Assistant Manager (Current Employee) – CT – July 2, 2018
Ten Thousand Villages places the well-being of their artisans at the core of their mission, and can be a satisfying job for someone who cares about doing good in the world. You get too be surrounded by beautiful products, and most of the staff that I've met are very pleasant to work with. However, they pay managers less than the industry standard -an amount that is below what is considered a "living wage" in my state- and the pay isn't adjusted if you live in an expensive state. There is little opportunity for advancement within the company, or personal development. In the last year, the uncertainty surrounding the company's future has led to a lot of store closings and staff reductions, and management seems to use threat of job loss as a motivational tool. Hours are being reduced to an amount that is sometimes not enough for staff to live on, which makes it hard to continue to sell the company as "ethical" in their labor rights, because what applies to the producers does not seem to extend to domestic employees.
low pay, no job security, no opportunity for advancement or professional development