At Altar'd State, 78 percent of employees say their workplace is great.



This review is based on 712 employee surveys, with a 90% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 2.61. It was published on Nov 1, 2018. 181 Visitors

What Employees Say

I feel good about the ways we contribute to the community.
When I look at what we accomplish, I feel a sense of pride.
People care about each other here.
I'm proud to tell others I work here.
Management is honest and ethical in its business practices.

What They Do

We asked Altar'd State to explain what they do. Here is what they had to say.

We offer beautiful apparel, gifts, accessories and connections with our associates that leave our guests feeling inspired, beautiful, and empowered. We are passionate about being a giveback company that stands out for good in our communities. 

About this Company

Website: Industry: Retail
US Headquarters: Maryville, Tennessee, 37801 US Sites: 100
Major Locations: Knoxville, Tennessee, 37934; Nashville, Tennessee, 37212; Atlanta, Georgia, 30346; Houston, Texas, 77024; Chicago, Illinois, 60611; Denver, Colorado, 80206; Tampa, Florida, 33607; Cincinnati, Ohio, 45236; Charlotte, North Carolina, 28211; King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, 19406 US Employees: 1,800
US Revenues: $200 million Worldwide Revenues: $200 million
Corporate Structure: Private Founded: 2009

Altar'd State Fitting Room in St. Louis, MO at West County Center

Perks and Programs

We asked Altar'd State to share a few programs they feel really capture what's unique about their workplace. Here is what they had to say.

