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Working at Claire's — Reviews by Employees

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Reviews of Jobs at Claire's

3.9Rating Details
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Pay3
Respect4
Benefits4
Job Security4
Work/Life Balance3
Career Growth3
Location4
Co-Workers5
Work Environment5

From Danville, VA — 04/13/2010

Pay: I am on the bottom of the pay scale for Assistant Managers, which is NOT a good thing! The ONLY raise I have gotten since I have been with the company for 2 YEARS, is when the min. wage went up. Which is rather wrong!

Respect: The people I work with on a daily basis are AWESOME! The only disrespect that I get is from the customers that sometimes feel the need to be very hateful towards all of us.

Benefits: We have some rather good benefits. A 50% discount on almost all merchandise, optional 401K, & insurance to name a few. I just wish that our insurance would stop going up in price!

Job Security: The job security is great, as long as you do your job, and don't want to be transferred out of your region. Which I have been told is NOT an option! And if I don't find out any different, I will be forced to leave my job in July!

Work/Life Balance: Personaly, I feel more work = a better life! I was hired on for 38 - 40 hours a week, but now am only recieving 28 - 30 hours a week. So therefore, the "quality" of my life is not as good as it was when I first started with the company. So now, I have all this free time, and can't get a second job because I will be moving 5 states away in 3 months!

Career Potential/Growth: It seems to me that the company would rather hire someone outside the company for higher jobs, than to just transfer someone that already knows the job...

Location: All of the Claire's stores I have seen are in local Malls. The mall I work in seems to be going down hill, and fear that the Claire's store in Danville, VA will suffer the same fate eventualy.

Co-worker Competence: All of the ladies that I work with in my store are very knowledgeable about all things in the store!

Work Environment: It's either feast of famine in this store! There is nothing in between. I am either bored to death trying to find something to do, or it's so busy that you have to turn down ear piercings!
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4.3Rating Details
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Pay3
Respect4
Benefits5
Job Security5
Work/Life Balance5
Career Growth3
Location5
Co-Workers5
Work Environment4

From Edmonton, Alberta — 01/22/2010

First of all I actually worked at Icing By Claire's but there was also a Claire's in the mall and I would always be sent down when they needed workers and both work environments were exactly the same

Pay: I was paid about a dollar over minimum wage but seeing as I was in grade ten/eleven and was a part-timer thats really the best that can be expected I had no complaints

Respect: I absolutely loved everyone I worked with we were all great friends I am still in contact with all of them but about 2 months before I left there was a change in management we got a new DM and manager and everything went downhill from there, we were constantly accused of stealing and they would watch us close from afar and come and critique us on how we did it was ridiculous and I ended up quitting because of how awful they were to us

Benefits: I absolutely loved the benefits of working there we got a 50% discount which obviously didn't apply to the sales (buy 1 get on half off) but the discount was so good it didnt matter and I think my original manager just didn't care but you could put things on hold and after 6 months or less they would eventually become "pennied off" and we'd get them for free =)

Job Security: It really depends on the manager, with my first one I was never in danger of losing my job but I actually quit because my new manager was going to fire me

Work/Life Balance: I always got to take days off i needed and got as many shifts as I wanted I always had a good paycheck and I never had to take work home with me

Career Potential/Growth: It is possible to work your way up in this company but because of the recession it's next to impossible, I never got a raise once and I worked there a year and a half

Location: It was wonderful! Only a 15 minute bus ride!
Co-worker Competence: We never competed against each other because you don't work on commission at Claire's so we always got along wonderfully!

Work Environment: At Claire's by the end of the day pretty much everything within the reach of a three year old was on the ground but if you keep doing constant sweeps of the store it's rarely a problem unless it's an extremely busy day but at Icing we didn't have nearly as much of a problem as Claire's did because we mostly got teenagers and adults

Extra Comments: You constantly have to keep your eyes out for shop lifters because our cameras were fake and we didn't have beepers but it's really easy to point out a potential shop lifter and I MUST say it is so much fun busting someone for shop lifting!! Never call security though just ban them it's a waste of your time because you usually have to stay like 5 hours without pay to fill out paperwork. Piercing was a little annoying but a great way to pass the time but piercing babies is a little depressing and extremely difficult because they fidget and fight and scream!

One more thing, the people who complained and whined, that was just THEIR experience at this company, it's true it's bad to work there right now because they're so tight with money but that was the best job I've ever had and truly, it's all about managers.
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3.4Rating Details
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Pay2
Respect4
Benefits4
Job Security5
Work/Life Balance2
Career Growth3
Location5
Co-Workers4
Work Environment4

From Texas — 11/09/2008

Company doesn't pay great. You can make a somewhat decent living, but you aren't paid well enough for what you do. Part time sales positions make minimum wage or a few cents over. When minimum wage went up, only those making less got a raise. If an employee had been around for a while and was making 6.55 when min went up to 6.55... she was stuck there.
Benefits are not great as far as insurance is concerned. Great employee discount.
Hard to get fired.
Hours are ridiculous. The company is very demanding during holiday time, stores receive limited payroll and store managers and DSMs are expected to work overtime (with no time and half) in order to cut costs.
Stores are EVERYWHERE. It's easy to find one near you.
Competence of Coworkers varies by location and hiring manager.
Work environment is OK.
The company is undergoing some maintenance, hopefully they will get it straight.
Really need to pay better.
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