problems with this company

    Advice to Management

    Get some. No manager at nights


  11. "Gabberts is a great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Full design studio to work with
    Excellent co-workers
    Lots of inventory
    Beautiful Surroundings
    Good Employee Discount
    Good Benefits

    Cons

    Working on the weekends
    Working Evenings
    Eating lunch on the fly

    Advice to Management

    Continue to keep us involved in changes