bebe stores
3.0 of 5 110 reviews
www.bebe.com Brisbane, CA 1000 to 5000 Employees

bebe stores Reviews

Updated Apr 7, 2014
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3.0 110 reviews

                             

76% Approve of the CEO

bebe stores CEO Steve Birkhold

Steve Birkhold

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Shift Supervisor (Current Employee)

I have been working at bebe stores part-time for more than a year

ProsWorking at bebe is a fun job to have! I have amazing co workers. Met my life long friends. Love the clothes.

ConsThe pay is horrible. They pay a management position minimum wage. They expect you to open the store and deal with crazy shoplifters at only $8 an hour. I was promoted from stylist to shift supervisor without a raise. Only company that does this. Bebe clothes is expensive, a part time employee makes $8 and hour and usually works a 4 hour shift. That's $32 a day. A shirt from bebe cost can cost $80, $40 with the discount. A stylist can barely afford to buy clothes from the store yet is expected to wear the brand at work. I don't understand this. Commission is a joke, unless you work in a bebe store in a big city it's impossible to make.

Advice to Senior ManagementMake commission easier to make in order to make up for paying minimum wage. Also in order to sell clothes the people selling it need to advertise it which is impossible to do if they cannot afford it.

– I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Worst experience of my 15 year career!!!!

Store Manager (Current Employee)

I have been working at bebe stores full-time for less than a year

ProsGreat discount, cute product, good pay

ConsIncomplete training, missing payroll hours, missing bonus, dishonest management, unrealistic expectations, dishonest communication

Advice to Senior ManagementSet your people up for success, get some integrity, learn to be honest! You would think over twenty lawsuits over the course of the last 8 years would teach you something. I have been in this industry for over fifteen years and never have I experienced an environment like this. I cannot believe an organization of this size operates the way it does. I would have to write a novel to describe all of the many many scenarios I encountered, from every single paycheck missing hours, no lunches, time alterations, gossip, dishonest dm's, if you speak up and ask questions your career is over there..period....it is only a matter of time before this is brought to a screeching halt!

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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upper management make up their own rules

Store Manager (Former Employee)
New York, NY

I worked at bebe stores full-time for more than 10 years

Prosdiscount, fun environment, nice co workers

Consnew district manager plays favorites. they write you up for every little thing. long hours, constantly changing store set up. district managers are lazy

Advice to Senior Managementhuman resources needs to listen to employees, not just ignore

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

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unrewarding and unfulfilling job in a jr. high school environment

Stylist (Former Employee)
New York, NY

I worked at bebe stores part-time for more than a year

ProsThe discount and thats pretty much it. Can't think of anything else.

ConsIt all comes down to the unfair pay system. For those who are curious, here's how it goes. Managers are paid a nice hourly wage while stylists are basically paid minimum wage plus (DPH) dollar per hour commission rate. Ok fine. So basically every sale is averaged into how much we make per hour. This determines the commission rate. Now this amount isn't set, it decreases every minute without a sale. This means even when closing the store at night this rate is continuously decreasing. So while stylists are hurrying to leave without drastically affecting their commission, managers are taking their sweet time since they're getting a nice hourly pay. How nice.

Additional Cons
-Disorganized and at times disrespectful management, Unfair pay system, junior high school environment, just about anyone can work there (low standards), quality of the clothes not as great as it seems.

Advice to Senior ManagementDoubt they'll bother to take the time for some advice. Not a company that cares about it's employees.

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

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Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Los Angeles, CA

I worked at bebe stores full-time for more than 3 years

Pros-Ralf store accross the street making lunch easy
-50% discount in stores (still not the highest discount in the business)

Cons-too manny different bosses hired. They cannot make up their mind whom they want to work with!
-constantly changing directions
-product becoming poor
-mandatory PTO making hard planning familly vacations
-terrible work environment with open space office. Cannot isolate yourself. Most people work with IPod
-no private offices or enough meeting rooms, most employee review happen in kitchen!
-poor HR choices while hiring staff mostly not appropriate with needs
-high turnover and lay off, if you pass Friday 4pm means you can come back to work Monday

Advice to Senior ManagementTake one direction and keep it for consistent!

