Development & Training
Our ongoing training and the experience you gain can provide tremendous opportunities for advancement within Pike Nurseries or our sister company, Armstrong Garden Centers. You help determine your advancement and career path. Our team is here to help you achieve your career goals.
New-Hire Orientation Training
Setting the expectation for our associates from the very beginning to insure complete understanding of our company vision is just part of our New Hire Orientation. Our number one goal each and every day is the customer and we strive to exceed their expectations. This introduction to a career with Pike Nurseries covers a wide range of topics that will inspire and prepare new employees for their first day with our company.
Management Trainee Program
The Manager Trainee Program is a nine week program of hands-on experience into the ins and outs of our operations. This comprehensive nine week training program provides interactive classes that practice coaching and training employees, store operations, financials, human resources, buying, marketing, visual merchandising presentations and much more. The capstone of the program has trainees giving a presentation to Pike Nurseries upper management. This program is designed to teach not only our business but the leadership skills needed to become a successful store manager.
"The manager trainee program helped me to be able to get out of my bubble and see the big picture. I felt that everyone really cared about my success."
"I learned the big picture of retail management, the culture and the differences in the various stores. I’m practicing how to coach rather then telling people what to do. The program gave me the opportunity for my voice to be heard all while absorbing ideas and training."
"The thing I liked best about the management training program was walking the stores with the district managers. It gave me the opportunity to ask questions, offer ideas and receive honest answers and feedback from the management staff."
New to Position Training
Our Pike Nurseries training manager meets one-on-one with management level associates taking on a new role within the company and works individually with them to give them the tools they need to succeed. This training is customized for each associate based on their experience and personal strengths and challenges. We truly dedicate ourselves to giving you the tools to succeed.
Assistant Manager Training – Coming Soon
We want every member of our management team to have the opportunity to continue their professional growth and development. Our Assistant Manager Training is to set our leaders on the course of more effective and efficient leadership. It gives them a more advanced training on store operations and financials, human resources, and overall employee mentorship and development, so that they can easily transition into their next career opportunity with Pike Nurseries.
Sales Skills Workshop
Our customer is our number one focus. In this training, we develop our associates’ knowledge in the areas of customer service and selling. We uncover the customers’ wants and needs and walk through different scenarios to help develop our associate’s confidence. This is a very interactive program that will give new associates key selling skills while challenging associates with decades of experience.
New Product Training
Knowledge is power. Our buyers only bring in the best products that work in our area and it’s important that our associates know the products so they can give our customers accurate information that will allow them to garden without guesswork. New product training is offered in a variety of ways including supplier-partner seminars and training, store meeting product focuses and in-store buyer visits.
Pike Nurseries Trade Show and Product Knowledge Fair
Each February, we create our own internal tradeshow that features our valuable supplier-partners. Associates spend a day learning about new products and freshening up on our current product mix. This high-energy day is filled with dynamic speakers, great product knowledge and gives associates a chance to connect with other associates in the company. It truly is a one-of-a-kind event that is designed for our associates.