  • Bring your Dog to Work: Vicky O'Neill doesn’t go to work at Altar'd State headquarters near Knoxville, Tennessee alone. Her Shih Tzu, Bubba, is always by her side, sitting at Vicky’s desk while she’s on calls and attending meetings throughout the day. Bubba is one of more than 50 dogs at Altar'd State headquarters thanks to the company’s dog-friendly work policy. Altar'd State allows dogs to join their owners in the office and the dogs are just like part of the family! Dogs in the workplace provide more social support for employees, as well as more opportunities for coworkers to interact in a positive setting. Our associates who own dogs do not have to worry about their dog being home alone all day. We even have our own dog park for our furry friends to enjoy throughout the day. One candidate even brought a dog to n interview!
  • Coprodeli - Peru Missions: It all began when a young lady informed our Chairman & CEO that after she completed her current year of school (around middle school age in the US), she wouldn’t have anywhere else to go to school. Altar’d State’s continued partnership with Coprodeli Peru is very unique to our brand and is something that associates get very excited about and are actively involved in. To date, Altar’d State has had the honor and privilege of funding the building of 5 schools so children in impoverished areas are able to continue their education, with no plans of slowing down. Additionally, over 259 children in Peruvian communities are being sponsored by Altar’d State associates either through company assigned sponsorships or payroll reduction sponsorships. We strongly believe that every child in the world deserves a chance to be successful, and we are doing our best to ensure that becomes a reality for these children.
  • Mission Monday: Mission Monday is a program that was founded shortly after the company began, with the goal of fulfilling a gap in the retail industry. 10% of net proceeds in all stores across the chain, are donated to a local charitable 501©3 organization. Store teams are encouraged to form a personal relationship with this organization that they have selected to partner with and volunteer their time with this deserving charity. Stores support six local charities each year that range from organizations who support children to those who support homelessness. We encourage our guests to shop with us on Monday’s to do good in their community.
  • Flutter Fund: At Altar’d State we have a culture of caring and compassion. Our associates have the option of donating any dollar amount per pay period to our Flutter Fund. The funds collected are managed by a committee who is committed to provide emergency relief to eligible associates who are facing unforeseen financial hardships. These emergencies could include medical bills, house fires, floods, or illness. Associates need only fill out a simple request form and submit to our committee for approval. The committee will evaluate each request and render decisions regarding the disbursement of funds. Our Chairman and CEO "seeded" the fund to ensure sufficient funds are available as needs arise.
  • Volunteerism-PAID: Volunteer State of Mind At Altar’d State, one of our main goals is simply to change the world for the better. As an organization of giving back, we encourage our associates to get out in their communities and volunteer. All full-time and part-time associates have the opportunity to get paid their hourly wage to volunteer for 4 hours each month. Every year, our Home Office partners with Habitat for Humanity to build a home in our surrounding community. With each Home Office Associate assisting, we are able to build a home for a deserving family within a matter of weeks. We also partner and volunteer with other organizations, such as Second Harvest, which is a local food bank serving 18 counties.
  • Store Summitts: Twice a year, each Store Leader, District Managers/Visual District Managers, Leadership Team members, and various presenting Home Office associates attend a Manager’s Meeting Summit to encourage learning, training, and fellowship among our store teams. Topics of discussion at the conference include Sales Drivers, Scheduling, Division of Responsibilities, Processes, etc. We also discuss any Human Resource updates with the team at this time as well as host a fashion show to showcase the seasons trends. In addition to training and development, we also use this week together to have fun. At our latest Summit, in Walt Disney World, the team was able to ride rollercoasters together, take pictures with Minnie & Mickey Mouse and dance to African inspired music at Animal Kingdom. Our hope in planning these conferences is to provide ample time for associates to bond while experiencing activities that encourage growth and lifelong memories.
  • Sabbatical: Recharge and enjoy a sabbatical leave provides hard working and dedicated associates the opportunity to enjoy an extended period of time away from work to rejuvenate and/or pursue other interests (e.g. travel, personal development, volunteer work, etc.). The goal is to return to Altar’d State revitalized with fresh ideas and new perspectives. Sabbaticals will also allow other associates the opportunity to cross train, assume new responsibilities, and grow. Both opportunities benefit Altar’d State and our associates as a whole. A sabbatical leave is distinctly different from other paid or unpaid time off. It is not a benefit earned for past service, but is instead an incentive for continued service. Upon return from the sabbatical, associates will be asked to share their month-long experience with existing associates. Purpose: To reward our dedicated and loyal associates with a 4-week paid sabbatical to recharge and enjoy time off, focus on self-development, and recharge..
  • Habitat for Humanity Partnership: Altar’d State has partnered with Habitat for Humanity to build 3 homes for deserving families. We are committed to building a home for a family in need each year moving forward. Besides funding the project, we are committed to providing volunteers to the jobsite each day they are welcome. When a home is complete, we have the joy of standing back and knowing that we created that with our bare hands. The tears, sweat, dirt, were all worth the end result when a family is handed over the keys to their beautiful new home.
  • Quarterly Celebrations: Altar’d State Home Office Associates get to celebrate together four times a year at Quarterly Meetings. These meetings are used as a business recap, assignment of Coprodeli Sponsorships, recognition of hard work, and a day of fun and fellowship. Transportation, breakfast, and lunch are provided to associates and we enjoy taking them on a journey that they wouldn’t necessarily get enjoy on their own time. We’ve witnessed the breathtaking views at Biltmore Estates, had a friendly bowling competition at Main Event, and rode thrilling roller coasters at Dollywood together, just to name a few. Our Quarterly Meetings are a great bonding experience for associates, it truly creates a Family culture within our Home Office environment.
  • 12 Days of Christmas: Altar'd State celebrates the 12 business days leading up to the Holiday with Christmas gifts for 12 days, ranging from pens to coolers. We celebrate Spirit Week. Pajama Day, a dessert contest, tacky sweater day, a cubical decorating contest and toy drive for a homeless shelter. Each Home Office associate is assigned to a store. Christmas in Retail can be taxing, so we send cards, candy, and/or notes of encouragement to our teams in the field. Our Leadership Team also acts as Santa’s Helpers by delivering fresh milk and cookies to associates working diligently at their desks. Last year, we started a new tradition with our very own version of Dog on the Shelf. We play live music in our stores, light up the town of Maryville, and give to those in need- these are just a few of our favorite things to do at Christmas at Altar’ d State.


