Party City Reviews

Updated 10 September 2014
Updated 10 September 2014
325 Reviews
2.8
325 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • flexible hours (usually), shifts aren't too early or too late, most managers can be very agreeable (in 16 reviews)

  • This company has a fun environment with very likable people (in 15 reviews)


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

  • The minimum wage was pretty disappointing (in 19 reviews)

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  1.  

    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
  2.  

    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.

  3.  

    Great Seasonal PT Job at Party City

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    Former Employee - Halloween Sales Associate  in  Chesapeake, VA (US)
    Former Employee - Halloween Sales Associate in Chesapeake, VA (US)

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

    Pros

    Good shifts. Great coworkers. Get to dress up in costumes. Great pay.

    Cons

    Customers are crazy. But that's anywhere and everywhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Nationwide retailer with limited room for advancement

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - General Manager  in  Charlotte, NC (US)
    Current Employee - General Manager in Charlotte, NC (US)

    I have been working at Party City full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Growing company, moving over to bix-box style retail vs. older, smaller stores of the past. Fast paced environment, especially during Halloween. Easy to advance up to General Manager level. Great place to get experience working in retail. Management teams in surrounding stores become part of your family which makes any types of store-store interaction much more pleasant than at other retailers.

    Cons

    Little to no down time, management does a lot more actual hands-on work than in most other retailers, very little support from the corporate level. Example: there are rules for returns, but if a customer so much as mentions calling upper management or corporate, you may as well just do the return because you'll get a phonecall telling you to do so anyway., even if the return is clearly fraud. But then you're held accountable for the shrink this causes. There is a great deal of relocations that take place in my market. I have worked at 6 different stores on my way to becoming a general manager, this can be quite taxing if that isn't your cup of tea.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This company's managers do a lot less managing and a lot more work that associates would normally be responsible for at other retailers. There is a great deal of micromanaging and paperwork unheard of at other retailers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Fun place to work.

    Former Employee - Cashier/Sales Associate  in  Roseville, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Cashier/Sales Associate in Roseville, CA (US)

    I worked at Party City for more than a year

    Pros

    I enjoyed working here for the flexible schedule and fun people to work with as well as helping people find all there party or halloween needs.

    Cons

    I didn't find a quick opportunity to work my way up in the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employee Newsletter may make employees feel more valued. To include job advancement opportunities within the company.

  7.  

    You can work 15 hours one week and then work 3 hours the next week! They hire too much people for one small store!

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    Current Employee - Seasonal Sales  in  Ajax, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Seasonal Sales in Ajax, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Party City as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    You get 30% off products

    Cons

    Bad hours , Your feet will KILL after your shift

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Okay place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate  in  Arlington, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Arlington, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    The best reasons would be for the people and the environment. Youre taught well, and its an okay job.

    Cons

    Hardly any improvement to move up in the company, not good pay, sucky hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't make decisions on things you don't know.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    So much fun!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    It's very easy to learn the job. It's basically stocking shelves, cleaning mirrors and fitting rooms, and helping customers. Hours are very flexible. 30% discount.

    Cons

    During Halloween, hours are extremely limited unless you're availability always free. It's very hard to be promoted.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    It was a fun experience although it was only for holloween. I would definitely return.

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    Former Employee - Stock Associate  in  Miami, FL (US)
    Former Employee - Stock Associate in Miami, FL (US)

    I worked at Party City for less than a year

    Pros

    The hours were flexible and the managers were cool.

    Cons

    It was hot outside when I had to wear the constume to promote other costumes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Dynamic and exciting organization!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Region Manager  in  East Rutherford, NJ (US)
    Current Employee - Region Manager in East Rutherford, NJ (US)

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

    Pros

    Work/life balance, fair compensation, training, development opportunities, and strong senior leadership.

    Cons

    Minority of retail chain is franchised. In general, these locations are not operated as well as the corporate stores. This impairs the brand image.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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