The Buckle

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The Buckle Reviews

Updated Jul 5, 2014
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3.3 312 reviews

87% Approve of the CEO

The Buckle President, CEO, and Director Dennis H. Nelson

Dennis H. Nelson

(178 ratings)

63% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • You get a 40% discount for you and your family even if you are a part time employee(in 33 reviews)

  • great benefits (employee discount on clothes)(in 29 reviews)


Cons
  • On the slower days, you're basically working for minimum wage(in 13 reviews)

  • Long hours (retail hours) Low pay unless your a top seller(in 13 reviews)

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    The Worst Company for a Long-Term experience.

    Team Leader (Former Employee)

    Pros- You make really good base pay + commission
    - You get a 40% discount

    Cons- Despite what they say to make their image less aggressive, you ARE expected to wear the clothing. And you WILL be judged if you don't. The clothing CAN be reasonably priced but for the most part it is very expensive.
    - Your manager cares more about making money than about making you a better sales person
    - It's all about appearance. Pretty people would walk into our store and we would send an application RIGHT to their email. But, if an ordinary or unattractive person asked if we were applying, they were told to 'look online.'
    - Lack of diversity/Racial-profiling (See advice to management)

    Advice to Senior ManagementOur managers acted like they were the HBIC's and that they were above everyone else. In fact, our store's turnover rate was DUE to our store managers tendency to be friendly to your face, and speak badly about you behind your back. This traveled around our store VERY QUICKLY. The unprofessionalism working with the Buckle is UNREAL.

    Also, the lack of diversity working for this company is scary. There is a significantly low amount of 'people of color' working as a sales associate or within the stores at all. As a result racial profiling was also high. Being of color myself I did NOT appreciate knowing that my store manager was training us to watch every guest of color 'just in case' they tried to steal.

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

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    All the guts for NO Glory

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsHard work but so worth it! The guests are amazing and getting the discount is awesome.

    ConsThe managers are generally very young and try to manipulate others into believing they are older. This is hard when their age shines through with their maturity. The managers have a VERY do as I say not as I do mentality

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay attention to the detail...a store may be growing and successful not due to the manager but due to the team behind the manager

    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 (Former Employee) Lima, OH

    ProsYou get a great discount.

    ConsUnfortunately, you can only buy your size clothing and only for you. The manager knows your size because she will have you try on clothes when you are learning the different jeans and how to put outfits together. If you are female, you can only buy girl clothes and not boys with your discount. Additionally, management is very pushy and customers become upset when you keep pushing. If you have a mean customer who makes it very clear they are just looking, your manager will still make you go harass them about clothing options. I hated working here, and when I said I didn't feel comfortable( after only working there 1 week) taking options up to this mean customer who insulted me when I only said hello, she yelled at me and told me I had an attitude problem. I love their clothes, but I refuse to shop in stores. I prefer online!!!!!!!

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop making people push! If a customer comes in and makes it very clear they do not want help, then I think the employees should not have to still go up and harass the customer with clothing options.

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

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    Horibble

    MT (Store Manager In Training) (Current Employee)

    ProsGood discount.... thats about it

    ConsHorrible managers. The store manager I worked for had at least 3 open HR issues against him- The district manager did come down to check on the issues but only talked to one other person. That person did tell the DM everything that was going on but the district manger did not believe her (because the store was making plan). I was lied to on my pay, hours, and 401k benefits. They also dont care about turn over rates

    Advice to Senior ManagementLISTEN to your employees/ managers... having over 30 people leave in a 3 month time frame has got to tell you something

    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 (Part -Time (Former Employee) Lombard, IL

    ProsThe training was sufficient and supportive.

    ConsMy manager progressively cut my hours with no explanation. When I asked for constructive feedback, she stated that she was cutting everyone's hours (she wasn't). My name remained on the schedule, but I was getting no hours. Finally she told me there was no need for me to call for my hours without any explanation.

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    Bad experience very young group of managers more popularity contest

    Sales Associate (Current Employee) Port St Lucie, FL

    ProsGood clothes good discounts love there lay away plan

    ConsBad management bad hours bad routine

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire more mature managers

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    Worst job ever! Two weeks of Hell

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Brandon, FL

    Pros40% discount on yourself although the staff will peer preasure you into buying stuff for yourself if they haven't made bank for the day.

    ConsThe 40% can only be applied to yourself. Everyone acts like your a shoplifter including management. You have to harass guests that you know are unintrested in particular iteams. The commission is ridiculous, leaders will come in and steal your commision based on the fact that they see your trying and not making the cut, they will swoop in and for sure be there at the register. Poor communication leads to the shopper's being overwhelmed with so many diffrent things and too many people helping them. Pay is terrible and you work your butt off for the little money you make.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLearn how to communicate. Also give your staff the appropriate materials to be successful, I was never given any advice, videos, handbook... just thrown on the floor.

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

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    Worst job I've ever had

    Manager In Training (Former Employee) Bellevue, WA

    ProsI mean I still have my Mek jeans... There is literally nothing positive I can say about this job other than that.

    ConsI was hired with the promise that I was a "manager in training." This was a lie. I was not commission-based, and the other employees were, which lead to a negative team environment bc "if I'm not commission I shouldn't take sales." Yet I was evaluated on how much in sales I brought in. Store employees were financially poor, and this translated to a bad team environment bc the buckle does not pay their employees enough. Employees are forced to act like sharks toward customers-- their job literally depends on this (otherwise you are doing a "bad" job, and you will be berated for LITERALLY giving customers personal space to shop). The turnover is insane, even for retail-- management turnover is embarrassingly bad, too. It is a vicious environment. I was constantly watched and critiqued, and I mean for literally my entire8-hour shift--imagine how that would feel. I was told I was doing a bad job (though my sales were comparable to if not better than all other employees), and was offered a lower commission-based position in my evaluation meeting. I was verbally assaulted and demeaned to the point that I started to cry in this meeting. To make it even worse, this meeting was held in the office with the door open; an employee was standing 5 feet outside of the door, and any other employees who walked by easily heard what was being said. This was inappropriate to discuss in front of other employees, and violates ethical standards. I walked out and never went back.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake sensitivity training. Contact headquarters and request a full and thorough assessment of how the buckle runs on the inside, and reevaluate the way employees are treated.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    horrible

    Sales Lead (Former Employee) Brandon, FL

    Prosnone, It is one of the worst companies I've ever worked for in my life. Lots of gossip and backstabbing. One of the darkest times in my life.

    Conshorrible management, "commitment program," unrealistic expectations, The pay is low and in order to make commission, the quotas are almost impossible to meet.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire people who don't act like The Stepford Wives

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

     

    It's ok

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Pros40% off, fun sometimes, nice clothes, charge card, customers are very nice

    ConsManagement is awful, managers talk badly about you to other teammates. If you call off it's like the end of the world. For example I was in a car accident on a Saturday night I called that night to tell them and obviously I called off the next day and my manager said I would never be an assistant to all the other teammates because I'm irresponsible. but didn't tell me. Meanwhile I live an hour and a half away and work full time as a leader been at buckle for a year and a half. And why won't I be an assistant? Because I got in a car accident And called off. Terrible terrible management I'm currently looking for another job. This experience completely turn me off. Another thing I would like to point out is if you are in college and furthering your education, buckle will try and talk you out of it. They want you to live breathe and eat buckle. Rethink working at buckle

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed good managers who know how to manage. turnover rate is unbelievable can't keep someone new for more than a month.

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