Limited Brands
3.4 of 5 184 reviews
www.limitedbrands.com Columbus, OH 5000+ Employees

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Updated Apr 1, 2014

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Limited Brands Chairman and CEO Leslie H. Wexner

Leslie H. Wexner

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70% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Overall Limited Brands promotes and trains associates from within and allows career growth

Project Coordinator (Former Employee)
Columbus, OH

I worked at Limited Brands full-time for more than 10 years

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

ConsOffice politics, not always correct people in management

Advice to Senior ManagementLimited 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.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Columbus, OH

I have been working at Limited Brands full-time for more than 3 years

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

ConsLots 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 Senior ManagementCreate leaders that have a breadth of experience, not just in one area of the business

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Financial Analyst (Current Employee)
Columbus, OH

I have been working at Limited Brands full-time for more than a year

ProsPeople are general nice to talk to. Friendly environment.

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

Advice to Senior ManagementManagers should get more feedbacks from employees and take actions.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Store Designer (Current Employee)
Columbus, OH

I have been working at Limited Brands as a contractor for 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 Senior ManagementWhen 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.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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A great experience with a lot of personal and professional growth.

Retail Store Manager (Current Employee)
Vernon Hills, IL

I have been working at Limited Brands full-time for more than 10 years

ProsMy 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.

ConsI 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 Senior ManagementGo back to truly caring about your people,

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Good Place to Work, if They Like You

Technical Design (Former Employee)
New York, NY

I worked at Limited Brands full-time for more than 3 years

ProsSome 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.

ConsThere 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 Senior ManagementPay 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.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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It was an ok experience

Senior Financial Analyst (Current Employee)
Columbus, OH

I have been working at Limited Brands full-time for more than 5 years

ProsBest place to learn about retail...

ConsCulture is very fragmented, and management is ok.

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

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Good place overall.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Columbus, OH

I have been working at Limited Brands full-time for more than 5 years

ProsGood culture for the most part. Reasonable compensation practices, and a thriving business (especially in Victoria's Secret)

ConsCan be a bit of a "who you know" system of promotion.

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Okay, met a lot of nice people

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Columbus, OH

I worked at Limited Brands

ProsDid project work and learned a lot during my time there. If you find a supporter in senior management your career takes off. Unfortunately for most people it's the opposite.

ConsA case of who you know, not what you know. Saw a lot of people promoted and fast tracked through because they had someone in upper management "walking" them through the ranks.
Operates on the "good ole boy" network. Not as diverse as they talk themselves up to be.

Advice to Senior ManagementPeople should be recognized for the work they do. You claim that your people resources are very important to your success, so make them feel that way. Open and fair communication practices would also be nice.

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An awesome learning experience

Project Manager (Current Employee)
Columbus, OH

I have been working at Limited Brands

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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