Deb Shops

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Deb Shops Reviews

Updated October 17, 2014
Updated October 17, 2014
106 Reviews
2.2
106 Reviews
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Dawn Robertson
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • You get a 40% discount on their clothes, which is good because they are very cheaply made (in 16 reviews)

  • The employee discount is decent, but that's literally the only good thing I can think of (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management not only is on different pages but in different books (in 18 reviews)

  • Work-life balance can be managed especially with a schedule of rotating night and weekends and weekends off (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Drama

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Deb Shops

    Pros

    the discount was really cool

    Cons

    way too much drama with all the females

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    What they don't pay you in money, they pay you in experience and learning.

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

    I worked at Deb Shops full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I have an excellent team that makes coming to work enjoyable. My DM is very supportive and helpful. The work is challenging so it really pushes you to learn and become a better manager. Plenty of PTO days.

    Cons

    The pay is not competitive at all, and they have no interest in being competitive. I had a member of executive management tell me that I need to hire managers that no one else wants so that they will take the pay rate we offer. Deb wants "hungry people" as she put it. They are so worried about cutting payroll costs (pay rate and budget hours) they do so at the cost of losing sales. SM has to work 60 hours a week just to maintain the store because the budget is ridiculous. Yet when executive management visits my store, they complain that enough people aren't scheduled to cater to customers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in a proper workforce and you will get the money back tenfold in sales. Stop treating your employees like garbage. If the company treated employees right and was able to retain them, they wouldn't spend so much precious payroll training new employees. This company is extremely disorganized. Figure out a system and stick to it. You are all wasting your employees time by making bad decisions. And the Store Managers are the ones that have to suffer because they need to put in all the extra hours to fix your mistakes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Repetitive.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Erie, CO
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Erie, CO

    I worked at Deb Shops part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    A physically easy job, good hours.

    Cons

    Repetitive job. Nothing new or exciting.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    very very stressful!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Akron, OH
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Akron, OH

    I worked at Deb Shops full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    as a full time assistant manager, the pay is decent, the discount is good 40%.

    Cons

    negative work environment, constant promo changes-- sometimes in the middle of the day! tons of tasking not enough customer service, not enough hours for coverage-- heavy shrink... at my store, we went through two sets of management and then the new manager walked out, also had our regional manager quit and our new district manager rarely showed up... she didnt care about what was happening in our store. constant gossip, lies, backstabbing, and when you did tell her she just said that we all needed to learn how to "play nice" together. this was the worst job i have ever had in my life.. i was so stressed on a daily basis. my "new" manager actually told me that yes, we need to help customers, but shipment is more important. this company is horrible.. dont walk away... RUN!!!!! i'm very serious.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    when you have constant strife in a store and someone is coming to you honestly and truly caring and asking for help.. maybe you should listen? you say that customers come first but with 2 person coverage (and i personally had one person coverage for up to 6 hours at a time) and a big store in a mall where there is high shrink, how can you really have eyes everywhere and do everything? listen to your employees, not just the dm who is never there. and if you say you care, actually mean it. thats a tiny start.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good at first but then went downhill.. Quickly

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

    I have been working at Deb Shops full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Discount is great but the staff is even more fun to work with. Some customers are good, depends on the clientele that's being brought in. Product is cute, fun and trendy.

    Cons

    District and regional managers can be cruel and nasty. Basically said no one was able for a raise after lowering shrink substantially. Last minute changes especially to floor sets. Gossip central.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get it together or you will lose employees quicker then they can be replenished.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    Been a Rough Company

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

    I have been working at Deb Shops full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The people you work with in the store on a day to day bases.

    Cons

    Terrible training program, lack of consistency with in company standards, difficulty getting answers from upper management, lack of trust in employees, biased accountability

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't lie to your employees and place the blame on former upper management. Find a way to better communicate. Don't overload stores with product during floorsets! Do markdowns before floorsets so they can be done easier! Reward your employees better for hitting goals and don't accuse them of having it out for you!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Hectic stressful chaotic!

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

    I have been working at Deb Shops full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    People whom you work with. Everyone strives to do their best and wants to reach goals or standards set.

    Cons

    Constantc change in standards, day to day. What is ok on one dm visit will not ok by another. No consistency. No rhyme or reason for rules or visual standards or changes to them. Upper management not only is on different pages but in different books. Benifits are costly. Constant schedule changes because of last minute floor changes or markdowns or other random non-customer service oriented activities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure it out before the ship sinks, we all know its flooded on the lower level. You have many passionate ememployees, show appreciation for long term ones. Most of what your trying to change or introduce has been done before.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    A confused company

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

    I worked at Deb Shops full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The discount is really good

    Cons

    The high expectations they put on the management team to drive sales but also pile on the task and dont give you the hours to get it done!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company need to show more support to the stores. They need to be more consistant in the company look between stores. Some stores are working with minimal supplies to execute the floorsets they come up with. Then they dont get any kind of training...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Stay Away

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Deb Shops

    Pros

    Good discounts. Cute clothes and pretty free range with the dress code.

    Cons

    Terrible to work for, they don't care about their employees, the clothes are poorly made, the higher level management (DM) sucks and was rude and mean to all her employees. It was awful everyone hated it there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get a new district manager!

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    My Last year there was horrible and miserable!!!

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

    I worked at Deb Shops full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good discount, fun atmosphere once you get the right staff

    Cons

    Regional manager was the most unprofessional person I have ever met in my life!!! If she doesnt like the way you look she doesn't want you working for deb...no work/life balance....shoplifting in that company is horrible they give you no security devices to help you....if your shrink comes back bad they threaten your job....

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They need to get more professional people to be leaders

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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