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Bluestem Brands Reviews in Eden Prairie, MN

Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014
36 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great atmosphere, fast paced, tons of growth

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst  in  Eden Prairie, MN
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Eden Prairie, MN

    I have been working at Bluestem Brands full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    This company goes above and beyond to recognize employees for their hard work. They do many things to celebrate employees and bring people together. I don't feel like a number, I feel like I really make a difference.

    Cons

    Being a small company you tend to wear many hats. This can be stressful at times. We are growing very fast and it has been hard to keep up with tasks. It's great for the company but a lot more work for us.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We need more conference rooms. Can we add a 2nd floor and underground parking?

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Poor leadership in Merchandising

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Specialist  in  Eden Prairie, MN
    Current Employee - Specialist in Eden Prairie, MN

    I have been working at Bluestem Brands full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Co-workers to commiserate with (and everyone definitely does); convenient location; decent benefits and time-off; "half-day" Fridays in the summer

    Cons

    This company wants to be "bigger" like Target but the Merchandising department is run by Target rejects - no clear vision for the future or even the present, we get told different high-level strategies at every turn, and absolutely no transparency.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please, please rethink management in Merchandising - there are very few strong and capable leaders (Cliff and Jenele are probably the only exceptions).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    High growth, fast paced company with great business model and smart people throughout

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager  in  Eden Prairie, MN
    Current Employee - Manager in Eden Prairie, MN

    I have been working at Bluestem Brands full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great, energetic leadership that starts at the top. The business model is brilliant and sustainable and built to tough in the competitive retail sector. There is a strong entrepreneurial spirit and energy amongst the teams which contributes to an exciting and fun

    Cons

    There is a lot of work to do in a small annual window. Company is (appropriately) hyper-focused during Holiday period but this create a burdensome pace of work up until that time when it all seems to halt in support of holiday period. This creates a bit of a crazy, hectic atmosphere during the other 6-7 months of the year. Combined, there is no real 'downtime.' Furthermore, the lean staffing model is hard on the team and morale due to the aforementioned. Leadership could stand to be more compassionate, empowering and trusting toward team and managers to set priorities, hire talent and manage workload.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ease up. Let your leaders lead. Focus consistently on the strategic level across departments and let/trust that your teams are smart, capable and can get things done. Award people more consistently for hard work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Looking for some positive changes in this company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Eden Prairie, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Eden Prairie, MN

    I have been working at Bluestem Brands full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Some good people who work hard, but do not have the tools to work smart. The CEO is trying to move to organization in the right direction, new COO is making some good changes I believe, flexibility to work from home.

    Cons

    Some Directors level managers do not provide directions. Lot of pressure going on currently. There is no use going to HR, any conversation you have will get back to your manager. HR do not support employees. Any confidential conversation you have with your HR will be discussed with your manager. Do not see opportunity for growth. Top level management should get their attension as soon as possible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Top level management - please look into this situation. Hire experienced People who manage their emotions very well.

    Approves of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Not a place that you want to work!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager  in  Eden Prairie, MN
    Current Employee - Manager in Eden Prairie, MN

    I have been working at Bluestem Brands full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    High energy, some good people who work hard, but don't necessarily have the tools to work smart. The CEO is trying to move to organization in the right direction

    Cons

    Upper management sucks at the director level. No direction, undefined roles, trying to figure things out as they go. Don't go to HR if you want or need to have a confidential conversation, you're discussion will get back to your manager. Certain departments manage by fear and there is no opportunity for growth, very few have the opportunity to work on special projects as some in upper management should be managing instead of doing all of the work, just so they look good in the eyes of the CEO. There is a very contentious relationship between departments (creative and merchandising) and until they get this figured out, they will continue to struggle to meet new goals outlined by the CEO.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hold your mid-level managers accountable to manage their direct reports and allow them to grow as individuals. If they're thinking about their future, the director of a department should never ask, "do you need to think about the future now"

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great coworkers

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager  in  Eden Prairie, MN
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Eden Prairie, MN

    I have been working at Bluestem Brands full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Bluestem is a great place to work with good flexibility and great coworkers. I routinely see dedication above and beyond from all levels. There is good communication from management about priorities and the direction that the company is taking.

    Cons

    We are in the middle of multiple large, multi-year projects to upgrade various systems, and it's taxing everyone's enthusiasm and energy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Help define the benefits of Apollo, Atlas, etc. more clearly for the average analyst who is putting in a lot of effort without necessarily clearly understanding the reasons for these projects.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Frustrated by lack of upward mobility

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst  in  Eden Prairie, MN
    Current Employee - Analyst in Eden Prairie, MN

    I have been working at Bluestem Brands full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The people are great
    Managers are wonderful, driven, intelligent people
    Flex work arrangement is wonderful
    The casual dress is nice
    No micromanaging here
    Encouraged to come up with solutions to various problems creatively
    Great work - life balance

    Cons

    No upward mobility at all which is a shame since that's why I wanted to work here.
    Outside hiring is preferred over internal candidates, overwhelmingly.
    There lacks any training or development to help employees advance to next level even if they get repeatedly high reviews.
    With new growth communication has been pretty awful, systems have been changed with no insight from the users who actually use them, the current massive systems projects are not well communicated to the broad user group and there's been occasions where people have transitioned jobs or left the company and no one communicated it which just leads to undermining gossip.
    There is a rush to grow as fast as possible with little regard to employee workloads and morale or system limitations.
    Pay in some areas could still be better
    Cafeteria and gym are awful, including these as benefits is laughable

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want to retain employees you can't outside hire for every position just because there's a multitude of desperate, recently laid off, overqualified candidates available from other retailers in Minnesota.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Eden Prairie, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Eden Prairie, MN

    I have been working at Bluestem Brands full-time

    Pros

    Flexible company, strong management, well run company, great employees

    Cons

    Limited career movement and Minnesota winters

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Huge opportunity for those willing to grab it

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Eden Prairie, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Eden Prairie, MN

    I have been working at Bluestem Brands full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    A reasonable senior leadership team that listens
    Flexible work schedule
    1/2 day Fridays during the summer
    Tons of growth
    A data driven culture that also thinks about our customers
    Lots of great people trying to do big things
    A desire to do right by employees and shareholders
    Small enough company that you can have access to the right people, make decisions, and get moving
    Casual dress

    Cons

    Can be hard to get people thinking in new ways
    We're not big enough to have obvious promotion opportunities for everyone who needs them
    Not as many bathrooms as I'd like
    The cafeteria is not awesome

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to be transparent, open, and focused.

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

    Work hard, play hard

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director  in  Eden Prairie, MN
    Current Employee - Director in Eden Prairie, MN

    I have been working at Bluestem Brands full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    I love this fast paced company. We are empowered to be creative, bring forth ideas and make a difference. Experiencing growth and lots of new initiatives. New CEO is focused on transparency and doesn't just talk the talk, he walks the walk.

    Can't beat 1/2 day Fridays in the summers!

    Cons

    More difficult to take public transportation, but free parking!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to be focused on the open communication.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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