$22,740 Average salary and additional cash compensation for Warehouse Associate $37,481 Average salary and additional cash compensation for Assistant Store Leader
25% Match of employee’s 401(k)/403b contribution up to 4% of salary75% Company-paid health coverage for employees (for Below $60k)
45% Company-paid health coverage for dependents (for The company supports associates earning less than $60k annually at a higher rate across the board. Exact percentages depend on coverage tier and plan election.) $1,000 Student loan debt repayment
Peru Mission Trip - Coprodeli


14 days Paid time off after one year of full-time employment 5 days Paid sick days after one year of full-time employment
4 weeks Paid sabbatical after 5 year(s) of employment 14 Days Paid time off as of first day of full-time employment


70 days Job-protected maternity leave (including FMLA/STD) 40 days Average length of maternity leave new mothers take
70 days Job-protected paternity leave (including FMLA)10 days Average length of paternity leave new fathers take
70 days Job-protected parental leave for adoptive parents (including FMLA)*


  • Mental health care
  • Alternative treatments (such as acupuncture, homeopathy, or chiropractic)

Community and Environmental Impact

48 hours Paid time off to volunteer $2,947,110 Philanthropic donations in last year
Self-Conducted Environmental impact audit Yes Renewable energy program


  • Written policy prohibits discrimination based on (at a minimum) age, disability, race/ethnicity, religious beliefs, gender and sexual orientation
  • Formal programs (such as resource groups, mentorship, networking, or other affinity groups) support professional development for: Under-represented racial/ethnic minority groups; Women; Lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender employees; Disabled employees; Speakers of English as a second language; Employees reentering the workforce
  • 1 events a year connect employees with peers from different racial/ethnic, religious or country-of-origin identities
  • Non-birth parents in same-sex relationships can take parental leave

Leadership Diversity


Workforce Diversity

Associate Volunteering - Compassion Bags


Habitat for Humanity

How to Get Hired

We asked Altar'd State for some inside information on how to get hired at the organization. Here is what they had to say.

What key characteristics tell you a prospective employee will be a great fit for your company?

We are looking to hire the best talent out there and are always looking for great associates to add to the family. There are a few key characteristics that tell us a prosepective associate will be an EXCELLENT fit at Altar'd State. Here are just a few of those: * Tenacious * Selfless * Humble * Responsible * Visonary * Inspirational * Creative * Empowering * Adaptability * Resilience * Solution Oriented *Entrepreneurial spirit  Also, we strive to find talent who will understand that you are not working for the finished product, but rather you are on the ground level of something amazing! 

What can prospective employees do to get your attention?

Prospective associates looking to get our attention should:   * Know and Shop our brand * Have an opinion * Have a results- driven resume * We LOVE portfolios! * Have a strong social media presence * Be comfortable and confident * Actively volunteer * Be loyal * Higher education We love getting resumes, we get excited about new connections on Linkedin, we love being followed on social media, and we love being a place where people want to come on board and adventure with us!  

Are there any positions or types of candidates you are particularly focused on hiring in this coming year?

Because we want our stores to be a full sensory experience (see, hear, touch, smell), we are looking to hire candidates with fashion merchandising and art degrees for our visual leadership positions. Candidates who enjoy creative freedom rather than a Planogram should check us out. Bring on all the artists!!!  

What should interested candidates do to find out more and get started?

Interested candiates should follow us on social media (we're all over the web). Definitely check out our careers Instagram to learn more about who we are and what our associates think about Altar'd State, visit our career website, visit a store, and/or reach out to our friendly and energetic recruiting team. We can't wait to meet new talent!

hiring Outlook

1,300 Forecasted positions to fill in coming year 21% Job Growth
25 Average applicants per opening 12,989 Total job applicants
4% New hires by employee referrals 24% Openings filled by current employees
42 Recent graduates hired 70% Voluntary turnover for full-time employees
123% Voluntary turnover for part-time employees
* All figures refer to 12-month period prior to reporting, unless otherwise noted.

Follow Altar'd State

Related Companies