STORE MANAGER/AREA TRAINING MANAGER (Former Employee) – Kingston, ON – 13 June 2018
This company expects a lot from management and employees and does not compensate accordingly. SM and ASM are given paid sick days, but a doctors note is required to use them. Visual changes are expected to be completed without disruption to the business but no hours given to support. Changes in market not taken into account the expect results with no marketing / promotional support.
Store Manager (Former Employee) – British Columbia – 4 June 2018
Absolutely horrific place to work. This company has no idea what they are doing. Sales are terrible so they blame the employees. Maybe it’s the overpriced garbage you sell? The customers are mostly awful, entitled, rude, demanding!
Worst experience of my career!
Awful customers, no support from upper management, extreme work load, you get written up for everything and anything.
perfect place to work when you have other things in your live, the hours are very fluid and easy to move based on your every day life. the people are also very nice, both the customers and the employees.
Great company for may years. However the last few years they have lost sight of core company values of respect, integrity and growth. Middle management needs to remember what it's like on the front line and be supportive during challenges, instead of accusations and making management feel as if failures. There are some very smart, intelligent buisness woman with in the organization with guidance and support could and would flourish. However no person can succeed when they feel constantly like a failure. I enjoyed my time with this company and hope they will raise up and improve the communications they have with their teams and be great again.
Clients, discount, training opportunities, job stability
Fashion Associate (Current Employee) – Niagara, ON – 21 April 2018
I worked here for just under a year within that time frame we went through about 4 management changes. This is not a stable place to work with very little advancement options. They work on favoritism for promotions and I have seen it happen with their disciplinary actions as well. When I was first there I loved it but slowly the company changes have made this not a good place to work or grow.
Supportive Environment but lack of environment surroundings
Fashion Sales Associate (Former Employee) – London, ON – 26 February 2018
Good environment for workers to complete their tasks and assist customers. There were times of mistreatment towards customers by a few coworkers when they were having a bad day. Lack of skills to keep personal matters personal. Very supportive community with the works but was almost a con because there was too much welcoming of emotions to work.
Great environment to heighten communication skills and help people
SALES ASSOCIATE (Former Employee) – Regina, SK – 5 January 2018
Working at Penningtons was a great first job experience. The staff were all very friendly and welcoming and the work was difficult but fair. A typical work day consisted of helping customers find the right outfits for them and then accessorizing what they had. Our policy was to dress our customers from the inside out, top to bottom. I quickly learned what I had to do and how to complete each task efficiently. The management was very friendly and she was not only the boss but also a friend to all of the staff members. The hardest part of the job was on our busiest days when there was no time to just stop and relax for even a second. It was especially difficult when an evening rush was unexpected and there were only two staff members present to help 30 customers. However, those days were always the most rewarding, especially seeing the smiles on customers faces when they found something that fit them perfectly and that they felt comfortable wearing.
50% discount on all regular items
Not enough work hours one week and then the next having too many hours
Sales Associate (Former Employee) – Saskatoon, SK – 4 October 2017
I was approached while I was working at another job. Penningtons has no loyalty to their employees and will lie to get you to work there, everything I was told was false and they waited the 2 weeks it took me to leave my other job to cut everything they promised. They also claim to be customer focused, they are not. All they care about is sales, and how much you can push on people even though it makes customers super uncomfortable. All they see is numbers. there isn't enough staff on shifts, so piles of clothing get so big it takes 2 days to fold and put them out.
Sales Associate (Former Employee) – Edmonton, AB – 19 August 2017
Too much staff and they continued to hire when we had no hours.I was getting 3 hours a week to 0 hours in a week. Management was okay but didn't seem to care about medical emergencies. I likes almost everyone I worked with,
good relationships, nice staff, 50% discount
Didn't feel like there was much compassion for anyone, little to no hours
Fashion Associate (Former Employee) – Sault Ste. Marie, ON – 17 July 2017
Penningtons is a great place to work, especially if you need to grow your personal wardrobe as staff gets 50% discount on all merchandise. Unfortunately, because you have constantly be wearing current trends and fashion, you often end up spending too much of your paycheck on clothing. Very difficult to get anything more than part-time, minimum wage pay. Shifts are usually 3 hours and there are also on call shifts that are very inconvenient, especially if you work two jobs (which you'd have to because you'll never be full time). Not great if you're uncomfortable being a little bit pushy as you're encouraged to be a pushy sales person to meet targets.
fun, upbeat work environment, staff discount
short shifts are barely worth your time, very hard floors, only ever part time