Claire's Stores

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Claire's Stores Reviews

Updated 18 September 2014
Updated 18 September 2014
306 Reviews
2.5
306 Reviews
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Claire's Stores CEO James D. Fielding
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Awesome employee discount- although it made spending money within the store easy (in 35 reviews)

  • Will hire you as a keyholder as long as you have previous retail experience, 50% discount on everything (in 27 reviews)


Cons
  • district manager doesn't care about individuals, just how we make her look (in 30 reviews)

  • Too much tasking without the help of a staff because you are usually working alone (in 28 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    No opportunities

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Claire's Stores full-time

    Pros

    Nice people, nice enviroment, good SMT

    Cons

    No training, no career prospects

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    The shop floor is fun, the politics less so.

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    Current Employee - Third Key Holder  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Third Key Holder in London, England

    I have been working at Claire's Stores as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Fun atmosphere, great theme days in store.
    Good staff discount

    Cons

    Ridiculous expectations by upper management.

    Frequent lone trading, with only 1 other member of staff working just a 4 hour shift with you. In this you are expected to deal with delivery, serve customers, replenish the store, and ear pierce. It's completely unrealistic.

    No support from management. They do not care about you at all.

    No full time hours unless you're management. They will hire sales assistants on 4 hour contracts, and key holders usually get 12 hours. This leads to a high turnover of staff, especially key holders, who are essentially management without any of the benefits or job security.

    With such a high turnover of staff, you often have new staff unable to ear pierce or do duals, leading to huge issues with customers. Not to mention, they pierce babies from 4 months old, completely money grabbing and unethical company.

    Hardly any opportunities to advance in your career.

    NO overtime pay! Minimum wage and nothing extra for bank holidays or working overtime!

    Huge issues with theft, there are no security measures in place and ridiculous policies that mean we are unable to do anything.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop treating your staff like they are expendable. If you invest time, training and decent hours into us, we will perform much better. You have huge customer service expectations of us, do not expect this to happen along with everything else without decent hours or staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    They don't care about the staff

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    Former Employee - Third Key Holder  in  Milton Keynes, England
    Former Employee - Third Key Holder in Milton Keynes, England

    I worked at Claire's Stores part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Good Discount
    - No Uniform

    Cons

    - Managers need training on how to treat their staff.
    - Really low pay even for key holders
    - Low hour contract (usually 4) but expect you to work whenever they like.
    - Managers used hours as a reward and punishment scheme.
    - They don't care if you have other commitments to education, you're expected to care more about your job.
    - Very catty environment, felt like everyone was out to get eachother. There always had to be a problem with one person.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Train your managers how to treat staff.
    - Pay more
    - Don't hire part time staff in education and then expect them to care more about the job.
    - Stop with the over the top customer service.
    - Stop the dress to sell, I wouldnt want to buy products that had already been worn by someone.

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

    The most dead end job with some power hungry idiots running it

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Claire's Stores full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Hometime and some of the staff

    Cons

    Give out warnings and disaplinarys unneccessarily

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop lying and Move on

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Worst and animalistic treatment and Claires

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    Current Employee - Third Key Holder  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Third Key Holder in London, England

    I have been working at Claire's Stores part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Discount was good, hours could be excahnged

    Cons

    Poor higher management, District managers from HELL. From Monday to Thursday there are only two people on the shop floor, who have are expected to do customer service, ear piercings, mark downs, boxes of delivery, take breaks (even those you can't some times) and lots of UNPAID hours!!! Unethical company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop treating your employees as animals

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Only for the money.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Farnborough, Hampshire, South East England, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Farnborough, Hampshire, South East England, England

    I have been working at Claire's Stores

    Pros

    Meet great people, discount is okay.

    Cons

    Sales assistants get no appreciation, too many hours, unfairly treated, looked down on. Really bad pay for what we do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay rise, spend money on alarm systems and security, not on a waste of packaging in delivery.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Claire's is a fun environment to work in but it gets tiring after a while.

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    Current Employee - Third Key Holder
    Current Employee - Third Key Holder

    I have been working at Claire's Stores part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    One of the best things you acquire from Claire's is maturity and personal growth due to all of the responsibilities they leave you with. Starting pay for a third key holder was a bit above average and the employee discount is great!

    Cons

    District managers aren't the best, very demanding but not very helpful. Although starting pay is good, raises for hard work aren't really given. The amount of vacation time given to the employees who are not managers sucks.Corporate does so many promo changes too frequently and it becomes stressful for employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    With the amount of responsibility each employee has I believe that raises should be given every so often to all employees who show good progress.

    Recommends
  9.  

    Fast-paced and Fun Retail Atmosphere

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    Former Employee - Assistant Manager  in  Tupelo, MS (US)
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Tupelo, MS (US)

    I worked at Claire's Stores full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    All of my co-workers were like one big family, for inexperienced associates the pay was better than minimum wage, as long as we requested off enough in advance the time was granted, nice employee discount, good communication built between store associates and district manager

    Cons

    The store gets very busy at time while being the only one working, the inventory scheduling as well as some planograms went over-night for the asm and sm, a lot of shoplifting, piercing ears of kids who do not want their ears pierced is awful, the pos system frequently was frozen and we were ordering new hardware (printer, credit card machine, etc..) every other week, and as asm I would would some 8 hour shifts alone with no relief for a break

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The scheduling could be approved all around. There were not enough hours given to schedule efficiently. I would find myself staying over-night working on plan-on-gram, mark-downs, and inventory. Sometimes to keep from going over on the clock, but in order to get things done the manager and I would stay on our own time off the clock so that we could get things done that we couldn't during the day due to customer traffic. We were also not given enough hours to schedule breaks for those working 8+ hour shifts. I would sometimes work a 12 hour shift without a break due to the few employees we had there since we were limited on hires.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Decent Company

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    Former Employee - Third Key  in  Conroe, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Third Key in Conroe, TX (US)

    I worked at Claire's Stores part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good first job
    Meeting different types of people
    Having co-workers around your age
    Decent hours

    Cons

    Not enough pay
    Closing by yourself
    No benefits

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to our helpful advice we may not know everything but we have a better idea of what the customer wants that you may have

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Love & Hate Relationship

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    Current Employee - Store Manager
    Current Employee - Store Manager

    I have been working at Claire's Stores full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    40 hour week, as a store manager you get paid overtime if you work over 40 hours, Fun environment, upper management paid well, company values, vacation time, sick time & personal time, most holidays off.

    Cons

    High volume=low payroll, 40 hr wk, because you get paid overtime if you work more than 40 hr, if you are busy with customers then you can't stay to work more to finish tasks, unless you are off the clock which is a no no.......

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    give your store more payroll, I know if had more time to schedule more overlapping coverage besides the weekends, then we wouldn't fall behind so easily.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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