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Bloomingdale's Reviews

Updated September 9, 2014
Updated September 9, 2014
501 Reviews
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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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  1.  

    Unorganized

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in New York, NY

    I worked at Bloomingdale's part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    -Good Salary
    -Good Training
    -Friendly managers
    -Comission
    -friendly coworkers

    Cons

    -Unorganized
    -Low morale
    -Slow business
    -rude customers
    -long hours

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Perfect for Part-time

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bloomingdale's

    Pros

    Great as a part time job, flexible hours for part time along with having to deal with less drama. Possibility to make commission in a draw vs. commission department.

    Cons

    A lot of rivalry due to sales ownership, and stealing of other associates sales. A lot of stress and drama if working full time. Goals are often unreasonable. Not very busy throughout the year making it difficult to make numbers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make reasonable goals for your associates.

  3.  

    No regrets. Live and learn. For retail, it wasn't bad.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bloomingdale's

    Pros

    I have worked retail for a long time and this was my favorite team I have ever worked with. I miss them so much.

    For retail, it was pretty good. Great vendor seminars and sometimes even free product.

    I actually respect how unlike other retailers, Bloomingdales values a college education enough to only promote from within if you have a bachelors.

    Great assortment, great discount, and most managers in the downtown San Francisco store are high quality experienced people.

    Cons

    Very political back door politics. My divisional was notorious for firing anyone just because he didn't like them as a person and didn't want to work with them anymore. That is not respectable, and it should never have employers in fear,

    Draw vs commission is beneficial to them, but very horrifying for employees who slave away making a 2500 sale and then having their hard work ripped out of their wallet when they finally have a day off. All of their competitors pay that way though, so that one will unfortunately never change. I finally left retail altogether and I work for an amazing fashion startup that provides lunch, holiday parties on yahts and sporting events! And unlike Bloomingdales and other retailers, they invest in their people and promote from within. They love upward climb and they are all about trusting their employees to be supervisors before burning out from 800 years of experience. I get every Sunday off. Leaving was a great choice .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest and you will not have turnover. Make it a place people refuse to leave or else they will always seek to do better.

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  5.  

    it was a good experience I sold fur so it was quite different than a regular sales position.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bloomingdale's

    Pros

    Great Money With Commission.
    Great discounts and specials given to employees.

    Cons

    Many factors influence the fur industry weather being a main component.
    I worked part-time and the requirements that I witnessed of the full-time employees were very very high.

  6.  

    Holiday help

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

    I worked at Bloomingdale's as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Easy tasks helpful team good wage

    Cons

    early morning hours no room for growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    clean up warehouse

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    An up and down experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Professional Women's Shoes  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Sales Professional Women's Shoes in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Bloomingdale's full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Potential for high income if in a commission based department. Diverse workforce. Edited fashion assortment that reflects the latest trends. Opportunities to learn about and sell from all areas of the store are encouraged and education and training in those areas are regularly provided. Work-life balance depends on the associate.

    Cons

    Political. If you are in favor you're protected. If you're not, good luck! Very high turn rate. Very 'event driven' with sales every other week; this causes gross fluctuations in income. High performers and good employees are held to a higher standard, often causing burnout, while 'middle of the road' associates are allowed to skate by: this encourages an environment where it pays off not to care and do the minimum for the greatest personal gain. Very little management supervision. Higher producing associates are encouraged, and almost expected, to come in on days off or work extra hours to meet departmental or event goals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop with the cheerleaders and look for the true leaders within management and on the sales floor. Hold everyone within a department to equal standards, goals and expectations and then enforce by being present and managing. Don't lean on your superstar managers and associates so hard that they burn out and stop caring.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate  in  Boca Raton, FL
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Boca Raton, FL

    I have been working at Bloomingdale's full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great company, friendly co workers.

    Cons

    hr at my location was iffy. Was unsure of what they wanted out of the employees and had no goals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let your workers have more control. Empower your workers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    High-end store

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate  in  Costa Mesa, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Costa Mesa, CA

    I worked at Bloomingdale's full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good employee discounts, nice friendly environment.

    Cons

    Huge turn over, micromanaging

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

    Mixed

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate  in  Glendale, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Glendale, CA

    I have been working at Bloomingdale's part-time for less than a year

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Company 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 ManagementAdvice

    Love 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...

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Restaurant Waiter

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Waiter  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Waiter in New York, NY

    I worked at Bloomingdale's full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    Most 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 ManagementAdvice

    Find yourself some new, more welcoming servers and a better tempered chef and the place could really be spectacular.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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