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Assistant Manager

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Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL

I have been working at Bed Bath & Beyond full-time (More than 3 years)

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

Pros

If you enjoy helping customers and a fast pace place to work you will enjoy working here, Pay can be pretty good, benefits are pretty good.

Cons

Constant negative feed back never tell employees good things all they do is focus on negative. I have never worked for a company that favors certain employees over others from upper management. Lets talk about upper management very unprofessional they talk about other employees in front of others.

Advice to Management

Grow up and act like professionals and start treating employees all the same before it gets you in trouble and keep your opinions about other people to yourself.

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  1. Helpful (5)

    Working here should be your last resort.

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    Current Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Bed Bath & Beyond part-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    There are some very nice people who work there to share in your misery.

    Cons

    First the facts:
    -New associates start at incredibly low wages and will work few hours. To put this in perspective, the mean hourly wage for retail in the United States is about $11-12/hour. New employees at Bed Bath & Beyond will make significantly less than that. They also will receive no breaks, or any kind of benefits for that matter, and on any given day will constantly be asked to work multiple positions in the store due to bizarre scheduling practices.
    -Full time employees (and full time here is considered 35 hours/week) only receive one 30 minute break per day.
    -Managers are forced to work 10 hour days with only one 30 minute break during the day.
    -Each store is only allotted a certain number of hours per week to parse out between all of the employees. However, the performance of other stores in your district (all of Chicago, for example, would be considered a district) can affect the number of hours your store is allowed. So if one store is doing badly, corporate can and will cut available hours for other stores that fall in the district.
    -You get a raise once a year, and it is usually only between 1-2%, and this is assuming your store-manager actually remembers to give you your yearly review.
    -The pay here is embarrassing and not competitive at all. It would have been considered low years ago, but now a days it's outright shameful.
    -this place is the ultimate churn and burn company, and the turnover rate is enormously high.

    Now the intangibles:
    -Your hours and schedule can and will change suddenly, sometimes with barely a weeks notice. So trying to make any plans outside of work can be exceptionally difficult.
    -Don't even think about promotion or raises unless you're willing to play ball and be a good, obedient little employee. And even then there is no guarantee. There is a massive amount of favoritism that runs rampant throughout the company.

    -Upper management and especially people from corporate-management treat store associates with an amazing level of contempt and are incredibly insulting and condescending. They will talk to you like you are nothing more than a stupid child while putting enormous amounts of pressure on you to perform and adhere to their incredibly oppressive, backwards, non-sensical and illogical standards. And they intentionally create rules to make you feel childish, in an attempt to make you fall in line.
    =There is a loyalty pledge that you don't HAVE to sign, but it is strongly encouraged that you do.
    =If you don't wear your name-tag, even when the store isn't open, you will get into serious trouble.
    =You have to constantly repeat back certain mantras and slogans on the spot, whenever you are asked. If you do not know them, you are punished.

    -Management themselves are tone-deaf, and generally have no idea as to what they are doing. Sometimes they will actually just flat out ask an associate to do their job for them. They also rely on the part-timers to train THEM. Granted, not all are like this, and I have personally worked with some very nice ones, but the majority of them fall into this category.

    -And speaking of training, it is generally a joke. You receive 2 weeks of training on the cash-registers, and that's it. There are some terrible videos to watch when you first start off that teach you nothing, including one about how unions are bad, but other than that, you're basically on your own.

    Advice to Management

    Quit.
    Baring that, at least pretend to treat your employees with a modicum of respect and dignity. Some sort of pretense to treating your associates like actual human-beings could go a long way.


  2. Great company. Tough hours.

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    Former Employee - Sales Leader in Greenville, SC
    Former Employee - Sales Leader in Greenville, SC

    I worked at Bed Bath & Beyond part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great products. Constant variety and newness.

    Cons

    Call in shifts are ridiculous. Hard to keep good people

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the call in shifts. Pay better.


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