Bluestem Brands

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Bluestem Brands Reviews

Updated July 23, 2014
Updated July 23, 2014
32 Reviews

3.5
32 Reviews
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Growing fast

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Growth company
    Everyone works hard but in a casual environment
    Casual dress and half-day Fridays during summer are great
    More upward movement than in the past
    Most people focus on the work to be done versus any politics

    Cons

    Growing so fast that meeting space is at a premium
    Cafeteria leaves a lot to be desired
    As the company grows I hope that we can continue with more wellness programs like the Yoga

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue on our current path - it's working
    Don't be afraid to hold people accountable

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Looking for some positive changes in this company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Eden Prairie, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Eden Prairie, MN

    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
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    CSR, When on phone with customers and need assistance from a supervisor, don't expect that you will actually get a reply

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative  in  Saint Cloud, MN
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Saint Cloud, MN

    Pros

    You can work from home.

    Cons

    Getting a Supervisor to help

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To crack down on the supervisors to actually respond in someway to the representatives, and would be nice to have gotten good feed back instead of all negative.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  Eden Prairie, MN
    Current Employee - Manager in Eden Prairie, MN

    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
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not a place that you want to work!

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

    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  

    Sr. Analyst

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The building is newer and had a small cafeteria with decent food alternatives. A lot of the people were nice to work with and passionate about their jobs.

    Cons

    There was not a feel of growth and moving forward. The company was stuck in it's ways and did not value diverse thinking. Favoritism was observed among certain areas. It appeared length at the company was valued more than new thinking. Majority of senior management was not open to new ways of thinking. When sr. leadership tried to think outside of the box they were shut down and moved to different roles.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Good First Job

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    You will work with a lot of hard working individuals, the work/life balance is pretty good, and management genuinely cares about its employees

    Cons

    The compensation is lower than other companies of the same type (Target, Best Buy, etc.) and it can take a while for talent to be recognized and pushed towards the top.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to identify young, up and coming, talent and put more of an emphases on developing their skills and clearly defining their career path.

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

    Culture is slow to change

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The company is doing well and will continue to grow. The business model is great and is proven. New CEO is great. Very down to earth and genuine.

    Cons

    Merchandising executive team does not know how to lead. They are the most dysfunctional executive team I've seen in 20 years. There is no vision and each week there is a new priority. The environment is very political. It feels like you’re in high school again, if you are not in the cool kids crowd then don’t even think about moving up. They micro manage everything, even hiring entry level positions. Very arrogant, insincere, and controlling.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I hope the new CEO continues to bring in some new executive talent and that will flow through the rest of organization.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great coworkers

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager  in  Eden Prairie, MN
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Eden Prairie, MN

    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
  11. 1 person 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

    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

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