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Body Central Reviews

Updated November 21, 2014
Updated November 21, 2014
92 Reviews
2.2
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Body Central President, CEO, and Director B. Allen Weinstein
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Review Highlights

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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    Assistant Manager

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    Former Employee - Second Assistant Manager in Fayetteville, NC
    Former Employee - Second Assistant Manager in Fayetteville, NC

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

    Pros

    Loved coming to work enjoyed my job

    Cons

    Then they started changing everything cutting hour left me and another assistant to do dm's job store manager's job and first Assistant job ,and complained that we weren't getting anything done with 2 on 2

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Current Sales Associate

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    - Good place to work if you are in high school/college and need a part-time job.
    - 40% discount.

    Cons

    Employees don't get trained to do their jobs very well and then get blamed for it. I understand that they are budgeting hours, but they can have the new hires come in and train when it's not busy. At my store, management continues to hire people that are untrustworthy or can't perform the job well. I understand there will be some bad apples, but after a while, this is management's fault. Management needs to use better judgement when it comes to selecting new hires. We also have a problem with theft. Theft is hard to prevent when we are under staffed and have many tasks to complete for the day. Turnover is very high. I have been with the company for 8 months and nine people have left since then. Two of those people were in management. Management at the store level on up don't care that employees are leaving. They just hire new employees only to see them walk away within a month to six months. If Body Central wants sales to improve, they should create an environment that will want people to stay and do their jobs. The overall environment is unprofessional and unorganized. All of these problems are very easy to solve, but there seems to be no motivation to solve them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you find yourself with a poor, and dwindling staff understand that it is partly your fault. Be more selective in who you hire and offer some incentives for people that are working hard.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Way too unprofessional

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Moorestown, NJ
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Moorestown, NJ

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

    Pros

    The 40% off and company incentives were amazing. The work was easy breezy. Customers were very fun to work with.

    Cons

    Sales goals are unattainable for such a low volume mall. Can't say it's company wide, but there was no respect shown for employees. Working here I felt like either you're bffs with the boss, or you're fresh meat for gossip. It would be nice if the store manager acted like she was at work and not a high school.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to be more selective with your hiring process. Don't just give a girl keys to the store because she knows the ins and outs. If you don't have *people who love people* running your store, you can forget about a profitable uplifting atmosphere.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Former Employee - Retail Co Manager
    Former Employee - Retail Co Manager

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

    Pros

    it was a great way to meet new people and the co workers were great

    Cons

    too many floor sets, professional management, unfair treatment to employees, too many hours at work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be more understanding to the needs of your employees

    Doesn't Recommend
  6.  

    Ugh!

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier in Denton, TX
    Former Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier in Denton, TX

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

    Pros

    The 40% discount is amazing. I love the clothes. Some of the girls were awesome. That is all. Not worth an application, I'll never go back.

    Cons

    Only scheduled once a week, unless employees quit or were fired than the hours where good until they got them replaced. Too much drama with the store managers and assistant managers. Sales associates have to clean the store at the end of the day and I did NOT sign up to be a janitor. Assistant managers make the associates do ALL the work and then get pissed when associates need help or have a question. The sales goals were unrealistic for our location.

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

    Great Concept but work disappointing

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate
    Current Employee - Sales Associate

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

    Pros

    Great discount
    Some managers are friendly

    Cons

    Horrible wages that are not competitive, required to meet sales goals with little to no recognition or sales bonus for the hard work. Lack of full time positions and leadership may be weak at some locations as far as fairness and teamwork. Very old and outdated tactics and this company needs a boost in products offered to customers to create a better shopping environment to be able to compete with bigger companies like h&m and forever 21 but the potential is there just switch the clothes out sometimes they repeat every year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would go around to each store and listen to the sales associates who are on the floor everyday who sells the product and get advice based on trends, customers likes and dislikes because the sales associates see this everyday and would help with an edge for Body Central which has sooo much potential. I would also try to get some fresh ideas for clothing and accessories as well as fresh and young people selecting them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Dissatisfied

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    My discount is nice, (some of) my coworkers are fun to work with, work-life balance is so-so. Full-time benefits are really good.

    Cons

    I've been with the company for less than six months and I'm ready to find somewhere new. Everyday is a challenge here, from the unrealistic task load to providing customer service to women who don't desire my help from entry to fitting room to checkout. A lot of hiring and firing, threats of getting written up has become my life here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get it together corporate! Find out your target market because "her" is a broad range of high school girls to elderly women. Once the target is found then a brand image can be projected and merchandise for that target market can be purchased and sold and profit can be made. There's too much emphasis on creating a visual appeal for a budget conscious consumer they need better promotions / ways to save and better product to purchase. The competition is killing us!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Job not career

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    Former Employee - Customer Service in Jacksonville, FL
    Former Employee - Customer Service in Jacksonville, FL

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

    Pros

    Most people were awesome to work with. Managers laud back.

    Cons

    Noise level is horrible. Pay is sad. Not much room for advancement. No standards set in place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hold everyone accountable to do the same amount of work. Monitor noise level and computer browsing. Reward good work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    I was extremely overworked and had to deal with a store manager who didn't know what they were doing.

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    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Greenville, NC
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Greenville, NC

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

    Pros

    Awesome employee discount, I got to meet a lot of interesting people, I had a lot of hands-on experience with visual merchandising which was fun, for me.

    Cons

    The company doesn't believe in promoting someone who is in college because they think a student wouldn't be able to put enough effort into their store; promotions are based on work availability over experience, education, or seniority; high employee turnover; policies changed frequently which confused employees and angered customers; horrible pay with no raise in 3 years of employment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hard workers should be rewarded rather than taken advantage of. District managers should pay more attention to the problems in the store by asking associates and assistant managers questions rather than ignoring them and only listening to the store manager.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Short and sweet

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    Former Employee - Store Manager in Jacksonville, FL
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Jacksonville, FL

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

    Pros

    loved the clothes and the people I worked with

    Cons

    too much shipment - not enough support from upper management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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