Assistant Manager in September (Former Employee) – Prince George, BC – 17 October 2013
I loved working at Ardene. There were so many new things showing up daily and we were constantly changing mods, so there was never a dull moment. The people that I got to work with were absolutely fantastic. I miss working with them a lot. The only thing that I was not too fond of with the job was that I was told, after almost 2 years of being an assistant manager, that because I do not have grade 12 they would hire a manager from outside of the company before offering the position to me if the time should arise.
Great people, tons of neat merchandise, inexpensive clothing/shoes
Key Holder and Sales Associate (Former Employee) – Toronto, ON – 15 May 2017
Once you work in here, you are not just a sales associate , you will also be in charge of the windows merchandise, as they do not have visual managers, you are also the stock person , cashier, and also a cleaner!!
Sales Associate (Former Employee) – Richmond Hill, ON – 11 May 2017
The employee discount is very decent, and they are very flexible with scheduling but at the same time very cheap on hours. Management at many locations is very unprofessional and rude, beyond anything I have seen at any other company.
Sales Associate (Former Employee) – Prince Albert, SK – 8 May 2017
My experience with Ardene was a good experience. Knowing how a workplace really works, each day there would be areas to work in, learning to use/handle the cash register, and over all helping customers.
Seasonal Sales Associate (Former Employee) – St. Catharines, ON – 8 May 2017
Managers were extremely helpful and fun to be around, customers were incredibly kind, and training was extremely easy to catch on to. The other employees were a pleasure to be around. Although a seasonal position, I would have loved to stick around longer just to have such solid management/coworkers.
Lunch breaks, reasonable pay, amazing hours, best manager I've worked with
Meeting the customers who walk through the door and helping them in every way we can is of course our first priority. This means finding the perfect outfit for them, or even custom ordering whatever meets their needs.
Senior Sales Associate (Current Employee) – London, ON – 25 April 2017
Ardene as a company does not value their lower positioned employees, sales associates in particular are expected to meet very high standards for minimal pay. If they fail to meet these expectations they are quickly lectured or even may notice a shortage of hours for the upcoming work week due to the failure of work. Therefore in order to keep about 25 hours or more a week you have to work your butt off no matter what.
Additionally, expect to dress like a nun because the dress code for employees is ridiculous. Never knew a shoulder or a little leg could ever offend customers as much as they make it seem like. Do not even think of coloring your hair either because they will have something to say about that as well.
Fair employee discounts
Poor employee dress codes, very little mutual respect, VERY HIGH expectations, limited amount of facial piercings and visible tattoos
A day at Ardene typically included working on cash, and stocking up and organizing the store. Everything was colour coded so that was a little tedious, but it keeps you busy throughout the day. We also had to take care of tasks such as cleaning, and returning clothes from the change rooms. My coworkers and managers were awesome and we all got along for the most part. I enjoy retail and I like the products at Ardene, so it was a great place to work.
Third Key Holder (Former Employee) – Nanaimo, BC – 13 April 2017
Lots of stock, and always something to do. Maintaining an Ardene store is not easy work, so you have to be physically capable. Everyone I met through this job was amazing, from store associates to the Regional Manager.
Assistant Store Manager (Current Employee) – Pembroke, ON – 11 April 2017
Ardene provides a good work environment for those who like challenging employment, that is always changing. I overall enjoy my job, however I feel as though the pay is inadequate, and as a manager, you're unable to properly do your job. Head office is very disorganized. Work/ Life balance is very poor. The dress code is very fickle, and is hard for anybody to properly adhere to.
Fun, Challenging, Easy
Poor Hours, inadequate pay, no room for advancement
Seasonal Sales Associate (Former Employee) – Windsor, ON – 5 April 2017
I found as an employee at Ardene that there's not enough to do during long hours. I found myself standing around half the time because there just wasn't any work that needed to be done. Although my employees were fun to work with, I still came home after every shift feeling worn out and annoyed.
Sales Associate (Current Employee) – Woodstock, ON – 3 April 2017
Typically my day will being with opening the store either with or without management. This includes over looking the store for cleanliness and counting tills to make sure they are accurate from the night before. After opening I than follow directions from the manager to complete tasks around the store such as cleaning and stock tasks. I also partake in closing store procedures such as ensuring store cleanliness, counting tills, filling out deposits and the proper storing of money.
I worked for the company for around 7 months, and the reason I applied in the first place is that I love doing customer service and being helpful to others. The amount of emotional abuse and torture that the management puts you through is actually unbelievable. I have never seen such horrible behaviour. It's sad that I absolutely loved the job but the environment made me leave.. along with quite a few other employees.