Destination Maternity

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An excellent employer who legitimately cares about all of their employees.

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

I have been working at Destination Maternity part-time (more than an year)

Pros

Lots of room for growth within the company, and excellent upper management. Truly a great place to work.

Cons

I honestly don't have any negatives to working for this company. The only downside are retail hours, with random days off and working most weekends.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Very little opportunity to grow..

    • 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 5 years)

    Pros

    One on one client selling experience. Your able to build great client relationships.

    Cons

    Coverage is light.. Stores that make less than 900,00 a year will have single coverage. HR doesn't respond to management needs unless you threaten to take it over their head. Instead of promoting valuable employees they use them in acting positions as long as they can make you. You're expected to use your cell phone all day long with updates on numbers, feedback, surveys, and closing business feeds everyday. In the same breath cell phones according to the policy are not aloud to be out on the sales floor. The company demands you must generate outside sales. Yet you do not have permission to have flyers, coupons, handouts of any sort, website imput, aka no resources to help you. Client calls is a big portion of the job. You need to generate 30percent of your business from them. Upper management wants you to fire anyone who doesn't make upt and ads standard. besides the fact they may have more returns under their name then sales. So if you want to work by yourself, have upper management come into your store and belittle you then this is the place for you. Don't forget you need to generate 30percent of your business from client calls. 't That means you must make 300 phone calls a week while running your store with single coverage. Ads standard is 97-140 dollars according to volume of the store. So if you really think that every other customer is going to drop atleast 100 a shop then good luck!! We can't forget that the company has a huge!!!! opportunity with merchandise. They don't give you enough product.. You are always without sizes and it's been like that from the start of the company. You are also given the same looks year after year. DId i mention there isn't room to grow?? You will not get higher then a store manager. They don't have any form of development for their employees. District managers don't spend any time building skills.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The direction your going in is the wrong way. Start with giving the stores product, stop using fear to get what you want, have a succession plan for everyone store and district manager, if you have a larger turnover then you need to look into why that is, why are store managers responsible for filling stores in a timely manner yet there is many open district manager positions open for more than 8 months?? Many opportunities that can be fixed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Often not worth the stress

    • 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 full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    - Week of vacation in March, and a week in October
    - Some paid holidays
    - Personal and sick time
    - Health, vision, and dental insurance
    - Stock purchase options (this also a con because the company is not doing well, don't waste your money)
    - 401K options
    - Can file expense reports if cover shifts at other stores than your home store to make up for mileage, etc.

    Cons

    - No opportunities for advancement internally, they prefer to higher from outside the company.
    - No communication between corporate departments (visual, pricing, buyers, shipping, etc.) so there's a lot of mistakes, wasted time and therefore money.
    - Low pay.
    - Nearly non-existent raises.
    - Performance reviews based on not only individual performance, but the store as a whole, so if you are doing well individually but your store is not because of poor work ethic of other employees, you will get a bad review.
    - No bonuses for management below Store Manager position.
    - No commission.
    - In most stores, you are not only the sales person, but the shipping processor, pricer, visual merchandiser, maintenance crew, telemarketer, sales person for "partner" companies (such as magazine subscriptions, baby stores, and in the past, a credit card), file clerk, and janitor.
    - Ever-increasing work load, added responsibilities, with no promotions, pay raises, or extra hours.
    - No recognition for the fact that stores in very well-to-do areas are going to be able to have a higher average-dollar-sale, and book appointments (this is a big problem in an of itself - most customers want to come and go as they please, not be forced to give an exact date and time for when they will come in), whereas normal stores are not going to be as successful at doing these things. They are expected equally across the board regardless of area.
    - A lot of finger pointing, blame, punishment, even bullying from district and regional managers.
    - Nearly no positive reinforcement or recognition for a job well done.
    - Expected to use personal cell phone/texting and email for work.
    - Expected to be available for phoning/texting on your personal line while not on the clock.
    - Extremely slow and outdated registers/computers and information systems.
    - You are subtly - or not-so-subtly - scared out of contacting HR for chronic abuse, violations committed by management, etc. It is implied that contacting HR makes you a trouble maker and takes away your chances for advancement or raises, possibly even termination for speaking up.
    - The HR department does not do anything about any claims other than internal theft. Store Managers can get away with anything and are supported and defended endlessly by HR, who will turn all issues around on the person reporting it to say it's his/her fault.
    - Incredibly high turn-over rate.
    - No ability to have a personal life - You have to pretty much be available 24/7, and you're not a "team player" if you don't want to work whatever long hours and many days in a row as they say you have to.
    - Can't really call out if you're sick, especially if you're a manager, since there's no one to cover (bad payroll hours). Also can't use personal days if you need to - all time off has to be made well in advance.
    - There's a lot of things done by people from corporate and RMs and DMs to try to "catch" you doing things wrong to have excuses to call you incompetent.
    - People from corporate, when coming in to stores, look down on those in the field like we're scum.
    - Worst of all, is the petty, catty attitude of the majority of the employees. Snide remarks, talking behind people's backs, spreading gossip and rumors, sabotage, bias based on personal preference of employees - the list goes on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This company needs an overhaul - get out all the bad seeds (the store managers with poor work ethic who do no tasks but sell, won't work with their employees as a team, who play favorites and gossip; the people at HR not doing their jobs; etc.), hire and promote from within the company (you actually save time and money on training this way!), give recognition and respect to those in the field - we make the money for you! Offer better pay, commission, and more acknowledgement that we do have personal lives too. We are not robots.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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