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Helpful (1)

it's very easy

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Current Employee - Department Manager in Washington, DC
Current Employee - Department Manager in Washington, DC

I have been working at Neiman Marcus full-time (less than a year)

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

Pros

No overtime, doesn't require any specific knowledge. Easy work.

Cons

Lot's of physical tasks to do (merchandising the floor, mark downs, changing hangers, etc.) that do not need any knowledge and it spoils all the good feelings of being a manager. Occasionally boring. Working place is in the disgusting stockroom.

Advice to Management

Pay more attention to new managers. Coaching, feedback on a regular basis are very important.

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    Loved my job- hated the politics and glass ceiling

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    Former Employee - Couture Sales in Beverly Hills, CA
    Former Employee - Couture Sales in Beverly Hills, CA

    I worked at Neiman Marcus full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Networking opportunities, learning the fashion industry from wholesale to retail, great international customer base, amazing opportunities if you really work the system, the discount 30/30

    Cons

    Unfortunately, no matter how hard you work, your efforts may not pay. It's always going to come down to politics. The catiest co-worker can be a total slacker and she will get promoted if she's in someone's pocket. It's very political. The floor is tough, but that's retail. Think devil wears Prada in a store among the employees and managers. Also, favoritism among managers can kill your sales. They can make or break a sale for you. Suck up is all I have to say!

    Advice to Management

    Support the ones who are obviously loyal and working hard. Notice the ones who are just there for the pay check and always asking for Saturdays and Sundays and holidays off-they will not help you when you really need them. It's not climbing the ladder that's wrong-it's the way you climb that matters. Do not underestimate the nice smart ones on the floor- they just have a different strategy. They don't have to carry knives in their pockets, they have brains and charm. The backstabbers will do it to you too. Be careful. Be more supportive and fair and give people a chance to prove you wrong. Listen and talk a little less, allow an open forum during meetings for staff to speak.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Good earning potential but management only cares about their bottom line.

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    Former Employee - Cosmetics Sales in Troy, MI
    Former Employee - Cosmetics Sales in Troy, MI

    I worked at Neiman Marcus part-time (more than 8 years)

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good earning potential. Neiman's is one of the best as far as pay if you're an hourly employee and they offer some of the highest commission around.
    Looks good on your resume, if you're able to "make it" at Neiman's other retailers will want you.
    The employees that stay here are usually high earners and really care about their jobs and their customers. They're generally very good at what they do and fun to work with.

    Cons

    As in all retail, you are only as good as the sales you are producing, If you're not making your goals, even if (you think) there is a valid reason, they don't want excuses. Neiman Marcus: where the weak are killed and eaten" hahahahaha, seriously, though.
    The associates work only on commission, no hourly pay so it's a very competitive atmoshpere. That's not necessarily a bad thing but people will do really underhanded things for a sale. Lots of bickering and fighting between associates and MUA's over sales.
    There is event after event after event with large goals for every event and it gets exhausting. Neiman's does very little, if any advertising so that means you are pre-selling for events to your customers in store and calling them on the phone. There are few people that like to be solicited on the phone!

    Advice to Management

    None - it's retail. It is what it is.

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