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Boscov's Reviews

Updated July 23, 2014
Updated July 23, 2014
48 Reviews

2.9
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  1.  

    It's all what you make of it

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

    Pros

    Generous employee discount. Somewhat relaxed work environment (depending on your department & job level within the company). If part-time, hours can be somewhat flexible & most managers try ("Try") to flex full-time hours to accommodate employee needs. If given advancement opportunity, can work for the comany a lifetime.

    Cons

    Little opportunity for advancement, as most management-level employees have worked for the company many years (15+). Availability windows for taking vacation & personal time are very restrictive. Must wait a year before eligible for 401K. In many cases, one or two co-workers carry the whole department, while others are not held to same performance standards. While it is good for a retail organization to be customer-oriented, there are many times that customers are allowed to take advantage of the company, or co-workers feel as though they have to give in to even unreasonable demands; the slightest expression of customer unhappiness, and even some policies go right out the window & co-workers are forced to cave in. Many customers take advantage of this, which is stressful to employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    It's OK.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate  in  Voorhees, NJ
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Voorhees, NJ

    Pros

    It's not difficult work. If you or your teenager need part-time jobs to supplement your real income then this job will meet that goal.

    Cons

    Scheduling is last minute and precludes you from managing your time effectively. HR staff is old and it shows. They can be nice...emphasis on "can."

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Update your HR practices. Help bring your store into the 21st century. For goodness sake, you award grown*** people with cheap ice cream sandwiches. It's insulting. Just do a performance review at the end of the year and give good employees a raise. In the interim a better schedule for good employees could be an incentive to perform well.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Alright

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Flexible hours, mindless work, discount

    Cons

    Terrible management, scheduling was hectic, thought you had no life

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house for management and treat your workers with more respect. For a lot of us this is a second job and don't need to come to another stressful job.

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  5.  

    Decent

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Department Manager  in  Woodbury, NJ
    Current Employee - Assistant Department Manager in Woodbury, NJ

    Pros

    Co-workers are awesome, with the exception of some of the commission co-workers who act like their bleep don't stink.
    The customers and awesome, most are loyal customers who will come back to Boscov's only to see and be helped by you.
    Full time employees get a vacation and 2 personal days after only 6 months of hire.

    Cons

    Upper management doesn't focus on every department, they pay attention to certain departments and forget about ones who could use their help.
    The budget for busy departments is too low, a departmen that makes 10,000 a week, should have more than 140 hours to split between 5-6 workers, it leaves spots for poor customer service.
    Upper management does not pay attention to the horrible jobs the department managers do in most departments. The department managers leave work that is impossible to complete on 1-2 people on a busy day while they are off talking about nothing related to work.
    Upper management allows certain areas to break the rules and leave their department unattended which then in return is poor customer service.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice to upper management is to pay closer attention to your department managers, make sure the work they are claiming to have completed is actually completed by them.
    The assistant store manager should pay closer attention to the busier departments and increase their budget, upper store management cannot complain about tasks no being completed when coverage is inadequate for the tasks to begin with.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Terrible store- DO NOT WORK HERE

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate  in  Newark, NJ
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Newark, NJ

    Pros

    The job itself is pretty eawsy. Put things away and ring customers up, that's it. If you can do that you're golden. Glassdoor won't let me enter my town, I worked in Deptford, NJ

    Cons

    The pay is terrible, the customers are complete jerks, management is really rude. One time they called me out on a mistake for 3 weeks in a row on a weekly memo that went to the entire store. Seriously? The store is also old and gross, everything is falling apart. People peed/pooped in the dressing room and we were expected to clean it up. We were also expected to constantly be doing loss prevention duties while doing our own job. Uh isn't that why you hire loss prevention?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just give up and sell your store to someone who knows what they're doing. Your return policy is bankrupting your company. I was had a manager tell me I had to return something that had been peed on and was 1 year old just because someone had a receipt and the tags were still on it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Drama!!! High School and very unprofessional environment!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Department Manager  in  Harrisburg, PA
    Former Employee - Department Manager in Harrisburg, PA

    Pros

    This is a company you can advance quick in and may be a good place to learn the basics of a career for a resume!

    Cons

    If you stay too long you will deal with head games and start to feel worthless because you will walk around on egg shells. The staff and management are emotionally immature people and have no problem embarrassing the people making them the money! They will work you into the dirt and if you complain they'll whip you!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow up! Get the chip off your shoulder and park your bad mood at the door! Stop pointing your finger at others because you suck at creating a harmonious work environment! The customers pick up on it ... that's why your numbers are down! Stop nit picking!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    I found working part-time at Christmas challenging, frustrating and satisfying.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate  in  Frederick, MD
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Frederick, MD

    Pros

    Liked the customers, for the most part. I worked in petites and jewelry.

    Cons

    Lack of training, learning under pressure, inflexibility on certain tasks (like checking dressing rooms every 15 minutes), sometimes felt that security (Loss Prevention) was unnecessarily focussed on me (although I understand that employees are frequently responsible for loss)--it makes for an uncomfortable working environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Involve staff in decision-making. It would be nice to feel part of the team.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Pleasant work environment

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Pleasant work environment with friendly and helpful co-workers

    Cons

    Employees are not offered consecutive days off

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    offer at least one consecutive days off a month

  10.  

    Great place

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Liked the incentives offered for hard workers. Always felt recognized and appreciated. Liked how it was possible to actual help customers instead of take their $ and push them out of the door.

    Cons

    Bathroom/ break room too far from all the departments. Didn't feel well versed on company services for pt employees, and the other employees where not friendly unless in your department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maybe hold a store meeting at night around. 6 or after close to make sure everyone is up to date. Make sure there is back up for short departments with only one employee.

  11.  

    Under-appreciated by human resources and managers think they don't have to work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate  in  Egg Harbor Township, NJ
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Egg Harbor Township, NJ

    Pros

    Shopping Discount and first pick at sales

    Cons

    Hard workers aren't appreciated, but the slackers get away with everything. Managers can hide upstairs all day and not help their staff. So much drama between coworkers. If your manager is selfish, they may keep you from a promotion by slacking on reviews and denying transfer requests so you don't leave their department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay closer attention to what your dm's are doing while at work. Don't see hard workers as just the ones who open all the charges, but the ones who perform the hardest in other areas.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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