Wet Seal Reviews

Updated June 22, 2015
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Pros
  • Employee discount is a huge perk (in 24 reviews)

  • Great co-workers and a fun environment; also a great discount (in 17 reviews)

Cons
  • As a store manager there is not a good work-life balance (in 6 reviews)

  • Minimum wage for short hours and no bonuses (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Store Manager

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    Former Employee - Store Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Wet Seal (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good discount. Fun for young people.

    Cons

    Hard to advance. Treated management like a work horse. Mandatory overtime without good solutions. Lots of corporate turn over.

    Advice to Management

    Vacation time is earned and valuable to employees in order to be successful. Never deny reasonable vacation request.


  2. sales

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    Former Employee - Sales in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Sales in Detroit, MI

    I worked at Wet Seal part-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    With a good boss, the job can be tolerable. The discount on clothing is wonderful. Can be a fun place to make friends and learn about sales and marketing.

    Cons

    The company pays low and there are very little opportunities for progress. Expect to work weekends and have many on-call shifts.

    Advice to Management

    Most employees really care about the company, so you should do the same for them. Some assistant managers had been working 7 or more years still at 10 dollars an hour. In 2015 this is shameful.


  3. Store Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Wet Seal full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Interaction with customers and employees

    Cons

    Poorly run company that does not follow their mission statement or values.


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  5. Horrible corporate management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at Wet Seal part-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    It was a fun company- played music videos & sold colorful clothes, and the job was fairly easy.

    Cons

    Corporate was terrible- I didn't get paid for months. They understaffed, so I wasn't allowed to leave the store for my breaks. The back room was dirty and disorganized.

    Advice to Management

    Take better care of your employees! And look towards ways to be more environmentally friendly- there was so much paper & plastic waste from shipment.


  6. Terrible company to work for.

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    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Muncie, IN
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Muncie, IN

    I worked at Wet Seal part-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fun, laid back environment at both locations I worked at. Helped with customer service skills and prepared me for future jobs.

    Cons

    Terrible company, gave sales associates one day notice that all stores in the Midwest were laid off where as all of management was given only three days notice all stores in the Midwest were closing. If someone has to submit a two weeks notice, the company we're working for should have done the same.

    Advice to Management

    Be careful when accepting positions with this company, they do not have strong values and are willing to lay off their employees without any warning or consideration. Also terrible bonuses for those who were laid off.


  7. management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Wet Seal full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great working atmosphere, flexible scheduling

    Cons

    No development within the company

    Advice to Management

    You have loyal field staff working for you, train and develope them


  8. Helpful (1)

    Good work experience with my team but betrayed by the company.

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Wet Seal

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I created really good friendships with the people I worked with and I loved my store manager.
    The discount was good.
    The fashion was fun.
    Flexible with hours.

    Cons

    The company's two-day lay off notice. My last day was the day after finding out that the company was closing a ton of stores. We didn't receive any shipments for weeks and we got no word of a closing. There was no heads up for the associates. They didn't even care enough to give us time to look for another job. I personally would never ever work for Wet Seal again, ever!


  9. Okay to work for, but not as long-term career option.

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    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Raleigh, NC

    I worked at Wet Seal

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Honestly, the only pro was the employee discount.

    Cons

    Inconsistency with corporate management, high stress, minimal respect for employees.

    Advice to Management

    Take the time to thoroughly investigate complaints, provide better training.


  10. A learning experience but corporate management had no structure whatsoever.

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    Current Employee - Assistant Manager
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager

    I have been working at Wet Seal part-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    I was an assistant manager so I was able to run a store on my own.
    My associates were great.
    I had direct contact with the district manager.

    Cons

    Store managers were not always pleasant.
    Unrealistic expectations at times.
    Corporate was ridiculous in their expectations and communication was poor.
    Forced to work full-time hours when part-time employee and paid part-time rate.
    High turnover rate meant we were usually understaffed.


  11. Awful

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    Former Employee - Assistant Manager
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager

    I worked at Wet Seal

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    40% off clothes, dressing stylish

    Cons

    Everything. Long hours. Bad pay. Everyone was mean. Badmanagement



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