Dollar Tree

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Dollar Tree Reviews in Chicago, IL US

Updated Mar 22, 2014
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2.6 14 reviews

43% Approve of the CEO

Dollar Tree President, CEO, and Director Bob Sasser

Bob Sasser

(7 ratings)

43% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Easy to work with other employees because there arent that many but enough that you can request off if need be(in 12 reviews)

  • As a part time employee there is a great deal of flexibility for scheduling(in 18 reviews)


Cons
  • Also the pay isnt that great, depending on what minimum wage is in your state(in 41 reviews)

  • I feel as though the company or just the local upper management (unsure which it is really(in 35 reviews)

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    Fun

    Cashier (Former Employee) Lake Zurich, IL (US)

    ProsEmployer works with schedule which is a tremendous help. Flexible, fast paced, and there's always something different.

    ConsSometimes the customers get a little to worked up over minor things. It's a dollar store, some people that come in act like they're royalty and you should kiss the ground they walk on. I've worked in many fields and the way some of these shoppers act is a disgrace to the human race.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCorporate needs to stop treating their employees (including the managers) like they are pawns. They are human, they want to see the company succeed as much as the "big guys" do. Treat them with respect.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good position for someone who is entering the workforce.

    Assistant Operations Store Manager (Former Employee) Kenosha, WI (US)

    ProsGreat starter position for people just entering into the workforce. This organization could provide a general outlook on what a retail position entails.

    ConsIf you're someone who's been in the workforce, especially management positions, this isn't the organization for you. The store managers that I've encounter have had no leadership skills and conducted training of assistant managers and associates sub par.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTrain your store managers properly so they can transfer that knowledge down to the core employees. Also, practice what you preach. If you promote an open door policy, have your store and district managers support the organization's decision.

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

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    Very dirty job and junk merchandise. Management

    Cashier, Stocker, Bathroom Cleaner (Former Employee) Aurora, IL (US)

    ProsThere are no pros to this job

    Conspeople are not nice and management are not supportive at all

    Advice to Senior ManagementTrain your staff and treat them better

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

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    For those who like to work hard

    Store Manager (Current Employee) Chicago, IL (US)

    ProsIf you like Merchandising creativity, stores are filled with merchandising guides not planograms. Stores are not micro managed. Day to day flow is structured and planned, but leaves room for your focus.

    ConsOver 60% of your time is involved in stocking shelves. Corporate does all employee monetary reviews, you have no control of what good or bad employees get paid. absolutely no training budget for new assistant managers.

    Advice to Senior Managementread the cons.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    The Job is not hard at all but a lot of cliques (favoritism) and gossip between managers and other associates

    Sales Associate/Cashier (Current Employee) Waukegan, IL (US)

    ProsFlexible hours, easy, no stress, college student friendly

    Conscliques, gossip, managers are unprofessional and mean somtimes

    Advice to Senior Managementcare more about your associates not just your managers

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

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    "Dollar Tree"

    Cashier (Current Employee) Chicago, IL (US)

    ProsGood company for people who's trying to save money in today's economy. They have a lot of variety and new items every week.

    ConsManagement is unprofessional and rude to employees. Pay is low, not enough hours and no benefits.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement need to treat employees with respect and appreciation. All employees need to work their tasks not just some.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    assistant manager

    Assistant Manager (Former Employee) Chicago, IL (US)

    Prosweekly check, occasional bonus, it's a job

    Consexhausting work, negative attitudes, not nice management

    Advice to Senior Managementresign

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

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    Better then bigger retail stores

    Cashier (Current Employee) Chicago, IL (US)

    ProsI have been at Dollar Tree for about 3 months now and so far my experience hasn't been too bad. As I was reading the reviews a lot of peoples experience at the DT has been negative because of their manager but fortunately I work with a very understanding and overall good manager. For the most part she seems to care about her employees and their needs. I work at a bigger DT and we have about 15 cashiers working there all together (not at the same time of course). At one time there will be about 2 cashiers and 2 managers working. Nothing at the DT is as serious as it may seem at first. When I first started working there I felt confused because of all the different names for the duties I was going to perform and even though I applied for cashier I ended up doing a bunch of different things around the store, which I enjoy very much. You may be doing go back carts or U-Boats, these are two things I really like doing because you have minimal contact with the rude and annoying customers (one of the worse parts about the job). However, at the DT they are weary about putting people on the floor because associates use the opportunity to text on their phones and walk around the store like a zombie barely working. I rushed through go backs and u-boats and my managers were very impressed. Since I started working there I have fewer days on the register and more days opening boxes, stocking, recovering the store and so do the job really well and hopefully they will notice if you don't like working the register either.

    ConsThe worse part about the job is the company in general. Although I feel like my manager cares about her employees I certainly don't feel like the COMPANY cares about the employees. They constantly change policy making things even more inconvenient for the associates. At the DT you cannot have another cashier do a transaction for you while you work without a manager present and you have to do the transaction for each item you have because you have to have a receipt for each one! It's kind of ridiculous. If you get off at 3, you cant shop around the store once you're off, you have to do it an hour before you get off work during your 10 minute break...pretty self explanatory I don't even need to go in on how stupid and inconvenient this is for the people who work there.

    Another con may possibly be the coworkers. The dollar tree is a small company so you will work with the same people over and over again and very closely. At the dollar tree its important to be able to communicate with your coworkers because you have to figure things out among yourself, like establishing who is main cashier and back up, who will go on their break and when and who will cover during that time. You cannot just stay to yourself and avoid them so its important to get along with them. There are some coworkers I find difficult to work with and who make things harder for me by not doing their end of the job but theres really nothing I can do except keep a professional relationship with them. I have seen people cry and quit because of coworker conflicts.

    The biggest con is the pay and hours. It may be different for a smaller store but if you work at a dollar tree like mine then you work 4 hours 3-4 days a week and make hardly any money. The pay is ridiculous and even though I like my job some days I just not worth it to me and I want to quit badly. They keep your hours few so even if you end up working 5-7 days in a row, they were only 4 hour shifts...I got paid more at Wal-Mart and just stood at the register all day.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Retail is not my thing.

    Dollar Tree Cashier (Current Employee) Hoffman Estates, IL (US)

    ProsLots of works to be done.
    Won't be standing around.

    ConsYou can be both cashier, and stocker.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFilter our the water, and new durable bags.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    good company if they could only pay better their employees and give support to there store manager

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Chicago, IL (US)

    Prosevery thing is a dollar.

    Consno pay for associates or hours. managers do a lot with no resourses as payroll.business could do better,look better if only payroll was given. managers work over 60 hrs a week.

    Advice to Senior Managementpay more to associates so they stay and do a better job.give some pay roll hours to manager so they have nicer ,fuller and happy stores.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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