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Seasonal Sales Associate (Former Employee) –  London, ON15 February 2018
This was a fun job. The training exercises were interactive and team building. The job overall focuses on meeting sales quotas which if you are not used to, can be overwhelming.
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Fun place to work however not for a career
RETAIL MANAGER (Former Employee) –  Brantford, ON4 January 2018
Retail world is a very different place.

No security and loyalty.

Fun atmosphere to work however will not be rich working in retail.

Company is vastly different than years past
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Fun and Exciting
Sales Clerk (Seasonal) (Former Employee) –  Burlington, ON28 December 2017
This was a completely new experience for myself. I was approached and asked to participate in these commercials by the team manager. I enjoyed this very much and was happy to be a part of these experiences.
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Key Holder/ supervisor (Former Employee) –  Mississauga, ON5 December 2017
They just do not care about their employees.
unless you sell you dont get hours. If you dont get hours you cant sell. As it is retail the turn over rate is high.
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Love it
Cashier (Former Employee) –  Belleville, ON23 October 2017
Love it, great team great company. Too bad it was a pop up shop I’d have loved to work there full time. The money was good and I love working with people.
Pros
Everything
Cons
Nothing
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Fun, Relaxing
Seasonal Sales Associate (Former Employee) –  Toronto, ON13 October 2017
Great place to work with a nice environment and ample opportunity for advancement. Loved the fact that its a skate shop but also includes everybody not just skaters
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Fun place to work
Sales Associate (Current Employee) –  Calgary, AB19 September 2017
Head office is slower than the government which can be annoying. and now im just filling up space to be honest. i really only have the one problem with them.
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Fun place to work.
Sales Associate (Former Employee) –  Winnipeg, MB16 September 2017
Great place to work, connected with people and yourself. Learn new skills in pros and cons in sales. I wasn't that kind of person until I started working there.
Pros
Connection with myself and learning about myself.
Cons
Not enough hours
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Overall a fun workplace but there was little to no training and development
Keyholder (Former Employee) –  Kelowna, BC9 September 2017
I got to meet some great people at this job and work in a fun customer service environment, but when it came down to it they threw their staff into the fire with very minimal training and were unwilling to work around their staff's schedules.
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fun
Sales Associate (Former Employee) –  Vaughan, ON31 August 2017
it was fun and easy going and got to talk to and help a lot of people and work in an energetic environment with excellent management and other staff members
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good experience
Senior Visual Specialist (Former Employee) –  Toronto, ON22 August 2017
Overall, Great 5 years at West49!

Life balance is challenging due to the demanding hours. It is based on the needs of the business and sales. Changes often.
Pros
creative expression
Cons
life balance
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Fun Job
Key Holder/Supervisor (Former Employee) –  Okotoks, AB21 August 2017
Fun and laid back people. Store wasn't always super busy so it was like getting paid to fold clothes and hang out with your friends. Miss it tons, it was a great job.
Pros
Interesting coworkers
Cons
Sometimes boring due to slow business
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Fun place to work, poor management.
Sales Associate (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB10 August 2017
A workday in West 49 would be very fun, it's a very positive work environment and the people who work there are awesome and friendly. Unfortunately, the management was a complete disaster. The bosses didn't do half of their job description, when we complained the upper management they would take the managers side without hesitation and a proper investigation. Inside the store was always being moved around and was never consistent and the managers took their personal anger on us. I would never work at West 49 again.
Pros
The people there are so easy to get along with
Cons
Management
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Productive, skateboard shop
Sales Associate (Former Employee) –  Brantford, ON9 August 2017
Typical day at work includes, selling skateboard brand related merchandise. Building of skateboards and selling of tools and equipment. Good learning environment for skate culture and other related brands
Pros
learning to build boards and functions of different boards
Cons
no cons
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Fantastic Job
Store Manager (Former Employee) –  Alberta19 July 2017
Fast paced and fun work place. Management was fantastic as was company as a whole. Until being bought out by YM. After being bought out quality of service as well as product being sold went down hill. Lost meaning behind the company.
Pros
great people, great product, overall fantastic company
Cons
sold out to a company that knew nothing about its products
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Great people
Co-op (Former Employee) –  Orleans, ON7 July 2017
I only worked there as a coop student but it was honestly such a funny place to be. I enjoyed my time there joking around with employees but still getting things done.
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Don't Waste Your Time Applying - Former Assistant Manager
Assistant Manager (Former Employee) –  Vancouver, BC4 July 2017
Do not waste your time in applying to this extremely chauvinistic, judgemental and disrespectful company. They aren't an equal opportunity employer in fact they're the exact opposite. You do have support of the district manager but that's about it. There is absolutely no work/life balance and you're expected to work over time and every weekend with little to no days off. don't even think about taking any kind of vacation if your in management even if you're entitled to it it'll never happen! The company is declining heavily and sinking like the Titanic you will never advance in your position and will never be given a proper performance review and no raise ever! So don't work for West 49 you'll regret it! All the good people have left just sayin...
Pros
Get paid for stat holidays
Cons
Where do I begin....
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good staff, poor hours
sales associate (Current Employee) –  Winnipeg, MB29 June 2017
Honestly, the job's not bad. the management isn't awesome and the hours are horrible. Everything else is good. the work is manageable and the overall atmosphere at the job is good.
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Sweet place to work
Sales Associate (Former Employee) –  Moncton, NB20 June 2017
I always enjoyed working there. At the time when I was there I wasn't a fan of the management. Now the management is great and the staff is awesome. Really chill environment. open-minded people.
Pros
great staff
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Poorly run
Key Holder (Former Employee) –  Kingston, ON10 June 2017
West49 was a good place to work because of the other employees, however it is very poorly run. The schedules were never made on time. They picked shifts based on people they liked. Lastly it is minimum wage.
Pros
Fun people
Cons
Low pay
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