Supervisior (Former Employee) – Lima, OH – June 30, 2016
A typical day at work would be putting out freight and unloading the truck. There was a lot of interaction with customers on a regular basis and running the register when needed. I loved the people I worked with but I would have to say management would not address certain issues that was really bringing down the team moral in the store.
Co-Manager (Former Employee) – Hamilton, NJ – June 29, 2016
typical retail too much to do, not enough time to get it done. store level is understanding but field management can be very inflexible regardless of delivery schedule receiving area must be cleared at end of day
Former sales associate (Former Employee) – United States – June 21, 2016
I bent over backwards for the Ollie's I worked at, but nothing was ever appreciated or good enough for the management, even trying my best! Loved helping customers. This store was the nastiest retail store I had ever worked in my life, no daily thorough restroom nor floor cleaning done, just on occasion. Lots of employee backstabbing, yelling amongst associates, even in front of customers! When certain employees would yell at me in front of customers, I wanted to hide, I was so embarrassed. Very unprofessional fellow associates and especially management. PLEASE don't waste your time applying, if you want a rewarding job! Look elsewhere!! I grew up being taught to work hard, and stay busy at all waking hours, and have worked that way all of my working life, but it was NOT acceptable at Ollie's Bargain Outlet EVER!!
Everthing, especially no appreciation for dedication and hard, long working hours!
Ollies has a great business concept but often lacks real world application for its new ideas. Regional management has very little knowledge of what is actually going on with the top Team Leader in the store which means these "Team Leaders" are often lax and are allocating far too many responsibilities to those under them.
CUSTOMER SALES SUPERVISIOR (Current Employee) – Albany, NY – June 17, 2016
I had one interview and was hired on the spot. Promoted three times since Nov. 2015.
Management fair, if you work HARD you have opportunities to move up with company.
Typical day: Truck deliveries, 24 hour dock to floor freight, merchandising, store recovery, cashiering back-up and most of all Customer Service. Taking care of customer #1
Promoted to Customer Service Supervisor: open/close store, inventory control, price changes, cashier reports and cash management. Truck discrepancy reporting, Kronos timecard reviews and in-store card sign ups daily reporting, Assign day/night staff areas for store recovery. Ad signage placement and making sure store has proper inventory for bi-weekly circular Ad.
Three daily store walks for company compliance to include safety, cleanliness and store recovery opportunities.
On-going training for management position with-in company. So many policies and procedures to learn and apply. Co- workers are team members and everyone has respect for one another.
Close to home
So busy most days, I don't have time to take a break.
Growing company with unfavorable corporate culture
District Loss Prevention Manager (Former Employee) – West Virginia – June 10, 2016
Ollie's Bargain Outlet is a rapidly growing company with little regard for those individuals working at the district level or below. It is a company first, family last organization. Expectations are unrealistic and the senior executives ensure that the district leaders are virtually always running scared.
Company car (until personal use was no longer acceptable)
Company first and family last, Micromanagement, Unrealistic expectations, Little payroll for stores, Little recognition, Inconsistent direction
sales associate (Former Employee) – New Castle, PA 16102 – June 7, 2016
Ollies is an okay job for high school students, but it was poorly managed. Safety procedures were not taken seriously and ever since working there I've had a lot of back issues and hip issues. The manager did not help with any heavy lifting and left it all to the sales associates to handle (which isn't fair!). No appreciation and poor benefits.
Assistant Team Leader (Current Employee) – Charlotte, NC – June 1, 2016
Policy and procedures are often altered pertaining to the situation and the inconsistency causes confusion. You may be hired for a cashier position but you do wear many hats. May be asked to help unload a truck, put out merchandise, housekeeping etc.
This company hires seasonal help and lets them all go in February of the next year. Then in March they have a help wanted sign up for part-time help. Excuse me I don't recommend anyone applying for this location.
Co- Team leader (Current Employee) – Ollies bargain outlet – April 26, 2016
Was great until they went public, and stopped caring about their most valuable asset. cut promotions to 10% max, cut raises, and cut hours. all to show a substantial profit to sell more stock in order to open more stores.