Office Manager (Current Employee), Bethesda, MD – June 9, 2012
Pros: good discount
Cons: half hour lunch and no breaks
great co-worker. like alot of great products. fun games to keep moral up. when you are short hand and it the busy day its could be a great or the worst day, but when you leave for the day and your tired but you feel good.
Sales Advisor (Former Employee), Vancouver, BC – November 27, 2013
I loved CB2. It was a great company to work with and the management and staff are great. I have always worked with clothing retail so I found it a great and exciting challenge to work in a store with fashion forward furniture and concept. I learnt a new way of customer service approach where you deal with the clientele on a one to one basis. It's more – more... personal and sometimes you end up having an on going retail relationship with them because they come back and ask for you. I got to deal with designers, interior designers and the movie industry which was a whole other ballgame compared to working with personal buying for your home. The hardest part of the job was honestly when it slowed down and there wasn't much to do and I like it to be busy and always have something to do. I found it hard sometimes to deal with a customer that has experienced an unsuccessful delivery (the service provided to them) or the furniture it self was not satisfying in quality and so forth because you get blamed for everything but we had a great management team that would guide us through it or take over to fix the problem at hand.
I loved the staff and that made working there enjoyable and easy. we all helped each other out instead of working against each other. We have a shared commission instead of individual so it was important that everyone pulled their weight. – less
Merchandiser (Current Employee), Calgary, AB – September 18, 2013
Pros: great staff discount
Cons: poor salary and management
Meeting the great customers that come in to Crate and Barrel and working with some fantastic Furniture and Housewares product makes working at Crate and Barrel an interesting opportunity. Working as a part of the Merchandising team requires you to be fit because it is a lot of physical work but overall very rewarding. Most of the Housewares Sales staff – more... are wonderful. The Management team is weak and some of the Commission Sales staff are unjustifiably unpleasant. – less
Department Manager (Former Employee), Mississauga, ON – July 21, 2013
Pros: discount, most people, the company itself
Cons: sales pressure
The highlights for me were the part/full time sales staff - they were truly awesome coworkers, the discount (40% if I remember correctly) and being able to have your own little "home" of a department for a little while.
Even though you are still responsible for the sales throughout the entire store, it was still nice to know that your little oasis – more... was your biggest feat - and it was fun to maintain!
The only things I could say that is a con; sales pressure can be immense (but that's in any management job in retail) and unfortunately not everyone you work with will you see 'eye to eye' with. – less
Sales Team Lead Manager (Current Employee), Dallas, TX – July 15, 2014
I have engaged with people who truly love what they do. Coming to work is exciting and speaking with customers daily excites me. Managing people can be tough but I have learned so many wonderful life long experiences. My co workers(managers) are always working hard and putting in the extra effort to ensure customer satisfaction. Walking in to a place – more... where people greet you with a sincere and warm welcome makes my job most enjoyable. – less
A typical work day was very busy but with a great communications system it made it easy and smooth to serve the customers. I learned just about everything needed to work on the job efficiently and safely. The management was very friendly and helpful with the employees and co-workers. Also the co-workers make the hours go by quickly with an up beat positive – more... attitude. The hardest part of the job for me was constantly going up and down a ladder, only because I have had a few knee surgeries. The most enjoyable part of my job was the fellowship with my co-workers and helping the customers as best as possible. Management also puts together great events for their employees, such as parties and potlucks. – less
Awesome company, a lot of fun, all in all a great experience.
Forklift Operator (Former Employee), Tracy, CA – May 25, 2014
Working for Crate & Barrel was a great experience, I had ran a sit-down fork lift before but after working at Crate and Barrel I am now well seasoned on stand-up fork lifts as well. Great company overall with true state of the art equipment. I just wish I could have been brought on as a permanent Crate & Barrel employee, but being hired on through Corner – more... Stone Staffing Solutions temp agency there was no full time positions available at the time I was employed which is why my assignment ended sooner than I would have liked it to. – less
Sales Associate (Former Employee), SoHo, New York – May 10, 2014
A typical day at work made me a personal shopper for the customers I worked with. I would take them from dept. to dept. as needed. I learned that I could have fun being a personal shopper. Management was great to work with and extremely helpful. Since I was a seasonal hire they had no problems answering any and all questions that I had. My coworkers – more... were also excellent teammates. The hardest part was learning all that was in the store because it was a seasonal situation. – less