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Bloomingdale's Reviews

Updated October 16, 2014
Updated October 16, 2014
521 Reviews
2.8
521 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 70 reviews)

  • Great discount and Bloomingdale's looks great on your resume (in 48 reviews)


Cons
  • Huge disconnect between salaried management and commissioned sales associates (in 43 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Respectful of employees

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bloomingdale's

    Pros

    They really take care of their employees and are very professional and fair.

    Cons

    Can be long hours like any retail environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep up the good efforts

  2.  

    Sales Associate

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

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

    Pros

    Great pay! You work off of commission, if you don't meet sales goals you still make 9.50/hour. I worked in a fast paced location in New York City so you typically always exceed sales goals.

    Cons

    Customers are very needy and dependent. Be prepared, they can occasionally get nasty. You may be fighting back tears at one point but you will eventually grow a backbone and grow from the experience. It was hard for me as a student to keep up with my studies while working until 10pm on weekdays.

    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Macy's in a prettier box!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Group Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Group Manager in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Store environments are attractive.
    For retail, it attracts higher calibre sales associates and management.
    Good employee discount, especially on double discount days, etc.
    Ongoing management training.

    Cons

    Corporate management prefers followers rather than leaders. You aren't encouraged to try new approaches to drive business because department stores have to please the big-name fashion brands, so they must approve of floor moves, etc. Very political environment! Many buyers and Regional Managers can be incredibly rude on store visits, although some are helpful, and open-minded!

    Corporate flagship is an amazing store, but regional stores far away from NY bear little resemblance to the 59th Street flagship, particularly with regard to brand mix.

    Retail requires nights and weekends, and Bloomingdale's is no exception, however, the required hours aren't too bad with the exception of the holiday periods when you'll work six-days weeks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make your store visits more motivational for both management and sales associates.
    Be open-minded to ideas that might generate more revenue. The local employees genuinely care, want to increase business, and often have great ideas about how to do that. Listen to them, and let them implement those ideas without having to make the same requests for 6-12 months prior to being given permission.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    sales professional

    Current Employee - Sales Professional in Willow Grove, PA
    Current Employee - Sales Professional in Willow Grove, PA

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

    Pros

    Great company, associate discount shows the value of employees.

    Cons

    Large gap between responsibility of managers and sales professionals.

  6.  

    Excellent

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bloomingdale's

    Pros

    Employee Discount
    Learning from vendors
    Celebrity escorts

    Cons

    Poor pay for high end retail

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

  7.  

    it was okay...but only part time availability...

    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    discounts, the other associates are fun to work with.

    Cons

    part time only, no benefits

  8.  

    Good

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bloomingdale's

    Pros

    Enviornment, Customers & Restaurants

    Cons

    Commission, Foot Traffic & Training

  9.  

    Not bad if you aren't in sales

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  10.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Professional in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales Professional in New York, NY

    I worked at Bloomingdale's full-time (more than an 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
  11.  

    Overall very positive experience

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

    I worked at Bloomingdale's as a contractor (more than an 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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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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