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Michaels Arts and Crafts Employer Reviews

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If you like arts and crafts, this is a nice place to work
General sales, Floor associate (Former Employee), Edmonton, ABJune 9, 2014
Pros: lots of product to learn about, very flexible working hours
Cons: very low pay, can get boring quickly
Fairly good place to work. A nice discount on art supplies comes with working here.
Working the floor can get very dull, but flexible hours are great for people with busy lives.
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A super fun place to work, but you never know if you're going anywhere.
Framer (Former Employee), Calgary, ABJune 3, 2014
Pros: lunchrooms, laid back junior management, no pressure.
Cons: terrible holiday hours. too easy to get written up.
I loved working for Michaels. 90% of the employees are fantastic people who love what they do, and really enjoy helping people. The other 10% make you not want to come to work. The management always appear to be very busy, so it is difficult to address problems or concerns with them. Sometimes when you do a really good job, someone will actually notice, – more... and let you know. The hardest part of my job was not saying anything rude to certain people who thought they could do my job better than me. I was written up 3 times for things I didn't do, so the higher management needs to take a better look at their lower management. – less
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Retail focused business
MANAGER IN TRAINING (Former Employee), London, ONApril 30, 2014
Pros: added more skills to portfolio
Cons: store only accomodated a certain customer base
-different tasks for every day of the week
-trained to do custom framing which I found extremely enjoyable
-train and educate team members on diverse skills and applications
-relaxed place to work
-everyone usually kept to themselves because of the abundant workload
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framing manager
Framing manager (Former Employee), calgarySeptember 17, 2013
Pros: helping with the choices of the frames etc. and seeing all kinds of different art
Cons: long hrs on your feet
helping customers pick frames and matts for thier art
I learned a lot about framing how to frame. stretching canvace
Management wasn't in the framing shop much
co-worker for the most part were fun to work with
making sure the fames and matts were measured to the right size was both the hardest and the most enjoyable part of the job. Seeing
the finished – more... product – less
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Absolutely appalling
customer experience (Former Employee), prince george, bcApril 7, 2013
Pros: a few employees were ok
Cons: everything else.
Michaels was the absolute worst working experience of my life. The management was horrendous, treating its employees like slaves and actually breaking several labor laws. Employees are expected to do everything for minimum pay and are treated as criminals, forced to wait to leave work despite being off the clock while the managers searched their bags/purses. – more... Hours were poor and the upper management would cut everyone else's hours to maintain their steady pay. Awful policies were in place and you would be punished for not talking to customers even if you had already spoke with them; it only mattered if you did it in front of the manager. There was no incentives and many would freeload off the work of the few like myself who actually tried. Any promotion prospects they tell you about are basically lies. However some of the employees were Ok. – less
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Enjoyable Occupation
Seasonal Sales Associate (Former Employee), Richmond, BCJanuary 21, 2013
Working at Michael's was an over all enjoyable learning experience. A typical day at work would include working the floor and ensuring each customer found the exact product they were looking for and got the assistance they needed. It also included working the cash register and recovery of merchandise (returning products to their rightful place.) The – more... managers were over all pretty helpful although I did have to learn nearly everything on my own. My co-workers were extremely respectful and helpful towards me and were much appreciated. I would say the "hardest" part of the job would be standing out your feet for long periods of times or trying to find a product that is very scarce. The most enjoyable part would be the atmosphere and the people; coming to a place you enjoy being at and doing work that you are confident in. – less
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Productive, fun place to work
Store Manager (Former Employee), Saint JohnJuly 5, 2012
Pros: pride in my work
Cons: location
I loved working for Michaels. I loved the management team, the creative custoemrs and the fantastic team of associates.
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Exciting and always learning something new.
Lead Sales Associate (Former Employee), Grande Prairie, ABJune 16, 2012
A typical day at work would involve morning meetings to hear our previous days achiements and our daily goals. Michaels was always a continous learning store with multiple crafts and all the different techniques customers used for their crafts. The management, as well as, the staff were all great to work with all the time. This job in general was a – more... rewarding and fun experience. The hardest part of the job would have to be when you couldn't give a discount to schools or organizations in need. – less
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Fun work place
Cashier/Customer Service/sales associate (Former Employee), Statesville, NCJuly 31, 2014
Cons: low pay
I loved working here for almost two years. It was great to help people find what they needed for projects, in the end it felt like you were a part of their project too.
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great team
Office Specialist (Former Employee), Taunton, MAJuly 16, 2014
busy and great people room for advancement the company treat employees good
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Great workplace
Sales Associate (Former Employee), Hoover, ALJuly 15, 2014
Overall, a great place! Provided customer service and unloaded truck. Management was willing to work with you. Coworkers were very friendly.
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Michaels
CASHIER (Current Employee), Carlisle, PAJuly 10, 2014
Working at Michaels is a good opportunity for anyone. It gets your feet wet for the real world.
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Good place to work
Sales Associate/Cashier (Former Employee), San Diego, CAJuly 6, 2014
Learned how to stock shelves and help customers find items around the store.

