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    Great concepts but can be cliquish

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    Current Employee - Stylist
    Current Employee - Stylist

    I have been working at Free People part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    -great discount: 40% on regular priced merchandise, a selection of items each month at 60%
    -40% off sale during appreciation
    -very liberal dress code
    -creativity is encouraged
    -beautiful stores
    -room for upward mobility
    -very flexible with scheduling; understanding of college students or people with second jobs.

    Cons

    One of the problems I have with this company is how cliquey certain stores or districts can be. This is common in retail and I have simply become accustomed to it. I've found that this is mostly based on the management. While some stores do give promotions to the hardest working/best performing employee, others do so based on the amount of likes you get on your selfies of you in Free People clothing. You can tell who is a favorite based on who follows who on social media. Stylists and management will speak poorly of one another behind each others backs. Some managers sit on the computer in the back for hours and treat stylists like maids. They are very finnicky with standards and will make you feel terrible about yourself if a shirt isn't folded 100% perfect. Also, the hourly rate is terrible and scheduling is a joke. For a company that is so image based and wants us to wear their (expensive) clothing, you'd think they would give an allowance or a higher hourly wage, or even let us work more than 5 hours at a time. Only the stylists who have other means of income are able to up their image because they can afford to look the part, and therefore win the favor of upper management. There is decent diversity amongst the staff but you would never know because the company only puts out images of the tall, skinny white girls that work there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please pay your stylists more or give us more hours. Many of us are hard workers and want to grow with the company. Don't promote purely based on how popular someone's Instagram account is unless the position revolves around social media, because this does not necessarily equate to someone having a full understanding of the brand. Encourage more diversity; "free spirits" are not just tall skinny white girls.

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Free People Interviews

Updated Oct 31, 2014
Updated Oct 31, 2014

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    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Free People.

    Interview Details

    The interview process was extremely long and demanding. They asked a lot of questions but did not reveal a lot about the position as I later found out was because there was no position. They ask design candidates for a lot of designs. and after about 15 submits they continued to ask for more in which point, I stopped sending them sketches. upon questioning more, they finally admitted that they are generally looking for designers but I guess not for the position they had posted and which I had applied for.

    having gone to school in the area, it was common knowledge that urban as a company does this to attain free designs, but I did not listen. just sharing my experience. Please know what you are getting yourself in to and don't put too much time in to design projects for this company as you may just be gifting them your hard work for nothing.

    Best of luck,

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    • The most unexpected thing was that there was no real position, and what I thought I was working so hard to get, was a made up position to get free work.   Answer Question
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Website www.freepeople.com
Headquarters Philadelphia, PA
Size 50 to 149 Employees
Founded Unknown
Type Company - Private
Industry Retail
Revenue $5 to $10 million (USD) per year
Competitors Nasty Gal, ASOS, Topshop

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