Labor Coordinator (Former Employee) – Fairfax, VA – June 26, 2017
Each morning started with separating recons and processing the previous days orders. Sometimes this would take until lunch if the previous day was busy. After lunch I would contact work rooms with any concerns and then contact customers.
This a great place to work to learn how to sell and make custom product.
Design Consultant (Former Employee) – Plano, TX – June 21, 2017
The typical day was working with clients walking through the door and familiarizing yourself with the product. Follow up with clients was also one the most beneficial ways to create sales. I learned that standards throughout the company and training are very important. Management was very organized and methodical. The culture was corporate, and your sales where monitored closely. The hardest part was often getting the sale closed, product was expensive but quality. I loved the organization, consistent new product.
In Home Designer (Former Employee) – Hanover, MA – May 3, 2017
Depending on who the manage is at the time. It can be a very stressful work environment. They seem to pit there sales employees against each other. When I worked there the manager was a complete nightmare. She ruined employee morale and insulted customer, and with that said the company never did anything to replace her.
Custom Product Coordinator (Current Employee) – Marietta, GA – April 10, 2017
They gave between 10 and 20 hrs a week but the work load was for a full time position. I wouldn't take breaks to try to compensate for the the amount of work. No benefits were offered, the manager sometimes called customers "Female Dogs" behind their backs. I was let go weeks after I had been verbally assured that I was doing a good job. It is a dead end company to work for. I know the manager was also frustrated with corporate so it's a trickle down effect and I would not advise anyone to view this as a serious long term career.
Sales Associate (Former Employee) – San Diego, CA – February 28, 2017
I had a fun time working here. The pay was minimal but it was a job I had to pay college bills during school. I found it entertaining to be around beautiful fabrics all day and helping people realize their dream projects. I also enjoyed the fact to be constantly busy.
Excellent workplace in another realm of Interio Design
Interior Design Lead In-Home Consultant (Former Employee) – Albany, NY – February 27, 2017
I gained an incredible amount of knowledge in all facets of Interior Design: (ie: window coverings, installation, furnishings, etc.). The company was incredibly good to it's employees until it closed locally.
Manager (Former Employee) – New Orleans, LA , Metaire, La. – September 23, 2016
I started out as an Operations Manager with Calico Corners. I did a little bit of everything for my personal growth as well as being a team player for what ever was asked of me. I learned a lot about what to do and what not to do in times of success and crisis. These experiences , good and bad, was vital to my growth professionally and personally.
Has ability to succeed due to lack of competition for custom treatments.
labor coordinator (Former Employee) – Barrington, IL – July 13, 2016
Company hires personnel with no knowledge of industry, particularly store managers. HR and corporate powers that be also do not listen to employees about issues within the stores. They do not care at all about what goes on in stores and only cares about not having to make changes as that will be too much work. Sales are all that matters and profit is basically not looked at. Training is not even an issue with employees except with store managers and then everything is overlooked particularly when after 1 and 2 years they still do not know basics of the industry, not to mention how to follow Calico's guidelines in transactions as well as how to be a good manager. When and if a promotion comes, store managers are allowed to promote whomever they wish to, in spite of the employee's total lack of ability to perform the job. They do not care how many great people they lose due to these inept managers. When told what untruths managers have told employees that caused them to leave, they will do nothing to change how managers treat people. It is pathetic. If an employee or manager cannot learn their job in 1 years time, why would they be thrilled to keep them on staff. Particularly when the store/company sales are completely declining? Once they realize that the people that have been there and know the company and industry are more valuable than the managers that they put in charge of these people and listen to them and realize that they are the ones that care about Calico, they will be so far ahead of restoring this company to its true potential
Great potential to be an industry leader
Terrible communication, total lack of supporting the store employees as far as listening to their issues.
Sales Associate (Former Employee) – Miami-Dade County, FL – May 13, 2016
The absolute worse place to work. This company charged a lot of money for their product up front and paid their employees minimum wage and minimal commission. Awful place to work nasty and greedy employers.
Sales (Former Employee) – Annapolis, MD – February 27, 2016
Calico Corners was a terrific time. The management teams were very supportive and worked with me in every way, from scheduling to training to listening and support. Every day was challenging by the inventory and the customers. It was exhillering to see customers thrilled with the end product time and again. I always looked forward to new adventures everyday.
Service oriented company with beautiful products. Good work/life balance. Not much room for advancement
Assistant Manager/Sales Associate (Former Employee) – Lancaster, PA – October 5, 2015
Primary duty was to assist customers with their interior design projects, typically drapery, custom furniture. Many customers were "Do-it-yourself" , needing assistance with calculating yardages and choosing coordinating fabrics. Learned tremendous amount about drapery construction, furniture and fabric. Management and co-workers at store level were great. Appropriate and detailed training was provided.
Hardest part of job - calculating yardages on multiple projects.
Most enjoyable - working with quality materials and providing personalized service.
The only drawback was the limited opportunity to advance in a small company.