Brooklyn Industries

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Brooklyn Industries Reviews

Updated December 9, 2014
Updated December 9, 2014
16 Reviews
2.9
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Lexy Funk
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  1.  

    Great Chance to "Own" and "Create" Something

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Store Manager
    Current Employee - Store Manager

    I have been working at Brooklyn Industries full-time

    Pros

    Because of the smaller sizes of the stores, working at the store level in any position allows you to learn so much more about every aspect of the business then working in a big box retailer. Also, store employees and HQ are in constant communication which is nice, and HQ does listen to what employees at the store level have to say--they even seek out suggestions on certain things.

    Also this company takes a very humanistic approach to not only it's customer service but it's employees, which is refreshing.

    Cons

    More responsibility in areas you might not be experienced in, but it forces you to become more well rounded. Being pushed in this way can be stressful, but really makes you feel empowered when you take care of something yourself that you thought you couldn't.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to reach out to store level staff for feedback from customers on merchandise.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    A black hole of misleading incentives and poor judgement of hiring!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Floor Supervisor in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Floor Supervisor in Brooklyn, NY

    I worked at Brooklyn Industries full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    -They are willing to promote you if your'e willing to work for it
    -able to meet interesting and diverse individuals both customer and co-worker wise
    -Teaches the ways of a small business and how to operate a smaller company
    -decent discount rate

    Cons

    -Emotion filled management
    -the music on the play lists are HORRIBLE and outdated.
    -the company does not take into account the creative ideas of the staff outside of the headquarters, 'live work and create' does not apply to store level.
    -offered unreachable "incentives" and "bonuses"
    -workload is intense, and many stores are understaffed causing tons of travel throughout the company to other stores other than your "home" store; throughout the entire borough of Brooklyn and loads of stores in Manhattan.
    -M.I.A CEO. I've been with the company more than a year and have only heard of Lexy Funk doing travels once, maybe twice times during this period.
    -highly overpriced; employees are required to stay in style and up to date on styles but majority of employees are college students & they are unable to afford constant updates of wardrobes. Monthly gift cards to top performers would suffice
    -no raises in over a year. You must pester management and district managers to keep them on top of THEIR duties.
    -too many personal conflicts arise at a store level and proper disciplinary action almost never happens.
    -I find that you have to reiterate and almost baby feed management information to be approved of any paid time off, any pay rate inquiries etc. the company does not make the employees feel appreciated or valued as the hard worker they have us to be. Associates are belittle in front of management and peers!
    -lack of management causes short staffed stores to work long and grueling hours, not allowing you to enjoy personal time and activities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire some associates that actually know what they are doing/ have the will to want to learn! Let's not talk about your fellow managers, especially to associates. Handing off a position of power to someone who is unable to manage or task properly. Hire managers who are capable of heavy workloads and who can constantly teach you things throughout your days.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Love it here!

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

    I have been working at Brooklyn Industries part-time

    Pros

    Fun, knowledgeable staff, small independent owned company, everyone knows each other, you're able to pick up hours from other stores and work at all the different locales.

    Cons

    Hours are a bit iffy, and I find most of the quality of the clothing is horrendous. Also, I love that we have down to earth and chill management, but most of the time half the managers that are hired never know what they are doing nor how to run a store.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start hiring managers not only based off experience, but making sure they are capable of running a store. I hate having to work with managers who are lazy, or have no idea what they are doing. Also, being a bit more picky about sales associates, many of which are lazy.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Buyer

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

    I have been working at Brooklyn Industries full-time

    Pros

    Great company culture. Creative team environment.

    Cons

    Busy day to day makes it difficult to stay on top of tasks.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    The worst

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

    I worked at Brooklyn Industries full-time

    Pros

    The office in Dumbo has a great view

    Cons

    Terrible management, dirty office space, negative company culture, low team moral, company not doing well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They don't accept advice

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Hard work do pay off at BKI

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Warehouse Manager in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Warehouse Manager in Brooklyn, NY

    I worked at Brooklyn Industries full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Brooklyn industries is a great company, that is willing to give people great opportunities that dedicated and work hard. This is one company that you get what you put in.

    Cons

    Can get a Little crazy at times, when everyone is not on the same page.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you doing to make BKI one of the best retail companies in the world

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good for Entry Level Sales and Customer Service Jobs.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Brooklyn, NY

    I worked at Brooklyn Industries full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good Culture and casual work environment. 50% employee discount on BI products.

    Cons

    Poor Salary and benefits. Not much room for career advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please offer a more competitive salary to your employees. Also lay out a career advancement plan.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Frustrating work experience and professional setback

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

    I worked at Brooklyn Industries full-time

    Pros

    Great employee camaraderie and abundant creativity, opportunities to foray into roles other than the one for which you were hired should you have a desire to do so.

    Cons

    Although it is encouraged, employees who propose original or creative ideas are also often blamed if the idea does not produce results that satisfy upper management's often unrealistic expectations. There are not enough resources, organization or infrastructure for the company to run properly. Employees are often forced to take on more than their official responsibilities in order to do their job because key positions often go unfilled, or are given to someone who lacks the appropriate experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in upper management and hire people who have actual experience in the role that they are expected to do. Develop a strategy and hire directors and managers who have actual managerial experience who can implement and execute your strategy. Expect that they be present at the office, know how to lead a team and have a real understanding of what it means to run a business.

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

    Sinking Ship

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

    I worked at Brooklyn Industries full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    - Decent discount
    - Most of the store staff are friendly!

    Cons

    - Disorganized and cluttered office space
    - Owners continue to disappear for weeks while staff is left reading poorly typed one word e-mails.
    - Favoritism - Upper management plays favorites amongst new and old staff causing rifts in the team.
    - Low pay for store employees and corporate staff.
    - Owners lash out emotionally to staff - Make rash poor decisions.
    - Most of the staff is unhappy with pay, management attitude, or both.
    - No room for growth. Only lateral moves and meaningless title changes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your obviously not into it anymore. Your staff can tell. Your customers can tell. Sell. Sell fast.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    work here only if you're desperate

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

    I worked at Brooklyn Industries part-time

    Pros

    multiple locations to work at
    t-shirts are ok

    Cons

    managers play favorites
    clothes are over priced so its hard to sell to people
    don't take the job if you are not willing to be dedicated solely to the store

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    learn to have realistic expectations of employees
    choose better store managers

    Doesn't Recommend

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