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West 49 - Sales Associate (Current Employee), Milton, ONAugust 9, 2014
Pros: everything!
Cons: n/a
honestly the best place I have ever worked at in a long time
very chill with good vibes.
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being able to build skateboards and customize for customers
Seasonal staff (Former Employee), ottawa ontarioJuly 1, 2014
Pros: skateboarding culture
Cons: being scheduled with little to no time between work schedules to get to one another.
I usually opened which I liked because I had the rest of the day off, it was usually slower even so for holiday wise but they taught you how to re grip skate boards and change out wheels, the people I worked with were pretty cool too! I love shopping there since I was a kid so working there was enjoyable.
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fun workplace
Sales Associate (Former Employee), Toronto, ONJune 7, 2014
Pros: fun
Cons: not enough hours
it was good, got to work with skateboards, fun environment, not stressful
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Fun industry to work in
Store Manager (Current Employee), Kitchener, ONMay 29, 2014
Pros: excellent discount, exciting brands
Plenty of challenges and opportunities, and new products at all times of the year.
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Great place with great people
Part-Time Sales Assosiate (Former Employee), Oshawa, ONMarch 4, 2014
The store is a skateboarding shop so everyone one who came in or worked there all had something in common so it was easy for everyone to talk to each other. There was always laughs going around but it never interfered with work.
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Wokplace
Cashier/Sales Associate (Current Employee), Ottawa, ONFebruary 28, 2014
Pros: no breaks
Cons: i only work 5hrs
Introducing customers, and asking them how they are doing. asking them none business questions. What we have to accomplish are goal for the day. the management is OK i like the store manager i get a long with him perfect. there is no hard part with are job. Is building the decks for the customers
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Fun work environment, with disorganized managment
Part Time Key Holder (Current Employee), Prince George, BCFebruary 2, 2014
Working at West 49 is awesome, but its never constant. Since I've been there we've had four different magangers and I'm looking for a place thats more consant. I love my job and working in retail I'm just looking for something new
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seasonal job
Seasonal Cashier (Former Employee), Hamilton, ONJanuary 21, 2014
Pros: fun
Cons: not enough hours
West 49 was cool to work at but I wouldn't do seasonal again not many hours at all
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Very positive workplace with a great group of people.
Sales Associate (Former Employee), Mississauga, ONJanuary 15, 2014
Pros: great discount, learned a lot about skateboards, shoes, and accessories.
Cons: a little bit further from home. working in the mall you get a lot of wanderers.
Typical day at work would be working sales on the floor selling clothes, bags, jackets, shoes or skateboards. Communicating with customers was an occurrence with every shift.

I learned how to fully assemble a skateboard and how to organize the different clothing sections properly and efficiently. Communicating with customers was another large role – more... which I learned and how to react in different scenarios.

The managers were awesome, all of them were very positive and motivating. If something needed to be done it was addressed in a mature positive manner. The district manager was a little bit more harsh and had a few problems, but the store managers were great.

Co-workers were amazing. One of the best groups of people I've worked with. All young people in their early 20's or late teens. Everyone always had a positive attitude and was willing to help each other out when needed. We were all really close so there was never a shift where you wouldn't want to address or speak with another employee.

Hardest part of the job was probably having to close and go around the entire store to make sure everything was perfectly folded at the end of the night. Also, the shoebox walls in the back room were also very large and crammed so when we needed to get a pair of shoes, sometimes it could be a little tricky.

The most enjoyable part of the job was definitely working with who I got to work with. Everyone was so funny and positive that it made every day at work a great time. We would never have a dull moment but everyone was also able to be very serious when the store was really busy, but no one every got frustrated with each other so there was no arguing or yelling. – less
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Excellent place to work, skateboard knowledge and interaction.
Assistant Manager (Former Employee), Prince George, BCAugust 27, 2013
Pros: skateboards
Working with West 49 was a great experience, coming from a skateboarding background I was extremely excited to get on board with this company. A typical day for me would be; opening and closing the store, with opening and closing tasks, receiving stock, merchandising the stock, transferring old stock, making sure daily goals and budgets were set and – more... made clear to my staff, making sure to follow up with staff who weren't on track to achieving goals and offer coaching, interaction with customers and sales. What I enjoyed most about my job was the interaction with my guests, making one persons day always made my day. – less
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good environment
Store Manager (Former Employee), Milton, ONJuly 25, 2013
customer service driven environment
room for growth
monthly incentives based on performance
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Typical retail job
Sales Associate (Former Employee), Orangeville, ONMay 8, 2013
Although the job of working at west 49 may seem like the ulitimate job i found the company was too focused on the number and sales and cared less about the customer experience.
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Upbeat, friendly
Sales Associate (Former Employee), Toronto, ONFebruary 22, 2013
a fun place with a great employee base
training is just right shows you and teaches you everything you need to know
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Great company and culture!
Third Key Manager (Current Employee), ssm ontarioFebruary 13, 2013
Pros: incentives, environment, culture
Cons: hourly wage
I have been a part of the West 49 family for almost 7 years now! I have grown and learnt so much being apart of this company and really feel like part of a family. They treat their employees with great incentives such as their Platinum club program where employees have the chance to go on all expense paid trips to places such as Newport Beach California – more... like I did! Where you get to meet tons of great people and have a great time, it really makes you feel appreciated. – less
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Great staff great job!
Customer Service (Former Employee), Fredericton NBFebruary 9, 2013
loved my discount
loved the people I got to meet
enjoys every shift
great perks
got the right amount of shifts to fit my lifestyle
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Simultaneously fantastic and awful.
Sales associate (Former Employee), Calgary, ABJanuary 29, 2013
Pros: very fun place
Cons: management, treatment of employees, pay
Initially one of the best places I worked. Tight knit group, very fun place to be. Pay wasn't very good, but okay if you're just looking for extra cash. Quickly turns into a popularity contest. If for whatever reason people don't like you, which could be for something as simple as going to the manager about not recieving enough hours for a month, your – more... hours mysteriously start to decline until you are forced to quit. Management is awful. Had four managers in the span of a year, most of which did little to no work. Promises of advancement (often used to make you stay when wanting to quit) are rarely kept. Same with promises of benefits and justified pay raises. Employees are generally not treated well. – less
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Excellent environment.
Key Holder (Current Employee), Dartmouth, NSDecember 13, 2012
I enjoy working at West 49, it is time to gain some new skills and work experiences.
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A Flexible and Alternative Workplace
Supervisor (Current Employee), Halifax, NSNovember 29, 2012
Pros: great staff and amazing incentives
Cons: working evenings and weekends
Although an active lifestyle company seems relaxed and "chill", you are responsible for maintaining a high-level of performance in the country's leading active lifestyle retailer.
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Great bunch of People
Customer Service (Former Employee), Dartmouth, NSSeptember 10, 2012
Pros: great experience awesome people
Cons: not much money just a fun job to me
the other people working where great people. couldnt wait to see them everyday when i went to work
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learning experience
Sales Associate (Current Employee), Milton, ONAugust 11, 2012
West 49 is an amazing place to work. Everyone has positive attitude and the excitement to work.  I have learned from West 49, time management, organization skills and customer service skills.  The management are good role model and set a standard for the younger co-workers like myself. With management and my co-workers we all work as a team and communicate – more... with each other. The hardest part of working at West 49 is how you cannot learn from the great environment and opportunities from co- workers, management and the company. The most enjoyable part of the job is knowing, that your customer is satisfied with there purchase and come back as regulars. – less