Body Central Reviews

Updated October 23, 2014
Updated October 23, 2014
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Body Central President, CEO, and Director B. Allen Weinstein
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Pros
  • The 40% discount would be great if the product were of adequate quality (in 22 reviews)

  • Great discount with a fun upbeat eniviroment great job to start retail management career (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • too much shipment - not enough support from upper management (in 8 reviews)

  • Sales goals are unattainable for such a low volume mall (in 6 reviews)

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  1.  

    Dysfunctional

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

    I worked at Body Central as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice people work there but they are not able to execute due to poor leadership

    Cons

    Totally unprofessional, dysfunctional structure, no process, no collaboration, everyone working in silos, no strategy, and what is worse lies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get real

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Store manager- left by choice

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Store Manager
    Current Employee - Store Manager

    I have been working at Body Central full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some really great networking opportunities with both customers and former managers that have helped me on my journey to leave the company.

    Cons

    -No training. It is impossible to train managers when you have 165 payroll hours to work with. It is impossible for two managers to work 8 hour shifts every single day with this payroll. How can you train your managers if you are unable to see them?
    -upper management is awful... For the most part. I have been lucky enough to meet some great managers. None of which are with the company any longer... Which should speak volumes on it's own. But the district managers that are still with the company have clearly never had an entry level business management class in college, because they likely don't even have college degrees. But if they did they would know that degrading their employees does not lead to productivity.
    -there have been nearly 20 job cuts amongst district managers and corporate level employees in the last 6 months. So now as if the DMs didn't struggle enough when they had to manage 7 stores, now they are managing 18 stores. This should prove to be effective........
    -the stores are cluttered, tacky, and unable to be shopped by customers unless they are being helped by an associate. Well thanks to the payroll cut, how can every customer be thoroughly helped when you have 2 on 2 coverage during a $6,000 Saturday.
    -body bucks is the dumbest most pointless "promotion" to customers that I've ever heard. What kind of deal is "spend $30 today and you'll get $10 off your $30 purchase in a month" .... Customers look at you like you're crazy yet this is supposed to be the ultimate solution to the plummeting sales and CEIs.
    -the company has no idea what it wants. There is no consistency from a product standpoint or an operations standpoint.
    I had never felt so undermined, disrespected or unappreciated as I did with body central. I have been counting down the days until my last day and the only thing I'm thankful for about this experience is the 100 hours of PTO coming to me.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There's no hope.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    15+ years of retail experience and Body Central is the absolute worse!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager

    I have been working at Body Central full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    40% discount on trendy clothes

    Cons

    Training?? What training? There is a training guide in place, but the stores do not get the hours to train correctly, not even for management.

    Company values? WHAT?! I can call our support number and have been cursed at. They treat you like you are stupid.

    As far as promotions, no one is around long enough to receive a promotion. This company has an extremely high turnover rate. When I started, I was actually approached by managers of other stores in the mall and asked what was going on with this company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Want to have managers that are selling?? Don't threated to write them up every time they don't meet their sales goal. Not a way to raise moral. Just stresses the managers out (who actually really do try and already have a lot on them).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    unrealistic expectations

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

    I worked at Body Central part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    obviously the 40 % discount.

    Cons

    workload overshadows customer service:( not organized with floorset, schedules, ect...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    good luck..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Body Central is a joke!

    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Body Central

    Pros

    Nothing. The 40% discount would be great if the product were of adequate quality. Clothes should not be such a disposable item and should hold up at least 6 months. Simply put, the merchandise is cheap and the quality is substandard.

    Cons

    1. Standard of clothing is poor; jewelry is extremely cheap.
    2. Training -- oh... What training?? No hours are provided to adequately train managers or associates for that matter.
    3. No adequate lunch/breaks given. Hours are so tight that coverage cannot be provided for lunches.
    4. The IT department also is a joke. When called to fix certain problems, the techs act as if they dont know what they are doing.
    5. In all my years of working retail I have never had the displeasure if working for an "organization" that clearly lacks organization.
    6. At times, workload is unrealistic as well as expectations regarding workload.
    7. It is very clear that people really do not matter to this company from a human resources perspective.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing because if senior company executives get paid $750,000 to "run" this joke of a company there is no advice i can give.

  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    The company does not give its employees the resources they need to be successful

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Christiansburg, VA
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Christiansburg, VA

    I worked at Body Central full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The only pro is the 40% discount on clothes. Store Managers are also eligible for a monthly bonus if you meet the sales target.

