Barneys Reviews

Updated August 11, 2014
Updated August 11, 2014
70 Reviews

3.4
70 Reviews
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Barneys CEO Mark Lee
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • the only good thing about working here is the employee discount, which can really get you some good deals at certain times of the year (in 5 reviews)

  • Good benefits, great people to work around (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Some of the fellow sales associates can be rather aggressive and possessive when it comes to clients (in 7 reviews)

  • The Human Resources Director and team are invisible (in 3 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Industry leader with amazing people and energy.

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

    I worked at Barneys full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Very fast paced environment with the most amazing people, I was inspired everyday by the dedication and hard work of my coworkers. Beautiful product and displays.

    Cons

    It can be an intimidating place and the some senior managers are cold and indifferent to subordinates and other departments. Others are very engaging and open, but its not the norm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take an interest in the talent that is working for you and be more engaging.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    General Manager of the Outlet Store

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    Former Employee - Store Manager
    Former Employee - Store Manager

    I worked at Barneys full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    great co-workers
    good work/life balance
    great clothes
    relaxed dress code

    Cons

    Pay scale did not commiserate with my work experience

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better pay to sell high ticket items

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great place to meet people, and expand experience in retail.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Barneys

    Pros

    Good benefits, great people to work with and hours.

    Cons

    Not enough training provided, promotions aren't guarantee, not effective communication between management and team.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Men's Shoes

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    Former Employee - Men's Shoes  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Men's Shoes in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Barneys full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great Customer Base, Great product.

    Cons

    No advancement. Management not inspirational

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think of ways to get poeple into the store instead of making sales associates do it.

  6.  

    The best place to be if you are passionate about fashion!

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Intern  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Human Resources Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at Barneys as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    The people are very genuine despite fashion stereotypes - even compared to my other experiences in the NY fashion world. They also care a lot about fit.

    Cons

    Very high standard of performance if that even is a con...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none - awesome!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    temp replenisher position

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    Current Employee - Replenisher  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Replenisher in New York, NY

    I have been working at Barneys part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    spoke to HR, pretty straight forward questions , nice atmosphere. saw a few celebrities while working here . Anyone whois interested in fashion should defiantly look into working here, they are always looking for people during their two big holiday sales. temp position can turn permanent

    Cons

    managers were not the best, felt thrown on to the floor with very little training or help. some of them were a little rude i dont know if it was because we were temporary or not

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    My focus is both internal and external cases. I also do clerical work and some operations work.

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    Current Employee - Loss Prevention Agent  in  Beverly Hills, CA
    Current Employee - Loss Prevention Agent in Beverly Hills, CA

    I have been working at Barneys full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The company is very flexible with working hours. They allow you to work independently but also expect for you to work as a team player.

    Cons

    Some of the challenges is having to be able to multi-task at all times. You also have to able to respond immediately to any given emergencies. You have to be available for others to approach you and have know answers to questions that might pertain to managers only. Have to enforce policies and procedures by becoming a leader.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great Working Environment

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Intern  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Human Resources Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at Barneys as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    I looked forward to going to my internship and working with a friendly staff. Great experience into a corporate retail environment. Very efficient work environment.

    Cons

    No criticism at this time.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    great

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    Former Employee - Cashier Technician  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Cashier Technician in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Barneys as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    good and friendly people. enjoyed working there

    Cons

    was only there for short term/ seasonal position

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    good manger

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Love the store; Majority of staff/management needs to be replaced

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Barneys part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Accessibility, location, some of the staff were very nice/easy to talk with in the store and outside. Loyal customers also provide interesting conversation and discussion.

    Cons

    Sales Associates and other management seem to think and have reinforced notions that support staff is simply and only there to do their bidding/tasks that THEY don't feel worthy of, when realistically they're a 1-2 steps above fast-food cashiers... you may have the commission, but not the actual class, no matter whom your "precious clientele" might be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get new HR personnel that effectively deals with employee concerns rather than micromanaging every minute detail; HR is not suuposed to be in place for their own powertrips, but rather as an employee asset, designed to be a mediator for issues/questions rather than a by-the-book ball-buster.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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