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  1. "Loss Prevention"

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    Former Employee - Loss Prevention
    Former Employee - Loss Prevention
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Large Loss Prevention program with multiple levels, from door guards to a Loss Prevention director, and everything in between. LP employees were prompted for feedback to to run their areas uniquely as long as the basic corporate expectations were maintained.

    Cons

    District Loss Prevention Managers and Regional Loss Prevention Managers seemed to stay in place for a long time, so while there was growth potential on paper those promotions were hard to come by.


  2. "Good seasonal job"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good place to work during holidays

    Cons

    My enough hours during week.

  3. "Cashier"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Gottschalks part-time

    Pros

    Good employee discounts and training for staff! Great incentives to high sales volumes

    Cons

    Some bitterness from management to staff! A lot of theft and can be balanced on staff

    Advice to Management

    Continue to train candies in loss prevention and high stress management for busy season


  4. "Great Experience"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Marysville, WA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Marysville, WA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Gottschalks part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fun, discounts on clothing, great atmosphere

    Cons

    Went out of business, No longer exists


  5. "Great Experience. Loved my job"

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    Current Employee - Management in Fresno, CA
    Current Employee - Management in Fresno, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Gottschalks full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Worked with all levels of management. Executive management truly believed in training and associate development. Promotions from within were made a priority when committed to your own development.

    Cons

    Company went out of business and left a big hole in the retail market. Have not come across of company who puts its associates and customers first like Gottschalks.

    Advice to Management

    Company went out of business.


  6. "Friendly Staff, sorry it didnt last."

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    Former Employee - Sales Assistant in Santa Rosa, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Assistant in Santa Rosa, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly staff, great benefits, opportunities to move up within the company. Management was always very encouraging and supportive. They worked with employees flexible schedules.

    Cons

    Information about the insecurity within the company should have been shared with the employees sooner so they could have made preparations to find a new job before bankruptcy went into effect.

    Advice to Management

    Gottschalks should not have grown so fast. No one predicted the downturn of the economy but if the department store stayed small, limited to 10 to 15 stores, the company might have survived.


  7. "good"

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    Current Employee - Fragrance Sales in Blackhawk, CA
    Current Employee - Fragrance Sales in Blackhawk, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good discount
    Great managment
    Not a competitive environment

    Cons

    on your feet all day
    commision isnt much at all
    Pretty high sales goals

    Advice to Management

    I worked there a long time ago...they were doing a great job back then.

  8. "so long"

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    Former Employee - Buyer in Fresno, CA
    Former Employee - Buyer in Fresno, CA
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    family friendly environement, flexible people.

    Cons

    insane management who contradicted themselves weekly

    Advice to Management

    get real


  9. "Gottschalks"

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    Former Employee - Area Manager in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Former Employee - Area Manager in San Luis Obispo, CA
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Fun, smaller retailer. I was able to put my own touches on my areas of responsability.

    Cons

    Being a smaller department store we should have been able to adjust quicker to trends than the big boys,however we seemed to react slower.

    Advice to Management

    React!


  10. "Stores were fun, satisfying work."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent associates and managers within the store. Local store was able to be creative with merchandising and display set up.

    Cons

    No support from corporate. Too many mistakes and last minute ad changes. Often shipped us what they thought we should sell, not what the customer wanted, even when we had explained our customers needs.

    Advice to Management

    Too late now. The company is out of business. Overall, it was a very nice company to work for the past nine years. district manager level was receptive and good to work with.


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