Deb Shops

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Deb Shops Reviews

Updated January 30, 2015
Updated January 30, 2015
125 Reviews
2.3
125 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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.  

    Going to be gone soon

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sale's Lead
    Former Employee - Sale's Lead

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    This is a very low company!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Store Manager in White Marsh, MD
    Current Employee - Store Manager in White Marsh, MD

    I have been working at Deb Shops

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

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

    overworked

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

    I have been working at Deb Shops

    Pros

    good environment, dm very helpful, other store managers helpful and friendly.

    Cons

    working upwards of 60 hours/week, not paid for anything over 40 hours. promotion changes at the last minute, meaning you stay till 11 or 12 pm. hard to find good employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    fewer promotion changes, more realistic expectations for staff

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5.  

    Working with all females

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Full Time Assistant Manager in Danvers, MA
    Current Employee - Full Time Assistant Manager in Danvers, MA

    I have been working at Deb Shops

    Pros

    Great hours,awesome discounts for employees.fast promotions is showing great work and commitment,but won't go hire then store manager the district manager isn't going to give you their job,

    Cons

    Not enough pay,the district manager is a control freak,younger employees challenge the assistant managers behind the store managers back. Employees don't take loss prevention seriously

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    HAssert your poistion.do what's expected of you,when your hired you agree to all the responsibility included show up do your best,they won't hesiate to replace you.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    It is a pleasant work environment if you like to play dress-up!

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

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

    Pros

    Good for professional growth. Most times promotions are given within the company as long as they have qualified individuals.

    Cons

    Pay rates and sometimes not enough employees scheduled for the volume of work.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    A lot of work with very little payoff

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

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

    Pros

    Loved the type of company and the customers

    Cons

    Very underappreciated. Went over a year without a district manager

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good company but not performing well

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Deb Shops

    Pros

    Good upper level management, bonus structure.

    Cons

    Company is not performing well, work life balance.

  9.  

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Respect your employees

  10.  

    Waste of time. You cannot fix something that is that broken. The lack of caring with everyone in the company is shocking

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

    I have been working at Deb Shops

    Pros

    PTO days, nothing else was even mediocrely good. Even the PTO is declined often

    Cons

    No one cares
    Lazy managers are rewarded

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Obviously the reason bankruptcy was filed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Extremely Unimpressive

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

    I have been working at Deb Shops

    Pros

    Good for making friends; Seasonal employment

    Cons

    Stingy hours; Constant last-minute changes; DM is excessively controlling; Blatant disregard for customers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give employees more than 2 hours notice for sign changes. Allow more hours for maximum store coverage

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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