Web Order Associate (Former Employee), Chicago, IL – August 22, 2014
Pros: worked around school schedule
Cons: untrained managers, unstructured business model, no possibility of real advancement
Such a terrible place to work. I worked in the warehouse for web orders and there was no structure, undocumented workers tagging the merchandise, the manager Treena was a joke. The pay was minimal and the hours were ok I suppose; they worked around my school schedule. I wouldn't suggest that anyone work for Akira. The only way to advance is if you are – more... Asian, otherwise you will be stuck where you are. – less
Stylist (Current Employee), Chicago, IL – July 7, 2014
No matter how hard you work, it is very customer based. If you are a good salesperson, it doesn't necessarily mean you can make good sales. They are a money hungry company with cheap products. They pick favorites, are terrible with punishments of bad behavior, and are a corrupt company.
Head Stylist (Former Employee), Chicago, IL – June 5, 2014
Pros: working for a company that other people love.
Cons: rare to no breaks, advancement wasn't based on work performance.
A typical day consisted of:customer service, styling,and merchandising. I did learn how to listen to work with people of different back grounds and how to be a better employee. Management was changed frequently and rules varied from manager to manager. I honestly had some of the best co-worker at this job. We worked well together, and had fun while – more... getting our jobs done. The hardest but most fun part of my job was trying to make a disgruntle customer happy. On multiple occasion I had a client that shopped at a different an had a bad experience, so it was up to me to change their entire outlook on the company and create a friendship. The most enjoyable part of my job was being around different people all the time and creating client relationships into actual friendships. – less
Store Manager (Current Employee), Chicago, IL – October 21, 2013
Pros: higher salary than most small stores
Cons: 30 minute breaks on 9 hour shifts, unprofessional company, never a plan to get something accomplished so it runs crazy all of the time, each store runs differently with no structure
This is a good place to learn the basics without any structure. You get the freedom to do as you need to because there isn't a corporate guideline for anything. You can pretty much leave the place as dirty as you would like because all they want you to do is sell. I am very attentive to details so it wasn't the place for me. There is no worklife/personal – more... life balance at this company and you are required to work off of the clock a lot. Unfortunately business planning is not on their highest list so if you are an experienced manager...these things will drive you crazy!! – less
Fast paced weekends and holiday season with a fun new way of thinking about sales and customer relationships
Stylist (Current Employee), Vernon Hills, IL – February 4, 2013
Helping design table and wall displays help the stylist really feel like a part of the company and using your own judgement and creativity with clients to build a successful relationship so that they become loyal to shopping with you was the most thrilling and fulfilling part.
Fashion Wardrobe Stylist (Former Employee), Chicago, IL – November 22, 2012
• Developed and assembled fashion tips and knowledge to create a new client • Communicated with the client to compromise between their own style and opinions without overpowering. • Catered to the needs of the clients with wardrobe consultation for fashion events, promotional ads, advertising campaigns, concert performance, etc.
Cashier (Current Employee), Chicago, IL – September 6, 2012
I enjoy my job at work. My coworkers are extremely helpful and always full of joy. I am in charge of making everyone's schedule at work, sending out the supply list for the week, contacting other stores for shipment, and working with our celerant program we have on our computers. The hardest part of my job is commuting to and from work. It takes about – more... an hour to get there and back home. I have to leave my daughter too early into the day and get home extremely tired from all the commuting. The most enjoyable part of my day is knowing that we have met our goal for the day, the week or the month. I know I did my part and helped the store with our goal. – less