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Review averages

  • 260 employees say

    Excellent (89)
    34.230769230769%
    Good (71)
    27.307692307692%
    Satisfactory (54)
    20.769230769231%
    Subpar (46)
    17.692307692308%
    3.30
  • 0 applicants say

    Excellent (0)
    0%
    Good (0)
    0%
    Satisfactory (0)
    0%
    Subpar (0)
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    0.00

Reviews for Michael's Stores, Inc.

Reviews - What employees say

3.30 Employees say
0.00 Applicants say
  • 13.Feb 2018
  • Employee

Company Culture

The company tries. There are charity funds for employees in financial trouble, etc.
Of course, if they paid more ...

Support from management

At my current store, management is pleasant. This is a wild card; so much depends on the people in the management team per location.

Teamwork

Michaels generally hires good people; cheerful, creative, and outgoing, and this makes the average day quite pleasant from a retail standpoint.

Freedom to work independently

Neutral. As an art framer, we have solid deadlines for delivery There is leeway in our choice of workflow procedure, but the work MUST be completed on time.

Internal Communication

The one HR issue I encountered was handled very swiftly and satisfactorily.

Gender Equality

I have no complaints whatsoever about this.

Attitude towards older colleagues

I have had co-workers past eighty.

Career Development

Unless someone retires or dies, there is almost no hope for advancement in my particular department.

Overall compensation for your work

This is where it falls apart. The pay is low, even by retail standards, and the framing department needs to institute bonuses. We have no reward for success, and plenty of misery for failure. Give us a reason to excel, Michaels!

Office / Work Environment

It's a retail environment, so a lot depends on the employees showing pride in their settings. I've never worked in a dirty Michaels; disordered - occasionally - but usually a pleasant enough environment.

Environmental Friendliness

Neutral. We do use recycled paper for wrapping completed frames, though.

Work-Life Balance

Flexible schedules, but you may need to butt heads a few times over any days or times you are not available until management accepts that you really cannot work at those hours.

Company Image

It's a lovely job, and yes, I'm proud of the work I do. I just wish the feeling was reciprocated.

Job Security

If you do your job and do not become a problem with behavior/attendance, you are generally set for as long as you like.

You may only get four hours a week, but you WILL have a job.

Handicapped Accessibility

Wheelchairs are available if needed, chairs are available for framing customers if requested. Employees are expected to provide as much assistance as required to ensure customer satisfaction

Workplace Safety

Sensible rules, hazardous materials are properly disposed of.

Challenging Work

Challenging and interesting. There's something different every day, and I am essentially paid to talk to people all day, then take their items and make the world a little prettier.

But pretty doesn't pay the bills.

Inclusive / Diverse

Very liberal overall; even the merchandise is inclusive.

Suggestions for improvement

  • Institute bonuses of some sort for framing employees

What I like about the company

Relaxed, cheerful atmosphere. But not even close to a career, unless you are in management.

What I dislike about the company

They typify "maximum work for minimum pay." You will be both tired and not-rich at the end of the week.

Company Culture
4.00
Support from management
3.00
Teamwork
5.00
Freedom to work independently
3.00
Internal Communication
5.00
Gender Equality
5.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
5.00
Career Development
1.00
Overall compensation for your work
1.00
Office / Work Environment
5.00
Environmental Friendliness
3.00
Work-Life Balance
3.00
Company Image
4.00
Job Security
5.00
Handicapped Accessibility
4.00
Workplace Safety
5.00
Challenging Work
5.00
Inclusive / Diverse
5.00

The following benefits were offered to me

Flex. working hours is offered Parking is offered Tuition assistance is offered
  • Company
    Michaels Stores, Inc.
  • City
    Cranberry twp
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Current employee
  • Position
    Employee
  • Department
    Others

The following perks were offered to me

Employee discounts is offered
  • 20.Nov 2017
  • Employee

Company Culture

There is no company culture present at this location. A lot of stressed out managers and not enough hours make for lots of finger-pointing and unconstructive criticism.

Support from management

At first, it seemed like the management has your back, but there is a lot of gossip going on behind the scenes. Promises of support often fall through in favor of management having to do less work. There is a sense that they can't change anything because "that's the way Michael's is."

Teamwork

Really depends on your crew, but more often than not you'll see management standing around "directing" their employees to work faster and harder, without actually lending a hand themselves.

Freedom to work independently

Again, depends on the people you work with, but in my experience, management likes to micromanage to the point that they are standing there, pointing out work that still needs to be done while the employee is working.

Internal Communication

Very rarely is information shared from management to employees, and often management doesn't want to hear feedback from employees.

Gender Equality

Noted bias against female employees, and favor of the male employees (less demanded of males, more criticism/gossip towards females).

Attitude towards older colleagues

Older colleagues are often treated like a burden by management.

Career Development

Minimal training with high expectations for employees to just "pick it up."

