Deb Shops

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Deb Shops Reviews

Updated January 21, 2015
Updated January 21, 2015
123 Reviews
2.3
123 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 7 reviews)


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

  • The new district manager is driving my old store into the ground (in 10 reviews)

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  1.  

    Had really cute plus size clothes!!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Deb Shops part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of different styles for plus size girls.

    Cons

    They are going out of business and it was a really nice store.

    Recommends
  2.  

    I loved this company

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

    I have been working at Deb Shops

    Pros

    Loved working with the people.

    Cons

    43+ hours a week. They were long shifts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have fun with your associates.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Have to be dedicated but the hard work pays off.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Store Management in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Store Management in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Deb Shops

    Pros

    Great opportunity for development and advancement. Nice 40% discount. DM and RM were open and honest really great to work with.

    Cons

    liquidation; spending on unnecessary things rather than investing in the business

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Home office management and those in charge of spending should have been smarter about what to spend money on. We didn't need so many people at home office and then no hours in the store.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    It is a pleasant work environment if you like to play dress-up!

    • 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 a year)

    Pros

    Good for professional growth. Most times promotions are given within the company as long as they have qualified individuals.

    Cons

    Pay rates and sometimes not enough employees scheduled for the volume of work.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Satisfactory job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Store Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Store Manager in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    the environment is always upbeat, a lot to do to keep you busy.

    Cons

    lack of payroll during peak times. Not enough attention to hardworking people. No promotions available once you reach the top tier of field management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    support those who want to move up and be a larger part in the organization.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Loved it, but was going downhill.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mansfield, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mansfield, OH

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

    Pros

    I loved the discount and the clothes. Loved the girls I worked with, just wish there was more consistency and they give seniority more hours than just recently hired associates.

    Cons

    No consistent management. They began to hire a bunch of sales associates at one point which brought all of our hours way way down!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire someone who will actually stay as manager instead of so many that couldn't handle it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Positive environment leads to success

    • 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 part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Discount is the best you'll get anywhere, no other store gives a 40%

    Cons

    Promo changes are hard to do when you have to tear down your walls and four ways just to create these price points. DM will not respond ASAP to issues

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This company needs lots of work. DMs really need to be able to communicate faster with the stores. Payroll should allow more hours to give to associates to keep them happy and with our store. The attitude of the manager changes the way your associates and assistant managers work in the store, leading to great customer service and bigger sales.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    An amazing place to make lasting relationships and develop yourself into your role !

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Pittsburgh, PA

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

    Pros

    The resources this company gives you to build onto your career is fantastic! My district had given me opportunities to travel and help out other stores in need. This may sound like a con, however if you look at it in the positive light those opportunities gave me the chance to see problems I may not come across in my home store and been able to develop solutions therefor adding to my skill set. Constant training and developing workshops such as Visual Merchandising and Loss Prevention. There was 100% communication between myself and my district manger as well as strong connections with other leaders in other stores. My district manager was an amazing leader and teacher. This company recognizes internal talent and promotes within. The new fashions are fabulous and the discount we receive is generous. Benefits offered for full time as well as a nice PTO package. Paid holidays for Store Managers as well as Full Time Assistants.

    Cons

    Payroll would be my biggest concern only because the square footage of most of the stores are enormous and flex hours given for workloads (promotional changes, markdowns, visual sets) just we're not enough to maintain a fully covered store. Recovery standard also lacked because of this as well as an increase in theft and concern of safety. Receiving or completing training of new and/or current employees is much easier in a lower volume store and I have personally seen the nite and day difference between training in a low volume store versus a higher volume store. The turn over rate in my initial lower volume store was extremely low compared to the higher volume store I transferred to and I attribute this to lack of payroll given to coach and develop. There is a "get it, understand it or get out" mentality. Work-life balance can be managed especially with a schedule of rotating night and weekends and weekends off. Store managers are required to work 44 hours a week however a majority work between 45-52 just to fill in and complete tasks where additional payroll would be nice. Promotional changes are a struggle especially when one comes down during the middle of the day and easily take an hour to complete and that's when the doors are closed with no customers. External theft is high and hard to manage. I look forward to the company's action plan.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize internal potential talent and ensure everyone is treated the same and fairly based off policies and procedures. Have realistic goals and expectations of your staff. Be understanding, a coach, and a leader. Always be positive and allow your staff to be themselves and have a lil fun. Believe in your people and they will believe in you :)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    A good company if you would like to advance.

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

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

    Pros

    Good training for the most part.
    40% off discount start out with 15 days pto

    Cons

    low pay for the work at times requires the sm to work 44 hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep with it things are getting better I have been with deb for over 4 years and this is the best year it has been yet

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Debshops can be an amazing place to work.

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

    I have been working at Deb Shops part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    If you're looking for a permanent home in retail/a store to run,you should definitely consider Deb.
    We are in direct contact with our dm, regional and home office daily.They are always encouraging, energetic and full of ideas to increase sales (which increases management bonuses.)
    Sometimes we do get promo changes mid day,but it's rare and easy.

    Cons

    I don't know about other stores,but the amount of coverage we need vs payroll hours is unrealistic in terms of preventing shrink.
    It's a great place to work if you plan on moving to a full time management position, but if you're looking for a part time associate position,we currently offer only 3hr shifts per associate per day in my district.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut down on quantity of staff and focus on quality.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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