I really liked working for Zumiez because it allowed me to bring my passion to work! (skateboarding) I had so much fun at work and it almost didnt even feel like work at all. The only problems i had were that the mall i worked at was going out of business so we had very, very few customers. At a bigger Zumiez; Wheaton for example they are supposed to make around 7k a day, at my Zumiez we were supposed to make 1k and even that was rare. Alot of the time we would just be relaxing because there was no one in the store and we had already fixed the display six or seven times. On top of that i didnt have as much time with the company as i had hoped for because school and sports became to over whelming in my senior year.
I loved my job here, and typically opened or closed the store, as well as managing a sales kid during closing shifts. I learned how to work in a commission environment, enjoyed the customers and my co workers. The store I worked in was small, but we kept busy. Management could use work, but that's just because of the manager at this store, not the company itself.
First Assistant Manager (Former Employee) – Clearwater, FL – August 18, 2017
This was a great place to get management skills under my belt. The people employed are fun, laid back, and still have the drive to do their job well. Hours become full time once you become a first assistant manager.
Store Manager (Current Employee) – Woodburn, OR – August 16, 2017
With the right leaders and the right leadership, you can progress quickly with the company. I enjoy working for the company, that mostly has to do with the culture that Zumiez has created. I would recommend anyone who enjoys talking to people in a fast-paced selling environment.
lots of incentives, work events that include travel
Late nights, Long days, very busy, typically short staffed
Sales Associate (Former Employee) – Napa, CA – August 8, 2017
zumiez sucks, i hate my manager because she doesnt understand how to treat her employees. she hired too many inexperienced high schoolers, favored girls over boys rather than giving hours based on sales, and did whatever the heck she wanted.
Horrible management, underpaid work and non flexible
Barista (Current Employee) – West Babylon, NY – August 8, 2017
Understaffed is an understatment. I was treated with disrespect and taken advantge of. Many of my coworkers were over worked and mamy left due to managmet. I went to the higher ups to only be ignored. The manager didnt give us schedule until three days before the upcoming week. Our days off needed to be earned and many people werent paod corrrectly.
Assistant Store Manager (Former Employee) – Nashville, TN – August 7, 2017
A typical day at Zumiez was either Opening or Closing the store. People were always greeted and getting to know the customers was the key to being a Zumiez employee. I learned a lot about people's styles, cultures, etc. and learned how to deal with a high volume store. Management was great, but had extremely high expectations. The culture of the workplace was very laid back and rewarding. The hardest part about the job was preventing theft and dealing with the company's computer system. The most enjoyable part of this job was getting to know my associates and customers. I gained a lot of amazing friends and family through this job.
shipping and receiving and customer service (Current Employee) – Chula Vista, CA – August 3, 2017
I couldn't really take this job seriously. I knew I had more to offer. I thought it would be fun, but it was boring and not a lot to do. I tagged the clothes, did shipment. Management was ok. The manager I had was fun, but weird. I felt uneasy asking him for help. The hardest part of the job was staying busy. Enjoyable part is the short hours.
Fun place to work, very laid back yet striving to succeed and push sales
Sales Associate (Former Employee) – Winchester, VA – August 3, 2017
A typical day at work was a good balance of fun and productive, the managers got to know the other staff and worked equally along side them as well as pushed associates to make and close sales as well as taught them other methods of approach and customer service. I learned a lot about retail and sales which has helped me in many other jobs as well as other aspects of my life. The hardest part was meeting your sales goals on slow days, the most enjoyable part was the relationships made with other employees and customers and the commission.
discounts on store items and mall food
sometimes mall traffic hindered you from making sales goals
Second Assistant Manager (Current Employee) – Kennesaw, GA – August 2, 2017
All zumiez nationwide do not have sensor/anti theft detectors. The sensors are fake and there are no security cameras. This makes it very easy for people to walk out with product. Managers are usually at the store alone from open until the afternoon. Store Management and higher can make any accusations and with no cameras or evidence to prove otherwise, assistant management and sales associates often get hung out to dry. Women are typically paid less than male counterparts, anywhere from .25 cents to $2.00 less per hour. District and regional managers are often rude and demeaning to all store employees. They will often threaten write ups, disciplinary action, or termination if disagreements with store plan or scheduling conflicts are brought to light.
ASSISTANT MANAGER (Former Employee) – Tacoma, WA – July 31, 2017
A typical day at work here consisted as the same duties I had for journeys. Consistently coach and train staff. Daily markdowns. Daily and monthly inventory checks. Visual merchandise. Learned to lead a team on the busiest of days and exceed company goals set for the store. building skateboards. Making connections with customers to meet and go above their needs in a shopping experience.
Company competitions, discounts, rewards for a exceeding goals.
Expected to work longer hours to complete projects on time.