Pier 1 Imports
3.0 of 5 426 reviews
www.pier1.com Fort Worth, TX 5000+ Employees

Pier 1 Imports Reviews

Updated Apr 08, 2014
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3.0 426 reviews

                             

69% Approve of the CEO

Pier 1 Imports President, CEO, and Director Alex Smith

Alex Smith

(249 ratings)

53% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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A good job, but not a lot of advancement opportunity

Sales Associate (Current Employee)
Toronto, ON

I have been working at Pier 1 Imports part-time for more than 3 years

ProsNice product, always changing, great customers.

ConsMinimum wage, minimum hours, not a lot of opportunity for advancement, based primarily on who you know. Be prepared for lots of physical work, moving furniture, carrying furniture and putting in vehicles, carrying furniture up ladders etc. Lots of floor mopping and toilet cleaning too.

Advice to Senior ManagementOffer breaks to part - time, most employers give a break after 4 hours, here expect to be on your feet for at least 5+ hours before you get a break. Promote and hire based on skills, knowlage, and potential rather than hiring all your friends and relatives...

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Stock Coordinator (Former Employee)
Markham, ON

I worked at Pier 1 Imports part-time for more than a year

ProsThe associates at my store were great people, and fun to work with.

ConsThe manager at my store had zero work ethic and brought down store morale.

Advice to Senior ManagementReplace the store manager.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Fair but disorganized

Sales Associate (Former Employee)
London, ON

I worked at Pier 1 Imports part-time for more than a year

ProsA friendly staff atmosphere and good teamwork

ConsVery low compensation and slow raises, promotions.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Not what I had expected

Sales Associate (Current Employee)
Brampton, ON

I have been working at Pier 1 Imports part-time for less than a year

Prosbright colors, happy staff, refreshing

Consgarbage upholstery, not as nice when you get into the store..

Advice to Senior Managementstop having so many employees

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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I worked at Pier 1 Imports full-time for more than 3 years

ProsGreat merchandise, fun atmosphere engaging customers, rewarding work.

ConsOften unrealistic expectations. Heavy work load. Difficult to maintain staff because of low pay vs. expectations.

Advice to Senior ManagementAllow Store Management more control.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Nice people, low pay.

Sales Associate (Former Employee)
Frederick, MD (US)

I worked at Pier 1 Imports part-time for less than a year

ProsNice coworkers who took the time to train.

ConsLow pay, not enough hours. They really push you to provide customer service, even when it's obvious the customer does not want to be bothered.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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OK Place

Driver (Current Employee)
Abingdon, MD (US)

I have been working at Pier 1 Imports full-time for more than a year

Prosfast paced and fast paced

Consnot always safe not always safe equipment

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Fun environment, but job not for everyone

Sales Associate (Former Employee)
Reno, NV (US)

I worked at Pier 1 Imports part-time for less than a year

ProsBeautiful store, always good music playing, nice co-workers, vast majority of customers are friendly and easy-going, employee discount, store dollars at Christmas. Despite my complaints below , I still mostly enjoyed working here, even if the job wasn't for me in the end.

ConsEvery now and then having to hoist or retrieve large, heavy furniture from tip top shelves while balancing on ladders. While that would definitely be a two person job, still scary.

Constant pressure to sell the store credit card.

Very little hours if you didn't sell the credit card

Not introvert friendly. In other words, if you're the type of person who:

Is friendly but doesn't necessarily care about making instant friends with each and every co-worker

Embodies a subtle, less in-your-face sales approach,

Is a more independent minded individual who prefers to learn and be left on their own to grow and develop, with the occasional question to help that process every now and then,

then you may not enjoy your time with this company.

Granted, while this is typical of most group work environments, given the small number of people you work with on the floor at any given time, these issues become magnified and a sort of clique-like environment develops. In the case of my store, that seemed to explain why certain associates were readily given tasks or asked to help out with projects while other associates were ignored. Even if I volunteered my help, there were times in which I'd be met with a sort of you-can't-sit-here, high school cafeteria vibe.

Having to deal with certain managers who have a massive chip on their shoulder. I can't tell you how many times I've been told to "not be afraid to ask questions" then have that same person turn around and act annoyed or put off by any question I might have and give me a very curt response..
I kid you not, after trying to explain to one manager in particular that I didn't know how to properly organize the lamp section, and that I needed help she snapped "I SHOULDN'T HAVE TO!" She acted like I was lying when I said no one had ever shown me how to properly do that task in all the time I'd worked there.

OR, depending on the manger, having your every move, every word, scrutinized, because they mistakenly assumed that if you're naturally quiet and soft spoken, you must lack confidence and that you need your hand held at every turn. It got the the point where no matter what I did to help customers, no matter how much knowledge I displayed, the manger would misinterpret the situation to look as if I had acted timid and uninformed when that was far from the case.
For example, I once asked a customer a couple of questions regarding a product she was looking for, but we were both having trouble finding at its normal location. She wasn't sure of the actual name of the product, so I did some research on our inventory system, and right before she was about to give up and leave, I found something and asked, " Is it beer steins you're looking for?" and that was EXACTLY what she needed. And yet I ended up getting a lecture from a manger about my lack of product knowledge, (as part of a larger lecture about my supposed lack of confidence in general) because she misheard me and thought I'd asked "DO WE HAVE beer steins?" It was at the point where I knew based on experience that trying to correct the misunderstanding would be an act of futility.

Advice to Senior ManagementLISTEN TO YOUR EMPLOYEES.

If a person works best independently with the occasional critique, allow that person their space. Don't insist on micro-managing that person because that only makes things worse.

Conversely, don't make employees feel like they can't approach you with questions to improve their knowledge and skill. We want things to run as smooth and productive as you do. We know that you're busy, but which wastes more time in the long run, taking two minutes to answer a question or help with a task, or having to fix mistakes from uninformed employees?

Actually take in and process what your employees are saying. Don't just give out the first automated, knee-jerk, contradictory response that comes to mind. I can't tell you how many times where it was abundantly clear that a manager didn't really focus on what I said, that they just skimmed the surface of the conversation and came up with a response that was only marginally relevant to the issue.

Stop assuming that quiet people don't have sales skills. We simply have a different approach that can work just as well, if not better, depending on the situation. You cannot force people to be extroverts. It is not a superior way of being and working against an individual's natural abilities is a recipe for disaster.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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ok part time work

Store Associate (Former Employee)
Saint Louis, MO (US)

I worked at Pier 1 Imports part-time for less than a year

Prosgreat company more training needed

Consmore hours and more training

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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It was Okay

Cashier (Former Employee)
Waco, TX (US)

I worked at Pier 1 Imports part-time for less than a year

ProsSmells good, nice people, easy work, good morning hours. It was an excellent opportunity to grow my customer service and communication skills. I was hired quickly.

ConsEVERYTHING breaks, hard to sell stuff that is crap, couldn't believe in product, late nights, have to re-do the store every month, nothing to do when it's slow. Hired me, but didn't put me on the floor till a month in. No training.

Advice to Senior ManagementMy bosses kept getting fired!

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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