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Michael Stars Reviews

Updated October 4, 2016
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  1. "Great work-life balance"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Store Manager
    Former Employee - Store Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Michael Stars (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    As someone who was worked in retail management for many years, I know great company when I have the opportunity to work for one. You will not find better work life balance in retail, especially retail management! If you're lucky enough to work at a store with shorter hours (10am-6pm), those are essentially the hours you will work, give or take an extra hour here and there. If you are a self starter you will do great, you really have the ability to lead a sales team without someone micro-managing your every move. Yes, you do work with smaller teams, and the corporate office is smaller than some so things may not always be on time, but that's just how life works, and any manager should be able to adapt to these circumstances.

    The pay was very fair, they also have the best employee discount I have ever seen, plus they are extremely generous with wardrobe. If you are passionate about working for a company that promotes clothes made in the US and charitable giving, check them out.

    Cons

    I wish they had more locations outside of LA. With a smaller company there's less opportunity for advancement, but if you're patient you can absolutely grow with this company.

    Advice to Management

    Open up some locations in a new market.


  2. "Eh"

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

    I worked at Michael Stars full-time

    Pros

    Great discount, very well made clothing, free clothing per season, fun co-workers!

    Cons

    Management was LAZY and unprofessional and also racist! Found out she hired white employees with little to no experience with retail at higher pay than if you are of color with experience.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management needs to check up on store managers more often.


  3. "Don't Trust Upper Management"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Michael Stars (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Wardrobe Allowance and discount. If you only want a part time and just don't care this is for you.

    Cons

    Don't expect to grow or succeed with this co unless you are best buddies w/ upper mngt. I worked for MS for 5years and I am very disappointed with how management has changed and acted. They will take advantage/use their hard working employees and only promote those who hardcore kiss butt. If an employee has a good strategy or feed back that will help create sales, management will ignore it because they didn't think of it and then they will ignore and treat the employee like crap. They only want employee that don't think outside the box or make upper mngt. bad for not coming up with a good selling strategy. If there is an issue, you will never get a straight answer from mngt. They also try to blame someone else and when you get to the bottom of the issue they will flat out lie to you. Smoke screening is the way of life there. There are several more issues with this company but lying to and mistreating your good employees who make their sale goals and run the store when they aren't the store manager is a very very big issue.

    Advice to Management

    Cut the high school drama. Treat your hardworking employees well! If a store manager exceeds the store sale goal enough to carry the entire company and was the only store to exceed sales you should do everything in your power to keep them and listen to them! Stop lying and blame shifting! Just because someone is your friend that doesn't mean they are a good employee. I would say cut the dead weight but alit of upper management would be gone. Like I said earlier... this company had/has potential and tries to be a 'social' company and if they change how corp/upper mngt behave and act then maybe they will stick around and help the communities they are trying to.


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  5. "Michael Stars was a GREAT company to work for!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gardena, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gardena, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Michael Stars (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Overall, pretty good company to work for, great employee discount and good pay, offers medical benefit and 401K. Good work enviroment.

    Cons

    Plenty of gossip among senior management.
    Management and design doesn't always show appreciate to all the little people who put in the hard work, helping put the line together..

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate ALL your employees and don't play favorites.


  6. "great place"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    great co workers- good discount- good products

    Cons

    loosing some traction against competition

    Advice to Management

    do support hard worker


  7. Helpful (4)

    "The position was a constant challenge. Especially while working with the misguided, power conflicted owner."

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    Former Employee - Na
    Former Employee - Na
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Michael Stars full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The dedicated staff in the building were amazing to work with. Unfortunately, all the talented and creative people have left, no one could stand working for such an impossible owner to please

    Cons

    There are only cons. The fashion is dated and mature. A reflection of the owner and she is not the size that others should be having to fit, ESP if they are to continue to be contemporary

    Advice to Management

    Be real. Muzzle the slanderous, ill mouthed malicious tyrant Suzanne Lerner that clearly has no idea what she is doing! allow the talented people to do what they do best


  8. "Co-Manager"

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    Current Employee - Co-Manager in Hawthorne, CA
    Current Employee - Co-Manager in Hawthorne, CA

    I have been working at Michael Stars (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very supportive company that takes care of their employees.

    Cons

    Not enough store locations, especially in San Francisco


  9. "Overall good company to work for"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great discount, overall good work environment

    Cons

    Not a lot of employee appreciation, inconsistencies throughout co.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Corporate Lacks"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Michael Stars full-time

    Pros

    The company has a great product and some great people that work for it. Allowed as a manager to have say in buys, merchandising, etc..

    Cons

    Corporate is all overworked and takes way to long with responses to stores. Communication needs great improvement. Needs more visits into stores to see what is really going on with their business.


  11. Helpful (4)

    "Get with the times"

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    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Hawthorne, CA
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Hawthorne, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Michael Stars full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good place to start if you're trying to get into fashion. Great employee discounts, cute clothes.

    Cons

    Unprofessional, gossipy and unqualified directors in high-ranking positions due to a personal relationship with the owner and not because they are qualified for the job; especially in creative services. Michael Stars wants to be competitive with brands that have done the 'basic tee' business model right, but does not want to invest in the resources or talent to achieve that. They expect to achieve it with an outdated business model and the mentality of "we've been doing it this way for 15 years." Their refusal to adapt to technology slows down the process because projects are not managed efficiently. Further slowing down workflows is the caddy, gossipy culture which distract from achieving any goal they're striving for. Projects are ultimately handled singlehandedly by the few who keep their heads down and out of the drama.

    Advice to Management

    Management is vey behind in technology yet aims to be the next big brand with millennials. As long as the creative department heads insist on sticking to design practices, programs, style and technology made in 2001, it's not going to happen. Get with the times or be left behind. The market is already oversaturated with 'basic tee' brands that have already achieved the success that Michael Stars is aiming for. They have yet to determine who they are and what makes them unique. That's a dangerous place to be in 2016.



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