A typical day in my world involves talking with store management regarding my visit's purpose. We discuss business procedures, success, failures and what we can do to better represent the brand involved. Once my merchandising is completed I review the end result with them to obtain feedback.
I take before and after pictures to include in my report as well as any competitor picture that I feel can influence my decision making.
merchandiser (Former Employee) – northeast – July 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
An Okay job to gain experience. Worked as a contractor in another state
Merchandise Coordinator (Former Employee) – San Francisco, CA – July 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.
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.
Treated as Employee, No Internal Growth, Plays Favorites, Lack of Information
Great Part time and for gathering industry experience
Merchandise Coordinator (Current Employee) – New York, NY – March 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.
Merchandise Coordinator (Current Employee) – New York, NY – February 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.
Independent contractor (Former Employee) – San Francisco, CA – December 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.
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.