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Community Donation Center Employee (Former Employee), Barrie, ONApril 24, 2013
Pros: nothing
Cons: everything
I enjoyed working here for a bit. Mainly because of the staff who were awesome other then some supervisors.
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Higher Postion
Assistant Operational Supervisor (Former Employee), Dartmouth, NSApril 23, 2013
Pros: discount, co-workers
Cons: store manager, wasteful
I enjoyed working here for the most part my fellow co-workers were great i stayed so long because of them.

I experience moving store locations while working there. I never knew they were so wasteful while moving to new locations. what didn't get sold in sale was thrown away. which goes agents their store polices.

the store manager was awful, she would – more... try to make you respect her with fear, or threats. Try to rule your life in and outside of work. make you work late nights (12 am) then really early mornings (5 am)
She would let the male workers getting away with everything but one trip up from a female worker and get yelled at.

The hardest part of the job was working for and with the store manager

I really enjoyed working with my fellow co-workers, being a Supervisor was nice, making up the scheduled and the bank deposits
The discount we got working there was also a nice bonus. – less
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Strong working and helpfull job
Production assistant (Former Employee), North Bay, ONApril 16, 2013
Pros: lots of customers
Cons: quiet workplace at nightime
A typical day at work would start off with a meeting and coffee between all team members. As we finished we would then get to work and help customers.My co-workers were always happy and making Value village a great place to work. There were no hard parts to the job only easy parts that's actually what i found to be most enjoyable about the job as well. – more... Management wasn't bad apart from the manager almost never being there to help with product management. – less
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A fast pace enviornment that helps people buy garments or house hold items at reasonable prices
CDC (Former Employee), Grande Prairie, ABApril 15, 2013
Pros: inbetween school and home
Cons: working till 9 at night
I would get to work and start off collecting a donation or cleaning the back and front of the store, sorting through donations, weighing donations on carts, casually pricing donations, helping customers and I casually worked till. I learned how to work in a large company with multiple co-workers. My co-workers were awesome, I made so many awesoem friends – more... at Value Village. The hardest part working at Value Village was working till 9 on school nights and the most enjoyable part of the job was all the AWESOME people I met. – less
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Good employer
Operations Supervisor (Former Employee), sarnia, ontarioApril 12, 2013
Worked in back rooim
dirty environment
lack of pay
recycled used goods
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Tiring work conditions, no room for advancement
Recycler (Former Employee), Moncton, NBApril 11, 2013
Pros: mon-fri 8-430 shifts, weekends off(must work the odd weekend)
Cons: horrible management skils, supervisors are untouchableable, unsafe work conditions, low pay, no room for advancement, inproper training for said duties, unreasonable expectations of staff, ungratefulness towards its employees, and dare i say, unethical business practices to the point of breaking criminal laws.
Fun place to work, until management beats you down with verbal abuse. Has potential to be a great place as the work itelf is a challenge, but too many unprofessional, unsafe and harrsing conditions.

Place has no issues with leaving the fire exits covered in snow(back exits) no respect to work safe conditions as per labour code of Canada. Will not fire – more... someone for not being of value...must keep around for months nd essentially abuse the person to the point of demoralizing there values and beliefs.

Discrimination runs rampant. Promotes a welcoming environment, but does opposite. Turn over rate is horrible, yes, some have been there for years, but those ladies are also the ones who are in favor of management through personal relationships.

Overall, place has its good moment, but the negatives far outweight the positives tenfold. – less
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Decent Job
Sales Associate (Current Employee), Mississauga, ONApril 10, 2013
The most enjoyable part of my job would be working with the customers. It's always a nice feeling to know that you've helped them in some way, especially when you have your regulars come in often looking for you. My co-worker were also very nice and east ro get along with, as for the management team, i find it to be a bit unorganized at times. Other – more... than that this was a good first experience that i felt was needed in order for me to learn and grow. – less
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Productive and busy place to work
Cashier (Former Employee), Sault Ste. Marie, ONApril 9, 2013
I helped and served customers as well as priced and stocked clothing and other items.
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Productive and busy place to work
Cashier (Former Employee), Sault Ste. Marie, ONApril 9, 2013
I helped and served customers, stocked and priced clothing.
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This is a great company to work for
Front end cashier (Former Employee), Winnipeg, MBApril 8, 2013
Pros: full time work, clean work enviroment, flexiable hours, great team work
I have met some employers that do not care about their workers and this company does. They provide a healthy environment and a great open door policy. They strive for the best for the customers and treat their employees needs to the best of their abilities.
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hard physical work with fun atmosphere
Recycler (Former Employee), Oakville, ONApril 3, 2013
-unload trucks clean up garbage, price furniture, load clothing bales into trailer
-value of teamwork
-management was helpful for any problems that occurred and had a genuine concern for their employees
-coworkers were fun and enjoyable to talk to
-loading furniture into vehicles
-the friendly team enviroment
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This job was a lot of fun!
Production Sorter (Former Employee), Whitby, ONApril 1, 2013
I had this as a temporary/summer job. It started off as part-time, Monday to Friday, and then i went to full-time when it was needed.

I worked as production, which means i was in the back for half the day. In the back we sorted, tagged, priced and organized clothing, toys, electronics, housewares, books, and much more. It was a interesting job, there – more... was always something different being dropped off everyday.

My management team was great, they were always willing to be on the floor working with us and helping out when/where we needed it.

