Retail Sales (Current Employee) – Leesburg, VA – May 1, 2014
Fun, outgoing working environment for younger employees. Everyone got a long and was able to work well together and get things done fast. Its a more down to earth store so work days were not bad unless it was a slow day but working with any co-worker the shift was not bad. Some weeks were very low on hours so you never knew how many you would have.
Assistant Store Manager (Former Employee) – Tulsa, OK – March 19, 2018
I worked there for about 6 months, had 2 different managers and 2 different regional managers. During time without a manager, I was the acting manager and was never compensated for the role change. This went on for almost 3 months. I tried to take a couple vacation days after months of working 50+ hours a week and was denied. I was not paid for unused vacation time.
christian company, beautiful store with great products, christian music
management is terrible, high demands with little to show, late nights doing floor resets way too often.
A typical day at work would be greeting customers with a smile on my face and helping them find their "inner" fashion sense in our store. Sometimes, there will be days when the store is loaded with customers, occupied dressing rooms, and messy rooms, yet it's a way to keep myself busy and organized. At the end of the day, I maybe tired from handling with customers and reorganizing clothes, yet I find this type of exercise good because I understand what I need to do in order to get through the next couple of months as an employee.
Cooperative team, fun environment, incredible employee discounts
Brand Representative (Current Employee) – Tulsa, OK – February 20, 2018
Working at Altar'd State is very fun, the culture is nice, and most of the people working there are very friendly. I love the store, I only wish there were more opportunities for advancement and benefits for part-time workers.
Sales Associate (Current Employee) – Powder Springs, GA – February 12, 2018
I have had my share of bad managers in my past. However, Altar'd State had the best managers I have ever had. My current manager is now my fourth with the company. The store makes me feel relevant and needed. I've learned a lot about customers and how to handle different types. Everyone that works there is extremely nice and caring.
Operations Assistant Manager (Current Employee) – Ann Arbor, MI – February 2, 2018
Run, run.... RUN! I would not recommend ANYONE to ever work here. There are unrealistic expectations with no support from upper management. Full time employees are "encouraged" to work 45-50 hours a week without compensation. If you work less, they will threaten you with termination. They also DO NOT offer maternity leave.
Brand Associate (Former Employee) – Birmingham, AL – January 30, 2018
The store I was working at was falling into mayhem as it was between managers and the company was slow to replace the previous managers but demanded an insane amount of work from somewhere that lacked strong leadership.
The typical workday consisted of no breaks if you're only working 4 hours and snooty customers. The management was ok but showed favoritism towards certain employees. They expected you to reach this imaginary personal 'sales goal' every time you worked (which was honestly crazy). I wouldn't recommend this for anyone who is looking for something more than a 'part time job'. Overpriced store with poor quality clothing.
Bad hours, management, low pay for the amount of work done, etc.
You are expected to more than you actually can with no help from anyone else. Upper management is awful, they tell you to do one thing, then will say they never said that and have you change it. You will work Christmas Eve until 3 am. even though they say they are a Christian company..
Brand Representative (Current Employee) – Atlanta, GA – January 10, 2018
The average amount of days a week you would work is about three. Not all of the management is bad but some of the management is disorganized and would often schedule me when I asked off and was approved to have those dates off. Aside from the problems it is a very team oriented company to work for and the other people I worked with were very nice and bubbly.
Sales Associate (Current Employee) – Baton Rouge, LA – January 7, 2018
Altar'd State is a wonderful place to work. The staff and managers are very welcoming and willing to teach newcomers. It is a good place to work if you love fashion but also what to work for a bigger cause!
Company is on the right track, just needs time to gain consistency in operations
Assistant Store Manager (Former Employee) – Texas – January 6, 2018
I recently left Altar'd State as a Guest Experience Assistant Store Manager. First and foremost, I can say that upper management (who I spent a bit of time working with) truly believes in their mission, and does the best they can to honor it. They are constantly listening to criticisms of their operations, and actively adjust the company to better the lives of their employees and consumers. The only reason I left is because the management team was departmentalized, and I felt stunted in my role. Additionally, payroll was unequally distributed in my store, so many expectations felt unrealistic, especially due to the fact that there were no hours allocated to training. This company is on the right path, and after working out training and technology flaws, I would be willing to come back. In time, I see Altar'd State evolving into a 5 star company.
Brand Representative (Former Employee) – South Carolina – January 3, 2018
management was horrible, scheduling was crazy, lots of drama, felt like I was in high school again. I was accused of things that I never did and often heard management talk about other managers and employees while on the job. They would hire people and then tell other employees that they "probably wouldn't make it" or "weren't going to last long." I am a college student and was continually scheduled while I had class and even when I had final exams.
Brand Representative (Current Employee) – San Antonio, TX – December 28, 2017
Working at Altar'd State is great in terms of working retail. Hours are typical for part-time employees, however Home Office doesn't seem to give enough payroll hours to allow all employees to work during the week. I think the management in the stores is great, but I see a lack of communication between the store management and home office. During seasonal transitions and major floorsets, the payroll hours given seem to make it impossible to get it all done in the time frame given to us.
The most enjoyable part of the job is working in a friendly environment. I love my co-workers and managers and the customers are always so happy and kind. I love how home office allows us to change up the visuals to make it individual for each store. It gives us a more creative flow and sense of accomplishment rather than simply following a company-wide directive.
The hardest part of the job is not knowing whether or not you are being given the fairest amount of hours. For a part-time employee to be working 5 hours out of the week is unacceptable. I don't think this is the store manager's fault; I believe this is due to the fact that we get the lowest amount of payroll hours when we need the most. Also, I feel that the store employees are not compensated fairly for how much we do. As a Brand Representative who has been working here for a little over 2 years, we do most of the customer service, assisting with visuals, as well as maintaining the overall upkeep of the store appearance and are only just now getting a raise from minimum wage. The same could be said for the Guest Leads.
Sales associate, West County Center (Current Employee) – St. Louis, MO – December 14, 2017
I will miss working at altar state, they work very well with your schedule and my co workers was a lot of fun. the management was great I have truly enjoyed this job, I wouldn't leave but I need to focus completely on school. Bitter sweet if you ask me.