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Current Employee - Sales Associate in New York, NY
Current Employee - Sales Associate in New York, NY

I have been working at Bloomingdale's full-time (more than a year)

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

Pros

Lots of in store events, appearances, co-worker sales, and overall good feeling. Employee appreciation. Union.

Cons

A bad manager will destroy that good feeling above. My manager went wrong by playing favorites, being too lenient with reps who violate company policies and procedures but produce numbers. It is possible to advance there but MY manager was not good at this. The benefits suck and are expensive!

Advice to Management

Crack down on favoritism, and just because someone has been there 20yrs doesnt mean they get to make their own rules, that only they can follow.

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  1. Helpful (4)

    Low pay, awful managers, but a great place to learn everything you can for a year then leave

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    Former Employee - Marketing Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Marketing Analyst in New York, NY

    I worked at Bloomingdale's full-time

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

    Pros

    There are some major retail perks like company sample sales, summer Fridays, unlimited sick days, etc. Also, I had the chance to work with some AMAZING entry-level and mid-level people, who were very smart and I learned a lot from and made some great friends The reason there is so much camaraderie among younger execs is because everyone is pretty miserable in their roles.

    Cons

    Most managers, and upper-level execs are awful to work with and work for. HR is a total joke. Managers will take advantage of their direct reports by making them work all hours, talking down to them, and undermining them in front of upper management (very Devil Wears Prada style). The company still works like a 1960s department store, slow systems, power-drunk executives, no interest/investment in new ideas (e.g. Social Media).

    It doesn't help that they make executives work in the stores during the holidays (in addition to their usual 50-60 hour work weeks), the company holiday party was in the conference room, employee pay is completely arbitrary (I know 3 people in the same position w/ the same experience and there was a $15K difference in their salaries), and the annual increases are minuscule.

    Advice to Management

    There are some very bright people with great ideas in the entry-level and lower management positions, they should be allowed to grow within the company (i.e. moving from stores to bloomingdales.com or vice versa) and present new ideas. This will probably help your turnover of about 80-90% per year in the areas outside of buying.

  2. Helpful (2)

    The managers play the favourites in this store no matter how good you are!

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    Current Employee - Sales Specialist in Sherman Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Specialist in Sherman Oaks, CA

    I have been working at Bloomingdale's full-time (more than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    The customers are nice and the merchandises displayed nicely.

    Cons

    They just must like you to grow in this store and you have to be in the favourites list and a good kisser to succeed no matter what!!!!

    Advice to Management

    Be fair and don't judge your employees by their look!

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