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

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Junior High School Work Environment

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Roseville, MN

I have been working at bebe stores part-time

ProsCustomers
Discount
Fashionable
No other Pros

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ConsWork environment
Pay rate
Too many conditions on earning commission
Coworkers including Management steal your sales

Advice to Senior ManagementIncrease pay rate and remove commission.
Hire managers who are honest and mature.
Hiring managers should be up front about pay rate and commission.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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horrible company

Co-Manager (Former Employee)
Los Angeles, CA

I worked at bebe stores full-time for more than 3 years

ProsThe people that I worked with. They are the reason why I stayed for 4 yrs. It was fun to be able to get dressed up to go to work. You alway had a great wardrobe.

ConsIn order to work with Bebe you had to be pretty!!! They like the best looking people for their high profile stores. They always want you to be wearing the latest trend(meaning you alway had to buy there clothes) Yes, we got our 40% off but that adds up. I worked at a high profile store, Manny(CEO) would come in every weekend and was "shopping" at the mall. I would spend hundreds of dollars on clothes each month, just to be in trend. They are on commission and that was hard for some of the girls. I was in management and I was salary but the girls/guys where on commission. They had to hustle to make a good paycheck. Some of them made more money then me!!! A lot has change since I left the company. They got sued for wages for managers and they don't require you to buy/wear their clothes(they still do, but they have word it differently). I feel like you where on a pageant when working with them.

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

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Terrible management, long and unnecessary hours, underpaid employees

Allocations Analyst (Former Employee)
Brisbane, CA

I worked at bebe stores full-time for less than a year

ProsSome people were nice, other than that ...Nothing!

ConsPeople think they're big shot inside of this company. Working conditions are horrible with small cubicles and old computers that keep crashing and are covered in food crumbs from 10 years ago. Disgusting! Hours are way too long...usually 7 to 7, but a 7am to 9pm and occasional weekends happen too often. It could be a lot better if people could work more efficiently with decent programs and computers and less dramatic self-centered meeting with the little manager. They say the salaries are a bit higher than other retailers but when you count the hours you realize that employees are extremely underpaid. Vacation time sucks as half of it is pre-determined by the company on when you can take it and benefits are not a big deal either. They promise an annual bonus that simply never happens as the goals are impossible to reach, and they know it!

My manager followed what he proudly called a "Fear Style Management" that consisted in constantly terrorizing people about getting fired. No one respected him or admired him, but everybody was afraid of loosing their jobs, so he would take advantage of the situation and offend and humiliate people. He would make his employees do funny things around the office like carry a pile of heavy files for weeks because they once forgot to bring a report to a meeting. He would also take pictures and film people during the meetings and presentation in a very abusive and invasive way, and would also bring up things about your personal life during a review or one to one meeting suggesting that because of this or that you're not performing well. Very freaky!!! Stay away from this company if you like to be respected as a person and as an employee, and if would like to have a good work environment.

Advice to Senior ManagementI won't waist my time giving any advises. Just wanted to warn people that are looking to get a job at this horrible place... STAY AWAY!!!!

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

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Not a technical role for the Tech-Savvy, steer away for other opportunities

Technical Support Analyst/SOS Analyst (Former Employee)
Brisbane, CA

I worked at bebe stores

Pros• Employees from other departments are very friendly and sociable
• HQ location is very pleasant for car users and commuters

Cons• near zero technical, more warehouse work at the warehouse section of their HQ
• expect 70 lbs of computer equipment to carry for incoming returned equipment 50% of workday
• current tech team lacks community - cannot see the spirit, nor the enthusiasm; lack of communication
• tech department is not fast-paced, cannot identify opportunity for growth
• current tech inventory management is very disorderly, incoming tsa would have to better their system
• tech support analyst would have to juggle both warehouse work, phone support, shipping, tech onsite management, inventory, etc. at the same time
• compensation does not equate enough for the ideal role on detail vs the actual role

Advice to Senior ManagementManagement needs to identify what they lack for their tech department, they need desktop support and tech support at the same time, role does not meet the requirements of a tech support analyst in comparison to fast-paced tech industries in SF and Silicon Valley.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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a competition.

Stylist (Current Employee)
New York, NY

I have been working at bebe stores

Pros50 percent discount. and commission.

Consthey forget about your personal life.

Advice to Senior Managementremember that your associates have other lives besides bebe.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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