The hardest part of the job was keeping up with the quota. We would sort through large carts and we had a minimum of what needed to be done. If you had a partner that you "clicked" with then it would be very easy. You would work together very well. Much like most work places you would sometimes be working beside someone you may not get along the best with. When this happened it was more difficult to meet quota and sometimes hard to coordinate yourself with the other person. In cases like this, we would just meet in the middle and try our best to get the work done.

The most enjoyable part was that everyone was very happy and fun. When we got silly stuff donated, such as masks or costumes, someone would put it on and dance around. Our management team was okay with this but only for s few minutes, and then it was back to work. – less
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it was nice working with other people
Sales Clark (Current Employee), Burnaby, BCMarch 16, 2013
Pros: long lunch hours
Cons: lots thrifts come in everyday
I like working with different people. I learned how to do cash handling with customers, and answering the phone. Management was good. All of my co-workers are very friendly and good to work with. There was nothing hard for me in this job. i enjoyed working with customers, and co-workers.
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Chanllenging and fun enviroment ( the people)
Production worker (Former Employee), brandon, mbMarch 14, 2013
Pros: 2-15min coffee breaks(paid), one 30mins lunch, for the most part garaunteed 8 hours a day 5 days a week.
Cons: managment at times, sore muscles
A typical day at work was cleaning the floor in the morning, then starting at our stations. running the back room and keeping our goals and set times in play. building carts, unloading carts, moving heavy items, loading and unloading 53''ft trailers.
I learnt how to properly lift items, to communitcate with my co-workers to finish a task. setting goals – more... and making better changes to make the work day productive.
Management was a good team, yet they had problems with addressing the problem or error to the worker, they needed more practice on their constructive criticism.
my co-workers for the majority of them were hard workers, always striving to finish a task, great people to work with.
the hardest part of my job was the muscle building, this job required lots of physical labour, at wich I grew accustomed to.
The most enjoyable part of my job was working with great team members to get our product out to the floor for our customers. – less
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It is not as chaotic as you would think.
Production Manager (Former Employee), Kitchener, ONMarch 12, 2013
Pros: great crew of team members, great salary, discounts
Cons: can get a little messy at times
Value Village was a chance to manage a large crew and drive performance standards through strict goal setting and follow up. There is a large responsibility to our customers and to our charitable partners to provide the best quality thrift merchandise at the best value. It was a job i took a great deal of pride in. I managed a great crew of people who – more... were committed to that same vision. – less
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fun environment, team members are like family
Sorter (Current Employee), Winnipeg, MBMarch 11, 2013
management team are easy to get along with
the most enjoyable part of our job is when we interact with customers as they purchase items
the hardest part of our job is when it gets busy
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Production
Production (Former Employee), Chatham OntarioMarch 6, 2013
Pros: steady days/shifts, free lunch on sale days.
Cons: dirty/dusty, rude management, strict timelines, rude co-workers.
Worked in the production backroom area, and sorted through customer donations. Had one production manager(who was never there), and an assistant that ran around like her head was cut off. Co-workers were two-faced and always had gossip about other employees, hardest part dealing with bed bugs(which management did nothing about), soiled clothing, rotten – more... food/garbage/moldy clothes, no air ventilation and very dusty. One enjoyable thing was the Monday-Friday day shift steady hours. – less
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unorganized
Temporary Halloween Sales Associate (Former Employee), Kitchener, OntarioMarch 4, 2013
Didn't post the next week's schedule until last minute making it difficult to make plans ahead of time. The management seemed to be inexperienced and unorganized. Most of the other employees and managers were rude and unwilling to help new employees.
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Excellent managers and a friendly work environment
Production Worker (Current Employee), Barrie, ONMarch 2, 2013
Pros: get togethers -- potluck lunches, bbqs, pizza days -- and a general atmosphere of caring
Cons: the production job is dusty, some of the donations are dirty and smelly, there isn't any natural light or fresh air
No one slacks off. Everyone works hard to get the job done. People take pride in their work. The atmosphere in the production room is respectful. Workers laugh and say nice things to each other. Generally, all workers are friendly and kind -- most are very helpful. They will help you if you are behind at putting out the product.

The customers are wonderful, – more... and working on the sales floor is enjoyable.

The best aspect of the job is the management. All the mangers at the Barrie Value Village are extremely kind and generous. I have little retail experience, but I have heard from others, that as retail jobs go, Savers/Value Village is one of the best places to work :) – less
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Supervisor (Former Employee), Brandon,mbFebruary 26, 2013
Pros: free lunches
Cons: long hours management did not get paid if there longer
My experience here was better as a cashier than mangment. I am no longer with company and i would never do another mangement position there. Jusat wanted to let people know it is a hard position as management

Sandie – March 5, 2013

Ask what does the possition you are applying for intails. how much lifting, pushing, pulling is expected. What is your daily quota. but more than anything. KEEP COPIES OF EVERY DOCUMENT THEY WANT YOU TO SIGN. Ask for them to give you written notice of the job and work they expect you to do. Value Village is notorious for denying WCB claims. if you do not have everything written down they will have their way with you like no one ever has.

Sandie – March 5, 2013

Everyone gets it hard at Value Village. Management plays on your personal weaknesses to make you work hard. their filosophy is. " angry employees work harder" so they will make you angry just so will work harder. And, if you complaine of being sore or in pain they don't care and won't help you to get better. It's like telling you, " we have squizzed all the juice out of you". we can't use you anymore, move on!

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