Pier 1 Imports Reviews

Updated 15 September 2014
Updated 15 September 2014
565 Reviews
3.3
565 Reviews
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Pier 1 Imports President, CEO, and Director Alex Smith
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307 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • The employee discount was the only thing good about the job (in 59 reviews)

  • Most of the people are fun to work with, and extremely enthusiastic (in 16 reviews)


Cons
  • Pushing the Pier 1 credit card so hard can really drive you and the customers crazy (in 91 reviews)

  • Management gives part-time employees 4 hour shifts( anything over 4 hour shifts requires a break) (in 31 reviews)

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  1.  

    Made great friends and learned a lot about merchandising.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pier 1 Imports full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    I worked with wonderful people and the job provides tons of exercise. The products are overall pretty cool. The music is fun and upbeat. If you work only PT and you are good at opening credit cards, it can be very enjoyable.

    Cons

    The distribution center is a nightmare, which made store-level merchandise flow terribly hard to manage. They don't offer a realistic amount of payroll to get necessary work done and there's been an increasing amount of damaged product which leads to unhappy customers. Their (high interest/low benefit) credit card is hard to push and there's tons of pressure to do so.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Add 20% more payroll and lower the credit card pressure, or offer better benefits to open/use one. I agree the 6 selling standards are important. Trying to uphold them with only 2 or 3 people in the store while attending to walk-ins, pick-ups, phone calls, E-comm, and customer service issues is nearly impossible, even with the best intentions and effort.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Me experience was good

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    Former Employee - Assistant Store Manager  in  Dallas, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Dallas, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    You learn lots of merchandising and matching coclors

    Cons

    Low pay, silly rules and not structure with horrible in stock counts. Their inventory is always off. Also no placement on district team, lots of managers are not strong enough to be managers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better rules and hire sales people not just older people who need a job

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good people and lots of potential for the company

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    Current Employee - Marketing Manager  in  Fort Worth, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Fort Worth, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    awesome vacation, work/life balance, flexible work hours; trusting leadership, for the most part

    Cons

    Low pay, long commute, work in silos; old fashioned thinking; the organization is its own worst enemy. The company functions like a start up (no real office supplies, old computers, etc).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your people (including current, not just new) and technology. Without investment, it's tough to grow and evolve with the times.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    My SM is the best boss I have ever had.

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    Current Employee - Associate  in  Littleton, CO (US)
    Current Employee - Associate in Littleton, CO (US)

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

    Pros

    It is a great place to work. Make sure you like glitter!
    The store I work at is wonderful. Our manager is kind and respectful. He values his employees and goes out of his way to make sure they are taken care of (even disregarding his superior's instructions at times). He is willing to help his people advance. He is never too busy to chat with associates about concerns.
    The company is very typical for retail.
    I worked at another P1 in the area. That manager was a nightmare. No respect or compassion for her employees. Each store is different and associates' satisfaction will be dependent upon management.

    Cons

    That infamous P1 credit card! I hate trying to sell anything to a person that they don't want to apply for.
    They follow the Walmart model; few full time employees, pay that won't support a family.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a strong team of full time employees, reward your people with monetary bonuses. Put people in positions that highlight their strengths. Pay a living wage.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    A "See No Evil Company"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate  in  Burlington, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Burlington, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    Great job to get you used to high value sales and constant managerial attention.

    Cons

    Management can get away with anything and higher management can't do anything about it unless they see it. If it's not witnessed by a higher manager, it never happened.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Share the wealth. The pay for each level of employment after entry level should increase a degree more to make people want to stay longer and maybe take up their career there. It's a fun place to work but if the pay is bad everyone is going to jump ship. Losing 1 employee a month in a small store that only needs 2 employees on duty at certain times really needs to keep their staff. Product knowledge is also essential to great sales. If you demand great revenue you better reward with great pay. You can't expect new hires to be able to do what someone with a year's experience can.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Alright place to work but don't pay enough

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate  in  Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Chicago, IL (US)

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

    Pros

    I work with some great people for the most part, the work can be pretty fun if you like interior decorating, and there are benefits offered for all levels of employment.

