Bloomingdale's Reviews

Updated April 15, 2015
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Bloomingdale's CEO Tony Spring
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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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  1. Helpful (1)

    Buying Program

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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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    - Great brand
    - Steep learning curve for first couple of years
    - Work with some of the best brands in the industry

    Cons

    - Low pay
    - A lot of politics
    - Not much upward mobility beyond buyer
    - There are many "lifers" who don't pull their weight

    Advice to Management

    Be more open to change. Junior merchants are largely the target customer, and have a good sense of what else is going on in the market. Retail is changing and so should Bloomingdale's.

  2. Direct Mailer Planner

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Direct Mail Planner in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Direct Mail Planner in New York, NY

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Works with a broad range of internal departments and external vendors. Friendly environment, lots of fun.

    Cons

    Disconnect in communication from Executives to the "organization".

    Advice to Management

    Better communication to the organization.

  3. It was fun and a great learning experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bloomingdale's part-time

    Pros

    It was fun, and i learned a lot, the pay was great commission was only 3%, but if your daily sales goal was 1,500 it was plus. Time and a half on sundays was awesome as well.

    Cons

    the location of where i worked the clients were very demanding.

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  5. Helpful (2)

    Business manager

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Cosmetics Business Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Cosmetics Business Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at Bloomingdale's

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Build strong relationships with clients

    Cons

    Management and structure is a clown show

    Advice to Management

    Must be liked to keep your job.

  6. Supportive and learned a lot

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bloomingdale's full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Benefits, Good staff, Fast pace and fun

    Cons

    Hours and working holidays

  7. HR Executive

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

    I worked at Bloomingdale's

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Had a great boss. Flexible could work from home if needed.

    Cons

    Hard to hire anyone they had to pass a test- like an LSAT and be the right look. Plus store executives are over worked, while coporate comes for a visit, judges them and then takes the weekend off. Stores are understaffed and employees are over worked.

    Advice to Management

    Stop cutting store payroll. Customer service is suffering and your managers are overworked, since they have no staff.

  8. Sales associate jewelry

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Huntington, NY
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Huntington, NY

    I worked at Bloomingdale's

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

    Pros

    Wear black all day so it is easy to pick out clothing

    Cons

    Discount awful
    Management is catty
    Goals are unrealistic

    Advice to Management

    Act more as management and less competition with associates

  9. Merchandiser

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bloomingdale's

    Pros

    we get amazing employee discounts.

    Cons

    management needs lots of work

  10. Brand Specialist

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Flexible schedules and Union benefits. Also, provides exceptional networking opportunities.

    Cons

    Managers are bonus driven and will make it very hard to approve a promotion to a different department. 70% all managers are incompetent and are unaware of sale associate's tasks and responsibilities.

    Advice to Management

    All managers should have experience being a manager or at least experience in the sales position in order to gain some perspective on the individuals they are managing.

  11. It's alright but don't get stuck here

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in San Diego, CA
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Bloomingdale's as a contractor (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The discount here is pretty great. It's 20% off and there are special discount days where there would be an additional percentage off for certain things like cosmetics, shoes, etc. Management is alright. It is very team based and it's cool to be familiar with everyone you work with.

    Cons

    The people that work here are incredibly snobby. They act like they are big shots but aren't. The store is not doing as well as Nordstrom so most associates find themselves broke and barely making enough. Most associates that work here are older, which makes me worried about being stuck in retail forever and not making any money.

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