bebe stores Reviews

Updated April 22, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Unprofessional and unorganized

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Century City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Century City, CA

    I worked at bebe stores full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    There were some talented people who are very nice to work with and they do have pretty decent benefits.

    Cons

    The management that oversees the organization is probably the most unprofessional I have ever worked with in my entire career. Between the gossip, the miss management and the affairs and favoritism it's no wonder the company struggles year after year. If you complain to HR you get black balled and if you don't get along with the right "click" you get talked about. Very immature. It's like watching the mean kids in High School all over again. Anyone with a remote sense of professionalism that doesn't kiss up will not survive very long at this company.

    Advice to Management

    You need to clean house and hire executives that are talented and start living in today's world. You need someone that can truly run your company and not someone who is a good Sales Rep who only knows how to talk.

  2. Helpful (1)

    I was a seasonal sales associate

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

    I worked at bebe stores part-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Great way to gain experience with customer service, fast paced environment

    Cons

    Management was not trained well, very unorganized and unprofessional, did not recognize hard working employees

    Advice to Management

    Treat all employees equally.

  3. WORST PLACE TO WORK! DONT WASTE YOUR TIME! RUN! SAVE YOUR TIME AND FRUSTRATION!!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Stylist in Concord, CA
    Current Employee - Stylist in Concord, CA

    I have been working at bebe stores

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

    Pros

    50% off discount, nothing, nothing, nothing, nothing.

    Cons

    There are so many cons about this company. Management have their favorites, micro managing their associates a lot, pay wage, commission is only 5 %. They sell you a dream that you can make a 6 figure income and that is so inaccurate!! give the stylists part time benefits! stop giving the girls so much work to do! a ridiculous amount of workload for very minimal pay! a huge amount of lack of communication between managers. Stylists constantly calling in sick, not showing up, and asking others to come in on their days off when they have A LIFE! STOP PUTTING SOME STYLISTS TO BE "ON CALL". Either you want them on the schedule to work or you dont. No work/life balance. They require you to clean A LOT! you will get written up if you try to stand up for yourself! customers will curse at you and yell at you. its not worth it.

    Advice to Management

    Stop being cheap with paying your employees and treat them with respect and dignity! stop lying, being manipulative, and trying to paint them a pretty picture that doesnt exist!

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  5. Lame work enviroment.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Stylist in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Stylist in New York, NY

    I have been working at bebe stores part-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Discount, clothes, some of the coworkers

    Cons

    Initially I thought the commission would make up for the low hourly pay, but of course that wasn't the case. Even if you are making a high commission at some point in the day, it steadily decreases every minute you are NOT making a sale. Maybe this would make some type of sense if it stopped decreasing when the store closes but no. This means if you did good as far as commission for the day but end up closing the store, every minute your there fixing up for the end of the day, your losing money.

    Advice to Management

    Be more professional.

  6. Helpful (3)

    Favoritism ,Catty and Backstabbing read the other reviews this is a horrible company from top do bottom.

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

    I worked at bebe stores

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

    Pros

    Gain hands on sales experience that can of cause develop you for your career in business. 50% off on cheaply made clothes that will probably fall apart. Prepares you for real life as far as being face with people who clearly have some mental issues. Meet great customers who you build a relationship with.

    Cons

    Managers are cocky an arrogant, a lot of the managers stereotype there own customer by race and appearance and then ask you to follow them. I remember I seen two manager snorting a line of cocaine and hide behind fixtures and pop out and start laughing. If the store is slow its your fault for not making appointments even though its a joke. You have to kiss major butt to keep the job. Not only are you making 8 bucks an hr. with commission maybe with catty girls ready to steal your sale. The older women are the worst the ones who are hitting that age late 40s and 50s they will steal from a 17 year old kid an not think twice even though this job is there whatever job. Don't be surprise if management steals from you too they don't tell you this but corporate expects them to sell a certain number of sales. Your working with 3 people on a slow night one manager and another stylist/sales girl. You have to clientele and make at least 3 appointments a week to drive sales. It's ridiculous you have to call people at there home. Some women love to be called others will just laugh in your face. I remember a time I had to call people for a Bebe event some women laugh in my ear and said you are seriously calling me to shop. Expect to get anywhere from 3 hrs. shift to 8. One of the managers set me up with sensors. I didn't see her do it but I can swear she did that's the Bebe experience. She stuff them in a crack that wasn't procedure to check because no one had check it before. When I was trained to do a sweep they didn't teach me or anyone that crack. She said it was 2 girls I was helping but she never knew about this crack in the fitting room and some reason she decide to check it that day sounds like a set up. They have a incredible turnover with managers and sales people because they treat you like bad. The only people they treat good is anyone from the GM to anyone who works in corporate. your getting to 8 dollars maybe commission to be a sales person, clientele and loss prevention person. The people who are Favorites advance in the company, its not actual hard work. Don't even bother calling the HR number I did and nothing was done. This store is really like a reality show drama and gossip. They try to know your whole personal life. You have to be very clicky with the bosses to survive here and there little "high school crew",very much immature. I never got rewarded for always making my monthly goal but criticized . Management sits in the back a lot and does the minimum if there not up to it. you get pressure to do things that are out of your job title without notice. Like for example floor set up. By far my worst retail experience.

