shoe store with complicated and not so efficient upper management
Sales Associate/Key Holder (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 27 June 2017
payless is keen on doing a job well done, even though it does not have the proper motivators or tools to help employees do so. it does not have a good inventory or storage system, which further explains the previous statement. payless is good work experience, but i would manage and do things differently if i were given a choice/chance.
Payless ShoeSource has consistenly exceeded my expectations about the professional work environment. The management team is well equipped and enthusiastic, and willing to creatively solve any issues that may arise.
would not work there again even for double the pay
Full Time Sales Associate (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 4 June 2017
the company treats its employees horribly. the technology provided is still from 1980. the manager i had practically pushed every staff member that she didn't like for personal reasons out the door. constantly understaffed.
Sales Associate (Former Employee) – Toronto, ON – 1 June 2017
it was fantastic experience working here .every was a new day with a new faces around. happy feeling always .great management. it was great feeling when someone comes to you and leaves the store with a happy face.
Employee (Former Employee) – Hamilton, ON – 22 May 2017
I enjoyed my co-workers and manager a lot, they were the only thing that made my job at payless bearable. The benefits were good (but not available to most employees) everything else about the company and job I strongly disliked. Even at "full time" they can give you only 24 hours/week.
SALES ASSOCIATE (Current Employee) – St. Albert, AB – 21 May 2017
A typical day at work includes helping customers, keeping the store tidy and the shoes looking nice, filling up shelves, tagging boxes and putting out shipment. Usually you work with one or two other people. The work day depends on who you are working with. It can be a fun, productive day, or it can be an "I just want to go home" day. But like most things, you do get what you put in.
I have learned a lot about fashion and about shoes (of course) in this job. I've learned how to persuade customers, tricks of the trade on selling, patience (like in any retail job) and how to work both alone and in a team.
Management can be good or bad depending on who you have as a manager, but I'll be blunt and say that it can be a mess. Hours aren't great and I have found that the higher ups (Higher up than manager/Assistant manager) do not care about the associates. Sales associates get no benefits and no sympathy so if you're looking for a job with good security do not take this one. If you want overtime you won't get it. You want stat pay? Better work the previous bunch of weeks. Specifically the day that stat lands on. (ex. thanksgiving on a monday? You have to had worked the last bunch of mondays in a row to get the pay for that if you work that stat. And good luck with that.)
Hardest part of the job is putting up with awful customers or awful co workers/bosses. I have been lucky to work with an awesome team but of course every now and then the... not awesome person will come in. Most enjoyable part goes with this. Working with your team can be a lot of fun. So don't get toomore... discouraged at first. Give it a chance!less
Part-time Sales Associate (Former Employee) – Peterborough, ON – 19 April 2017
Payless is/was an incredible place to work as a student! Management is excellent and I was blessed with excellent coworkers! Overall, the company is great, very well put together and professional! Great place to start out in to gain retail experience! Fair heads up: you will need to have very good people skills and be willing and able to work with children!
Working at payless has a little of everything, from helping with customers, learning till like exchanges and payments, doing payroll and making sure the store looks presentable. Makes the day even better when you have great people you work with.
Store Leader(manager) (Current Employee) – Montréal, QC – 28 March 2017
just started working there and love it! new challenge! new demands and needs! best place to start your career to be the best! new things to discover! need to focus more on co workers to increase the income and productivity!
Sales associate (Former Employee) – Nanaimo, BC – 16 February 2017
It was a great place to work, I learned a lot of new things. My boss was an awesome leader. I had a wonderful experience learning about the shoe industry. The hardest part was getting the shoes in order on the shelves.