    Cons

    I came in as a brand new Store Manager and was appalled at the state of the store. They had at least 20 large boxes of damages from over the last 3 years, as well as at least a years worth of clearance taking up all of the Z-bars in the back, not to mention 13 additional large boxes of clearance that was supposed to have been recalled, but was not. Most of the store's merchandise had not been marked down to the correct prices either, which explains why they had so much clearance backstocked- they weren't marking things down!
    The store was also literally falling apart, and the company would not send a maintenance tech to fix the problems. Doors were falling off of the cabinets in the front, 4 out of the 7 drawers were broken, one had the cover falling off with nails sticking out of it. The staff only had 2 out of their 4 sets of keys so the locks also had to be changed. Instead of sending a locksmith, the company mailed me a bag of lock columns and new keys with no directions. I had to have my boyfriend read me off directions from a youtube video to change the locks myself. The place was absolutely filthy- dead bugs under the gondolas, wads of dust bunnies in the corners, and gum EVERYWHERE- stuck to hardware, in the carpet, almost permanently part of the floor.
    There was absolutely no organization to the backroom at all. They were storing their signs and window clings on pants hangers so they were all torn and had holes in them, not to mention there were hundreds of signs that had not been thrown away. The hardware was not separated, so everybody wasted a massive amount of time just looking for the supplies they needed to complete their tasks.
    The management team before me had been cutting girls they didn't like from the schedule without telling them- I had to call someone to come in on their days off at least 4 out of my first 7 days. My "trainer", a manager from a store in a city nearby supported those decisions. She came in for 3 days, told me everything that was wrong with the merchandising, talked about how bad the girls were and how they hadn't been doing their jobs, but never actually trained me on anything. I was actually a special case, in that somebody came to the store to show me how to do some things, but the company gives zero training hours to new hires. I was lucky to get the 3 days. The staff had no idea what they were doing, in part because the company does not have any sort of training program, just a couple of 2 minute videos explaining how to sell things (for brand new sales associates). I kept asking if they had a manual or a merchandising book, but they don't have any of that either.
    You will literally never hit your sales target. The target for my store was planned up at least 20% to the sales last year. Completely unrealistic. The store I worked at was the poorest performing store in the district, with the next highest store nearly doubling our volume. The girls at the store were so poorly trained that all they would do is hang out behind the cashwrap all day. They had no idea how to do basic merchandising and cleaning tasks, like dust mopping, keeping things in size order, and I had no time to retrain them, because the company gives you major projects to complete every single day. They also receive shipment every single day, and want it out within 24 hours.
    The floorsets had little to no direction. The company sent us a floorset packet 3 days beforehand, with no styles numbers or specifics on what exactly should go where. You just have to guess by the picture. The company also routinely sends necessary stock and materials for the projects after the projects have already begun, or sometimes the day after. It was impossible to prep anything beforehand due to the lack of things like pants hangers, which also cannot be ordered with supplies.
    The other store managers and the girls at the store were very gossipy and two-faced, which is never something I am willing to deal with in any part of my life. People say it happens everywhere, but it definitely wasn't a problem at my last store. Everybody should be able to be courteous and respectful at work, even if you don't get along.
    Basically, I do not believe the store I inherited is salvageable. The problems there are systemic. I was often told "you can only do so much, just do what you can get done," and to "not be such a perfectionist." I was not aware that wanting to do things correctly so that I would not have to go back and fix problems later would be discouraged. The attitude they tried to impart to me was the attitude that got the store into the position it is in the first place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I told my DM I thought the company would be wise to close the store now instead of trying to invest the time and money into turning it around. Don't allow mediocrity! It is possible for things to be done correctly without requiring perfection. If you invest the time in training your girls, you would have fewer problems meeting your sales goals!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    I'm very dis satisfied with my time at Body Central and would not recommend it to anyone.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Store Manager
    Current Employee - Store Manager

    I have been working at Body Central full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    I can not think of anything that is nice about this company other than you get a discount of 40% on there clothes.

    Cons

    The company will hire you under false expectations, no hours to cover store properly, to many task to complete leaves you feeling stressed non stop.There is no training program for new employees, store manager are given zero training hours to train new team members.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develope a plan for success that is within resonable reach.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Undecided

    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Cincinnati, OH

    I have been working at Body Central full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The best part of working at body central is the discount and my Co workers

    Cons

    Having to work 9 hrs in order to get a lunch break, even if we work 7 hours we don't get a lunch break nor a 15 min break, my sm and Dm brought some one new in , which she don't know what she is doing but her pay is more then all but yet I ask for 1asm and was told I couldn't get it because we was making money, so how could they hire someone else and pay them more, and I do more work then her and my Dm ,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show your employees some appreciation,

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

    cut throat

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Store Manager
    Former Employee - Store Manager

    I worked at Body Central full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great discount for employees. Some really cute clothes. As a manager I had latitude on who I hired and what rate of pay I brought them in at.

    Cons

    As a store manager, make unrealistic sales goals or get fired. No if's and's or buts. Workload is ridiculous yet they preach selling and taking care of "her" the customer. No support from DM or RM. NOT a culture of taking care of people, people development, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on programs to develop your people- not just cram it down throats!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    the worst retail Job I have had in my 35 years of retail management

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

    I worked at Body Central full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    nothing about this company is worth working for.

    Cons

    Field management is terrible, Corp Management is terrible. They keep losing money. They talk out of both sides of their mouth!! They cant get the right product in at the right time and then blame the Store level management to running down .They are not to be trusted. They are not a loyal employer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When having a quarterly con.call with all managers make sure you hang up you phone, before you continue having a conversation about the company losing money on Saturdays- Sundays, Dm schedules. I gave a 3week notice to step down to part time. I was told that would be great, but then 2 days before I was to go to partime, I was told the RM didn't want me to because I was not available nights and weekend. She didn't think my 1st manager could flourish as the store manager if I was there. I have an email stating to hire people with daytime Mon-Fri availability. Bottom line is The Rm wanted to send my 1st asst to another store in the zone as an store manager, and when I gave notice it though a monkey wrench in the plans. I also send an email to all the upper management about the emails I had gotten about all managers and asst. managers not being on the team at the end of March if we didn't come in at -25% to Comp and at a 15% conversion. I got a phone call assuring me that everyone agreed with my email and that in no way was I going to be fired at the end of March, I was respected and admired with upper management. As a passed Dm I would have been thrilled to have a store manager stay on part time. Some people how ever will bite their nose off to spite their face. I don't have to work, don't need a pt job, just love retail. My husband and I are investors in companies. I would want to know how they are treating the employees. You want loyal employees you better be loyal employer. That is class 101 to getting loyal customers!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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