From Iowa — 11/04/2009
Pay: meh the pay is minimum wage for sales associates, which i think is pretty regular at any retail establishment that you go to.
Respect: I think that I am respected, both by other store managers/staff, as well as my own!
Benefits: I don't see very many benefits when it comes to income, but i have had MANY other benefits, like Pier 1 bucks, free stuff from incentives etc, and have been given coupon books upon coupon books. I have NEVER received so many deals and free stuff from a job in my life! They have incentives quite often though for the associates, and have just started one for the Sales Leadership team, which I'm pretty excited about!
Job Security: This job is tough, and if you're not willing to do the work, then you're probably going to lose your job. The management team, and other associates will only pick up the slack for so long. I can't tell you how many lazy people have come in thinking this was going to be an easy job, where they could do the bare minimum and call in sick all the time (when they're not), that are fired shortly after. I have been with the company for a little over a year, and I feel completely secure with my status. I have moved my way up to a Sales Leadership position, and enjoy helping everyone grow with the company. Of course every store is going to be different, but in our store, EVERYONE is there to put in the effort even on the some what "stupid" jobs. Someone's has to do them, and we've ALL been there, so quit complaining.
Work/Life Balance: At times i find it hard to balance 15 credit hours on top of 30 hours at Pier 1, yet if you are open and honest with your management team, most teams will work with you to find the schedule that is right for you. As for the "flex" shift, yes they stink, and do make it hard to plan a life around them, but a good percentage of jobs have those, they are just referred to as "on-call" shifts. It's no different. Flex shifts have nothing to do with the "incompetence" of the management staff.
Career Potential/Growth: I started with the company last Aug, and was moved up to a Sales Lead position at the end of May, I think it is possible to move up, if you do what you are told, and do it well. If you are excited to come into work, and do exceptional work, I personally think it is easy to move up, if you have the right attitude, and the right personality. I know personally in our store, we use the planner only as a tool, rather than a full on guide, because let's be honest the planner has some HORRIBLE set ups. My store is full of interior design students, and those with a decorating sense, and I think it's so much fun to set up statements, and then get the Approval from the Divisional and Regional managers.
Location: Our store is located in a nice size city, it's a smaller store, but we do VERY well for our area. I love that our pier 1 is set on it's own outside of the mall. We're not in a strip mall, and we're not technically part of the mall, so the people that come in to see us are there for Pier 1 and Pier 1 alone!
Co-woker Competence: someone made the comment that you will enjoy the job if you are friendly with the management staff, or that the management staff doesn't need any prior training, and i would just like to make the comment, maybe down in the south they run things a little differently than here in the Mid West, because that kind of attitude and work ethic would NOT fly here in the midwest. All of our associates are treated equally and are given jobs that they can succeed at. Those that are good at stock, and that enjoy it do stock, and those that are great at setting up statements do a lot of that. That's not to say those that are good at statements won't do stock, but people are placed where it is beneficial to the store, and the management staff is always open to hearing what their associates have to say!
Work Environment: I think Pier 1 has a great Environment, the customers are WONDERFUL, I rarely have issues with people. If you come in with a smile on your face, and you're excited about what you're selling, the consumer will feel the same. It's a tough job, but it's one of the best that I've had!