Selling furniture was fun; company culture encourages short-term performance and discourages long-term learning and growth.
Sales Professional (Former Employee) – Mentor, OH – July 6, 2016
Company aggressively promotes the most talented employees while just as aggressively culling the least talented. A business strategy coined as "rank and yank" and followed by Enron.
The most talented sales employees prove their prowess with over $100,000 in sales per month. Seventy-five percent sales staff has 10 - 20 years furniture sales experience. Therefore, with over 10 employees writing $100,000 per month - means that one is rated at the bottom 10% when writing only $85,000 per month.
Personally, and in hindsight, I believe this strategy has inadvertently contributed to a narcissistic culture that is both smug as well as driven by a deep insecurity to just keep the status quo at any and all costs. I wish it had been different!
The job of selling furniture is good.
Long hours, Work every weekend, some encouraged others discouraged.
Customer service (Former Employee) – McMurray, PA – April 15, 2016
I met a lot of people at this job. For the most part my co-workers were pretty nice also. The store manager always did nice things for us and we had contests like who took the most credit applications for the week.
Professional Clean environment where I was able to learn vital office management skills
Office Assistant (Former Employee) – Monroeville, PA – February 22, 2016
Levin Furniture was a great place to work there was always something to do between assisting and directing customers to sales agents, processing their sales and applying for financing. I was required to maintain pick-up and delivery files. I had to update customer info and call customers when changes to their were requited. I fax and copied documents and maintained an balanced the till. I also forward and directed phone calls and email. I found that multi tasking was fun but also a challenge. The staff was all friendly professional and helpful to me.
Store Manager (Former Employee) – Pittsburgh, PA – May 30, 2015
Quite a stepping stone into a world of sales. Forever grateful for my experience with Levin and it was an absolute pleasure working for Robert Levin. One of the very few ethical and honest CEO's presiding over companies with several hundred million in yearly revenue.
A great experience that resulted in growth and value as a businessman. Wonderful Company
Office Assistant (Current Employee) – West Mifflin, PA – May 10, 2015
The company is a wonderful company, the owner is amazing and very generous... The choice of office management is less than satisfactory. Unable to comply with the benefits of full time employees as opposed to part-time. Lacking in the ability to create a schedule that shows where the Full and Part-time associates belong.
Not Applicable (Former Employee) – Smithton, PA – December 2, 2014
the company turned into an almost endless bureaucracy not unlike the federal government. the bosses will not stand up for the workers beneath them because they are only worried about their own image. the compensation is laughable, in order to make any money you would need to work there 20+ years, unless you work on delivery, where you will make decent money. i had a very positive attitude when i started, after a number of years however, i realized Levin's is a company only out for itself. The moment where i lost any hope of making a career at Levin's was when my supervisor told me, "You are doing a fantastic job. Everyone I talk to has nothing but good things to say about you and how well you do the job, but we can't pay you more just because you do a better job. We don't want money to cloud your judgement." There is no incentive to do a good job. Why would go above and beyond and stress yourself for no reward? you will get your 30 cent raise every year and that is it.
Very long hours with many days with no customer traffic. Although this job was close to home is was not effective for my family. I had a few situations with coworkers and management that was not deemed appropriate or handled properly. I appreciate the sales experience I gained in the technical knowledge of understanding sales volume and spiffs earned. The requirements to achieve these aspects.
close to home
long hours, difficult sales opportunities, too many associates
Sales Consultant (Current Employee) – Wexford, PA – September 16, 2014
I love my job at Levins, the only down fall is the inconsistency. Sometimes its crazy busy sometimes its crazy slow. The management team is amazing and the people are great. Its 100% commission so the inconsistency makes it tough.
Sales Representative (Current Employee) – West Mifflin, PA – September 8, 2014
they take forever to make any type of serious decision making. There is no connection between what is going on between upper and lower level management. It is a family environment, but at the same time the schedule makes it impossible to get any free time to be with your family. If you don't hit your numbers, your done. You must a true salesmen to make it here. IF you can talk to people and learn fast this is the place to make some serious money.
Office Manager (Former Employee) – West Mifflin, PA – September 2, 2013
I enjoyed the interaction with my office girls and customers. We kept the office running smoothly, and assisted all customers with understanding, and wanted to make sure they had a one on one experience.
Support staff (Current Employee) – Ohio – April 19, 2013
Management does not appreciate the work you do. So much drama and BS. Employees are treated like they're disposable. The raises are generally .25. The hours are rediculous. LONG hours, always til 9pm and every weekend. You're also expected to work earlier and later when there are special sales. The company puts itself and their improvement before you and your family, etc.
Deliver Driver Helper (Former Employee) – Smithton, PA – February 26, 2013
The company is all about money and does not care about what the employees say. They find ways to not pay bonuses that are promised to you. I learned how to deal with management that is spinless and will not stick up for their own employees, and how to be be taken advantage of. The delivery team can make good money if you are lucky. Busting your butt does nothing to improve you position in the company. If you don't mind working long hours, not knowing when you will be home, having a paycheck that goes up and down from week to week, all in the hopes of making some money, then this is your place. The only good thing is that the guys who work there are awesome.
good company to work for,does not lay off.management isn't always easy to work with.have to carry furniture into residential homes,not damaging homes and have good customer service as well.Not very much opportunity for advancement.