Destination Maternity

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Destination Maternity Reviews

Updated October 17, 2014
Updated October 17, 2014
90 Reviews
2.6
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Destination Maternity CEO Ed Krell
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance, great customers, great selling program (in 5 reviews)

  • Upper management is smart and knows the right things to do (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management looks down on employees that work in the "field" (in 14 reviews)

  • The method for calculating sales goals can be unrealistic (in 8 reviews)

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  1.  

    Destination is a great place for your first job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Pea In A Pod Design Intern in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Pea In A Pod Design Intern in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Destination Maternity as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    -very easy to communicate with team members
    -great experience that will give you a leg up at other job interviews
    -comfortable environment
    -fast paced

    Cons

    -design team is a little disorganized
    -ideas often change at the last minute
    -not too flexible with time off

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Corporate office extremely friendly, welcoming, productive

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

    I have been working at Destination Maternity as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    -Focused on product quality and customer satisfaction
    -Encourage original ideas
    -Design managers are extremely organized
    -40% discount at retail locations
    -PAID internships in various fields in the company (fashion, graphics, IT, etc)

    Cons

    I don't have anything bad to say.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue doing what you're doing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Fantastic experience!

    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Destination Maternity

    Pros

    People oriented, client centric, fashion forward.

    Cons

    Stringer communication between corporate and field.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Was okay. Upper management sucks. But the store management and co-workers were amazing people.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Springfield, IL
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Springfield, IL

    I worked at Destination Maternity full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Made lasting friendships. Had fun working with team members and selling to customers. It was fun meeting new people and selling awesome product.

    Cons

    Upper management was blind to realities of economy as well as having ridiculous expectations for sales goals which would often bring down morale of the employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider better selling incentives to your employees instead of a measly $5 gift card and/or threatening your employees with their jobs if they do not make the unrealistic goals that were being set.

    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Generally positive with some bumps.

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

    I worked at Destination Maternity full-time

    Pros

    Great design environment. Co-workers are like family (can't say the same for upper management). Plenty to do and dynamic work environment. You generally aren't stuck doing the same task all day long. Company sample sales are the bomb.

    Cons

    Depends who you work for. My immediate supervisor was inexperienced as a manager, was not a "people" person (avoided staff unless meeting was work related) and held grudges. Company tends to support key employees/managers even though they may be terrorizing their subordinates. Benefits are mediocre compared to other companies of this size. Many promotions based on who you know or hang out with. Employees are considered traitors if they leave the company for a better opportunity and are basically shunned once they give notice.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure all managers have proper management training. Offer clear goals/expectations for staff. Don't play "favorites" when considering someone for promotion. Treat employees with more respect.

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to be to learn about sales, gain experience.

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

    I have been working at Destination Maternity part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Learning experience in retail

    Working with great clients

    Discount is pretty awesome

    Having fun

    Cons

    Lots of expectations and changes constantly. Makes it hard to know what they want.

    Not enough training hours

    Lots of push to add on.

    That stupid Parenting magazine. It's 2014, people don't want that crap.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop forcing that magazine. I sell them very well BUT most people really don't care, or at least, get a better free gift to go with it. I had a much easier time selling it when it was one free issue, then charged the people, than now for some reason.

    Give part timers some benefits. It's ridiculous to expect so much of us at part-time but not give us anything in return aside from pay for our busting our butts.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Not the best place to work for

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

    I worked at Destination Maternity full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    During the holiday seasons this retail company is not as busy as most other retailers

    Cons

    Not many opportunities for growth. Too much work on individual.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management has too much work. And not able to take their personal and sick days off. Due to being short staffed and overworked

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Patience

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

    I have been working at Destination Maternity

    Pros

    Very Fun fast pace job

    Cons

    Too much drama and not enough help

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Unprofessional ,disgusting environment !!!

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

    I worked at Destination Maternity full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Better start pay for sales associate compare to minimum wage

    Cons

    Poor knowledge of retail,horrible staff treatment,tons of unrealistic expectations with no support from DM at any time !!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go undercover Boss !

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Hardworking individuals looking to be burnt out - work here!

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

    I have been working at Destination Maternity full-time

    Pros

    Fashion-forward retailer constantly improving their look.

    Some really talented employees are with this company and go out of their way to provide support.

    Decent starting pay.

    Lots of opportunities to gain the skills needed to advance your retail career - usually without a title/pay.

    Focus on client - you can meet some really special people during an exciting time of their lives.

    If you know the right people/have good numbers - you can move up.

    Good discount on all brands - including spa services!

    Recognition for stores/employees who meet and exceed standards. Sometimes prizes, too!

    New positions/locations opening up.

    Can be a good second job/job while attending school.

    Cons

    Training has improved over the past few years but there is still a long way to go - the expectations of associates working here are too high for the minimal training they are given. There is a lot of talent that needs to be developed in this company, but often are not given the opportunity.

    Most companies make allowances for tasks to be completed so that sales are not compromised…this one does not. Floorsets, markdowns, consolidations = no extra payroll hours.
    Endless responsibilities on a daily basis while expected to achieve very high sales standards, usually with less coverage than necessary to accomplish tasks especially if you want to help clients.

    Store management is often too burnt out, upper management is often unreachable, and getting ahold of the correct person at the corporate level is nearly impossible.

    Pay has a max - once you hit it you are not eligible for a raise regardless of performance/tenure.

    Getting a raise is extremely difficult, and most raises are minimal considering the amount that each employee is held responsible for.

    Lots of gossip - beware if you do not make the list of "favorites".

    Extremely stressful - standards are ridiculous considering the clientele they are supposedly catering to. Unless you are in their face and pushy, you will not meet them. Every sale counts - returns, exchanges, all of them make up the numbers you are held accountable for. You will eventually hate customers because of it.

    Extremely outdated POS systems often cause customer service to suffer and can make even the most competent employees appear not to know how to do their job.

    No consistency at the upper level translates to a lot of confused lower-level employees. Huge changes can be thrown at you at the last minute. The communication from corporate to stores is unreliable.

    Clients have lots of questions - and associates often are not fully trained/groomed to answer in a way that keeps the clients happy and make the company look good.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are some really talented employees running your stores and you would be unable to achieve the success you have without us. TREAT US LIKE WE MATTER. Imagine how much better this company could be doing without the high turnover rate! If the client really is the focus, store operations need to be streamlined and payroll needs to be reevaluated to allow for stores to strike the right balance and allow the client to receive the best experience possible. Invest in the tools we need to operate on a daily basis and our training/development and we will begin to reach our goals. Get it together at a corporate level - the stress it takes to get answers as a store makes me wonder how hard it must be for our clients to be satisfied. Things have been improved to benefit the client, it's time that the field staff are made a priority or the talent level in the stores will fail to match the increasing store demands.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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