Alfred Angelo Bridal
Alfred Angelo – Springfield, VA
Our store located on 6699 Frontier Dr Springfield, VA 22150 is hiring! If you are excited about helping our customers find the dress of their… Job Board
Alfred Angelo – Springfield, VA
We are hiring at our store located at Springfield Commons, 6699 Frontier Drive, Springfield, VA 22150. If you have a strong desire to work for a fun… Job Board
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I worked at Alfred Angelo Bridal full-timePros
I cannot recall any positives while being employed with this company. Employees were unfairly treated, no benefits were offered even for full-time, etc.Cons
This company claims it has a great culture and is family owned, but on the contrary, there is little to no culture. In my couple of years with the company, I witnessed numerous people (from high-level managers to entry-level consultants) get fired without a second thought. Many of whom worked for several years with the company. Also, it is not at all family owned, the original owners (Piccione) recently sold the company and now possess little power in executive decision making. Also, the turn-over rate is the highest I have ever witnessed within the retail industry, due mainly for the low wages. All of these factors have had a crippling effect on the company, and it is now on the decline.
Furthermore, the worst part of being a consultant is that the company withholds all commission until customers physically pick-up merchandise, even if they agree to pay in full. I have made huge sales where it has taken longer than 6 months to receive any commission from! Also, once you leave the company, you no longer entitled to any of the sales you have made over the past few months! The company creates a loophole in which they can take advantage of their employees and never lose.
I was also disturbed to witness how poorly this bridal company treated its customers, and how cheaply all their products were made. I saw first hand several gowns come in, after taking 3-4 months to supposedly be made from scratch, with appliques missing, bead work falling off, rips in the fabrics, and even stains. It was an embarrassment to have to fabricate some excuse to my good clients as to why their dresses they just spent sometimes upwards of $2000 on is not brand new, in mint condition and ready for their wedding day. Also, this company would frequently take orders for wedding dates that it could not fulfill since sales were so bad. This would create a lot of confusion since there was extremely poor communication between all departments. Several times a woman, who rush ordered her dress (an extra $100-$200), would not get her gown until the day before wedding and it would not be properly altered to fit her.
Over the years I noticed how the prices are increasing and the quality is decreasing. Also, the designers are older and out of touch with current bridal trends. It becomes an extremely challenging, if not impossible task to attempt to sell a non-designer dress, that is poorly constructed to someone when there is so much competition within the bridal industry.
I experienced working with a variety of managers due to the high turnover. And overall, they are were very unappreciative of their staff and created a very hostile environment for the consultants. There was a lot of professionalism, favoritism and stealing of sales was encouraged, which is even addressed within the company commission outline. If you worked hours with a client and have followed up with her repeatedly, but if she happens to buy on a day you are not working, the sale will go to the person present, who did nothing to aid in ensuring the sale. Thus, this policy created a lot of competition and drama among employees, and an overall poor professional experience. I never felt more unsupported in an effort to provide excellent service for my clients than at this company, with managers who only cared about numbers.Doesn't RecommendNegative OutlookDisapproves of CEO