Winston Retail Employee Reviews in United States

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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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Employees are disposable, terrible management.
N/A (Former Employee) –  New York, NY 10010April 15, 2016
Been there for a little while and when I started out, there was a more employee-friendly work environment. As company expands, it seems to forget about its employees and focuses more on revenue-obtaining, aggressive tactics. High turnover in upper management, rampant favoritism and no appreciation for loyalty. I would not recommend working here.
Pros
Relaxed dress code
Cons
Poor choices of people in management. Toxic employees. Unethical work environment.... List goes on.
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Merchandiser (Former Employee) –  ColoradoFebruary 24, 2016
I didn't not enjoy working for this company. At all. There were a lot of issues. For the ability of a flexible schedule, no milage is paid, as well as no insurance.
Pros
Flexible Scheduling
Cons
Yes.
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Flexible Schedule and Competitive Pay
Merchandise Coordinator (Current Employee) –  North CarolinaMarch 31, 2016
Friendly and associative staff willing to coach and partner on projects. Primary functions as a contracting company for retail sales merchandising. Must be self-motivated and communicative to all levels to advance and thrive.
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Interesting work enviroment...
Merchandise Coordinator (Former Employee) –  New York, NYJuly 7, 2012
I enjoyed the work that I did for the company. All of their contracts are with apparel companies. Apparel is my passion, so it would not have matter who my employer was during that time. The company is like a close nit family and if you're new or not a "favorite" you could be made to feel like a red headed step-child. It almost felt like a sorority. Pay was always right and on time. I give them a lot of credit for that especially because all field positions are "independent contractor" positions.
Pros
pay check was always right and always on time. flexible schedule.
Cons
very little possibility of advancement, independent contractor's positions only, no raises.
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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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Not ethical company
Merchandiser (Former Employee) –  Fort wayne inJanuary 3, 2013
They will sell you out and blame you for all the problems. They make up things to get rid of you and dont even give you real or good reasons. They change their mind from week to week on what they want during a visit, and wont let you know till after visit. Then expect you to revisit for free. Managers never reply quickly, but expect you to call them within a few minutes if they need to talk to you.
Pros
decent pay
Cons
low hours, no benefits at all, no advancement, terrible managers
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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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No advancement
Merchandiser (Former Employee) –  San Francisco, CAMarch 13, 2012
The company is based on feeding you a load of lies. There is no advancement as well as benefits. There are a lot of favoritism among the Field Training Managers. You can work as hard as you can, offer to take on more hours, submit detailed reports, but if you don't brown nose enough they will find reasons to terminate you.
Pros
make your own schedule
Cons
company plays favortism
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Comment – February 25, 2013

You sure your not talking about rent a center in puerto Rico?

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Good part-time job to have if you're a student
Stock Squad Associate (Current Employee) –  Miami, FLJanuary 1, 2013
Very flexible scheduling, you have no one working with you so you work at your pace and time, very little direction from management though, so you're left to figure things out for yourself, but you'll get the hang of it eventually. Very good salary but few hours.
Pros
good salary, flexible
Cons
no direction from management, no training, few hours
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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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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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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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Flexible environment with great management
Project Manager/Field Training Associate (Current Employee) –  Denver, COJune 11, 2013
I work as a contract employee for this company so no day is typical. My job responsibilities have grown vastly over the years and I've learned that if you work hard and produce great results they will reward you with more projects when they come available.

There is very little interaction face to face with coworkers since most are contract employees and there is usually only one employee per city/territory. Most communication is done via email or phone with management only and in my experience they have been very easy to communicate with.

The hardest part of this job is the inconsistent amount of hours. It's also unfortunate that the company does not offer advancement to upper level management unless you work at a corporate office (New York or San Francisco). However, this job is very enjoyable if you are self motivated and organized. It is extremely flexible, you have ownership of your own territory business and there is little micromanagement.
Pros
flexibility of schedule
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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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loved to brand for major retailers at major retail store.
Merchandise Coordinator (Former Employee) –  Rochester, minnesotaAugust 18, 2012
This was a partime IC job. I would love to have bbeen guaranteed more hours, but I need benefits as well.
Pros
flexibilty, pay, great clients
Cons
no healthcare
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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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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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Unethical company
Merchandise Coordinator (Former Employee) –  CalfironiaOctober 8, 2012
This company fools you into believing that you're the best worker for them. They will throw you under the bus to gain another advancement for themselves. The Field Training Manager and Staffing Manager for Zone 1 shouldn't even be apart of the company. They expect you to respond to them ASAP, but if you email/call them they respond a day later or never at all. Quite often I'd send out an email and they'd never respond. I'd send out another and I was then told, I should have reminded them to respond or at least read my email. They treat you like an employee not as an actual contractor. Make sure to watch out for that. The company definitely needs some cleaning out and new management needs to be put through.
Pros
didn't ever have to be face to face with management
Cons
management/communication is horrible, they throw you under the boss, gives you no room to ever defend yourself if something went wrong on a project
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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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