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Sharper Image Reviews

Updated March 22, 2017
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  1. "Sales Management"

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    Former Employee - Customer Service in Knoxville, TN
    Former Employee - Customer Service in Knoxville, TN

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

    Pros

    Best job you could ever have. Easy, fun and just a great place to have a job!

    Cons

    Was not the best paying job, but well worth it. Also went under due to bad corp. moves.

    Advice to Management

    You should realize the potential in your employees , reward for success and help people move up the ladder opposed to trying to hold them back.


  2. "Management sucks"

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Farmington Hills, MI
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Farmington Hills, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sharper Image full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I liked the people, day went by fast bc the calls were constant, customers weren't bad, the discount was awesome!

    Cons

    For holiday season you will work 9am-8pm m-f AND. Saturday or Sunday. Absolutely no flexibility. Don't even think of calling in or asking to switch a weekend day. Manager is a bully and uses intimidation. They take on a lot of people for the holidays then cut most of them. Someone new got fired almost every day. You can't even look at your cell phone on the sales floor.

    Advice to Management

    Loosen up a little. We are people, not robots


  3. "intermediate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stamford, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stamford, CT
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sharper Image full-time

    Pros

    Interesting products to work with nice staff

    Cons

    short time to do tasks


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  5. "It was great"

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    Former Employee - Sales Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Sharper Image full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    open door policy with management. management was always open to hear positive or negative feedback

    Cons

    there was no room for advancement so it was basically a dead end job

    Advice to Management

    create a place for people looking to move up


  6. "Interesting company, interesting products and expect long hours during holiday seasons"

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    Former Employee - Traffic & Logistics in Little Rock, AR
    Former Employee - Traffic & Logistics in Little Rock, AR

    I worked at Sharper Image full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, stock options, and excellent compensation plan.

    Cons

    Schedule vacations before November, no time off is allowed after Thanksgiving day.

    Advice to Management

    Provide additional challenge to the management staff.


  7. "sales"

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    Current Employee - Retail Sales Representative in Arcadia, CA
    Current Employee - Retail Sales Representative in Arcadia, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sharper Image part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    sales profession at the sharper image

    Cons

    none at this moment and will have one later

    Advice to Management

    none


  8. "Playing with new gadgets is considered "studying""

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Grove, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Grove, NY
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    When new items arrived at the store, we were encouraged to play with the new products to learn more about them in order to sell them with more confidence and experience.

    Cons

    Company pushed employees to reach a quota on store credit card sign ups.

    Advice to Management

    Overall excellent management. Very fair with days off when needed.


  9. "Thanks to the Board TSI is no more"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    My coworkers, the guys and gals that invented the products and designed the gadgets, were absolute gems... human resources and accounting not so much.

    Cons

    During my time at this company I went through a few hostile takeovers.

    Some that survived the layoffs were bitter miserable people that threw others under the bus to save themselves. All of us knew we were going to lose our jobs at a certain point so the hostility some of the rank and file showed towards the end was completely unnecesary. I hope they didn't carry that poison to their next position.

    Advice to Management

    Dear Chairman & Board of Directors: when trying to lower a company's stock price so you can purchase more at a discount it might be a good idea to NOT run your investment into the ground.

    You ruined the reputation of 3 CEOs that were trying to keep the company together and over 2000 people employed.


  10. "Dont shop or work there"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are a lot of cool gadgets to play with and they were never really that busy.

    Cons

    horrible management, there was no leadership what so ever. Every manager contradicted what the other manager said. It was a lot like office space with the TPS report. I felt like going to work every day was like working with the boss from office space. It was one of the most miserable working experiences of my life and I am honestly happy the company went under. They didnt care about their employess or their customers. Their executive team was an absolute joke. Good riddance.

    Advice to Management

    take some management classes, it was a joke


  11. "Great fun, great people, low pay."

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    Former Employee - Copywriter in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Copywriter in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Playing with new products. In order to write about new products, it was necessary for me to PLAY!!! The office often became a test course for whatever fun new product we could get our hands on. The other fun people working herer is why everyone stays.

    Cons

    If you started at the entry level, you were paid very low and raises were minimal and did not make up for it. Very stressful work environment due to the high work volume and deadlines every day.

    Advice to Management

    This company went out of business, so this is not applicable anymore. The culture was built around one man, Richard Thalheimer, and when he was victim to a hostile takeover, the company couldn't recover. He was too controlling to make it work any longer anyway. The company got too big.


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