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Spencer Gifts Reviews

Updated December 11, 2017
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Pros
  • Relaxed dress code you can pretty much wear whatever you want as long as it isn't offensive or drug related (in 95 reviews)

  • Laid Back environment was able to wear anything to work (in 59 reviews)

Cons
  • Low pay, sometimes hours get cut, minimal room to do work (in 46 reviews)

  • Sometimes felt looked down upon by certain people in upper management (in 43 reviews)

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  1. "Good days and bad days."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    -good discount. They have something called Streetwise that offers 40% instead of the regular 30%.
    -a few good co-workers
    -wear whatever you please
    -flexibility
    -fun Atmosphere.
    -cat stuff! Can never have too much of that.

    Cons

    Lots actually.

    -some bad coworkers made work not bare able. I found myself having more bad days then good days. Very stressful and draining. Quite a bit of bickering between coworkers is not professional.
    -Pay raises are needed. Seriously. As sometimes your asked to do more then expected. Even a raise every 6 months or a year would be cool.
    -wasteful. Spencers should have an organization where they donate appropriate clothing to charities instead of ripping up and throwing away.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more reliable people. Stop favoritism. Treat everyone equally.


  2. "Under paid and under appreciated."

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    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Orland Park, IL
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Orland Park, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Spencer Gifts full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Family atmosphere at times, small stores, relaxed dress code very cool merchandise with a decent employee discount decent music played during shifts.

    Cons

    Company doesn’t care about employees, doesn’t pay very well for management will terminate if you are injured in a car accident

    Advice to Management

    Look at who you have in your stores. We aren’t just numbers.

  3. "Overall, Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Evansville, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Evansville, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Spencer Gifts full-time

    Pros

    Flexible scheduling and great people to work with.

    Cons

    The only downside is some of the management doesn't know how to lead the associates


  4. "Ok for temporary work, but don't expect to move up."

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Associate in Aurora, IL
    Former Employee - Customer Service Associate in Aurora, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Casual environment, flexible hours, lax dress code, good employee discounts.

    Cons

    No room to advance within the company, corrupt HR, nepotism within corporate

    Advice to Management

    When you say "promote from within", don't look for outside hires before looking within your current staff. I had worked with the company for two years at multiple locations doing part time work, and everyone wanted me to be promoted when there was an opening. I applied, and everyone recommended me for the position due to my sheer amount of experience and willingness to work hard. I didn't even get a second look by the hiring team in upper management, and instead, someone with a severe pill abuse problem was hired because he was friends with the woman who was hiring. Within two months, the entire staff had quit because nobody could work with him.

    Should have just promoted me instead. :)

    Spencer Gifts Response

    Nov 20, 2017 – Director of Operations

    We take pride in providing an opportunity for our Associates to develop their skills and grow within the company. Spencer’s has various Preparedness programs to allow Associates the opportunity to... More


  5. "Sales Associate"

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

    I have been working at Spencer Gifts part-time

    Pros

    Fun environment to work in.

    Cons

    Weird but bold vibe with the people that surrounds us.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you doing


  6. Helpful (1)

    "sales associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Spencer Gifts part-time

    Pros

    Freedom to wear almost anything you want, a very relaxed environment, being able to take on multiple tasks at once, encouragement to get to socialize with the customers, discounts.

    Cons

    Minimum wage, not much of a pay upgrade when you advance

    Advice to Management

    Higher pay for better workers


  7. "Store Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Spencer Gifts full-time

    Pros

    Very laid back, great benefits

    Cons

    Long hours on some days, a minimum work week of 44hrs

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Management"

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    Current Employee - Supervisor
    Current Employee - Supervisor

    I have been working at Spencer Gifts part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Like most reviews state dress code is good. Discounts are good.

    Cons

    Upper management! They dont care about associates! SO much favoritism. HR isnt very helpful.

    Advice to Management

    Actually listen to you associates. Give them a change to grow.

    Spencer Gifts Response

    Nov 20, 2017 – Director of Operations

    We are here and we care! If you feel that you are not being heard and have attempted to discuss with your Store Manager or District Sales Manager, it doesn’t need to end there. Spencer’s has an... More


  9. "Senior Manager"

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Egg Harbor Township, NJ
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Egg Harbor Township, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Spencer Gifts full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great office space, flex time

    Cons

    401k match not available for management


  10. "Assistant manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Spencer Gifts full-time

    Pros

    Nice employees, decent pay, Fun

    Cons

    To much pushing, to many numbers to have to maintain not just sales.


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