Pier 1 Imports Reviews

Updated 28 October, 2014
Updated 28 October, 2014
594 Reviews
3.1
594 Reviews
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Pier 1 Imports President, CEO, and Director Alex Smith
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The employee discount was the only thing good about the job (in 61 reviews)

  • Most of the people are fun to work with, and extremely enthusiastic (in 17 reviews)


Cons
  • Having to push the Pier 1 credit card on everyone that walks in the door (in 111 reviews)

  • This job is only good if you're looking to work part time, a couple of days per week (in 44 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    I thought it would be a fun place to work as I had a lot of Pier One accessories in my home.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate
    Current Employee - Sales Associate

    I have been working at Pier 1 Imports part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good discount, 25% off starting on your first day of work. Interesting and fun items to sell. Customers like coming in to the stores as you never know what you will find.

    Cons

    Very high turnover of employees, at least at the store I work at. Lots that you have to learn on the pos system. POS uses a touch screen which is slow and unresponsive some times. A keyboard would be much faster. They don't explain the hours you will be asked to work, some mornings starting a 5AM, nights that go past midnight. VERY physical work,
    lifting heavy items, going up and down on tall ladders, cleaning of store, stock and freight work, you do it all. Lots of glassware everywhere on very old fixtures, and stacked on high shelves. I find this kind of dangerous and always worry about bumping into certain units as some are not level. Schedules are done at the last minute with some days being a ? or what P1 calls a flex day. Too much customer info wanted at POS which slows down the process and some customers are very annoyed by it. They harp on you about getting P1 credit cards all day long.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Managements idea of incentive for employees is sending cookies or candy. or giving us a little kids sticker on a bulletin board with our name on it. It's as if they think we are five year olds. I would clean up the odd mix of merchandise that is still in the P1 inventory, finger puppets and yo yos, junk like that really looks tacky in a store that is wanting to sell sofas that are in the $800.00 range. I am glad to see that P1 is starting to offer a more contemporary look in the furniture styles and less of the fancy old parlor look. I think pricing of a lot of our items is high compared to our competition ( Ikea, Wayfair). Even with my discount I can ususally find a similar item at a lower cost.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    So many flaws in what seems to be a high-class store.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Leader
    Current Employee - Sales Leader

    I have been working at Pier 1 Imports full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    People you work with are great.

    Cons

    The scheduling is ridiculous. Even as a part-time sales associate employee, you should get two days off in a week, most do not. Also, those two days should be put together so you have an opportunity to have some life outside Pier 1. The times sales leaders are being scheduled are at all times of the day. There is no consistency. Time allotted for projects is not estimated well. The LOA policy is very suspicious and hush-hush. No one is allowed to communicate with those on LOA for some odd reason, causing awkwardness among the associates.

    Items with the smallest damage are instantly "damaged out." Meaning ripped-up, spray painted, sawed to pieces, etc. Most items could be used for other purposes or refurbished by someone with the talent. We should not be wasting our resources as much as Pier 1 does.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Being promoted from part-time sales leader to full-time sales leader should require a raise. Demand on P1RCC is nearly impossible some months. Make up your mind on whether or not you allow coupons. If you do, allow ones on coupon sites. Store managers must be more qualified. More hours should be assigned to certain tasks. Allow some sort of fraternization. Being friends on Facebook will only build employee morale. It should be up to each individual on whether they want to be social media friends.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    sales lead

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Leader in Daphne, AL (US)
    Former Employee - Sales Leader in Daphne, AL (US)

    I worked at Pier 1 Imports full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great team, flexible hours when fully staffed.

    Cons

    -It's hard to keep the store fully staffed when the company pays so low and offers so few hours to associates and sales leads.
    - you are expected to do a lot a work for little pay
    - the work is very accident prone and very physical. If you aren't strong or willing to work your butt off, forget it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My store managers were wonderful and very caring, so no advice needed here.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Non sense

    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pier 1 Imports

    Pros

    Salary
    Some people
    A good step for your next job
    Expensive benefits
    Learning experience of what not to do

    Cons

    60 per week
    Managers
    Safety
    No logic
    They loose a Supervisor every 3 months

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your supervisors

  6.  

    Overnight Stock Coordinator

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Overnight Stock Coordinator in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Overnight Stock Coordinator in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at Pier 1 Imports full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    It is interesting if you are creative. If you like to arrange furniture and design displays that will be appealing to the consumer. If you are working in the New York City Area you are compensated weekly instead of Bi-Weekly.

