It is a value-driven company. They want to save money so much that there are often low stock levels and not enough staff to help customers.
Support from management
Often unrealistic deadlines are set, and it's discovered later that the actual deadline is later and much more manageable based on the needs of the business.
Stores are taught to compete against each other rather than work together. No district is working together to see their dm succeed.
Freedom to work independently
Managers are trusted with the keys to multi-million dollar stores, but are unable to hire their own management staff.
There is an excessive amount of communication. More than is necessary.
Men are paid more than women for the same job. Period. Only recently did they promote 2 women to district manager.
Attitude towards older colleagues
All new managers being hired are 30 or younger. As an older colleague, I feel I am being forced out.
Only if you are a favorite, but even then you likely need to be male.
Overall compensation for your work
With the recent change in the salary law, managers who just started with the company are making the same amount of money as many who have been there 10-20 years.
All HR info is still hard copy. They set and pull the same ad every week, wasting countless sheets of paper. Each office has about 30 binders of papers that need to be kept.
Managers are often told if they don't get something completed they will need to work 6-7 days that week. Holiday is required 6 days a week and sometimes threatened to work 7. When there are new store openings or relocations, those with small children are told they need to "figure it out."
The image is value-cheap-discount.
I am threatened daily that if I don't stay late, complete a task, make a goal or hold someone accountable that I will have consequences.
We make sure that any needs are met.
It is up to the manager to make sure safety guidelines are followed.
It is not challenging. The four-wall environment is good. The product line is attractive and the customer base is friendly.
Inclusive / Diverse
There is no room for new ideas. The company policies and procedures are etched in stone. Corporately, there is little or no diversity.
Suggestions for improvement
- Try to motivate people in a way that makes them want YOU to be successful and you will be.
What I like about the company
The ability to be diverse in hiring my associates.
What I dislike about the company
The inability to hire subordinate management staff.