Hudson's Bay Reviews

Updated August 30, 2015
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Pros
  • able to sustain a work life balance (in 9 reviews)

  • company embodies a diverse ethnic work environment (in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • Employee discount only 10% off and must use HBC credit card (in 21 reviews)

  • constantly shifting priorities/poor work flow organization leading to long hours or inefficiency such as two employees performing the same task (in 11 reviews)

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  1. Good overall Company

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hudson's Bay full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good Culture good Investment in People Great workers and quality of people A lot of energy Great culture

    Cons

    Moves too fast at times

    Advice to Management

    Focus on key priorities instead of trying to do everything


  2. Helpful (1)

    Kind of over it...

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Hours are pretty much 9- 6. Summer Fridays (we get out at 1:00PM). Discount on products at Saks Fifth Avenue, Lord & Taylor and The Bay. Nice people.

    Cons

    Pay is below scale. Our medical benefits are being changed to "co-insurance" next and this is going to make seeing a doctor more difficult and more expensive. Our office is one giant open space and it is very hard to concentrate without headphones. The location (financial district) is inconvenient to many who work here. There is a dress code and a very corporate culture. We constantly have problems with our office internet connection. Projects move extremely slowly and are constantly mismanaged. The place is full of consultants thee days.

    Advice to Management

    One of our most senior executives likes to give talks about how the key to building a successful tech company is making your developers happy. He would do well to heed his own advice.


  3. Had promise, but seems to be going downhill

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Developer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Developer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Hudson's Bay full-time

    Pros

    Great people, flexibility (depending on what you do there), interesting work AT TIMES (if you're a software engineer), no shortage of work to get done

    Cons

    Location is bad, not a good culture for software engineers, health insurance getting worse, workload increasing in spite of all these downsides, lower salaries, not much paid time off

    Advice to Management

    My advice to upper management would be to take a look around at some of the younger tech companies out there and take notes. Young engineers don't want to work in stuffy corporate environments anymore, and there are better choices!


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Corporate

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    Current Employee - Corporate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Corporate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Hudson's Bay full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    None I can think of and I tried hard. It is sad, Saks I could think of a million good things to say.

    Cons

    Executives from HBC are disorganized and one sided. They allow major mistakes to be made. Running Saks into the ground

    Advice to Management

    Elevate your good, internal, trained talent. Good people contiue to go other places because of bad business decisions being made on a high level. Poor treatment of employees is the norm


  6. Do not recommend

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Low morale, cheap in anything. A lot of managers, no clear strategy. Very politic place. You should be in some "group" in order to do your job. This is definitely not a place to growth neither technically nor in anything else. The promise of changing things is lie. Nobody really wants to change things. Rather consulting and outsourcing is more advantageous for the management. Simple things like network connectivity is big issue.

    Cons

    Compensation is very far from good. Office amenities are really like....you will feel yourself like you are on the street. Very noisy open space, makes impossible to focus

    Advice to Management

    employees are not resources they are humans as you are, so listen to them and don't call them resource in front of them.


  7. Helpful (1)

    It's an adequate place to work. It could be a pretty good place to work if we could fix a few things.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hudson's Bay (More than a year)

    Pros

    1. decent salary 2. Good work / life balance. Hours are 9:00AM - 6:00PM. 3. Fairly interesting technology stack: 4. Stability and job security. 5. People are friendly and developers smart.

    Cons

    1. Not enough vacation days. 2. Sick days are not counted separately from vacation days. If you call in sick that's one less vacation day that you have. 3. The company is cheap when it comes to basic office amenities. For example they don't coffee! They have coffee makers but you have to bring your own coffee beans, milk and sugar. We just moved to a new location. The chairs are cheap and uncomfortable and we don't even have filing cabinets! 4. Dev and QA environments frequently fail. This is very frustrating for developers and it wastes a lot of time. 5. Projects don't operate very smoothly. The business, product, and design teams never seem to be on quite the same page when it comes to the scope of each project. 6. There is a business casual dress code. This is unusual for a technology company.

    Advice to Management

    Items four and five on the list of cons are really holding us back.


  8. assistant buyer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    great work environment friendly employers

    Cons

    pay is adequate and pressure is extreme


  9. A horrible place to freelance.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - E-commerce Copywriting in New York, NY
    Former Employee - E-commerce Copywriting in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good location in midtown Manhattan. Uses lots of full-time freelancers as a way to avoid staffing up.

    Cons

    It's a sweatshop where nobody cares about quality. You're expected to do upward of seventy product descriptions a day--100 is encouraged--with little or no information. (You spend a lot of time on Google in this job.) Although they tell you that they're going to pay weekly, most freelancers have to wait six weeks or more "to get in the system." Even then, it is completely common for checks to be "lost" for weeks on end. Complain and you're out. They seem quite nice going in, but just wait until the first time that you're leaving after an eight- or nine-hour day and someone

    Advice to Management

    Get organized. Pay on time. Communicate with both your staff and freelancers. Hire someone who understands garment terminology.


  10. Great people great money

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The feeling waking up come to work with such great people

    Cons

    None none none none none


  11. Helpful (3)

    Ok for part time student - not as career. A 2.5/5

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Hudson's Bay part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good co-workers. Some good managers. twice a year certain brands (mostly cosmetics) at 20 percent discount for associates. Got reward points for signing up customers to the HBC credit card - these points can add up if you are good at getting customers to sign up. These points can only be used at the bay. Full timers get decent benefits (dental/health etc). Flexible scheduling if student. But not enough hours available to part timers. Once schedule is set may be hard to get someone to cover.

    Cons

    10 percent year round discount - need to have the HBC credit card to get the employee discount or NO discount given (discount taken off on HBC credit card statement). Low wages - many times at min wage regardless of education. Some employees get hired with higher wages than those who have been with company for years. Pushed to get good credit blends, get customers to sign up for credit cards, and recently get customers to do auto locates and give their emails. Yearly raises based on reaching targets (sometimes only 10 cent raises - from what I have heard). Not enough employees on the floor. Sometimes just one person to cover one department. Some managers can be rude - have power trips - and see associates as expendable. But some managers ARE good to their employees. Just based on luck with who you end up with. Managers have a lot of stress put on them for scheduling and getting their associates to meet targets.

    Advice to Management

    Realize that its not always possible for associates to reach goals that are set up. Seen people leave/look for other jobs over stress of these targets and low moral due to being singled out. Be nice to your employees. Seen some managers with bad attitudes to associates. And others who were great to be around and work with.



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