- Michaels Stores, Inc.13.Feb 2018
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.
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.
The one HR issue I encountered was handled very swiftly and satisfactorily.
I have no complaints whatsoever about this.
Attitude towards older colleagues
I have had co-workers past eighty.
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.
Neutral. We do use recycled paper for wrapping completed frames, though.
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.
It's a lovely job, and yes, I'm proud of the work I do. I just wish the feeling was reciprocated.
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.
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
Sensible rules, hazardous materials are properly disposed of.
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.
The following benefits were offered to me
- CompanyMichaels Stores, Inc.
- CityCranberry twp
- Are you a Current or Former Employee?Current employee