Party City Reviews

Updated 30 September 2014
Updated 30 September 2014
341 Reviews
2.8
341 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Plus is employee discount of 30% which actually comes handy (in 21 reviews)

  • flexible hours (usually), shifts aren't too early or too late, most managers can be very agreeable (in 17 reviews)


Cons
  • It is retail, and the pay is basically minimum wage with no benefits (in 22 reviews)

  • No room for advancement (took me 4 years to be promoted to a supervisor) (in 10 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good Coworkers, No breaks

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    Current Employee - Retail Sales Associate  in  New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Retail Sales Associate in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at Party City part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The other members of the staff are hard-working and incredibly great people

    Cons

    with the high volume of clients we receive at the Harlem location, we often could not even take our breaks and worked extremely long hours, and the pay is quite horrible...

    Doesn't Recommend
  2.  

    A lot of work for low pay

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    Current Employee - Part-time Front End Supervisor  in  New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Part-time Front End Supervisor in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at Party City part-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    get to be a leader in what I do, and love the people I work with

    Cons

    Low pay for way too much work. Not enough workers, and lack of appreciation for the work I put in. Some managers are clueless and I do more work than them. Not many managers care. Feels like I am the only one that cares.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being so cheap and soaking up all the pay and distribute more hours to stores because if you give more hours, workers will be more trained and more will get done with more workers.Sales should increase that way.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Good Coworkers, Repetitive Work

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate  in  Dublin, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Dublin, CA (US)

    I have been working at Party City part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The environments pretty relaxed, the coworkers are cool, and overall fine work. They can be really accommodating with hours (mainly because they're desperate right now)

    Cons

    The hours feel unending, the customers at this location are often rude and selfish, on feet nonstop for basically entire shift, no break room/crowded and cramped backroom

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great people to work with.

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate  in  Fort Myers, FL (US)
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Fort Myers, FL (US)

    I worked at Party City part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Co-workers are fun and the work is easy.

    Cons

    Low pay and insurance is average.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Party City is the best company I have ever worked for

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    Current Employee - Manager of Field Recruiting  in  Pembroke Pines, FL (US)
    Current Employee - Manager of Field Recruiting in Pembroke Pines, FL (US)

    I have been working at Party City full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Lots of growth within the company. We are opening up over 300 new stores over the next several years.

    Cons

    I have had all positive experiences working for Party City over the past 6 years. I love it me

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up with all of the great work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    A fun place for a first job

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Party City part-time

    Pros

    there was a great employee discount, very friendly coworkers, pretty chill managers, had a great time around decor and costumes and party supplies, customers were almost always friendly

    Cons

    janky hours, theyd have you close at midnight one night and the very next day expect you to be clocked in by 6am, the khaki pants are horrible, but thats probably something everyone complains about

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep doing what youre doing

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    It isn't much of a party...

    Current Employee - Front End Lead
    Current Employee - Front End Lead

    I have been working at Party City part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The people I work with are nice, and most of the work is not hard once you know what you are doing. There are opportunities to become a manager just by starting out as an associate, but it will take a number of years of reliable, good work. Also, you get decent hours for part time retail if you work hard and take extra shifts.

    Inflating balloons can be fun, and if you like Halloween, it is great to help someone get a costume together.

    Cons

    There isn't really any established method of learning how to do the work well or how to use a PDT efficiently, and coworkers can be annoyed by repeated questions.

    Some of Party City's products aren't very good quality, and I often tell customers to go elsewhere for better makeup, costume accessories that could be purchased at a thrift shop, etc.

    It is retail, and the pay is basically minimum wage with no benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are training videos for balloon inflation and talking to customers, but why not setting a planogram or using a PDT? Streamline the learning curve for your associates and you would greatly increase the value of your associates.

  9.  

    Alright

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    Current Employee - FT Team Lead  in  Aurora, CO (US)
    Current Employee - FT Team Lead in Aurora, CO (US)

    I have been working at Party City full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    it's there and not in going anywhere

    Cons

    it's there and it's my job

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be more respectful to people

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Sales Associate

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate  in  Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I worked at Party City part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Flexible Hours and great schedule. Great employees around the same age

    Cons

    Difference styles of management among managers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more feedback on work

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

    Seasonal Job

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    Former Employee - Seasonal Sales  in  Torrance, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Seasonal Sales in Torrance, CA (US)

    I worked at Party City part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Discount on Halloween costumes was nice

    Cons

    Not much training, overworked managers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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