David Jones Reviews

Updated March 1, 2015
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  1. Buyer

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

    I have been working at David Jones

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Long term prospects and good personal development programs to advance your career. They offer an in house traineeship which is comprehensive and helps develops your skills in buying and planning.

    Cons

    The culture of the company has gone through several changes over the past few years and upper management has been plagued with frequent changes to board members which has led to inconsistent leadership and goal setting.

    Advice to Management

    Stay on track to deliver what customers are seeking and don't rely too much on what the competition is doing. The head office team is very competent and should be rewarded more often

  2. -

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at David Jones

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    hours can be flexible, good commission

    Cons

    some bad management and store policy

  3. Love

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Assistant in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Sales Assistant in Sydney (Australia)

    I worked at David Jones part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I had an amazing time working there, and it helped me become who I am today. An amazing experience and I recommend it if you want experience and you can even stay there and build on what you started.

    Cons

    Lots of hard work and it takes a while build yourself up. There are not many benefits when you just start and it may be hard for some people to balance their work and life in the beginning but it is worth it in the end.

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  5. David Jones offers flexibility, reasonable wages, good discounts and a good working environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Salesperson in Perth, Western Australia (Australia)
    Current Employee - Salesperson in Perth, Western Australia (Australia)

    I have been working at David Jones part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexibility of location, hours
    Great discounts across a broad range of products
    Nice uniform
    Accommodating managers
    Well presented workplace
    Broad range of products/ departments to work in

    Cons

    Product training is limited both initially and on-going
    Award Wages aren't anything special
    KPIs can be difficult to achieve in the current economy

    Advice to Management

    Increase training, encourage frontline staff to meet KPIs to enable commissions, bonuses to supplement fairly low award wages.

  6. Well structured company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Assistant in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Sales Assistant in Sydney (Australia)

    I worked at David Jones part-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Working in store full time you get every second weekend off, this is great for moral. You get staff discount, and more on all black. they provide great intensive training so you know everything about your role and feel confident. The other staff are all professional and friendly.

    Cons

    Strict uniform and long hours over the holiday period. I worked until 12am over Christmas and was never asked how I was getting home.

  7. Great part-time work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Beauty Advisor in Brisbane (Australia)
    Current Employee - Beauty Advisor in Brisbane (Australia)

    I have been working at David Jones part-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Hours can be quite flexible (discouraged but negotiable), managers are understanding and will try to work around your commitments. Ample training in customer service and friendliest staff I've ever met.

    Cons

    Stock management process can be extremely time consuming. Most managers are great but there are some who lack knowledge of what it's like on the selling floor, thus placing extra unnecessary loads on employees.

    Advice to Management

    Advice to buyers: take note of what's in demand - stop buying things we don't sell!

  8. Helpful (1)

    Good menswear department team

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at David Jones

    Pros

    The line manager is very supportive and will help us with any work difficulties. I have a good team to work with.

    Cons

    Times can be challenging especially when there are not enough staff on to sufficiently serve customers, and be able to take breaks.

    Advice to Management

    Increase staff to customer ratio to give a better shopping experience for customers i.e be able to spend the time to help customers out.

  9. I enjoyed the job but the company was quite disorganised

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Assistant in Adelaide (Australia)
    Former Employee - Sales Assistant in Adelaide (Australia)

    I worked at David Jones part-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There were many positives about working at David Jones, the team environment, friendly manager and staff discount

    Cons

    It was quite disorganised and as a casual employee there were some weeks where I was given no shifts and others when I was given way too many

  10. This job can be demanding and unflexible for casual staff during peak season.

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

    I worked at David Jones part-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Generally the managers are understanding if you are a student seeking for a casual role. However, during peak season you will have to ensure that you are ready for more work even if you have other difficulties.

    Cons

    The working hours are too short, around 4-5 hours, and the break are quite limited for long shifts.

    Advice to Management

    Be more understanding on students, especially when they are casual staff.

  11. I had a positive experience, gaining lots of experience in a variety of buyership's.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Buyer in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Buyer in Sydney (Australia)

    I have been working at David Jones full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You can work your way up from assistant buyer to buyer if you are the right fit for the company and demonstrate your ability and willingness to do the job.
    Great team environment.
    Develop a great skill set that is valuable in the retail sector.

    Cons

    There is a lack of work flexibility (not encouraged to work from home, can't work part time). This only really becomes an issue if you end up having children.

    Advice to Management

    Offer some part time roles so that you can keep your more experienced staff.

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