Brown Shoe Reviews

Updated June 29, 2015
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Brown Shoe President, CEO, and Director Diane M. Sullivan
Diane M. Sullivan
88 Ratings

Pros
  • Work-life balance is very good as well (in 11 reviews)

  • employee discount and nice working envoroment (in 17 reviews)

Cons
  • Really don't have good quality of upper management (in 16 reviews)

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

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  1. Merchandise Planner

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Brown Shoe full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good company to work for, they really care about their people and it shows.

    Cons

    the office can be very "clicky"


  2. Eh..

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    Current Employee - Part Time Sales Associate
    Current Employee - Part Time Sales Associate

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    For an associate: Easy training, very little tasks to do. Pretty much moving shoes on the walls and runs, cash register, unpack shipping and break down boxes..consult with customers and sell things, straighten by skew numbers, and flip the store when its back to school. Mop occasionally and sweep every night. Not hard at all and im a teen. Also very flexible with your schedule. Assosiate discount up to 30% and guest discount as well.

    Cons

    No holiday pay since im part time, very strict company rules to protect against internal employee theft and external theft. Check your bags when you leave the store at end of shift. Must memorize things in case a director comes in from the corporate. Such as VIP, (verify inspect people) etc..

    Advice to Management

    Be calm training new people. I was very nervous and i made a mistake on the register- and was kicked off.


  3. Store sales manager

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Store Sales Manager in Woodstock, GA
    Current Employee - Store Sales Manager in Woodstock, GA

    I have been working at Brown Shoe full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great company to work for. They take great care of their employees and provide excellent benefits.

    Cons

    Evenings, weekends, and holidays. Hard to find reliable help .


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  5. Sales Asscociate

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Brown Shoe

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very Genetic and absolutely comfortable. It was worth it.

    Cons

    Nothing Bad. The company overall is really good.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing


  6. Assistant Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Brown Shoe full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    The pay and hours were good.

    Cons

    The only bad thing was that I wasn't told I would essentially be a loss prevention manager as well. People stole shoes you would have to get back the merchandise risking threats and harassment. The people are nice to work with but the district manager can be very impersonal.


  7. Accounting

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Brown Shoe

    Pros

    Keeping with the industry trends in footwear

    Cons

    not a lot of room for growth within the departments


  8. Assistant manager

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Edinburgh, IN
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Edinburgh, IN

    I have been working at Brown Shoe full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people to work with, fun environment, and stress free!

    Cons

    Hours got cut a few times but that's retail.


  9. Relaxed, professional, and not heavy on accessory sales.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Woodinville, WA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Woodinville, WA

    I worked at Brown Shoe part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The coworkers were very nice and all managers were nice and respected employees and their requested time off. Breaks were reasonable.

    Cons

    Hours provided were on average much less then part time. That is, less then 20 hours a week. More like ten to fifteen hours.


  10. assistant manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Brown Shoe full-time

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I love to work here, but more so because of the people I work with. work is easy, and they pay pretty well.

    Cons

    district management stinks and there's no way to advance in the company, at least from what ive seen

    Advice to Management

    let your own workers advance through the company


  11. Brown Shoe

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Brown Shoe full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    They are in the process of remodeling the departments to make areas to discuss work a little less formal setting.. There is a cafeteria in the main building They have a gym with showers. The insurance available is reasonable compared to other companies.

    Cons

    They stop the bonus program they used to give out every year. It was stopped when their was a downturn in the business but they never reinstated it after the business recovered. They stopped us being able to buy from the warehouse direct, we used to be able to get a 50% discount on the merchandise from the warehouse but they ended that program, new program has a 30% discount. There is an overall morale problem and a lot of stress in the departments that are not being addressed. They do superficial things to try to give the employees free soda and coffee machines. They structured their vacation time so you ecru tightly that at the being of the year if you scheduled a vacation

    Advice to Management

    They need to reinstate the bonus program. They need to work with the supervisors to bring the stress level down in the departments.



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