Sales Associate (Former Employee) – Madison Heights, MI 48071 – November 7, 2017
Plato's Closet was a cesspool of gossip and harsh words. The management often skipped work and was never reprimanded for doing so. Management also brought their personal life to work and often was outside on smoke breaks.
Team Member (Former Employee) – Tacoma, WA – November 7, 2017
I loved working there! The people I worked with on the other hand were some of the rudest most difficult people I have ever met. Talking behind the owners back and everyone else's. Giving customers looks and glaring. Horrible people to work with!
RETAIL ASSOCIATE (Former Employee) – Clackamas, OR – November 5, 2017
Was a great first job that taught me life skills that I have kept and will continue to use in my day-to-day tasks. The work environment was great, although the customers could sometimes make it difficult because of the area. Overall, it was a great experience.
If you're looking for an easy job where you won't have anything to do, this is not the job for you. Even if it's slow the manager will find something for you to do, it's also a fast paced job on most days. The people at the store I worked at were a joy to be around but the job itself made me not want to go to work. A lot is expected for just one person and I don't think its worth the pay. You do get first dibs on the clothes people bring in and they're usually understanding when it comes to availability especially if you're in school.
Sales Associate (Former Employee) – Roanoke, VA – November 1, 2017
Plato's used to be a fun, inviting place to work. Since the old manager left, the place has not been the same. New manager is arrogant and has poor hiring choices. At one point, they had an associate that was bullying the staff and they were aware of this and did nothing about it. The associate that was bullying other associates was eventually promoted to assistant manager! Many people have since left (although they did fire the person after 4 months.) Also, the new manager took away our 15 minute break and still expects employees to work just as hard.
It’s a great job to have when you’re in high school or work part time. I would never recommend working full time there. They do not pay you what you are worth and make you do hard labor for pennies. The management was horrible and the owner was even worse. The only advantages I got during my time there was my amazing coworkers and the clothing discount. I was working there for years full time and still making single digits per hour. The owner also refused to have direct deposit and we had to wait on them when ever they decided to bring in checks.
No benefits, extremely low wages, horrible management
Customer Service Manager/ Shift Manager (Former Employee) – Libertyville, IL – October 30, 2017
Being that I was in highschool and starting off in college when I worked here it was a great place to work for the hours that I needed. The most enjoyable part of my job was that I got to see great clothes coming into the store that I could potentially buy later.
Fun place to work, great first job, expect to plateau
Keyholder/Sales Associate/Stock Associate/Trainer (Former Employee) – Santa Rosa, CA 95401 – October 26, 2017
Plato's Closet is a great place to get experience in customer/guest service for someone who has none. With the right determination, you can gain experience in almost all areas of retail as well, including some management skills such as cash handling, opening/closing shop, and training new hires.
potentially hostile work environment, management, benefits, pay
Store Manager (Former Employee) – Pennsylvania – October 22, 2017
Owners are more concerned about money than the success of their store. Financially, they are driving their locations into the ground and their employees are far from happy. Most of them are looking for other work to escape the madness the owners have created. There is no standard for anything. No training tools in play... it's all fly by night.
Key Holder/Supervisor (Former Employee) – Exton, PA – October 18, 2017
This store was honestly one of my favorite places to work. The opportunity to learn and move through most of the positions available was at most fast and accomplishable. However, there was little chance of moving up further than lower management or simple sales associate. The hours weren't as consistent as one might hope for, though the longer you worked there the more priority to your schedule was applied. In the end, the compensation simply wasn't enough to sustain when it came to all financial obligations.