Deb Shops Reviews

Updated April 17, 2015
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Pros
  • You get a 40% discount on their clothes, which is good because they are very cheaply made (in 16 reviews)

  • The employee discount is decent, but that's literally the only good thing I can think of (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management not only is on different pages but in different books (in 18 reviews)

  • The new district manager is driving my old store into the ground (in 10 reviews)

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  1. Assistant manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Deb Shops

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

    Pros

    Working with a group of young girls that look up to you. Advancement within company. Decent pay

    Cons

    Upper management are rude. District manager and anything higher do not discuss anything unless your the store manager.

  2. HORRIBLE

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    Former Employee - Store Manager in Plainfield, IN
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Plainfield, IN

    I worked at Deb Shops

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Cheap clothes and easy to upsell.

    Cons

    Horrible upper management with no direction

  3. High Turnover

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    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Lancaster, PA
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Lancaster, PA

    I worked at Deb Shops part-time (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Fairly flexible scheduling IF you're part time, Full time no luck

    Cons

    Fast promotion only because they want to easily fill spots,no training guide given, its upon the mangers to make their own. Incredibly high turnover rating among upper management in store and regional managers.

    Advice to Management

    Smarter decision making and more organization

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  5. Mediocre

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in West Mifflin, PA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in West Mifflin, PA

    I worked at Deb Shops

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

    Pros

    The discount was nice and I enjoyed the visual merchandising aspect.

    Cons

    Poor compensation for all that you were required to do. The merchandise styles were generally awful....whoever the company buyer is needs replaced. Their mannequin outfit suggestions were terrible as well. They failed to train employees properly and didn't bother making any improvements to the stores. Overall it was not a good place to work. And half of their "rules" didn't make sense. We sell ripped/destroyed denim but we can't wear it as an associate? Yeah, that makes sense.

    Advice to Management

    Train your employees better, have better incentives if you expect us to do 5 jobs in 1. More realistic expectations.

  6. Bad structure in terms of coverage

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Deb Shops

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and fun enviorment

    Cons

    Bad structure for scheduling ensures that employees have to work single staffed thus increasing shrink and decreasing profitability.

  7. Great co-workers, not great upper management

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    Former Employee - Assistant Manager
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager

    I worked at Deb Shops

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I met some great girls while working here

    Cons

    There were too many tasks but not enough payroll hours to complete

  8. Terrible work experience thank god it's closing

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Deb Shops

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great clothing, corporate cares
    Very busy whole shift
    Do your own visuals

    Cons

    Terrible manager, only cared about herself, other store manager unprofessional

    Advice to Management

    Don't work here

  9. Going to be gone soon

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    Former Employee - Sale's Lead
    Former Employee - Sale's Lead

    I worked at Deb Shops part-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Um, hard to say. Most of my coworkers were cool.

    Cons

    Where to begin...
    First, liquidation. Company will probably not be around much longer.
    They have NO idea what they are doing as a company. To be honest, I have NO idea how they lasted this long. They cut hours down to one person many times in a high volume large store. They were then shocked that our shrink was 20-25%. That is unheard of!!!! They don't really know what they are doing. In my store within a year they had 7 managers. Each managers do things differently so it was difficult to keep up with each manager.
    They also give employees crap hours. How is someone supposed to live on working 4 hours a week!! All the part-timers worked 4 hours a week. Even as a second job that is unacceptable. I wasn't getting enough hours (I was sales lead so I got about 15-20 - not 4 at least) so I told them I got a second job and it was mostly third shift but I couldn't open 2 days a week. I could even come in the morning just couldn't actually open the store. My manager acted like it was unreasonable. So basically I was supposed to be available the whole time but only get 15-20 hours. I also was told many times from my management I would get promoted. The regional manager came into talk to my manager about me and without ever meeting me said no because I didn't have retail experience before this. I had been there for a while though and was one of the hardest worker there. Even when my manager was being lazy I would be straightening up, checking missed markdowns (as this was prevalent because of laziness), etc. I could go on but overall my point is that this company sucks.

    Advice to Management

    Well I guess it's probably too late now...

  10. This is a very low company!

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    Current Employee - Store Manager in White Marsh, MD
    Current Employee - Store Manager in White Marsh, MD

    I have been working at Deb Shops

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

    Pros

    My team-Our team! Paychecks & discount!

    Cons

    -Corporation is discriminatory
    -District managers are racist. Bluntly say discriminatory remarks in front of you
    -Poor corporation
    -Poor communication from upper level to lower level
    -Lack of care for their people
    -Over worked and unorganized
    -Poor management
    -No company values

    Advice to Management

    Look elsewhere.I've only been a manager here for a short period of time and company failed to alert entire on boarding management team that they are in distress and going out of business. I was hired after a complete elimination of all management and associates and a very high shrink result. Store was a disaster. We were used beyond all measures to get the store back up and running because they had no one. The few members of management that I met are on drugs. Reports have been made by customers and corporation failed to pursue. Leadership is weak. Merchandise is low quality.

  11. Terrible

    Former Employee - Sales Associate
    Former Employee - Sales Associate

    I worked at Deb Shops

    Pros

    Good customer service experience, cute and cheap clothes, made a few life long friends

    Cons

    Broken promises for bonuses, horrible management, to much cattiness

    Advice to Management

    Respect your employees

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