Overall compensation for your work

Minimum wage job without benefits or a company match 401K (unless you are one of the lucky few granted full time 40 status). They purposefully hire as many part timers as they can to keep everyone's hours under 20. This leads to a lot of people without much experience in the store, unable to help customers because they don't know where something is, or how to help them.

Office / Work Environment

This store experiences a lot of theft, so employees are expected to stay after they have clocked off, and wait for a manager to be available to check their pockets and bag for theft.

Environmental Friendliness

Only cardboard gets recycled, and it's not a priority. Anything that can't be sold gets broken and thrown out.

Work-Life Balance

Management doesn't consider your schedule outside of work, unless you schedule it 13 days ahead of time. There are a lot of 4-hour shifts, and no reliable schedule. They will often times work employees hard to send them home early to save on hours.

Company Image

I thought highly of Michaels before working for them.

Job Security

I've noticed a lot of turnover, and people getting "written-up" for minor, or sometimes imagined, infractions.

Handicapped Accessibility

There are no automatic doors, but the isles are kept clear for walkers, wheelchairs, etc.

Workplace Safety

Usually expediency is preferred over following safety rules to a "T," but safety equipment is made available, and sometimes even encouraged.

Challenging Work

Very menial, easy work, but a lot of it.

Inclusive / Diverse

If you agree with them and keep your head down, you're golden.

Company Culture
1.00
Support from management
1.00
Teamwork
1.00
Freedom to work independently
1.00
Internal Communication
1.00
Gender Equality
1.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
1.00
Career Development
1.00
Overall compensation for your work
1.00
Office / Work Environment
1.00
Environmental Friendliness
1.00
Work-Life Balance
1.00
Company Image
3.00
Job Security
1.00
Handicapped Accessibility
4.00
Workplace Safety
3.00
Challenging Work
1.00
Inclusive / Diverse
3.00

The following benefits were offered to me

Parking is offered
  • Company
    Michaels
  • City
    Tacoma, Washington
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Current employee
  • Position
    Employee
  • Department
    Others

The following perks were offered to me

Employee discounts is offered
  • 16.Nov 2017
  • Employee

Company Culture

The employees make it tolerable.

Support from management

Again, more entrenched on getting numbers, cut your hours, then scream that there are not enough hours, so you have to get the workload done in the amount of hours given. Also no room for advancement and training to groom for management, because again, hours.

Teamwork

Team members make it fun.

Freedom to work independently

I get my stuff done.

Internal Communication

Nothing special worth mentioning, especially when you are getting pushed to get emails to sign up customers up for store rewards. Our manager in particular mentioned, we will get written up if we do not meet quota.

Career Development

Tough to move up on the chain when most managers do not develop their employees to succeed.

Overall compensation for your work

Job is great for students or seniors. Not a great job for a career, unless you are management.

Office / Work Environment

Hectic and pressure to get tasks done in the limited hours you are given.

Work-Life Balance

Working in retail, you are expected to work weekends, holidays, etc. You have to adjust your social schedule especially for those who work the early morning support shift.

Job Security

It's an at-will job.

Challenging Work

Very physical and changes a lot. Expect to be on your feet most of the day as well as meeting customer expectations, all in a brief hectic timeframe. It will wear on your soul and age you.

Suggestions for improvement

  • Management involvement in grooming people who have been there for more than a year.

What I like about the company

The discounts

What I dislike about the company

The hours given to finish a job. The fake "interest in your welfare". As long as your are management you will have it easy.

Company Culture
3.00
Support from management
1.00
Teamwork
3.00
Freedom to work independently
4.00
Internal Communication
2.00
Gender Equality
2.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
3.00
Career Development
1.00
Overall compensation for your work
1.00
Office / Work Environment
2.00
Environmental Friendliness
3.00
Work-Life Balance
2.00
Company Image
3.00
Job Security
1.00
Handicapped Accessibility
3.00
Workplace Safety
3.00
Challenging Work
5.00
Inclusive / Diverse
2.00

The following benefits were offered to me

Flex. working hours is offered Life insurance is offered
  • Company
    Michaels Stores, Inc.
  • City
    Austin
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Current employee
  • Position
    Employee

The following perks were offered to me

Employee discounts is offered

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Review averages

  • 260 employees say

    Excellent (89)
    34.230769230769%
    Good (71)
    27.307692307692%
    Satisfactory (54)
    20.769230769231%
    Subpar (46)
    17.692307692308%
    3.30
  • 0 applicants say

    Excellent (0)
    0%
    Good (0)
    0%
    Satisfactory (0)
    0%
    Subpar (0)
    0%
    0.00

kununu score comparisons

Michael's Stores, Inc.
3.30
260 reviews

Industry average (Consumer Goods/Grocery/Retail)
3.16
138,337 reviews

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3.32
2,962,000 reviews