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Bloomingdale's Reviews

Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014
501 Reviews
2.8
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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 62 reviews)

  • Great discount and Bloomingdale's looks great on your resume (in 44 reviews)


Cons
  • Huge disconnect between salaried management and commissioned sales associates (in 40 reviews)

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

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  1.  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2.  

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

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    • Senior Management
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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 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
  3.  

    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
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  5.  

    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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work. They offer competitive pay, benefits and discounts. Professional environment.

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    Former Employee - Manager  in  Newport Coast, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Newport Coast, CA

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

    Pros

    Good communication between management team. Supportive, healthy interaction between management team on all levels. All team members seemed to be invested in the company.

    Cons

    A lot of restructuring from year to year. Could use a technology and applications update, some reporting systems are very outdated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Overall good experience and culture. Make managers jobs easier by investing in reporting software and local store operators. It can be difficult to reach people when calling into the store. Also would benefit the company to place greater emphasis on service.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    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
  8.  

    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.

  9.  

    No regrets. Live and learn. For retail, it wasn't bad.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bloomingdale's

    Pros

    I have worked retail for a long time and this was my favorite team I have ever worked with. I miss them so much.

    For retail, it was pretty good. Great vendor seminars and sometimes even free product.

    I actually respect how unlike other retailers, Bloomingdales values a college education enough to only promote from within if you have a bachelors.

    Great assortment, great discount, and most managers in the downtown San Francisco store are high quality experienced people.

    Cons

    Very political back door politics. My divisional was notorious for firing anyone just because he didn't like them as a person and didn't want to work with them anymore. That is not respectable, and it should never have employers in fear,

    Draw vs commission is beneficial to them, but very horrifying for employees who slave away making a 2500 sale and then having their hard work ripped out of their wallet when they finally have a day off. All of their competitors pay that way though, so that one will unfortunately never change. I finally left retail altogether and I work for an amazing fashion startup that provides lunch, holiday parties on yahts and sporting events! And unlike Bloomingdales and other retailers, they invest in their people and promote from within. They love upward climb and they are all about trusting their employees to be supervisors before burning out from 800 years of experience. I get every Sunday off. Leaving was a great choice .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest and you will not have turnover. Make it a place people refuse to leave or else they will always seek to do better.

  10.  

    Good Pay to start out and a family vibe for employees

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bloomingdale's

    Pros

    Intimate co worker relations, meaning its like a family, lots of charity work and great discounts, good vacation time

    Cons

    They pay well up front but then don't give room for greater growth in raises

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There needs to be more room for pay raises with promotions

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great People at Bloomingdale's

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    Former Employee - Sku Set-up Analyst  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sku Set-up Analyst in New York, NY

    I worked at Bloomingdale's full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Full Benefits, Good Salary, Good People. I had a good time with Bloomingdale's. This famous company allowed me to build lasting personal relationships.

    Cons

    My only little gripe was that is was very politically correct. That is not like me, I am much too independent minded an slightly old fashioned, conservative if you please!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would say there is little advice to management. They do an excellent job overall. They pay great attention to benefits, work-life balance and company values. No complaints here.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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