Winston Retail Employee Reviews

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Great company to work for. Management is always available.
Merchandiser (Current Employee) –  San Francisco.September 24, 2015
I enjoy working with Winston Retail. The assignments are great. They represents brands that are popular. I enjoy merchandising and the training has been convenient.
Cons
not enough hours.
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Not very happy with this company
Merchandiser (Former Employee) –  New York, NYSeptember 5, 2015
going to Macy's to reset junior jeans. I didn't really learn anything at this job. Management was bad, I could never get in touch with anyone.
Pros
Good pay
Cons
management
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definitely not what it seems when you get hired
merchandiser (Former Employee) –  northeastJuly 23, 2015
this company is like a sorority house with little girls working in it and if you don't fit in you will get fired the managers have no idea what's going on in the stores that you are servicing they expect you to spend hours uploading photos and then the photos that they say you need to take are different than the ones that they want you to upload
Pros
none
Cons
micromanaging no benefits
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An Okay job to gain experience. Worked as a contractor in another state
Merchandise Coordinator (Former Employee) –  San Francisco, CAJuly 21, 2015
Little support & direction from field managers and account managers. Work wasn't difficult but requires one to be a self starter and stores were very open to services and helpful. Often times the paper work provided by account managers didn't match with the products and items in the stores and could be confusing.
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YOU ARE NOT A CONTRACTOR, YOU ARE TREATED AS AN EMPLOYEE
Merchandising Coordinator (Current Employee) –  Mid AtlanticJune 16, 2015
You are treated as an employee, not a contractor, especially with the amount of micromanagement that is required. They avoid paying taxes or covering your injury should you get hurt by stating you are a contractor which is a joke. Winston pays a little more than other companies but it isn't worth the BS you deal with in the end. It is a sorority house, and you better fit in or you will not be on their go to list, which defines the amount of money you make. You are never sent into jobs with the correct information or tools you need to be successful, even on the bigger brands you could work with like Under Armour, Nike, The North Face. The Account Training Managers don't know what they are doing most of the time and that is who you are supposed to rely on for key information. Your FTM most likely will never call you back or know what is going on either. They set you up for failure. They give you a paid 30 mins for each report. That is hysterical when the reports take over an hour or longer depending on the brand. The Management never gets back to you in a timely fashion but expects you to drop everything if they need something from you. You only hear from the Management if you have messed something up. Good job is not in their vocabulary. FTA's who review the reports are their pets so if they say you stink, guess what, you stink. This company is not fair at all and is not the same company I worked for 8 years ago. I am so sad at where it has landed in the end when I had such high hopes.
Pros
Pay, Brands
Cons
Treated as Employee, No Internal Growth, Plays Favorites, Lack of Information
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productive and fun place to work. traveling with this company is fun!!
Senior Visual Retail Merchandiser (Current Employee) –  New York, NY San Francisco, CAMay 27, 2015
Great place to work!! I could not do this job without the support staff at Winston. Every one working for this firm, are like family. Winston wants you to succeed.
Pros
amazing support staff
Cons
none
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Great Part time and for gathering industry experience
Merchandise Coordinator (Current Employee) –  New York, NYMarch 16, 2015
There's more to retail than just sales and customer service! A great way to get to know behind the scenes and develop some additional skills in inventory management and relationship management in big department stores. A very supportive company to work for, in that they will help you with any new challenge that comes up.
Pros
make your own schedule
Cons
generally will stay part-time for hours
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flexible, part time work
Merchandise Coordinator (Current Employee) –  New York, NYFebruary 16, 2015
This job is flexible. You are able to work your own hours however work and hours are very inconsistent.
You will receive great support from the home office. Local travel is required so reliable transportation is a must.
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company is a ripoff
merchandise (Former Employee) –  San Antonio TexasDecember 6, 2014
Never got pay over $400 this company is a ripoff better try another company it's has money troubles
Cons
photo never approved
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Exciting at first... Then becomes repetative
Merchandise Coordinator (Current Employee) –  San Francisco, CAJuly 15, 2014
I enjoy meeting new people on a daily. The work is just not stable. Some times I am working 45 hours a week then I am working 20 hours.
Pros
work independently, meeting new people
Cons
growth in the company, assignments can come and go
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Decent company to work for
Merchandise Coordinator (Former Employee) –  GeorgiaJuly 7, 2014
This is a wonderful company to work with as well as GREAT benefits!!!
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Independent Contractor
MERCHANDISE COORDINATOR (Former Employee) –  San Francisco, CAJune 19, 2014
Made store visit, working like 2 to 3 times a month. I didn't quite like communicating with management through email and phone only.
Pros
fun job
Cons
no real training
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Ok job
Merchandise Coordinator (Current Employee) –  Chicago, ILMay 7, 2014
Work with cool brands, but hours are shaky. You have to keep your mileage and are paid by 1099.
Pros
work with cool brands
Cons
paid by 1099, have to keep mileage, no benefits
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THE WORST
Merchandise Coordinator (Former Employee) –  New York, NYFebruary 28, 2014
Most unprofessional work environment I have ever been a part off. Zone 4 in NYC is a sorority house on 5th avenue. Literally a joke.
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Innovative company
Staffing Manager (Current Employee) –  New York, NYJanuary 16, 2014
The company itself is great, but the growth opportunities and management is not up to par.
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Exciting job with something new everyday.
Independent contractor (Former Employee) –  San Francisco, CADecember 16, 2013
I was an independent contractor for this company and was able to meet and form relationships with different people daily. I was able to learn about many different products and merchandising techniques.
Pros
able to make my own schedule.
Cons
no healthcare or merchandise discounts.
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Retail Merchandiser
Independent Contractor/ Fashion Merchandiser (Former Employee) –  Houston, Tx.November 22, 2013
Working for Winston Retail, you are an independant contractor. This means there are no benefits and you are not reimbursed for daily driving to and from work or gas/milage. The company is a good company to work for. The nightly reports are a bit tedious, and can get redundant over time. The expectations of the job, versus time you are paid can conflict with one another. The best highlight is working with great people, and not the same old daily work in the same enviroment. Some accounts you have total flexibiliy of scheduling and some are preset time and days. This can get a bit annoying at times. For the most part the company and experience was a good one.
Pros
various brands, continuous changing of jobs
Cons
nightly reporting, limited flexibility, micro-mananging
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Great Job for Independent Workers!
Merchandise Coordinator (Current Employee) –  Phoenix, AZNovember 12, 2013
- Able to create your own schedule
- Work jobs that are interesting to you
- Management team very supportive
- Compensate you for your time
- Paperwork sometimes redundant
Pros
- freedom
Cons
- reports
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LOVE THIS COMPANY!
Merchandise Retail Coordinator/Field Team (Texas) (Former Employee) –  TexasAugust 22, 2013
I had a great time while it lasted over 3 years.

I got to go to various markets because they couldn't keep track of staff in the larger areas of the state. They have a great pay/compensation for expenses.

They occassionally have a habit of over-loading a calendar without notice if they lose someone and you're in the territory or nearby to fill their billing need.
Pros
flexible schedule
Cons
contract work only
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Flexibility of schedule and great support from staff; professional company.
Merchandising Coordinator (Current Employee) –  San Francisco, CAAugust 17, 2013
I am able to explore and work in different environments with a variety of people. I hold myself accountable for my visits and reports with great support from management.
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