Visual merchandiser (Former Employee) – Nanaimo, BC – 19 September 2013
I worked for boathouse for just under 6 months. To be honest, I can't believe I stuck it out for that long. Not only was my store manager incapable of doing her job correctly, efficiently, and on time, but everyone she trained had no idea what they were doing because the store manager didn't. This is the most unorganized company I have probably ever worked for. DO NOT APPLY. You will regret your life.
Unorganized, no communication, blamed for issues the manger should be responsible for
Company needs work with efficiency and the way it handles it's employees. Terrible regional management. Spending money on clothing we were over stocked on as well. Regional will not accept your direction on a certain project regardless if it is more efficient and suited for your store. Closing tills takes years as there are tasks that are unnecessary. Salaries for roles above sales associate are extremely underpaid for the amount of responsibility and work that they must do. Major changes to both attitude and protocol must occur with this company as a whole.
Enjoyed working at Boathouse I got to use my skills as a manager at a different level. Really use teamwork and organization. Being able to meet deadlines and monthly paperwork. I loved working with the staff and got along with all of them. Teaching the staff new selling techniques to help build up sales when our budget was low.
Boathouse has a great training program for teaching beginners the ins and outs of retail. The staff of the store are all friendly and wonderful to be around. It's a great place for high-school or college students to work.
If you're looking to work here as your main job, I would not advise it however. There is no option for advancement and there has been a few incidents of people being trained for higher positions without getting the pay to compensate. Even if you work full-time hours, you will not be considered for full-time benefits. Due to this, you do not have sick days and it is near impossible to schedule a life around work because the hours are very sporadic.
Outside of that, management is wonderful and easy to work with. It has a very laid-back feel to it and you are well-trained to play your part.
Fantastic people that make up the team at boathouse. It is a super awesome environment to work in as they are very supportive of everyone and their unique creativeness. The managers are great, very supportive and caring about how their employees feel at and outside of work.
Sales Associate and Cashier (Current Employee) – Waterloo, ON – 28 June 2017
Boathouse is a really kind environment that allows you to be and express yourself openly. Everyone's main focus is towards the store and making sure it does well, so they prefer you ask questions to get tasks done faster rather than you struggle on your own and take extra time.
Sales Associate (Current Employee) – Calgary, AB – 17 May 2017
I spent about a year and a half working here, and for the most part it's been an amazing time. The hours are flexible and the people make you feel like you belong there. Management has been a downside regarding drama towards employees and such, but other than that I've really enjoyed working there!
Sales Associate (Current Employee) – Barrie, ON – 18 April 2017
Lots of interactions with customers. You learn how to talk and help customers in a rightful manner. I've learned that its easier to get along with coworkers and if you give them the treatment that you want back.
Sales Associate (Former Employee) – Ottawa, ON – 11 April 2017
In the interview process I explained to her I would need to take a week off to visit my grandparents however after being hired and reminding her off this she threatened my job telling me if I go I either need to seek approval from the regional manager or quit. Ultimately I did not like receiving ultimatums.
Assistant Manager (Former Employee) – Oshawa, ON – 30 March 2017
Management does not care about employees, staff is over worked under paid and expected to hit unrealistic bench marks. They hassle about LP conditions but do not offer cameras and security gate maintenance when asked for.
Manager (Former Employee) – Ottawa, ON – 20 February 2017
Absolutely worst company to work for, they show no appreciation and have all the wrong people in the wrong positions. They treat there staff horribly and get away with it. It has the highest turnover rate I have ever seen in a retail company before. I do NOT reccomend working for this company.
It was a good experience for a first part-time job
Part-time sales (Former Employee) – Rocky View, AB – 31 January 2017
Overall it was a nice place to work, getting to communicate with customers, and help them out, also giving responsibility within the store. At the time I was working the management wasn't the best, resulting in personal/mental issues in the management of that store. I learned so much working there being able to use some of what I learned in my day-to-day life, for example communicating with strangers, and working as a team on the floor. But all in all I loved working there and most of the staff was great to work with.
Sales Associate (Former Employee) – Brampton, ON – 12 January 2017
Great place with a great staff. Can become monotonous but that is the same for any retail job. You must require a good attitude, and needs to be hard-working. I think that it is a good place for a first job, because, they set you goals and you must achieve these goals. this can help later in life. Would highly recommend.
Sales Associate (Current Employee) – Airdrie, AB – 31 July 2016
Boathouse is a great and friendly workplace that teaches you much about the skills needed to become a sales associate. The people i work with are very friendly, and the management is awesome. the hardest part of the job would be the constant cleaning of the merchandise we sell at boathouse. I very much do enjoy making conversation with customers.