L Brands Reviews

Updated March 1, 2015
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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    Leader in intimate apparel and body care.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Manager in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - IT Manager in Columbus, OH

    I worked at L Brands full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Relentlessly innovating. Understands the customer. VS, in particular, has good customer loyalty programs.

    Cons

    Enormous expectations from employees. Cut throat reorgs and layoffs to meet very optimistic growth goals (despite lacking viable competition).

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Great atmosphere, but not the best for career development

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at L Brands as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    There are some great people who work at Limited Brands and the culture is very relaxed and flexible. The buildings are gorgeous and there's a Starbucks and sometimes a product store on site. It's a great place to start your career, given the reputation behind the brand.

    Cons

    However, most people get stuck in the same role for years or burn out from capacity. There's seems to be absolutely no succession structure within the firm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't have an intern program if you're not going to have anywhere to place them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Overall, pretty good

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

    I worked at L Brands full-time

    Pros

    Great discounts, posh place to work, great cafeteria and starbucks

    Cons

    Basically everything is a crisis

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Once a freelancer always a freelancer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Production Coordinator in New York, NY
    Current Contractor - Production Coordinator in New York, NY

    I have been working at L Brands as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great team and great environment to work for. Nice perks and health coverage.
    The NY office is large and the whole building in midtown Manhattan belongs to them.
    The office space is neat, clean, organized, lot's of space, and the staffs are nice for the most part. I enjoy working with talented employees that were great to work for.

    Cons

    During the interview process I highly suggest that being honest with a potential candidate is very important. I went for an interview as a permanent position and turns out a week later it was temp. They promise that the position will become permanent when honestly the closest thing to permanent is the renewal of your contract. As a freelancer you don't qualify for anything as oppose to permanent employees. You feel like an outsider trying to peek in everyday and to be accepted. Most staffs are very nice and helpful while some others are just rude and not friendly. As a freelancer you feel restricted and limited. The company itself is going through a restructure and it is mayhem in there. Meetings can overlap and many meetings in your calendar. They need to be more organized, need to minimize the so many charts they have and try to come up with a better and organized system. As a freelancer you're not kept in the loop most of the time. .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire permanent employees that can bring so much potential and skills to the company rather then temps.
    Provide a better package to your temps.
    Don't limit the potential a person can bring to the company by just having them do the grunt work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. Overall Limited Brands promotes and trains associates from within and allows career growth

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Columbus, OH

    I worked at L Brands full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, Career Growth, Associate perks, promotes community volunteerism

    Cons

    Office politics, not always correct people in management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Limited Brands has lost excellent talent because of office politics and poor management. Upper management needs to observe closer what is happening within the business itself.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    Great retailer to learn the ropes from but you need to be patient

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH

    I have been working at L Brands full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    One of the most successful retailers period
    Senior leadership is very accessible
    People are great to work with
    Compensation and benefits are very competitive

    Cons

    Lots of politics
    Promotions can take a long time and there doesn't seem to be too much of a rhyme or reason as to who gets them and when
    The organization is very functionally siloed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create leaders that have a breadth of experience, not just in one area of the business

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. Senior Financial Analyst

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Columbus, OH

    I have been working at L Brands full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    People are general nice to talk to. Friendly environment.

    Cons

    Too much rely on networking to get opportunity. Not a fair and open competition.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Managers should get more feedbacks from employees and take actions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Creative Services

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Store Designer in Columbus, OH
    Current Contractor - Store Designer in Columbus, OH

    I have been working at L Brands as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    -Great experience
    -Learned more than I ever wanted about retail
    -Made connections
    -Good springboard for other jobs (looks great on resume)

    Cons

    -Poor leadership
    -Long hours
    -Lack of feedback
    -Poor direction

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When hiring someone for a senior leadership position, give them a trial period or only sign them for one year. That way you can get rid of a BIG problem QUICKLY.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. A great experience with a lot of personal and professional growth.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Retail Store Manager in Vernon Hills, IL
    Current Employee - Retail Store Manager in Vernon Hills, IL

    I have been working at L Brands full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    My time with the company was during a lot of growth and development. Many people were promoted and a lot of focus was put on developing teams to the next level.

    Cons

    I felt that during the recession things were difficult every where however it seemed as though the value of the employees really became non existent and it became a matter of watch your back.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go back to truly caring about your people,

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful

    Good Place to Work, if They Like You

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Design in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Technical Design in New York, NY

    I worked at L Brands full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some great coworkers. The workload is not heavy, but not terrible. They offer flexible hours. Not a total cookie-cutter work environment; they'll let you be flexible with cross-functional partners to make workflow smoother. Benefits are pretty good, the 401k match is better than a lot of companies, but not amazing.

    Cons

    There can be a lot of politics. Some of the high-level management can play favorites more severely than I've ever seen (if they love you, you can do no wrong; if they don't like you, they'll make your worklife miserable until you quit). I left for a better offer elsewhere, but I lost a lot of great coworkers due to upper-level mind games.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to which of your departments heads play favorites too heavily and rein them in. If people under a specific head keep leaving, look into why that's happening and fix it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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