B & H Foto & Electronics

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B & H Foto & Electronics Reviews in New York City, NY

Updated June 16, 2014
Updated June 16, 2014
32 Reviews
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  1.  

    Excellent company. Room for advancement, friendly atmosphere, strong compensation.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at B & H Foto & Electronics full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Room for advancement
    - smart work processes
    - friendly non-competitive atmosphere
    - Good pay and reasonable schedule

    Cons

    Culture and work life balance is good at B&H. Perks are not amazing but we are not on Wall Street here. solid pay.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great mix of co-workers. Like a family. Conservative primarily Hassidic community work there.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Person in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales Person in New York, NY

    I worked at B & H Foto & Electronics full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    People. A good mix of expertise in their respective fields.
    Salespeople. Expertise is unmatched. They meet well over 100+ people per day, who are also often
    experts. This exchange is usually honest. I have not, for example, ever had a salesman, sell
    me something that I did not need beyond my
    Continuing Education - Product representatives visit often, and give first-views of new products.
    Event Space wonderful resource for learning new technologies and how customers use the products.
    Vacation time. Two long Jewish holidays per year. Get out early for Friday Shabbat. 2 p.m.
    Good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Conservative management makes it difficult to push ideas through.
    Not necessarily a con, but be aware that you must also be mindful
    of the predominantly Hassidic culture. Some floors are separated
    male/female.
    Feels too big sometimes. Get lost in the mix.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Evolve as quickly as the technology you sell.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    They care a lot about customers, not so much about employees

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Sales in New York, NY

    I have been working at B & H Foto & Electronics full-time

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Most o them are extremely knowledgeable and usually friendly.
    Vacations plus days off at the Jewish holidays gives you a bit more time off than other jobs

    Cons

    Long hours, management is really bossy and rude. they are crazy about time and attendance. like 9:02 is late and you can get written up for it. pay is ok. company does not reward for effort. You could be assigned to anywhere in your department if they need you (regardless of what they hired you for).
    Upper management treat employees poorly and most employees I've talked to felt mistreated in one way or another. Company is sometimes unreasonable in what it asks out of its employees and often makes you feel guilty about not taking off.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    treat employees better

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Bigotry at its Finest

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technician in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Technician in New York, NY

    I worked at B & H Foto & Electronics full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Access to tech.. big clients... decent hours.

    Cons

    Bigotry..pretty much. I would of liked to stay there for longer but the cultural differences of some of the people who work there are astounding to say the least

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Diversity training.. culture sensitivity. Be open to ideas.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    an experience like no other.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Person in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Sales Person in New York, NY

    I have been working at B & H Foto & Electronics full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Decent starting salary for a retail job, Good Benefits and a decent discount.

    Cons

    Difficult employee purchasing program, Over crowded employee area, rude co workers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Collect your paycheck and go home!

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Buyers Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Buyers Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at B & H Foto & Electronics full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Getting paid on time

    They won't fire you unless you are an absolute mess.

    Cons

    no career guidance or advice

    miscommunication in all departments

    Hard work is not appreciated and rewarded. The company actually prefers a 9-5 mentality

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start listening to your employees...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Phenomenal company to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Online Marketing Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Online Marketing Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at B & H Foto & Electronics full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Many paid Jewish holiday vacations

    Cons

    No free parking anywhere nearby

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great job Heshy

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Ever wonder what B&H stands for? My guess, BS & Hassles.

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in New York, NY

    I worked at B & H Foto & Electronics full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lots of Jewish Holidays off
    Compensation higher than most similar jobs within the industry
    Decent health/dental benefits

    Cons

    Have you ever wanted a job where you felt like a child? One where you have to let management know of your bathroom breaks and that you're constantly trained that the customers and management is always right and to treat them with respect while your opinions are completely disregarded. How about a position where it's far better to call out sick than to clock in at 9:01 as that makes you a delinquent worthy of disciplinary action? Then I have an opportunity for you! But wait there's more! You'll get the chance to see the glass ceiling up close as the chance of career advancement is near impossible, unless of course you have the right religious affiliation. Do you like the idea of fighting with management to be able to use your vacation days when you want them or to simply buy something in the store on your day off? Those are journeys you won't soon forget. Just take their advice and use the employee purchase website (only available on work computers) and have the purchase shipped to your home. Not home to recieve the package because you're at work? Should have thought of that before making a purchase. With this position you'll also get an abundance of wonderlust along with your fellow employees. Wonder on how long and hard you have to work to gain your freedom by leaving the company. Working on phone sales rather than in the store? Well make sure you don't attach personal items to your cubicle walls or use your personal phone for any purpose between sales calls as they are watching your every move. Don't worry, you'll get all of this even if you're able to get a position elsewhere in the company, no matter where you are you'll get this wonderful sense that you are nothing but your employee number. But don't forget, you're lucky to have a job in this economy so just put a smile on your face (start using substances if that gets you through the week) and bear it as you now get to say you work for the worlds largest and best photography store.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maybe instead of focusing so intently on any little negative thing about an employee you should be praising the accomplishments and positive feedback (just as much or more than the negatives). You should listen and respect your employees and be willing to nurture their abilities and encourage job growth. Stop micro-managing and learn to run a business that's full of people who are happy to come to work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Okay company but some great people

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at B & H Foto & Electronics full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some people are great, very helpful and friendly. If you or close friends are into photography, company discounts are just heavenly. Flexible hours and managements are very understanding of your personal situations.

    Cons

    Pay is not that great. Very culturally different. Really slow environment. You have to clock-in and clock-out daily. Work environment is ugly. Less 1% female workers at the work place.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great salary & benefits, but very micromanaged environment with limited career growth

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

    I worked at B & H Foto & Electronics full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great salary & benefits, cool products, nice people, efficient and focused operation. In short, they take care of their employees. You won't starve here- on the contrary, you will be paid well if you demonstrate value.

    Cons

    Management tends to micro-manage and limit career growth. People there tend to move horizontally rather than vertically in their careers. Moving between departments offers options to find one's calling, but growing upwards into management can take considerable time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give employees more space to grow and develop

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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