Hudson's Bay

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Updated Jul 16, 2014

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2.9 166 reviews

78% Approve of the CEO

Hudson's Bay Governor & CEO Richard Baker

Richard Baker

(49 ratings)

46% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work environment, competitive pay (in 11 reviews)

  • There is work life balance and it is culturily diverse company (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Too much emphasis on selling the HBC credit card (in 14 reviews)

  • Aggressive culture, lack of feedback, lack of training, long hours (in 9 reviews)

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    Analyst (Former Employee) Toronto, ON (Canada)

    ProsUsed to be a nice place to work, lots of possibility for growth

    ConsTreated like a cost, expected to work long hours for no benefit, constantly increasing workload, huge lay-offs, outsourced employees

    Advice to Senior ManagementPut value in your employees not only in the bottom line or current stock price.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

     

    NOt the best company on the market

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosgreat company, great future, largest dept store in north america

    Consbad management, needs new ideas

    Advice to Senior ManagementFollow orders, do not question

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    Traditional and not so innovative

    Sales Supervisor (Former Employee) Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    Pros-Canadian heritage
    -Very well-known in Canada
    -Benefits structure beneficial if you want to stay long-term
    -Employee discounts

    Cons-Ideas don't flow through the company. They want to change up the style and innovate but it's not happening from the ground level up
    -Most of the employees are older. The fresh bloods don't stay around long enough to contribute
    -Slow-paced. Good if that's your style. Bad if you're there to learn quickly.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to the employee's opinions on how company processes can be improved.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    there is no way to advance

    Sales Associate (Current Employee) Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    Prosits a pay cheque. there is nothing more i can say about this company that would be pro.

    Consmanagement doesn't allow you to advance per your career goals. They don't treat associates the same as they do our customers.

    Advice to Senior Managementlisten to what the associates want

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Lack of management

    Sales Associate (Former Employee) Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    ProsIf you get a good manager and coworkers it can be fun. It might depend on your floor or area.

    ConsNo training, my manager was never there when needed.
    They never have enough people for the amount of work needed.
    Management orders were never communicated properly.

    – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    It was alright

    Retail Sales Associate (Former Employee) Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    ProsI got to work with some really good and interesting people. The hours were flexible so I was able to work around my school schedule.

    ConsMore often than not, when enforcing sale exceptions and the like, once the customer asked to speak to a manager, the manager would give in and make us look like idiots. Also, I eventually got phased out of work.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHonestly, I would advise that you don't undermine your staff when enforcing restrictions put in place by the government as it sends out mixed signals.

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    hbc

    Manager (Corporate) (Former Employee) Toronto, ON (Canada)

    ProsThe history of the company is what drew me there as it has long reputation in Canada and is known around the world. While The Bay has done well under Bonnie Brooks, there is a long way to go in regards to improving other areas of the company.

    ConsCompany is very backward in terms of early adoption. Takes too long to get things moving. Corporate would rather watch other companies do something, and then if they think it works, they copy it. For employees, there is no movement to progress or move up the ladder. Good to work for if just starting out to get some experience, but don't stay too long. Moral is generally low in most departments.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Disapointing

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsLots of new brands and products - there is potential for improvement and growth if the right changes are made. There were a few excellent staff members and managers, however they were under tremendous pressure.

    ConsCompany needs to focus on HR issues. Unreasonable expectations and pressure placed on limited staff who have no training or experience.

    No training, no procedures or structure, massive scheduling and retention issues, lack of awareness for policy (as a result of no training), unorganized and messy working environment, unhealthy atmosphere, constantly working to maintain and prevent disaster but no time to improve or perfect clear issues.

    GREAT people are unfortunately leaving quickly. It's really nobody's fault within the store - this is a top-down problem.

    "culture and Values" may be great on paper, but almost impossible to maintain because of lack of resources

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Sales Associate-Underpaid Nightmare

    Sales Associate (Former Employee) Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    ProsSOME of the sales associates were nice

    Cons-micromanagement issues
    -only had a 30 cent raise after working extremly hard/full-time hours while in high school (worked for 1.5 years)
    -the older staff members treated younger associates (myself included) with disrespect
    -target is to open up credit cards
    -customers were the worst and super cranky

    Advice to Senior Managementtreat associates better.. we are hard workers too

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    nightmare

    Retail Sales Associate (Former Employee) Toronto, ON (Canada)

    Proscustomers,employees,breaks if your able to take one

    Consunder paid,overworked,no support from managers,no training

    Advice to Senior Managementhire full time people

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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