Bare Escentuals

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Bare Escentuals Reviews

Updated October 10, 2014
Updated October 10, 2014
200 Reviews
2.9
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good benefits and a great product make it a really easy company to work for (in 21 reviews)

  • Great Discount, bonus good (when can hit sales goals), great products and customers (in 20 reviews)


Cons
  • NO WORK LIFE BALANCE, don't expect to have any kind of life ever (in 13 reviews)

  • There was a lot of drama in my store and upper management did nothing but fuel it (in 21 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Boutique Manager

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Boutique Manager
    Former Employee - Boutique Manager

    I worked at Bare Escentuals full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great Product!!! Discount was awesome and store associates are amazing! Great place to build up your cosmetic experience. Great place to work as long as you are NOT in management!!

    Cons

    Company cant seem to make up their mind. Ever since Leslie left, it has lost the "Girlfriend experience" . Seems like they are all about the big sell now and no longer have a personal approach to building the business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop giving unrealistic goals to management and stop changing "The Vision" every other month! Hire and retain supportive members of management that allow open lines of communication and support associate honesty, instead of catty-double talking, two-faced managers/district managers that will lie and throw you under a bus in order to get what they want!

    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great company to work for. Amazing innovatative products.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Bare Escentuals

    Pros

    They value their employees and listen to your feedback.

    Cons

    It is a company of constant change and you need to be extremely flexible.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Assistant Boutique Manager

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in West Des Moines, IA
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in West Des Moines, IA

    I worked at Bare Escentuals full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The company is very client focused and looking to sell products based on the person's needs, not the store volume needs.

    Cons

    The company is still new and still learning how to grow into the multi-billion company they could be. The pay, communication, and management tools/support are still lacking in consistency making training, coaching, and tracking success/opportunity difficult and time consuming.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find consistency in product/training materials. Ensure communication is sent and received by the specific employees targeted. (one email for everyone but the store manager to share can breakdown functions if emails aren't received by all targeted employees). Begin to enable stores to have an allowance they may use to promote and market the products comfortably, additionally the store can obtain needed emergency office supplies or supplies not on the normal order list.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Bare Escentuals

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Botique Manager in Lancaster, PA
    Former Employee - Assistant Botique Manager in Lancaster, PA

    I worked at Bare Escentuals full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    I loved the "girlfriend" atmosphere. Some of my closest friends are women I met while working there. The product is truly amazing. I would not purchase any other product. The company itself is amazing and they offer great training, incentives, perks and so on.

    Cons

    Working in a company where the majority of employees leaves for some cattiness, as well as that high school atmosphere where everything is a popularity contest. In my personal boutique it was difficult trying to balance out my store manager who was selfish and self serving. She took advantage of the lower employees and forced them to work holidays while she took off, and would not allow them the time they requested off. As the assistant manager she had not allowed me to grow in my management position. Also the new district manager did not like me or the fact that I was friends with all of my employees so she managed to get me to leave. My poor experience is central to only one store. The company itself is great and if I could I would go back in a heartbeat.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Always be fair.
    Don't take advantage of your employees.
    Always lead by example.
    Delegate managerial tasks to others rather than keeping it for yourself to do. Your management team needs to be able to grow as well.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    learned a lot, but hard to advance within

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bare Escentuals full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    fun company culture, good makeup discount

    Cons

    To many meetings so it's hard to get work done, high employee turnover in home offices, micromanaged from the top, hard to get new ideas passed, lots of internal politics around promotions and advancing, departments tend to work in silos and have trouble communicating internally.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Empower your teams vs. telling them how to run their business/dept.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Typical retail job...but higher pay.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Beauty Ambassador in Omaha, NE
    Former Employee - Beauty Ambassador in Omaha, NE

    I worked at Bare Escentuals part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    - Good pay for a retail position ($9-$11/hr depending on experience)
    - Gratis (free full-size products occasionally)
    - 50% discount
    - Opportunity for monthly bonuses if the store makes goal
    - Opportunity for advancement
    - You get to apply makeup to customers, FUN!
    - Full-time benefits are very good

    Cons

    - Part-time benefits are TERRIBLE and do not meet the minimum requirements of the ACA for acceptable coverage.
    - Do not get sick ever....EVER!!
    - Personal sales goals could be a con if you are not comfortable in sales. You do not just show people makeup and check them out...you are expected to sell the crap out of that stuff
    - Only the manager and assistant manager get full-time hours
    - My least favorite experience of being employed here was the politics. There should be a zero tolerance policy set by management regarding gossiping and passive aggressive bullying. There is not. In fact, about half of management was involved with or fueled the gossip. Even if you never whisper a word about someone else, you will not be safe! I feel like this is a common problem in retail and it only takes a few bad apples to ruin the whole bushel.

    If it weren't for the petty gossip, favoritism and clique-culture of this store, I would have given 5 stars.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should cultivate healthy working relationships, not feed the fire. Lead by example and stop gossip as soon as you hear it...especially among management. It is a small store and everyone knows everything that is being said.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Awesome if you're the manager

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Beauty Ambassador in Mishawaka, IN
    Former Employee - Beauty Ambassador in Mishawaka, IN

    I worked at Bare Escentuals part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Discount, ease of moving up in store

    Cons

    company growth is low past store level

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look into who you're hiring as your store manager... They could be trying to clean house based on their own beliefs, even if it means lying to getting someone terminated.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great philosophy

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Logtistics in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Logtistics in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Bare Escentuals full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible hours and a very fun place to work for

    Cons

    Non-competitve salaries. Their salaries are below the market ones and is hard to get promoted.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    A good learning experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Key Holder
    Former Employee - Key Holder

    I worked at Bare Escentuals full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Gratis, Healthy Makeup for your skin, Great products-it sells itself. Great place to learn and practice your selling and makeup techniques.

    Cons

    Micro-Management. If you are doing well in store and making sales goals, it is very hard to move up because they will want to keep you where you are. Work/Life balance is horrible. Impossible goals are set so that it is very hard for the store to make their bonus. There was a lot of drama in my store and upper management did nothing but fuel it. Expectations are too high for what little you get paid. Upper management was very unprofessional. No matter what they tell you about the "girl friend" experience, all that matters at the end of the day is sales.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Poor choice in boutique management.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Beauty Ambassador in Springfield, IL
    Former Employee - Beauty Ambassador in Springfield, IL

    I worked at Bare Escentuals part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great training, and free hotel stays and meal/travel reimbursement to the training.
    Friendly, helpful corporate staff and trainers that are very involved in the trainings.
    Rewarding work. Making people feel good about themselves is always great.
    Lots of gratis.
    Great product.

    Cons

    Poor pay.
    Poor choice in boutique management.
    Low bonuses
    Heavy insistence on sales goals.
    Offers completely free makeovers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Interview your management more. I worked in a store where the first manager had to be reported for violent tendencies and demeaning the employees, and then the next manager was MORE rude and had even less experience in cosmetics. I called HR AND informed the district manager of her attitude and nobody seemed to care. Within a month of her being hired every worker who was originally there quit. You would think that would put up some red flags in recruiting, but apparently not.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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