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Review averages

  • 288 employees say

    Excellent (104)
    36.111111111111%
    Good (79)
    27.430555555556%
    Satisfactory (58)
    20.138888888889%
    Subpar (47)
    16.319444444444%
    3.34
  • 0 applicants say

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

Reviews for Michael's Stores, Inc.

Reviews - What employees say

3.34 Employees say
0.00 Applicants say

Suggestions for improvement

  • I feel that corporate needs to be more accessible to employee suggestions, as we are the ones who work with the customers and products on a daily basis. I also feel that, based on the poor reliability of and fast turnover of employees, employees should be offered better pay, better hours, benefits, or some combination of the three. Lastly, I feel that corporate should take more responsibility for keeping store locations clean, such as hiring outside companies or employees specifically tasked with cleaning bathrooms during store hours.

What I like about the company

The managers were very polite and accommodating, especially when I was a new employee with constant questions, and when I needed time off. They appreciated hard work, always updating the Compliments Board, took employee suggestions, and defended their employees. They also brought in breakfasts and snacks on special occasions. The managers also took annual reviews very seriously, giving constructive criticism and recommending pay raises for deserving employees. Most of my co-workers were very friendly socially and helpful in the workplace.

What I dislike about the company

I felt that the corporate sector of my company did not understand their specific locations well enough to make all of the proper decisions. Our warehouse was without heat or air conditioning for long stretches of time. During reviews of our store, corporate representatives questioned employees with no knowledge of the employee's time at the company or specific duties. Lastly, weekly tractor-trailer shipments often arrived earlier or later than their scheduled time.

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

The following benefits were offered to me

Flex. working hours is offered Parking is offered Desirable office location is offered
  • Company
    Michaels Arts & Crafts Store
  • City
    Central Valley
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Former employee
  • Position
    Employee

The following perks were offered to me

Health and wellness programs is offered Employee discounts is offered Free Snacks/Drinks is offered

Teamwork

As a replenishment team member, the only support there is as a "team" is one to two days a week (during truck process). Expect to work independently with little to no support. Due to "scheduling" and planogram resets, tend to set a the tone for hours, can also set a negative trend for the word "team" when one person is scheduled to complete such tasks for the entire week.

Gender Equality

The male to female ratio is absolutely horrible. At this location there are only three male employees, that's including the Store Manager. There have been moments when basic store needs (i.e. cleaning, lifting a box, climbing a ladder to assist a customer, taking out the trash etc.) may feel subjugated to the male co workers only because of the lack of male team members to assist and/or the lack of initiative to execute such basic needs from female employees.

Overall compensation for your work

With major experience within the retail field you may NOT expect compensation based on such experience.

Environmental Friendliness

Team members are very friendly and nice. Not many managers can be the same.

Challenging Work

Day to day execution is not challenging. Scheduling, lack of staff, and time/hours make "easy" tasks challenging to complete.

Inclusive / Diverse

Not many people of color/diverse backgrounds at this particular location.

Suggestions for improvement

  • Compensate accordingly to those individuals who are and have the experience/ed necessary to provide great results for the business.
Company Culture
5.00
Support from management
3.00
Teamwork
1.00
Freedom to work independently
5.00
Internal Communication
1.00
Gender Equality
1.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
5.00
Career Development
1.00
Overall compensation for your work
1.00
Office / Work Environment
3.00
Environmental Friendliness
2.00
Work-Life Balance
5.00
Company Image
4.00
Job Security
3.00
Handicapped Accessibility
5.00
Workplace Safety
5.00
Challenging Work
1.00
Inclusive / Diverse
2.00
  • Company
    michaels arts and crafts
  • City
    North Haven
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Current employee
  • Position
    Employee
  • Department
    Others
  • 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

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Review averages

  • 288 employees say

    Excellent (104)
    36.111111111111%
    Good (79)
    27.430555555556%
    Satisfactory (58)
    20.138888888889%
    Subpar (47)
    16.319444444444%
    3.34
  • 0 applicants say

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

kununu score comparisons

Michael's Stores, Inc.
3.34
288 reviews

Industry average (Consumer Goods/Grocery/Retail)
3.21
149,348 reviews

kununu average
3.35
3,098,000 reviews