Bon-Ton Stores

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2 people found this helpful  

Great PT job if you just want some extra money to spend, NOT for full time

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Sales Associate in Milwaukee, WI
Current Employee - Sales Associate in Milwaukee, WI

I have been working at Bon-Ton Stores part-time (more than an year)

Pros

Pretty much what everyone else is saying:
-Generous discount
-Great merchandise (for the most part)
-Coupons can get you really good deals if you know how to use them (which we associates are pro at of course;)
-Bonding time with co-workers as we make complain about the ridiculous decisions upper management makes
-Hours are relatively easy to pick up since a lot of people tend to call off "sick" or want to shift switch
-Mid-level managers are pretty nice and easygoing
-I've met some ridiculously kind, sweet customers that just make your day!

This is a good job for a student or someone who just wants to earn a little extra cash to spend and buy some cute stuff at a great price!

Cons

-Very stressful workdays (esp. weekends) because they keep cutting hours so we are constantly understaffed and the department is on the brink of collapse

-Company doesn't weed out the incompetent employees and doesn't do a terribly swell job of training new ones unfortunately

-Coupon exclusions, my god!

-There are email/credit goals that the managers push on you...but if this is just a part-time, side job (as in your financial situation isn't that dependent on it), don't obsess about whether you meet your goal or not. Cause if you're a dependable employee who gets things done and makes customers happy, they won't fire you. And if they do, that's completely their loss. Don't take this job *too* seriously and you will have fun with it!

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Middle management is fine for the most part..sometimes I feel bad for them because they have so much pressure from upper level.

It's the store managers that need work. LISTEN to us about ways to improve our departments (because believe me, we are EXPERTS in that field) . Stop letting the Display people run the store and make everything completely unshoppable.

Recommends
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Obsessed with employee theft and do not care about employee's personal problems.

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

    I have been working at Bon-Ton Stores part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good discount program, mostly for full-time retirees. Flexible schedule.

    Cons

    The company doesn't do background checks, but is obsessed with employee theft and clerical errors that cost the company money.
    A friend's child was in the ICU and they expected her to work long hours rather than go back to her child when she finished her workload.
    Another employee was asked questions about her job, which they used to make it sound like she was actively aware of a little-known policy she had broken.
    Whole company is obsessed with email captures, pushing the credit card and selling random items. Employees who don't meet goals have to retake training and classes repeatedly.
    No room to advance.
    Weird work hours, store hours are constantly changing.
    Barely makes their profit margins- wouldn't be surprised if

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more caring. These people work for you, help make the company work for them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Meaningless busy work coupled with

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Planner in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Assistant Planner in Milwaukee, WI

    I worked at Bon-Ton Stores full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    If you don't mind the drone work, the pay is not bad for the skills involved.

    Cons

    Never make the numbers, expectations often unrealistic.

    IT systems are in complete shambles. Unnecessary, repetitive tasks to do basic functions.

    Lots of busy work that any high school grad could do.

    Constant turnover among offices due to poor work environment. Office always understaffed and as result co-workers often over worked.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of inventory planning altogether. Any type of modern computing system could do your planning instead of relying on old excel sheets.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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