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Bloomingdale's Reviews

Updated September 30, 2014
Updated September 30, 2014
509 Reviews
2.8
509 Reviews
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Bloomingdale's CEO Tony Spring
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Employee Discount if you can afford to buy anything on your meager poverty-level salary (in 67 reviews)

  • Great discount and Bloomingdale's looks great on your resume (in 47 reviews)


Cons
  • Huge disconnect between salaried management and commissioned sales associates (in 42 reviews)

  • Reviews are primarily based on credit card applications taken and not on actual service (in 29 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Not bad if you aren't in sales

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    Former Employee - Assistant Buyer  in  Willow Grove, PA
    Former Employee - Assistant Buyer in Willow Grove, PA

    I worked at Bloomingdale's full-time

    Pros

    Everyone seems generally pleasant to work with and since the store is small it really is a store family.

    Cons

    The pay isn't great and with online selling dominating over brick and molter stores, the pressure is constantly on sales associates to meed numbers and reach customers who aren't there. And sales every week don't help. It cheapens the brand.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your associates. Really listen and don't just pretend to care about what they're saying to hurry the convo along. The associates are on the front line. The end goal is a successful fiscal year so listening to their concerns and being proactive about addressing will benefit you in the long run.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    It all depends on your department, managers, and co-workers.

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

    I worked at Bloomingdale's full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -Meet interesting people
    -Different brands to inter-sell
    -Manager involvement; Personable management
     Overall a positive experience due to my great team, and managers.

    Cons

    - lack of communication at times
    - Focus on up-selling credit accounts is aggressive at times
    - Returns affect commission
    - Retail hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to be involved and willing to listen to the people who are on the floor and deal with issues first hand.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Overall very positive experience

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

    I worked at Bloomingdale's as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Team culture was great, met new people in the pantry/coffee area in the new office. Not a lot of interaction outside of team, but not clear if this is the norm.

    Cons

    Business is run as a mom & pop shop.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less touchy-feely managing, more number crunching. Find a balance that works. You're not there yet, but definitely getting there by having a new #1.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Mediocrity is the rule, but the trade off is an amazing work-life balance.

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

    I have been working at Bloomingdale's full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -great work-life balance: managers do not want you working over 40 hours and if you must, it's capped at 2 overtime hours unless you get prior approval
    -great vacation policy: new employees start with 3 weeks of vacation days
    -benefits: employee discounts, summer fridays, an obscene amount of sample sales, great professional training, flexible work schedule (e.g. 8-5, 9-6 or 10-7)
    -most people coast through their jobs so if you're looking for a low-stress company…you've found it

    Cons

    -do not come here as an entry-level employee; there aren't opportunities to broaden your skillset because it's such a slow-moving corporate environment
    -poor technology: from its IT team to the software the company uses, everything is fairly outdated and incapable of keeping pace with most other retailers
    -a do-enough-to-get-by mindset: managers and peers are focused on getting just enough done vs. going the extra mile to refine ineffective processes
    -company is slow to fire problem employees (seemingly) due to fear of lawsuits; rather the solution is to "promote" problem employees to a different department and hope for the best
    -moving within the company is encouraged in public, but frowned upon in practice due to internal politics
    -rather than push slow employees to develop better work habits, managers will increase team counts and freelance help vs. deal with the individuals
    -few opportunities for promotion

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -incentivize employees to work harder (e.g. more opportunities for career growth, etc)
    -take quicker action to push problem employees to improve themselves or exit the company immediately; problem employees are unproductive and lower the morale of those who are productive

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    lots of walking on concrete for 9 hours in ballet flats or heels waiting on pushy, impatient customers.

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate  in  Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Santa Monica, CA

    I worked at Bloomingdale's part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The pay is on draw, not hourly so your hourly gets deducted from your exceeding commission. However, usually it works in your favor.

    Cons

    If you work November through Christmas, the pay can be amazing, even up to a grand a week on my best checks but if you stay with the company from January to June or July, you will suffer from Christmas returns and owing the company money for each return they originally paid you for which gets deducted out of what you would be making during those months. Also, management has been under significant pressure to increase sales so they tripled the staff. Now instead of it being a one to one ratio (customer to sales person), there are about 3-4 sales people per customer. In a commission only environment, if you're not the one selling to the customer, you're the one not making money that week.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop over hiring and creating a hostile, competitive work environment that annoys customers and forces desperate sales reps to act like vultures just to get by.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    great discount

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    Current Employee - Sales Professional  in  Costa Mesa, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Professional in Costa Mesa, CA

    I have been working at Bloomingdale's part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    great employee discount,
    nice coworker if you work non draw,
    flexible schedule,
    nice day off policy,

    Cons

    if work draw, high pressure. other coworker may steal your sale.
    if work non-draw, commission is very low, base is low too,
    no room to growth,
    client book has to be improved,
    schedule is flexible, but not stable. it changes every week. For part timer, baby shift is a pain. You have drive 30 mins to work for only 3 hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    For part timers, it is better to give them a long shift and less work days, rather than give them so many work days only for working 3 hours.

    Recommends
  8.  

    Unorganized

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

    I worked at Bloomingdale's part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    -Good Salary
    -Good Training
    -Friendly managers
    -Comission
    -friendly coworkers

    Cons

    -Unorganized
    -Low morale
    -Slow business
    -rude customers
    -long hours

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    great experience

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    Former Employee - Cosmetic Sales  in  Hackensack, NJ
    Former Employee - Cosmetic Sales in Hackensack, NJ

    I worked at Bloomingdale's full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    the employee discount and commission and working in the fashion world

    Cons

    the low pay if you don't have a job with commision.. working weekends and evenings. standing all day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    treat all employees with respect

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Perfect for Part-time

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bloomingdale's

    Pros

    Great as a part time job, flexible hours for part time along with having to deal with less drama. Possibility to make commission in a draw vs. commission department.

    Cons

    A lot of rivalry due to sales ownership, and stealing of other associates sales. A lot of stress and drama if working full time. Goals are often unreasonable. Not very busy throughout the year making it difficult to make numbers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make reasonable goals for your associates.

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Pretty nice, but catty

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bloomingdale's full-time

    Pros

    People are nice and friendly, but catty

    Cons

    Other than the buying track, promotions and growth is sort of subjective. Didn't feel valued

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take time to get to know people

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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Outside of the Flagship store for Bloomingdale's department store, located on Lexington Avenue in New York City. (Photo by Coolcaesar - available under under CC-BY-NC-SA 3.0 & GFDL, v1.2)
The Fortress that is the Beverly Center
Magnolia Bakery at Bloomingdale's

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