    Advice to Management

    learn your customer clientling works very well for Nordstorms ,Saks, Doir,chanel etc.,it also depends on the location if your in Beverly Hills or in a modest town. Nordstrom Saks etc., have products that range up to somewhere in the thousands. Clienteling is there culture because the people who shop there are specality shoppers who have the budge to spend not like a everyday middle class shoppers. Bebe is in the middle of the scale and not high end maybe they use to be. Managers blame you for the store not doing well when its the corporations fault for not doing its homework before they open a store in a middle class town.
    This company is a wealthy company they can afford to hire a loss prevention person to keep track of shop lifters don't have the sales people who are given multiple reasonability's another responsibity by keeping track of the people who come in to steal.
    You clearly have a problem at your stores look at the reviews stop making excuses clearly it is part of Bebes culture to be Unprofessional,Bullying, favoritisim and backstabbing as well as sterotyping there customers.
    If there's a issue fix it, this will take years to fix best thing to do is do a clean out of the company or this image will continue to be effected words are powerful. Have employees rate mangers on there performance. Create a store goal, don't separate sales people to turn everyone against each other.
    Future Employee: Get the money and run way to much stress for what its worth. This job is for house moms who want a little extra money or maybe your in-between jobs. DO NOT STAY HERE there a lot of sales jobs that you can advance to and grow within, do not settle for this mess they call a business. They will never take responsibility for there action so there company will suffer internally and keep having problems. Invest in the people who work on the floor as well as the people in the office because those are the people who interact with your customers on a daily bases. They want to act like its social hour and know your whole life. If you bitter and have a nasty attitude you'll do great here "mean girls":

  7. Made you work long hours

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Retail Sales Associate in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Retail Sales Associate in Arlington, VA

    I worked at bebe stores

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

    Pros

    Discount on clothing was a plus

    Cons

    Dealing with difficult coworkers that try to steal commission

    Advice to Management

    Hire more experienced managers

  8. Bad

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

    I worked at bebe stores

    Pros

    Great commission. Pay is above minimum wage.

    Cons

    Girls are mean. They would do anything to have the customer make a purchase.

  9. Not a good company to work for

    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Bebe Stylist in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Bebe Stylist in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at bebe stores part-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    It is hard to think of a pro

    Cons

    they believe you will steal their clothing, low compensation, low growth opportunities, etc.

    bebe stores Response

    Oct 31, 2014SVP Human Resources

    From my experience, people who are this unhappy with their employer go find other jobs. Good for both you and the company.

  10. Chaos and not in an organized fashion.

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

    I have been working at bebe stores full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Customer loyalty is on the down slide.

    Cons

    Steer clear of this sinking ship.

    bebe stores Response

    Jan 29, 2015SVP Human Resources

    Good luck with your job search -- looks like it's time.

  11. Helpful (3)

    Avoid bebe corporate until sold off or bankrupt

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

    I have been working at bebe stores full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Everyone is miserable with one another.

    Cons

    With several different executive leaders and board members in the past few years, the design and vision of the company has altered on several occasions. The company employees are not in the best interest of anyone leading the company, with several benefits like bonuses and promotions dwindling for us every year. We were just advised that the bonus program is now eliminated for most employees. Every time new management is hired, it is tired leadership from other failing companies that have poor vision of their own. Design team has substantial talent but but no thanks to their leadership, and the current merchandising leadership is unimpressive as well.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize the talent your teams have.

    bebe stores Response

    Oct 31, 2014SVP Human Resources

    Looks like it's time for you to move on. From my experience, people who are this unhappy with their employer go find other jobs. Good for both you and the company.

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