Management was always pushing for excellence, which was a positive for the overall company.

Hardest part of the job was setting up planograms or organizing the storage room, while having to be called to the register every 15 minutes.

The co-workers were all fabulous and – more... made the best of working together. – less
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Fun to work at- not great with advancement, managers lacking
Sales Associate, Cashier, and Instructor (Former Employee), Myrtle Beach, SCJuly 4, 2014
Pros: gain knowledge about crafts
Cons: not much room for advancement/ pay raise
Overall my experience working at Michael's has been okay. At first working there was great, but then once you get to know everyone you are working with they become VERY unprofessional. For example, the managers became blatantly rude and sarcastic discussing routine daily tasks. There is not a lot of room for advancement either, considering they only – more... allow for 1 person to be full time. Also the whole changing uniforms every 6 months gets tiring AND expensive. And no associate has time for that considering the raise you get which is every year, and could be longer if there are other associates who started even a month after you (you would have to wait if its a year for them till you get one yourself), anyways the highest raise you can get after a year is about.30 cents. Overall not too shabby if you're looking to only work 1-3 days if you're an okay worker, and 4-5 days if they like you, and also if you want to eat Ramen for the rest of the year, definitely apply here! But seriously, apply here if you want to learn crafty things and stuff. Because that's all you will gain from working here, oh and be prepared to spend all of your paycheck here, because they will convince you to spend money on crafts, and presents for other co-workers. Thank you for shopping at Michael's we will reopen tomorrow at 9 for your shopping convenience. Have a Nice Night! – less
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Great first job!
Cashier (Former Employee), Newnan, GAJune 18, 2014
Pros: easygoing customers, great management, fun environment
For anyone with an interest in art (or just arts and crafts), Michaels is an incredible first job! The clientele are so friendly and rarely rude, management is very warm and understanding, and coworkers behave like a family, making the entire experience extremely pleasant.
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Very dull boring place to work in.
Sales Associate (Former Employee), Wesley Chapel, FLJune 14, 2014
Pros: good food.
Cons: poor managment.
Very dull, boring place to work in. I wouldn't recommend this place for the youth just elders.
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Productive workplace
Stock Clerk (Former Employee), Englewood, COJune 12, 2014
Id come in at 3AM And start to unload a truck, From there we would sort the bins from the truck into shopping carts where we would then stock the shelves. I learned inventory management. And how to unload a truck and stock. My coworkers were mostly nice yet i rarely was able to talk to them.
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Family like environment, fun and creative freedom
sales/cashier/ replenishment (Current Employee), Brooklyn, NYMay 29, 2014
Pros: creative freedom, family, friendship, comfortable
Cons: low income, low hours, not much room for progression
I love Michaels, its the perfect place to be if you are a lover of the Arts. So many things to make out of one little item, most costumers have no idea where to start. The beauty of it is, when a costumer feels so at ease that they are able to showcase what they have made to the people who assisted them.
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fun workplace with crafts and ideas all around
Cashier (Current Employee), Savannah, GAMay 28, 2014
Pros: great employee discounts, good sales
Cons: short breaks, less hours
Each shift that i am on, it is my duty to greet all customers. Inquire about their experience in store. if they are displeased then i would do my best to see that they are happy before they leave the store.

I am responsible for learning the daily/weekly promotion. However the hardest part about being a cashier is appealing to everyone's liking when – more... it comes to the store policy. Everybody does not agree with our rukes but that is out of our control majority of the time. On the other hand, the most enjoyable part is meeting new people and seeing the different items people buy for such cool projects. – less
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Busy workplace
Front End Supervisor (Former Employee), Reno, NevadaMay 22, 2014
Pros: work atmosphere
Cons: lack of benefits
The day consisted of customer service and helping cashiers. Management was wonderful and helpful. My co-workers were well diverse and fun to be around. The part of the job was learning the new tasks in another department when a department needed help. The most enjoyable part of it was coming to work.

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About Michaels Arts and Crafts

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