Sales Supervisor (Current Employee) – St. Albert, AB – 16 April 2017
I love working at Spencer's.I love the ever changing and upbeat environment. Our moto is life's a party and we're making it great. There is alot of potential to advance in your career here. It's a great place to work
Sales Associate/Cashier (Former Employee) – Orleans, ON – 25 March 2017
A typical day at work involved store set up before opening, followed by paperwork and system booting/set up. Following that, a typical day would encompass a variety of store tasks (such as cleaning, merchandising, advertisement changes, department clean-ups) and customer service (takes precedence over tasks). I built up my core skills in sales and customer interactions. I learned the roles and responsibilities of each position. Workplace culture was very easy going and extremely friendly. Everyone is meant to be friends with everyone (ie. employees, employers, and customers). The most enjoyable part of the job would have to be the atmosphere. It doesn't take long there to become comfortable and confident in your role and own it and make it your own. A very encouraging and understanding workplace. All in all an excellent experience that I learned a considerable amount of my skills in.
Sales Associate (Former Employee) – Oshawa, ON – 12 March 2017
I got hired and then never got any hours after 1 day of unloading the truck before opening. Whenever I asked about when I was working I was told the schedule wasn't finished yet others were getting hours and telling me straight up that the schedule was posted. I hung in from November till January and I left. Don't need that kind of disrespect. I love the company. I'd just avoid the oshawa location.
Associate (Current Employee) – London, ON – 8 March 2017
True to their motto, "life is a party and they are making it fun" Great place overall, but feeling severely over-worked and under-paid as management. Amazing advancement and training, very hands-on and thorough.
Sales Associate (Former Employee) – London, ON – 13 February 2017
It was an awesome place to work. Everyone there is awesome! I truly loved working there. completed many tasks worked on cash mostly the most enjoyable part was the people i worked with and the variety of personality's.
If you're looking for a fun, exciting and challenging environment, I suggest applying to Spencer's. My only big issue working there was that it was VERY part time. There were weeks were I was only getting one 3 hour shift per week because there wasn't many hours to spread around. If you're just looking to make a couple extra dollars fine but you can't rely on Spencer's for a consistently healthy pay check.
Sales Supervisor (Current Employee) – Fort McMurray, AB – 12 January 2017
Great atmospher If you are outgoing this is the place to be or work. It is never a doll moment working at Spencer's. Definitely need to hire more hard working employees, non students. As students would rather be out and about then actually working.
Sales Associate (Current Employee) – Brampton, ON – 7 January 2017
Work at Spencer's gift was more like a learning experience. Being able to interact with so many people on a daily basis has increased my own personal self-confidence. My co-workers and management were exceptional at their jobs, jovial and filled with energy. The hardest part of my job would be the long hours on my feet with no breaks. The most enjoyable part of my job would be talking to customers.
Sales Associate (Former Employee) – Lethbridge, AB – 27 December 2016
Never work at the Lethbridge Alberta location. The management constantly jerks your schedule around and changes your shifts without informing you, and then claims that you're the one whose wrong. He completely ignored my availability and changed my hours all over the place and would text me accusingly when I wasn't around for a shift he added after posting the original schedule. He and another manager give mixed directions and communication is extremely poor. The other employees are nice enough and the customers are interesting to talk to, but it makes it impossible to do anything but stress when your manager gives you trouble all the time about the scheduling. It is an incredibly disorganized and mismanaged workplace.
no uniform, 30% employee discount
bad management, disorganized, confusing scheduling
Manager (Former Employee) – Fort McMurray, AB – 6 October 2016
Great place to work for the fact that i met great people there. I could wear what I want and be myself everyday at work. Working in a place that makes people laugh all day was great because its a positive work environment. Great discounts on items.
Sales Associate (Current Employee) – Pickering, ON – 22 August 2016
Having been an associate with this company for over four years, the work itself has been excellent. Between a laid back work environment, and compassionate management, my time here has been enjoyable. However, repeated denial of promotions has forced me to seek other employment.
Seasonal Sales Assosiate (Former Employee) – Sarnia, ON – 27 July 2016
I got hired on as a seasonal associate. Because the store was new to our mall, and it was Christmas the managers had no time to train me, and no time to allow me to go on the training program myself. Before your shift and after your shift you were treated like a criminal, as the staff would check to see if you have anything on you. I have worked several places over the years and none of those places required all staff members to get checked.
Sales Associate/Cashier (Current Employee) – Hamilton, ON – 25 July 2016
Spencer's Gifts is a great work environment with a very energetic team. The management team is welcoming, helpful, and well organized. They help you whenever you have questions and the training beforehand is very helpful. In order to work for a company such as Spencer's you have to be a able to work in a social setting while remaining professional and staying on task. You are connecting with customers on a daily basis with an informal approach in order to help better sell products and find out what the customers are looking for. Overall it is a great company to work for, great work environment and team.
Sales Associate (Former Employee) – Alberta – 20 July 2016
My part time hours got cut dramatically after the manger told me on many occasion I would be getting promoted. Manager would often call me "boss" as I have great organization, prioritizing, communication, product knowledge, walk through cleaning skills, and overall mature presence. I was the go to person for mostly everything that didn't require manager codes. The manager even went as far as starting to schedule times we could start training for my promotion. Shortly after that, the manager brought their friend as the assistant manager. My hours got cut back from almost full time hours (34-40 hour weeks) to one half shift a week. The manager bullied me out of the store, forcing me to quit (because they had no reason to fire me.) I wasn't the only person bullied out of that specific store either. I seen it once before myself. Spencer's felt like high school with all this drama. I didn't fit into the clique when I was hired on, but I was never hated. If the manager knew the possibilities of hiring someone instead of promoting me, the manager should have never mentioned the promotion to me over the course of 2 months we had been talking and training. I'm aware what the Spencer's brand is, however, there still needs to be professional standards and practices. Once the management team and some coworkers started talking poorly behind my back and to my face I had to quit. I wasn't going to let those people walk all over me by giving me non-constructive criticism that had no relation to my job.
Under appreciated, bullied, lied to, unprofessional staff/ felt like high school drama
Exciting work environment and even more exciting customers!
Sales Associate (Former Employee) – 1485 Portage Ave Unit 228 – 23 June 2016
Working at Spencers Gifts is a joy. Between tasking and serving customers, there really isn't any reason you should be bored. Considering this has been my first job in retail, I've learned just about everything I'd have to know going into any other retail job. Management at Spencers is dedicated to getting things done right. Though can be unreasonably snappy at times, all was in good reason and for the sake of the store. The Co-Workers all come in the same. Shy at first and a little quiet for the upbeat energy of the store. But after maybe a week or two, they learn to be as outgoing and as helpful as they can. Really putting in 100% of their effort! I'd say the hardest part of the job is the same as any other retailer; Christmas season. Through the hustle and bustle of the busy times, there have been plenty moments where we wouldn't have time to catch our breaths. But the most enjoyable part of the job would definitely have to be being part of the Spencers team. My co-workers and management team have been the most lovable people I could've ever met in any workplace environment.