GENERAL MANAGER (Former Employee) – Los Angeles, CA – September 13, 2018
A typical day includes opening the store, cash handling, setting up registers, writing a daily work schedule, walking the sales floor and assigning tasks and associate placement. Morning communication huddle. Checking corporate emails and assigning corporate tasks. Checking PO's, ensuring product is arriving on time. Analyzing sales and planing accordingly. Communication with sales and inventory managers to make sure both areas are running smoothly and according to plan. Walking the sales floor to ensure merchandising is at a high visual standard. Meeting with framing manager and creating a sales plan and strategy. Walking perimeter of building, cleaning and covering up any graffiti. Checking house account report and communicating with top customers. Checking time punches, fixing any errors and discipline of associates if need be. Walk the store mid day and address and visual or safety issues. Customer service during peak afternoon time, Check corporate emails one more time. clean and zone store. Close registers and have huddle with closers. Lock up
Merchandising freedom. Great upper management.
Inexperienced Corporate Merchandising Staff. Too many emails. Shipments come in very unorganized.
Case Picker (Current Employee) – Galesburg, IL – September 8, 2018
I have worked here for just over a month at one of the 2 distribution centers in town. My first day was a breeze, watching training videos and learning how to operate equipment and how to perform the job quickly yet safely. Since then i have learned how to do other tasks that management was more than willing to provide training. I love the people i work with on a daily basis and love how well the management treats the rest of the employees.
The benefits here are incredible and it's such an enjoyable environment. You accrue paid time off so easily and it's so easy to cash it in, and if you leave they give you your paid time off onto your last paycheck.
Associate (Former Employee) – New York, NY – July 22, 2018
The best part of this job is that you get to make your own store window displays and many of the holiday decorations throughout the store. Many of my coworkers and the managers were lovely as well and there's also events like College Campus visits and such where you can get out of the store for a while and work in a totally different environment for a while. The discount is nice so if your main hobby is in the arts, that will save you a good amount.
Bad part is that it feels like quite a workload for minimum wage and long days of running up and down stairs, helping customers, stocking, cleaning, running register, and so on. You get a 30 minute lunch not bad but you need to eat fast because they do time you. You usually work 3 to 4 days a week meaning your paycheck is not enough to sustain you on it's own.
Sales Associate (Current Employee) – Galesburg, IL 61401 – July 13, 2018
Okay to work if you are an artist. If you are not, good luck. There’s hardly ever management around if you need help, and if you attempt something yourself without guidance, chances are you are doing it wrong.
The pay is slightly above minim
Not enough hours, Short work shifts on weekends, only hires for part time positions
Blick is an amazing place to work for an artist. You get to meet new and interesting people and the goal bonuses are really nice. They do they're best for their employees and I am happy for the opportunity.
Manager (Former Employee) – Boston, MA – May 14, 2018
I grew up while working here. I met most of my lifelong friends, my best friend, and learned more than I could ever imagine about art supplies. Somedays the job tedious, but it was all worth it in the end.I remember this job fondly.
I originally applied for this job to help me get out of a creative funk by surrounding myself with other artists. It's nice to see that most, if not, all of the employees have artistic experience, and many of them were enjoyable to work with. Customers are a mixed bag because there is a wide-range of artists and personalities, but generally, most people were friendly and respectful. Communication wasn't the greatest and often times tasks went undone or unfinished during the day due to constantly juggling the cash register and cleaning/organizing the store to look presentable at all-times. I wish I had stayed longer, because it was one of the few jobs I enjoyed, but the wages and benefits were lacking, and since I got let go without much explanation, it left me with a sore spot.
One, 10-minute break every 4 hours
Lack of benefits, Lack of communication, inconsistent schedule
Sales Associate (Former Employee) – Portland, OR – March 31, 2018
Normal retail job, just with cool products if you're into art. Awesome discount, mostly awesome customers. I learned a ton and thought I was pretty well versed with art supplies going into it. Most of the clerks were artists and would use down time/stocking time to collaborate and share ideas. Positive work environment.
Lead Associate (Former Employee) – Columbus, OH – March 26, 2018
It's an enjoyable place to work if you have the right management team. I like the overall corporate culture. It's a good day job for creatives, but pays retail wages.. The employee discount is nice, and they offer benefits to full time employees. Working in the store, you occasionally get to do promotion events both on site and off. I advanced from part time sales associate to full time shift lead pretty quickly, and if you want to advance the company will work with you but you might need to move if you want to get into management. I strongly suggest you have some basic interest in art and art supplies before applying. Some of the customer questions are pretty technical so having a basic curiosity is really important, even at management level as the stores are usually not very big. I pretty much had a good time working there.
employee discount on art supplies, meet interesting people, store events are fun to work at
Inventory Manager (Former Employee) – New York, NY 10011 – March 19, 2018
Blick was a great place to work, they did their best as corporate leaders to make sure their hourly and salary store employees were satisfied with the operations and policies they put forth for them. District Manager would make visits 3-5 times a year to check in on individual stores and their progress, problems and questions. Very friendly work atmosphere, and flexible work schedule for part timers.
Great discount (40% off Blick/Utrecht Materials, 30% off everything else)
Custom Framer (Former Employee) – New York, NY – March 19, 2018
they take advantage of your personal life and use it as an excuse to get rid of you if they are going through a slow period. Upper management treat you like a lower class citizen and they make it known that you are beneath them in every aspect of your life
Telephone Service Representative (Former Employee) – Galesburg, IL – March 17, 2018
I always enjoyed going to work. It was a busy day everyday answering calls and taking orders. Management was very friendly and easy to work with. Diverse culture. Hardest part of the job was when computers crashed and trying to take orders and answer questions without computers. Everything was enjoyable.
Retail Store Inventory/Sales Lead (Former Employee) – Los Angeles, CA – March 14, 2018
biases, racist, homophobic and sexist company.
this job has a glass celling and doesn't provide anything but a headache or management my give you false hope of moving up however they have no intentions on putting a Mexican female in a management position.