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Bloomingdale's Reviews

Updated October 22, 2014
Updated October 22, 2014
528 Reviews
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Pros
  • Employee Discount if you can afford to buy anything on your meager poverty-level salary (in 70 reviews)

  • Great discount and Bloomingdale's looks great on your resume (in 48 reviews)


Cons
  • Huge disconnect between salaried management and commissioned sales associates (in 43 reviews)

  • Reviews are primarily based on credit card applications taken and not on actual service (in 29 reviews)

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  1.  

    loss prevention detective

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bloomingdale's

    Pros

    close to my house for driving

    Cons

    no communication, horrible mgmt, no respect

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    show respect

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Bloomingdales Short Hills New Jersey

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales in Short Hills, NJ
    Current Employee - Sales in Short Hills, NJ

    I have been working at Bloomingdale's full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    nice environment, lots of activity, busy day, constant activity

    Cons

    negative inexperienced management, nothing is ever good enough, they drive you into the ground, constant goals, no appreciation, unless you're outstanding you are considered inferior, managers are rude and self serving and care only about themselves, phony store manager, no respect for personal needs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    hire managers with experience who really care and want to help and who care about the sales people as humans

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Bloomingdale's Short Hills

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Short Hills, NJ
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Short Hills, NJ

    I have been working at Bloomingdale's full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity to work with very nice customers and beautiful products.

    Cons

    Immature young managers who talk at you and down at you. Hyper, intense, insensitive managers who care only about your numbers. Nothing you do is ever good enough. You are in a rat race all the time,Terrible schedule working all weekends and nights with no respect for your personal life. Manic store manager who talks so fast we cannot understand her. Toxic critical environment. Old fashioned uniform demands a black jacket in a very hot store with no air conditioning.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I worked in other stores and this one has the worse managers ever. High turnover of managers means they must be unhappy as we are.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Do not work here.

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at Bloomingdale's full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    When I was on an hourly wage they gave me over $13 an hour which was nice.

    Cons

    Moved to commission and I swear management does absolutely nothing to help or support you. They're always on your tail about opening new accounts and selling more no matter how well you've done and never praise good work. They turn a blind eye to anyone stealing sales from another associate as long as they're making money out of it. The company is just the epitome of corporate greed at its worst. It's an absolute jungle on the floor, no camaraderie or team building whatsoever. The upper management talk down so condescendingly to sales associates it's absurd. You're treated like a slave! And god forbid you ever try to call a manager over for help, they always get nasty and obviously irritated with you for wasting their time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    How about actually being a supportive presence on the floor for your associates to sell?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    My time with this company was emotionally draining and very negative in most aspects..I had expected much more.

    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Bloomingdale's full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Attractive physical surroundings in which to work, and a FEW fellow coworkers that were supportive of the department AS A WHOLE.Great person who was in HR,very kind and professional.

    Cons

    Constant turnover of department managers and extremely racially charged environment that was FOSTERED BY SAID MANAGEMENT! Nepotism to the max.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    GET OVER YOURSELF AND TREAT YOUR EMPLOYEES WITH SOME RESPECT AND CONSIDERATION.THEY ARE THE REASON YOU HAVE A JOB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Put much less emphasis on opening credit cards and more on promoting a positive work environment at all levels>

    Doesn't Recommend
  7.  

    Low class trash coworkers, unreasonable customers, and inconsiderate managers

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at Bloomingdale's part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The only good thing is comission. Commission really varies a lot on area and individuals. But the extra cash is the only thing worth doing if your only other option is minimum hourly wage job. The employee discount is okay, but employee discount is pretty standard at most retail places.

    Cons

    The coworkers are literal low class trash who can't act professionally. Even when there's commission and yes everyone has to work hard to compete for it, the way coworkers go about it are really terrible. Some customers can be really sweet, which can make your day, but some are really unreasonable and don't understand the fact that you as a sales associate have very little control over a lot of rules.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please reinforce professionalism in the work atmosphere.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Humiliating & Unappreciated

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    Former Employee - Support in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Support in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Bloomingdale's full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good for your resume & teaches you how to survive difficult work obstacles.Co workers are talented,skilled & nurturing. You gain true friends in them.

    Cons

    My manager never felt the need to work but instead delegated all the work to her team. Not once did I hear a sincere thank you from her or any form of gratitude. She would gladly take credit for our work but would throw her team completely under the bus if a project went south. Self serving and ruthless, she never feels the need to cultivate & nurture her team. Loved by management,there is no potential for growth unless you are on her good side.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be observant & realize management's shortcomings.learn to value the people that work under you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Do Not Take Job- Do not drink the juice

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    Former Employee - Merchandise Associate in Livermore, CA
    Former Employee - Merchandise Associate in Livermore, CA

    I worked at Bloomingdale's part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    I would say the generous discount if only you didnt have to open a Bloomingdale's CREDIT CARD in order to take advantage of your discount.

    Cons

    - Total and utter disorginaztion
    -No training
    -No support from Management
    -Low Pay/No Commission

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Designate TRAINERS and dont' throw someone with someone because its convenient
    Make sure the trainers schedule is similar to the trainee as to not leave the trainee on the floor alone on the first day (due io trainers lunch break)
    COMMUNICATION! COMMUNICATION! COMMUNICATION!
    Dont throw someone into the lake without some paddles.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    WIN SOME....VERY LITTLE IN THIS CASE

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bloomingdale's full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Lovely co-workers make it a bearable daily experience.

    Cons

    Draw/commission is ridiculous, especially at a 6% rate. Return policy is unfair. Previously sold items, even ones sold years ago, come out of seller's paycheck. Total disconnect between upper management and sellers is so loud it echoes throughout the store.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be realistic and put yourselves in your employees shoes They are working long hours and not exactly bringing home the proverbial bacon. Daily Rallies are BS

  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    DO NOT WORK HERE. REPEAT: DO NOT WORK HERE.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Professional in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Sales Professional in New York, NY

    I have been working at Bloomingdale's full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great discount. Great associates (except for the girls that work for MAC: they think they're above everyone else somehow).

    Cons

    Everything. Horrible hours. Horrible health insurance (very expensive yet covers NOTHING). Horrible pay. Horrible management. "Managers" are hired straight out of school and usually have little to no work experience. Horrible dress code. Horrible operations. Horrible sales. Horrible merchandise. Horrible return policy. Draw vs. commission means when it's slow or when the buyers get it wrong or when it RAINS you might not make your draw and you wind up owing Bloomingdale's money.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Follow the example of your more high end competitors i.e; Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Bergdorf Goodman: pay your employees a wage that will actually cover their living expenses and you wouldn't have to deal with a barrage of complaint letters/emails. Your employees aren't helpful/happy because they're stressed out: they can't pay their bills, they're at the mercy of an OPEN return policy which directly affects their pay, they can't take vacations without worrying about going into deficit, etc. Also, you should PROMOTE FROM WITHIN. Stop hiring 22 year old college graduates to manage highly experienced SALES PROFESSIONALS. Also, if you're so worried about DIVERSITY then perhaps you should think about hiring people besides Caucasians to fill managerial roles.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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Outside of the Flagship store for Bloomingdale's department store, located on Lexington Avenue in New York City. (Photo by Coolcaesar - available under under CC-BY-NC-SA 3.0 & GFDL, v1.2)
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Magnolia Bakery at Bloomingdale's

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