    Cons

    Compensation is no competitive and under satisfactory for the amount of work and commitment required. Leadership is reactive instead of pro-active. You will consistently be understaffed and over worked. There isn't any effective training to elevate the efficiency and productivity of the team as well as your role. The office culture is very catty and competitive. There are constant violations of H.R confidentiality agreement. If you don't mind it being shared then do tell all. Mediocre Benefit package.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees. Appreciate them and raise morale.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very little room for advancement

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate
    Former Employee - Sales Associate

    I worked at Pier 1 Imports part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    My coworkers were generally very friendly and helpful. Management was really nice and they are very good about working around your schedule.

    Cons

    This job is only good if you're looking to work part time, a couple of days per week. This might be an ideal situation for someone that's semi-retired looking to get out of the house, or a college/high school student, or if you're just looking for a second job.Every sales associate is considered a "limited employee", meaning they are all part time and not one of them can work more than 20 hrs a week. You'll be lucky to work 10 hrs a week, because they hire such a large amount of sales associates and keep them all working just a couple days per week. The only way to get more hours is to be promoted to a management position, and that's very unlikely to happen considering there are a lot of sales associates that have been there for years, trying to move up in the company. And if you DO move up, you'll hardly get a raise and you'll work maybe, 30 hrs a week (not even full time). They push the Pier 1 card way too hard on customers, and train the employees to badger the customers and follow them around the store trying to get them to buy something. They push employees way too hard to make sales. The sales goals are completely unrealistic.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quality not quantity..hire less sales associates and give them more hours, better pay and benefits. Set REALISTIC sales goals and don't push your associates to annoy customers into buying something or signing up for the pier 1 card. Most shoppers do not like to be pestered into buying or signing up for something

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Friendly and unorganized

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate
    Former Employee - Sales Associate

    I worked at Pier 1 Imports part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Best people I've ever worked with, family culture. Lots of training for the job and managers that really care about what they do. 25% discount.

    Cons

    No respect for schedules. Required late night projects and early morning meetings not specified in the hiring process outside of normal business hours. Low wages for what is required/expected of you. No commission for sales.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give the option for no "flex" shifts.
    Higher starting wage.
    Give commissions for rewards card sales.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Over-worked as a part-timer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in College Station, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in College Station, TX (US)

    I worked at Pier 1 Imports part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Fast paced work
    Opportunities to distinguish oneself from work accomplishments
    Discounts on store merchandise

    Cons

    Sales goals set unrealistically high for the amount of store traffic
    Penalties arising from not meeting those sales goals
    Was forced to work through sickness, resulting in more sickness

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not expect part-timers who are on a tight schedule (school, other jobs, etc.) to reach the top of the sales chart during their time there. It is very improbable for those that work 15 hours.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    A good part time job.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pier 1 Imports

    Pros

    The people I work with are really nice. Everyone is willing to help each other out with tasks and the team.
    Management is very accommodating about scheduling needs even when it's somewhat last minute.
    It's generally laid back and okay if you can't finish your task because of the team work. Other people will step in where you leave off and it isn't a big deal if something is left unfinished because the focus is making sure the customers are happiest.

    Cons

    The store I work as has a lot of older customers and they don't want to be solicited for the credit card or even have their phone numbers added to the database.
    The pay is very low. My manager actually never told me how much I would be making but assured me that with my decade of retail experience and interior design degree that I would be making more than the $8 base. Technically, ten cents is more but it only means an extra dollar per week. They also never told me if we got paid weekly or biweekly.
    Schedules are supposed to come out early in the week and I've never seen when I work next week prior to the Friday before.
    Employees call off constantly or leave early and there seems to be no consequence. I'm heavily pregnant and sent up ladders and work long shifts with no breaks but the girl who is five minutes pregnant always leaves at least an hour early, sits on furniture during her shift, and has food and drinks on the floor.
    There tend to be either too many people scheduled for a shift or too few. Recently I worked a Wednesday with 8 people and a Saturday with 3.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on talking directly to your employees instead of leaving them with a lot of questions and having to pass info on to each other.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    I loved working there would still work there if I hadn't moved!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager/Sales Lead in Bellevue, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Manager/Sales Lead in Bellevue, WA (US)

    I worked at Pier 1 Imports full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Management always treated everyone fairly and were always very understanding if anyone needed to switch shifts or have any problems. The company is very customer focused and make all the employees feel comfortable if they have any suggestions.

    Cons

    The only con is they really push you to get customers to open up credit cards and a lot of customers don't want to talk to someone about opening a credit card.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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