    Cons

    Don't pay enough, work is demanding physically and can be dangerous, and they get on your case for not getting sales, conversion, and credit cards even if you are trying your best to get sales and cards. Also, scheduling and hours are a mess. Some weeks I have no real shifts, just ones I have to call in for in case they need extra help, and other weeks I have tons of hours but mostly I end up with one or two 4 and a half hour shifts which isn't enough nor what I was told I would have when I was hired (average of 20/week).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As long as an associate is talking about the card and trying to make the sales, lay off. No one is going to want to shop at Pier 1 if all people ever do is harass them about the card. Also, quit upping the number of associates at a store when there are already several people asking for more hours. Just schedule those employees more instead of screwing them over.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Fun place to work, low pay, no hours

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate  in  Brandon, FL (US)
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Brandon, FL (US)

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

    Pros

    Fun place to work, other associates can be great to work with, many different tasks to do so you stay pretty busy, pretty flexible with time off requests, good job for a student

    Cons

    Low pay, if you don't get people to sign up for the pier 1 card your hours get cut even if you are a really good seller, a lot of times it is over staffed or under staffed, my store was full of women so it was sometimes hard to constantly move heavy furniture from the outside storage to the sales floor, discount wasn't that great, hours ranges from 4-16 hours a week

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Gained a lot of experience but it's only a summer job

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate
    Current Employee - Sales Associate

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

    Pros

    The pay at Pier 1 for a Sales Associate is above minimum wage in my state, I earn $9.50/hr. I work three or four days a week for about five hours. This is a good balance for me personally because I am a student as well. At this job I have learned multi-tasking because not only I am a cashier but I am a "designer" and a shelf stocker as well. Before this job I had never worked in retail so I learned a lot of interpersonal skills. I was forced to start conversations with customers and convince them to buy from our store. Even though it may seem pushy, many customers do like to be helped. In the end, I became comfortable talking to strangers and made myself in a more charming individual.

    Cons

    I dislike the P1RCC. I think it is a scam and management will push you to sell it. I would rate my experience 5 stars if I didn't have to sell this stupid piece of plastic. Another dislike of this job is that you will receive little training and will learn from situations where you fail miserably and one of your co-workers will be forced to save you. I like my co-workers but my manager was a pain. He gave me attitude and expressed his annoyance with my ignorance of the cash register. It's not like it was his job to train me or anything.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Instead of selling a credit card why don't you create a rewards card instead? Nobody wants another credit card!

    Also try to create a discount that is over 20%. I know that you make those pillows for a dollar. Your margins must be insane. You could be kinder to the customer.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Fun Coworkers, Not Enough Hours.

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    Current Employee - Hourly Sales Associate  in  Alexandria, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Hourly Sales Associate in Alexandria, VA (US)

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

    Pros

    This is a perfect job if you need 7-10 hours a week to supplement your income, and are very good at sales. The work environment was pretty fun overall, with very helpful coworkers, especially when just starting out. Learned key sales techniques as well as how to work the POS/how to deal with customers. Customers are most often very friendly and are open to your suggestions.

    Cons

    - The pay is average for hourly sales associates (9.00/hr, Sales Team Leaders make 11.00/hr).
    - I was promised 15-20 hours a week, however my hours slowly dwindled to anywhere from 4-9 hours a week. Too much pressure to sell their 27% interest rate credit card, which most people scoffed at.
    - You are expected to do everything but make the furniture -- cleaning, polishing, organizing, helping customers, greeting every customer, sweeping, working the register, etc.
    - The one associate scheduled for each shift is often left to work the store by themselves, doing the work of four associates while the manager is in their office.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As far as sharing new employee requirements (Selling X credit cards a week, making X amount of online sales a week), this should be shared with each employee, and not discovered just by happenstance. There is not enough communication from the higher-ups, and any mistake due to lack of communication (Missing a event/transition/other unusual shift, not making online sale quota, etc.), is blamed on associates and not management. I understand selling the credit card is important, but the focus should be on customer service. But overall, communication about vital company/policy changes is critical to the success of this branch.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Solid retail experience, but can get quite boring.

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate  in  Mansfield, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Mansfield, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    It's an easy job that you don't have to be too present to perform. You get to wear simple black slacks and an apron, and you get to meet all kinds of people. It's a great opportunity to grow your interpersonal skills, and you can earn commission on furniture and special sales.

    Cons

    Can sometimes become mind numbingly boring. The clientele can spend hours looking at one product and you hope for commission on a sale, then they leave. This happens often. Not much room for growth, even if working full time. Low salary, with only okay benefits.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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