L.L. Bean Reviews in Freeport, ME

Updated October 31, 2014
Updated October 31, 2014
145 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • They encourage you to enjoy the outdoors by giving you a 40% employee discount on most merchandise (in 17 reviews)

  • Compensation is good, and work/life balance is valued (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • Bean is a nice place to work, there is barely any room for advancement (in 6 reviews)

  • There is no room for improvement and do not get much time for family (in 7 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great entry level pay!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Cashier in Freeport, ME
    Current Employee - Cashier in Freeport, ME

    I have been working at L.L. Bean part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Open door policy, zero tolerance harassment policy, gyms

    Cons

    Different requirements depending on the depart you are in.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    No balance of work and family

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Peon in Freeport, ME
    Current Employee - Peon in Freeport, ME

    I have been working at L.L. Bean part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Insurance, discount on merchandise,401K Althought this is changing for the worst all the time

    Cons

    No balance of personal life and work. Minmal raises, no holidays, expectation is to work whenever Monday thu Sunday with last minute notice. Management is inconsitent and incompetent, lack people skills, and think harsh, unconstructive criticism is "good feedback". Management style is to bully and intimidate, focusing on negatives. Employee expectations are unrealistic and work life balance is non-existent. Unhealthy, stressful, culture. L.L. Bean isn't what it portrays itself to be in the media.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    unhappy workers do poor work, call out more and get injured more often. Not to mention what they may say about the company on the outside. thnik about it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    It was ok. Seasonal would be all I can handle.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Picker in Freeport, ME
    Former Employee - Picker in Freeport, ME

    I worked at L.L. Bean full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Friendly people, Good pay for the work you do. Employee store

    Cons

    Typical warehouse work, repetative, managers/supervisers won't even know your name

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent privately held company to work for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Freeport, ME
    Former Employee - Manager in Freeport, ME

    I worked at L.L. Bean full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Core mision is to help people enjoy the outdoors
    Great perks and discounts on outdoor equipment
    People are very nice

    Cons

    Can get a bit 'squirelly', dealing witht ehs ame personaliteis over decades.....

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cultivate a culture of optimism versus insecurity around profits, etc.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    just a job

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Freeport, ME
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Freeport, ME

    I have been working at L.L. Bean full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Employee store, employee discount, Rangeley camps

    Cons

    Hours, working Sundays, pay drop, lost hours

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Honest Review

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Professional in Freeport, ME
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Professional in Freeport, ME

    I have been working at L.L. Bean full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Employee discount, free gym, great co-workers, bonus program.

    Cons

    Managers are incompetent, lack people skills, and think harsh, unconstructive criticism is "good feedback". Management style is to bully and intimidate, focusing on negatives. Nothing is confidential. Employee expectations are unrealistic and work life balance is non-existent. Toxic, unhealthy, stressful, culture. L.L. Bean isn't what it portrays itself to be in the media.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are serious problems within the organization. Fix it. Talent is running for the door. Start by looking at management. When half a managers staff leaves within 6 months of each other it's a big red flag.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Overall employement has been ok considering my age and lack of growth needs.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Floor Lead in Freeport, ME
    Current Employee - Floor Lead in Freeport, ME

    I have been working at L.L. Bean

    Pros

    There are many and various opportunities withing the corporate structure and the benefits at that level are many.

    Cons

    There is little focus on growing the knowledge base or the seniority base in the floor level of the retail business. Very little is being done to progress the loyalty of the ground level employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The old axiom of "treat your employees correctly and provide them with training and support and they will take care of the business" seems to be a lost art here. There have been too many instances of employees being "thrown under the bus" for the sake of showing the power of management.

    The HR department HAS to be REFOCUSED on being advocates of the employees rather than its' present approach of covering for the business.

    There is much verbage about the company's value in the employees, BUT the actions do not support the words.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    A fun, fast paced environment to work in

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Freeport, ME
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Freeport, ME

    I have been working at L.L. Bean

    Pros

    Good people, good managers, employee discount rocks

    Cons

    long term, bored associates suck the energy out of seasonals. Rotate seasonals around to different departments and bring the good ones back as generalists who can help you anywhere. Pay your retail floor managers better. They are your unsung heroes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    reward your long term employees better so they can be ambassadors for seaonals they are the best judges of whom you should consider keeping when the season ends.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    frustrating

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IS Technologist in Freeport, ME
    Former Employee - IS Technologist in Freeport, ME

    I worked at L.L. Bean

    Pros

    Co-Workers, Heritage, Discount, Borrowing Equipment, Camp usage.

    Cons

    The toughest challenge working at Bean's is the need to wait for someone to die (Literally or figuratively) in order to move up.
    Lack of management support for their own initiatives.
    Too many priorities. Everything is a priority, and balance is something rarely achievable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Narrow your focus. You cannot focus on multiple things at once.
    Nurture the talent you already have, that way all of your designers and tech people might not leave en-mass.
    Don't tell people that your appreciate 360 degree feedback, and then lop of their heads when they provide it. Very unprofessional.
    Stop promoting people because they're your friend.

    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    It's a great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Web Developer in Freeport, ME
    Current Employee - Senior Web Developer in Freeport, ME

    I have been working at L.L. Bean

    Pros

    Good work/life balance, nice people, casual working environment. Company makes a good product and stands by it's products, so you can feel proud to work here.

    Cons

    Sometimes it seems disorganized, there are a lot of initiatives going on at the same time, and if sometimes feels like the right hand doesn't know what the left hand is doing.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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