Brown Shoe

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Brown Shoe Reviews

Updated January 23, 2015
Updated January 23, 2015
249 Reviews
3.1
249 Reviews
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Brown Shoe President, CEO, and Director Diane M. Sullivan
Diane M. Sullivan
77 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Also good environment for young parents - work-life balance is highly emphasized (in 11 reviews)

  • The job comes with a really good employee discount, making it great for anyone with growing children (in 17 reviews)


Cons
  • Terrible upper management with the DM often ignored by SM (in 16 reviews)

  • There are assistant managers who make more money than some store managers (in 12 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Very good company to work for.

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

    I have been working at Brown Shoe full-time

    Pros

    Good pay with awesome benefits

    Cons

    Hard to get promoted. But great upper management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Very hard you just have to work very hard.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Store manager

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

    I have been working at Brown Shoe

    Pros

    Schedule flexibility
    No long shifts required
    Great work life balance
    Decent pay

    Cons

    Constantly controlling shrink
    No feedback on performance
    Assistants can be immature

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire older assistants and pay them more money

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Store sales manager

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Brown Shoe

    Pros

    Schedule control
    Fun and upbeat environment

    Cons

    Tasking
    No control over staff discipline

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  5.  

    Computer programmer

    Current Employee - Computer Programmer in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Computer Programmer in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Brown Shoe full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great company. lots of experiences.

    Cons

    Not always clear requirements on assignments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None, did a great job.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good at first but lost DM support

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

    I have been working at Brown Shoe full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good pay for store manager. Work load is never too great if completed with teamwork. Helping customers make good choices is rewarding.

    Cons

    District Manager rarely or never reachable. Still unsure why certain store managers are still employed after several strikes. Corporate clearly disconnected from retail.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maybe stop in from time to time. Maybe you could ask for feedback after failed promos, ask what works and what doesn't.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Low raise low pay and district managers are d***s. (El Paso Area)

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in El Paso, TX
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in El Paso, TX

    I have been working at Brown Shoe part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good for a student. There is always work in this area because it was an outlet. I worked at 2 Brown Show locations.
    Famous Footwear and Naturalizer.

    Cons

    Pay is ok. $8 when minimum was $7.50 I think.
    The raise was low even though my sales and club membership cards were as high if not higher than assistant managers even when I worked for 5 hours. At times I did more that the managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Push the employees with motivation and be grateful when they do good. Makes them work harder

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great company on a grand scale, lacking leadership on a small scale

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

    I have been working at Brown Shoe full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, pension, employee discount and the sample sale!

    Cons

    Leadership is disconnected from the team, feedback is lacking, needs to have a better WINing atmosphere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to listen to the team's needs, support the team through challenges, coach, encourage, and motivate those working for them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great job to establish yourself as a hard worker.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Brown Shoe

    Pros

    I worked here during college and it helped me establish some of the best soft skills one can have in your career. Even if you do not have much experience, as long as you know your facts in whatever field you are studying, expressing your knowledge you gained from this company and dealing with customers.

    Cons

    It is not a career in my opinion. However it was great for high school and college when needed.

  10.  

    Its okay

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

    I have been working at Brown Shoe

    Pros

    Its not hard to grow if you do a good job

    Cons

    You have to b full-time to get benifits

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Not very fast paced but very rewarding

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

    I have been working at Brown Shoe part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    There is some satisfaction that comes when you help a man or woman find exactly what they are looking for. The pay is not too bad for a sales associate level job and the entire staff works as a team to make sure all duties are being taken care of. Managers are very flexible when it comes to scheduling as well.

    Cons

    Customers can be very difficult to deal with and theft is a large issue that should be resolved immediately.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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