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bebe stores Reviews

Updated July 13, 2014
Updated July 13, 2014
144 Reviews

3.3
144 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great discount, fun laid back environment, Coaching and developing structure (in 20 reviews)

  • Great design/merchandise, awesome employee discount, build close relationships with clients, work-life balance (in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • They pay a management position minimum wage (in 9 reviews)

  • long hours, constantly changing store set up (in 7 reviews)

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    Worst company I have ever worked for.

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

    Pros

    Discount; being a stylist at bebe can be a great experience, depending on who is hired as your store manager. Clients are awesome.

    Cons

    More than 10 employees all resign from their position in one store within 4 months, that does not happen for no reason.

    Low employee morale. Manager gossiping about stylists to other stylists. Store manager trying to schedule her weekends off.

    Can somebody please tell me how a stylist can make 35 phones within 2.5 hours while tending to their clients, appointments in the evening while it's busy. Trying to hustle your commission so you don't have it cut into your paycheck when you're closing. All while the manager on shift is on their hour lunch break at the busiest time of day and at the end of the day taking their sweet time when closing. Most stylists don't make enough to deal with these things on top of a draining and complaining(non work-related matters) manager.

    How can a manager be hired in and hire somebody in two weeks with less than 6 months of sales experience to be an assistant manager(someone who complains about customers more than interacting with them; clients are people too) hiring somebody like this over employees that have been at the store for 6+ months and are excellent candidates for managing? And then turn around and say "I would rather promote within" promoting more extremely unqualified employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your stylists and store managers/other managers are the ones that are making you money. Consider treating employees better.

    There is definitely things that need to be changed with human resources. How can a company offer an H.R. line, lie about what was said and use it against employee. That isn't what it is there for; it most definitely isn't there for district managers and a certain regional hiring manager to get rid of employees because they need to cover up their backside. Who tries to fire somebody because they're (exact words) "pregnant"?

    If you want be in high school again work at bebe.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Long hours, high turnover, dose not seem like anyone knows what's going on

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

    Pros

    Great pay, bonuses, and rewards for top performers. Met a lot of really interesting people, the brand attracts a wide variety of clients. Visually you can be creative within your store. Fun atmosphere club like music always playing.

    Cons

    There are major disconnects between corporate and stores. The amount of hours they fund stores is ridiculously low especially considering you do pretty much a full floor set once a week and randomly have to go through and change it several days later when they see certain product may not be selling. The problem is not how it's displayed it is the product itself. Bebe design and quality hit an all time low the last year and many clients no longer shop there because it is cheap quality they can find anywhere. Furthermore upper management comes off very fake and talk constantly about culture when really there is no culture and they could care less about you or your work/life balance. Support managers are constantly quitting because they pay them poorly and don't even get me started on stylists wages, minimum wage ? Really? And you claim to care about your employees? Bottom line is the high turnover makes things very hectic, training is very inconsistent and poorly managed, get ready to have no life and work constantly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be less distant and quit defaulting to talking about the culture and values. Also more hours need to be funded to stores for them to run the way corporate expects them to especially with the visual work that needs done. More accountability for stores underperforming and not rewarding people who just because they go on and on about what they are going to do but produce very little actual results they just suck up to management so they are liked.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Chaotic. Prepare to put many hats on.

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

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are not too bad but not the best I've worked at.

    Cons

    You might think it's a big company since it's been around for a while, but when you actually work there, it feels like a start up. There are no structure or anything planned ahead of time. Managements are unprofessional. Everyone kept leaving because of new management. I understand that being in a fashion retail company is super fast pace, but with lack of preparation and planning ahead of time, there's no excuse. Upper mangement earns a lot but don't do enough.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Crappy

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate  in  Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Las Vegas, NV

    Pros

    50% discount. Fit sessions, bearable if the coworkers are friendly.

    Cons

    Horrible pay, commission is never earned. No hours for associates. To much stress for 30$ a day. A business like this hire a cleaning company. Never will i recommend this company. Want you to represent them, but pays people 8$. What a joke.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be a little more helpful, train to succeed, raise the pay, and maybe an allowance at the least.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    bebe stores Response

    May 13, 2014SVP Human Resources

    I'm sorry you didn't have a good experience working at bebe. We offer what can be a very lucrative Commission Plan and in fact our Stylists average more than $12.50 per hour on a blended rate basis ... More

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Shift supervisor

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Make 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.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Worst experience of my 15 year career!!!!

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

    Pros

    Great discount, cute product, good pay

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set 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!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    upper management make up their own rules

    Former Employee - Store Manager  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Store Manager in New York, NY

    Pros

    discount, fun environment, nice co workers

    Cons

    new 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 ManagementAdvice

    human resources needs to listen to employees, not just ignore

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    unrewarding and unfulfilling job in a jr. high school environment

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    It 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Former employee Corporate office Los Angeles

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Take one direction and keep it for consistent!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Junior High School Work Environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Roseville, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Roseville, MN

    Pros

    Customers
    Discount
    Fashionable
    No other Pros

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    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase pay rate and remove commission.
    Hire managers who are honest and mature.
    Hiring managers should be up front about pay rate and commission.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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