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Bloomingdale's Reviews

Updated Jul 25, 2014
All Employees Current Employees Only

2.8 473 reviews

52% Approve of the CEO

Bloomingdale's CEO Tony Spring

Tony Spring

(21 ratings)

44% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Employee Discount if you can afford to buy anything on your meager poverty-level salary(in 62 reviews)

  • Great discount and Bloomingdale's looks great on your resume(in 44 reviews)


Cons
  • Huge disconnect between salaried management and commissioned sales associates(in 40 reviews)

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

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    Waiter (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsThe restaurant is a hidden gem, tucked away on the 6th floor so people usually don't know about it unless they have researched it or it was recommended by a friend. The company discount was nice too.

    ConsMost of the staff are rude and at time's, inappropriate on the floor. Yelling and fighting in front of customers are clear no no's. Most of the kitchen staff is wonderful but the head chef can be a nightmare and really unpleasant to work with. I don't appreciate getting yelled at for asking what's in a dish. Also the restaurant is really old and it looks like its needs a "face-lift".

    Advice to Senior ManagementFind yourself some new, more welcoming servers and a better tempered chef and the place could really be spectacular.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Mixed

    Sales Associate (Current Employee) Glendale, CA

    ProsPeople fun, funny, laughed myself silly. Management very kind, caring, trying to develop us. Ego boost. Like social hour without drinks.

    ConsCompany uniform a drag for me -- black, dark grey, dark navy -- I wanted real FASHION!!!! Never worked so super duper hard in my life, hustled like a waitress. Customer culture, (or maybe just times we live in brought in returns galore). I probably spent too much time with customers, didn't have the love 'em leave 'em schtick down well enough, I bonded too much, helped the ones my co-workers passed up. Bummer with stuff you thought was sold...was bang, bang, bang, back and me dead sucking back the 10% commission I thought I made. Daily, weekly goals, constant pressure, which is typical for sales, but not enough customers, and near-grueling work with the same taped music since Xmas, could drive a body crazy and then some. Six months in and 24 hours a week I made 10K. Competitive with co-workers can be a head trip. Take NOTHING personally, develop a thick skin, don't gossip...:) Would work at Xmas for the 'fun' (and workout).

    Advice to Senior ManagementLove my bosses. They're doing all they can I am sure. I'd wish they'd raise the base, hope they continue to try to get customers in. Hated customers telling me to my face, "Why do I need to buy it from you (or, now). I'll just get it later online." Lack of pay due to returns eroded my over and above efforts. And, maybe change up the music more, turn volume down a wee bit...add a restaurant...

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Bloomingdale's is a good place for people starting off and if you love fashion, they give one hella of a discount.

    Sales Professional (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsThe discounts are great. Commission and opening credit cards can increase your pay and sometimes you receive gratis.

    ConsThere doesn't seem to be an equal opportunity for advancement. Management is inconsistent and sometimes i don't understand how some people have been qualified for the job they are placed.

    Advice to Senior ManagementProvided associates with the materials they need in order to work efficiently. Spend some time engaging with sales professionals because they are the ones that are producing your results.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Traditional luxury brand retailer

    Manager of Human Resources (Current Employee)

    ProsA fair degree of autonomy, employee discount

    ConsThe company is big on committees and subcomittees (meetings upon meetings), change averse

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

     

    If you like client calling for sales... this is a place for you.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThe discount is amazing... the people I worked with were amazing... my manager was amazing...

    ConsCold calling customers, not so fun. Excessive presale events and unrealistic sales goals for a location with very little foot traffic.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRestructure client based calling and sales, focus more on conversion.

     

    Good for college students

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosyou make decent money with flexible schedule

    Consjob can be repetitive and customers can be very mean.

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    For older prospective employees, use caution

    Men's Shoe Sales (Former Employee) Orlando, FL

    ProsBenefits, discounts, perceived employee recognition

    ConsPOS (Point Of Sale) computer training was a nightmare for me . I did inform HR that I was not a terribly fast learner, not a problem I was told, problem. I was put on a training computer connected to the POS training terminal and told I needed to learn it all before they let me on the sales floor. What happened to, "not a problem"? After five and one half hours of frustration, there is a lot to learn, I asked if I could leave and continue tomorrow. One of the officers of the company came over with a dour look on his face. The end result was that he told me he never had anyone wanting to give up and try again the next day. The other part of the equation was that it was 25 miles and 45 minutes each way through three different major freeways, having to wear a black suit every day, plus being told that certain sales people could never meet their commission just selling one product. Two days was enough for me.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe more empathetic towards older prospective employees that are not accustomed to POS systems such as yours.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    God experience overall

    Womens Shoe Salesman (Current Employee)

    ProsFlexible hours, discount, good benefits, chances for advancement

    Consinventory was poor so customers constantly frustrated, too many associates in a commissioned area, not always interviewing for the position you applied to.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWhile the return policy is great for the customer, it is terrible for a commissioned associate. Accepting back used, worn merchandise, or products bought a year or more ago is discouraging.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Opportunities for competitive pay, but inconsistent work environment, and no opportunity for growth and development

    Sales Professional (Former Employee) Los Angeles, CA

    ProsCompensation is hourly, plus commission, which makes great opportunity to make competitive money at a part time job! I had a great and appreciative sales manager.

    ConsYou must "meet your draw" weekly and cumulatively to earn commission. Management varies between departments and stores. Many are not very supportive, expect high sales numbers, and there is very little training on how to drive sales numbers. These results in many "sharks" making good commission, and those providing actual customer service getting stuck making very little money. Opportunities for growth don the west coast do not exist unless you sell a half a million a year personally. I have heard that that is much better on the east coast. Sales associates tended to by catty and immature.
    I was with the company for 3 years and was appreciated by my coworkers and sales manager, but there were no opportunities presented. I left for a better position and better pay in the same industry, received a promotion in 3 months, and a promotion to store manager in 2 years. If you are looking to move up go elsewhere. If you are looking for a fairly well paying commission based part time job, go here!

    Advice to Senior ManagementConsider well-rounded employee development. Make it a priority to see every employee as an individual, and train to develop that individual to the success of the department. Provide incentives and opportunities for promotion.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Decent college job

    Sales Associate (Current Employee) Santa Monica, CA

    ProsFlexible scheduling, employees are able to pick up and switch shifts using the computer system. Employee discount is pretty good when there are sales going on. I was technically just an evening/weekend employee so I wasn't eligible for benefits but I think if your part-time (20 hours +?) you can get benefits which seems pretty good.

    ConsMy location was very slow at times and it can be difficult to reach sales goals. Employees can be very clicky and work feels like high school sometimes. Foul play sometimes with commissions.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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