L Brands
3.4 of 5 191 reviews
www.limitedbrands.com Columbus, OH 5000+ Employees

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Updated Jun 14, 2014

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L Brands Chairman and CEO Leslie H. Wexner

Leslie H. Wexner

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69% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    An awesome learning experience

    Project Manager (Current Employee)
    Columbus, OH

    ProsLearn a lot; Ahead of the curve in fashion retail; they always hire the best talent

    Conswork/life balance can be an issue at times

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    Very educational and great work environment but dissatisfied with growth.

    Assistant Designer - Contractor (Freelance) (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsGreat Work Environment
    Associate Appreciation
    Successful brands (rewarding)
    Great learning experience
    Great management
    Full time associates have amazing benefits package, growth opportunities, and many other perks

    ConsKeep freelancers for YEARS without awarding them company discount or benefits
    Long hours with no overtime and no paid personal days, sick days or holidays for freelancers
    Freelancers do not have the same growth opportunities as full time associates but sometimes have the same or more daily responsibilities. Sometimes freelancers have even been managers of a department for YEARS before being hired full time.
    This is a multi-billion-dollar company - they should be able to hire their long-term freelancers.
    Very political - be careful who you trust and how you interact with others.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire your freelancers after they've put in a full year or offer full benefits, sick days, 401K, promotion, etc. A successful company is one that values all of it's employees and gives incentives for all their hard work.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good Start to a Career...but movement is a must

    Operations Supervisor (Former Employee)
    Columbus, OH

    ProsGood strategic direction, overall good leadership, smart, young, hip company. Work-life balance is fair, you get a significant number of PTO days from start. Discount is good if you are a female. Good place to start a career, get chance to learn a lot about the retail fashion industry.

    ConsLacking realistic long-term opportunities for high achieving individuals..."need to wait your turn" in a lot of situations. Dead-weight in many areas of the organization..."lifers" exist almost everywhere and are clogging up opportunities for younger, talented employees. Lacking pro-active approach to doing business, lots of reacting. Extremely seasonal industry, super busy during holiday season.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDevelop way to speed up development, promotions, career opportunities for young, educated, high achieving folks, or they are going to walk....as many do.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Customer Service but... Horrible Treatment of Employees

    Customer Sales Lead (Former Employee)
    Newark, DE

    ProsAwesome treatment of customer. The way I would want to be treated as a customer. The company hires great talent and has terrific brand loyalty in the market.

    ConsTreatment of store-level employees is atrocious at times. Especially during the holidays and when quotas aren't being made. The people making it really happen on the sales floor with the customers receive gift cards while everyone above receives the "real" bonus. There is way to many "cliques" and corporate politics are the worse. Their open door policy is not so open door and their third party "ethics" hotline does nothing but file reports with corporate HR. If you don't fit into a preconceived "brand image" kiss any upward movement goodbye.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPractice what you preach! Treat everyone with respect, especially store level employees who are getting the job done for you. Get rid of these corporate politics. It decreases your company ethics severely.

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    Politics, Politics, Politics

    Associate Operations Planner (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsGood discount, I personally work with a great manager, big company, internal cafeteria

    ConsPeople are so gossipy and it feels like high school. Everyone's talking about everyone and complaining about their jobs etc. True, Upper Level Management doesn't seem to know what they're doing though they're getting paid the big bucks, while the rest of us are carrying all the weight on our shoulders.

    So hope you like sucking up, cause you're going to have to do a lot of that.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLead by example...

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    Good company for someone who can dedicate 60 hours a week to insure a succseful career.

    Project Manager (Current Employee)
    Columbus, OH

    ProsBeing associated with mega brand recognitions like Victoria's Secret and Bath and Body Works, adds a level of prestige to ones career.

    ConsDespite promoting a corporate culture of work-life balance, there is significant pressure to work long hours and "do more with less". There is always that pressure with any company, but it is significant at Limited Brands, especially if there is any aspiration for getting to next.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLook harder at your internal resources for promotion into leadership roles. A resource proficient in a technology does not make a good manager, but someone who IS interested in management and a leadership role, just might work out better.

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    Good company, terrible culture

    Creative Director (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsGreat bonuses and compensation level (but raises are minimal)
    Respect usually follows hard work
    Company usually manages to weather all kinds of storms well and perform to plan

    ConsOutdated departments and corporation model
    Top-heavy; senior management rides on the backs of its non-bonus-earning employees
    Difficult to get ahead with truly creative work
    Super-conservative outlook
    Insane spin
    No respect for the wish to have a life outside the company
    Top management stays too long (15+ years) and fails to remain current

    Advice to Senior ManagementIt would be nice if you actually "walked the talk".

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    "Limited" Brands

    Operations Supervisor (Current Employee)
    Milpitas, CA

    ProsWonderful products and wonderful people. A fun work environment.

    ConsPoor compensation rate; very stringent on hours. Very little gratis.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBetter associate connectivity.

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    Decent place

    Sales Associate (Current Employee)
    San Antonio, TX

    ProsGood clothing discount and the duties are simple to perform.

    ConsManagement tends to hover and the credit card is stressed too much considering you receive no commision.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNothing really its their job to act a certain way it justs grates after awhile.

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    Learning a lot, but don't feel like my work is appreciated.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat benefits, good work environment with associates who like what they are doing, holidays are a blast with high pace and energy

    ConsWork-life balance is not always there for those in management, hard work goes unappreciated by upper management, there is no streamlined communication from home office to stores and DM's to SM's and on down the line

    Advice to Senior ManagementI think that the company is run well and has a certain way of operating which is fine, but sometimes I feel that front line managers aren't heard the way they should be. They know the customers best and sometimes I feel that what they have to say doesn't necessarily matter. Feedback seems to be welcome but not taken seriously.

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