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Bloomingdale's Reviews

Updated January 28, 2015
Updated January 28, 2015
585 Reviews
2.8
585 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 75 reviews)

  • Great discount and Bloomingdale's looks great on your resume (in 50 reviews)


Cons
  • Huge disconnect between salaried management and commissioned sales associates (in 46 reviews)

  • Reviews are primarily based on credit card applications taken and not on actual service (in 31 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Character-building experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    People
    General work/life balance
    Fast-paced
    Best retail systems
    Good learning environment

    Cons

    Salaries and overall benefits are some of the lowest in the retail industry, including the 401K package
    Lack of innovation and new thinking
    Leadership isn't new/cutting edge
    Some of the younger assistants are promoted too quickly into buying jobs
    Taste is questionable

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    my in between job job

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Professional in Newport Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Professional in Newport Beach, CA

    I have been working at Bloomingdale's

    Pros

    The discount was awesome, sometimes we would get 20/20/20 discount on full priced items. Made some lifelong friends, which is invaluable.

    Cons

    Most of the management could use more personality and be more genuine. Dress code was not fashion forward or interesting, maybe take a note from Nordstrom on how associates should dress! Not much room for career advancement.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great Retail Option

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

    I worked at Bloomingdale's full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great Managers, Good Discount, You get what you put in in terms of comission and making your own paycheck. Good exposure to great vendors in the industry and learn about high end product.

    Cons

    Overstaffing with employees that are incompetent. There is little opportunity for growth into the corporate side based on what they think are different skill sets even if you are beyond qualified and have the right relationships.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look past what is on paper and really take the time to see how smart and qualified your employees are so they can grow into the right positions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    A decent place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bloomingdale's

    Pros

    management some are good amazing others are clueless

    Cons

    the associate discount are to die for

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get to know your workers. Have more consideration.

  6.  

    Ok People, Ok Work Environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Seasonal Sales Professional in Skokie, IL
    Current Employee - Seasonal Sales Professional in Skokie, IL

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

    Pros

    Discount, Sometimes a double-discount, decent co-workers, considerate management

    Cons

    Sometimes too much floor autonomy, little room for advancement, clique-ish attitude among staff and management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up, just keep an eye on the details... that's where it counts in retail these days.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    sales

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Lexington, NY
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Lexington, NY

    I have been working at Bloomingdale's

    Pros

    Able to make lots of friend.

    Cons

    Feet hurt after 3 hours of standing at the same spot.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    very corporate, need to put in your time for raise/promotion

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Site Merchandising in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Site Merchandising in New York, NY

    I worked at Bloomingdale's

    Pros

    employee discount was quite good, lots of sample sales, large office with all the structure large offices have

    Cons

    hard to get ahead even if you're smart as there is a large corporate ladder/structure with only annual reviews, antiquated systems

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    consider compensation more, consider more employee benefits

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Not for the faint of heart!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Commissioned Sales Associate in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Commissioned Sales Associate in McLean, VA

    I worked at Bloomingdale's full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    20/20 discount days, decent benefits

    Cons

    Long hours, condescending executives, unethical co-workers, managers never on floor...always in meetings. Poor work/life balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give recognition to sales associates who truly provide excellent customer service.....not those who open the most credit card accounts or even have the highest sales. Not a true reflection of hard work and good customer relations. Provide managers who are on the floor supporting their team.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Product management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Manager
    Current Employee - Product Manager

    I have been working at Bloomingdale's full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Autonomy, travel, friendly and helpful group of coworkers within internet production. Management in this area of the company is kind and accessible. Work life balance is generally good.

    Cons

    With the launch processes, difficultly in securing test environments, and layers of business approvals management has made it quite difficult to get products launched. It is not unusual to go a full year as a product manager without shipping any products -- extremely dissatisfying.
    You will find that HR punishes its best performers with promotions that include very meager raises, while hiring from outside the company for the same positions and offering much more.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We need launch processes that set product managers up for success.
    And please, dear God, pay people what they're worth.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good place to start

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Strong training program and large classes of undergraduate hires. Good work life balance, decent starting salary.

    Cons

    It is a large corporations so it can seem like change happens slowly and moving up the ladder can also take time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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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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