L Brands

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Updated Apr 27, 2014

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3.4 194 reviews

80% Approve of the CEO

L Brands Chairman and CEO Leslie H. Wexner

Leslie H. Wexner

(133 ratings)

69% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work-life balance, freedom to be creative in work, good development plans(in 16 reviews)

  • The company has great people and an enriching work environment(in 13 reviews)


Cons
  • The cons are that the environment is stressful and the work life balance is not great(in 16 reviews)

  • long hours, payroll, senior management(in 9 reviews)

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    Sales Associate

    Sales Associate (Former Employee) Orland Park, IL

    ProsVery laid back environment, you can make your own schedule

    ConsManagement is ran extremely poorly.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe more careful of who you hire as management.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Informative but not worth the stress

    Freelancedesigner (Current Employee) Columbus, OH

    ProsI get paid more than I have at other jobs but its significantly lower than other people. Theyare understandingabout needing time off.

    ConsI'mtreated like a second class citizen because I'mfreelance. I have way too many responsibilities for being freelance, getting paid less, having nodiscount, having no benefits and for staying late. The management can be very rude, manipulative and deceptive and they lied about "leaving your title at the door."

    Advice to Senior ManagementShow some appreciation!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A company with an excellent top guy (Les), but the managers that report to him are clueless. I'm happy to be gone.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Columbus, OH

    ProsWorking in the HQ was great. A bright cheery atmosphere. The cafeteria food was the bomb.

    ConsWhere to start:
    --Managers of departments get promoted to job clearly because of who they know, not what they know.
    --Problems in departments are often covered up and hidden from Les - if he really knew or was allowed to know the inner workings of some of his departments, he'd go nuts.
    --Having people in charge of millions of dollars and the don't have a college degree or even any relevant experience to do their job
    --Firing those who speak up about procedures that have proven time and time just not to work.
    --Allowing politics and well, politics to run rampant.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPull your head out of the sand and find out what is really going on in your company. How many good people do you have to lose before you get it? How many class action matters do you have to duck before you get it? Promote and hire people with experience, not just because of who they knew/know.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Limited Brands

    Functional Manager (Current Employee) Loveland, CO

    ProsGreat Benefits
    Nice Gratis and product bonuses
    Vast majority of associates are happy, motivated young women

    ConsManagement staff integrety, consistency, and professionalism is very sub-par
    "Customer-centric" culture is not upheld by policies, nor does home office uphold policies that it thrives to implement through store staff - i.e. return policies

    Advice to Senior ManagementI believe that the majority of this company must function at a very high level, however, there are problem areas existing in decision-making and consistency that are a direct result of emotional rather than logical and policy-based problem-solving. It seems as though there is too much room allowed (especially on a store level) for emotional reactions to take presidence over professional and logical business maintenance. In addition, the amount of power or clout given to store level and district level management has resulted in management's failure to recognize associates for accomplishment andhas also resulted in failure to give associates the respect that they deserve in their workplace.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Limited Brands Corp Environment

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Columbus, OH

    ProsThe money is competitive for the Columbus Market and the perks are great.

    ConsAdvancing at Limited Brands is all about who is in your corner.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLeadership would be well advised to stop beating up on everyone if they want anyone to stay much longer.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good learning experience, not so great for long term prospects.

    Finance Manager (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat learning experience in one of the largest specialty retailers; some very good people working there.

    ConsLack of work/life balance; lack of caring by upper management; lack of teamwork between groups; can encounter "boys club" in some areas.

    Advice to Senior ManagementUnderstand that associates are one of the most important resources in the company, and that people do have other options when it comes to leaving!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good place to start

    Co-Manager (Former Employee)

    ProsThe best reason to work for limited brands is to enjoy the great discount. The clothing is great and it is a good way to establish a professional wardrobe at a steep discont.

    ConsNo internal growth opportunity. The District Managers would rather keep members of management teams in a role that they have clearly outgrown then promote from within. Empty promises were often made to the management teams.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLook within your four walls for talent, talent does not always have to be external. If you do not let your team grow in to new roles when they are ready you will eventually loose them to a company who will.

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    Challenging place to work

    Project Manager (Former Employee) Columbus, OH

    ProsLimited Brands always provided a challenging work environment.
    There are some good and talented people there.
    I worked in the Information Technology area & there was always a new challenge.
    By working for a very visible retailer, you could often see the results on your effort. For example in the catalog or web site you could see features and functions that you had worked on, such as gift cards.
    The compensation package was quite good for a midwest city with nice benefits such as a forty percent discount.
    The user community was very supportive of IT & extremely knowledgable which made them easier to work with

    ConsMany very talented people left the organization due to burn out. No matter how much U accomplished it was never enough. Although you may have earned 27 days of vacation there was never a good time to take it
    People had to learn how to say "no".
    Once you had become proficient at a technology or system, it was very difficult to expand your area of expertise as you were always needed for that system. More IT functions were being outsourced (off shore) where there was no business knowledge or loyalty to the company.
    This makes for a fearful environment for those remaining

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop outsourcing IT work, especially off-shore

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    Big name, little pay!!

    Help Desk (Current Employee)

    ProsBenefits are good
    Locally well known company that looks good on a resume
    Discounts on products
    People are friendly but watch out when an available position comes up, cause the claws will come out

    ConsNo recognition for work performed
    Career path is foggy at best, internal associates don't appear to have any advantage to obtaining an open position as one from off the street.
    Pay is lower compared to similar positions at other companies.
    Promotions are based more on seniority than ability.
    Hiring process is too simple and it doesn't always weed out unmotivated individuals.
    Due to the large company aspect many associates get away with poor work habits when if they were at a smaller company would've been shown the door in a heartbeat.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay more attention to your employees and pay them what they're worth and some of them might stay around!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    LimitedBrands - Back to the Future

    Manager (Former Employee) Columbus, OH

    ProsThere were great people who worked their butts off to make the brands successful. It was a great team atmosphere.

    ConsOne word..... burnout, burnout, burnout

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe company is turning back into the horrible "burn and turn" reputation as a place to work that many spent a large part of our careers fixing. And you just laid off many of the folks that fixed that reputation.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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