L.L. Bean Reviews

Updated April 9, 2015
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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. Copywriter

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    Current Employee - Associate Copywriter in Freeport, ME
    Current Employee - Associate Copywriter in Freeport, ME

    I have been working at L.L. Bean full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    A creative work environment makes for interesting daily experience and an employer that you take pride in working for. They respect and treat you like you deserve.

    Cons

    As reason would stand, employees stick around for a very long time and it can be difficult to experience promotion in particular departments, except for those who excel.

    Advice to Management

    Truly there is nothing to add. L.L.Bean is a top 5 employer in Forbe's Top Employers to work for. I'm proud to be an LLBean employee.

  2. Busy and fun during the holidays

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    Former Employee - Seasonal Retail Associate in Skokie, IL
    Former Employee - Seasonal Retail Associate in Skokie, IL

    I worked at L.L. Bean part-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great training for seasonal help. Very collaborative environment even when you don't know where everything is. After working for 3 holidays, I got a letter requesting I apply for another season. Benefits available for part time is very nice.

    Cons

    Compensation, but it is retail and I was seasonal help. I would have hoped for additional comp after the 2nd year, but it was not offered.

    Advice to Management

    Listen more. I get the top down management of retail, but sometimes a bottom up approach will have long term benefits.

  3. Amazing company to work for

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at L.L. Bean

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    they appreciate what the Employees do for the company.

    Cons

    Just like any retail hours may depend on the season. We can get a lot of hours one week and little the next.

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  5. Great company to work for with positive & happy employees.

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate/Cas in Burlington, MA
    Current Employee - Sales Associate/Cas in Burlington, MA

    I have been working at L.L. Bean

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible, fun, opportunity, training, perks, good discount

    Cons

    pressure to get credit card signups

    Advice to Management

    attention to detail when scheduling

  6. Great in the beginning...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at L.L. Bean

    Pros

    Good coworkers, pay is decent (better than a lot of retail stores), good if you're looking for something to supplement other income, fun learning about products, good discounts

    Cons

    Communication from management isn't always clear/present, not much room for advancement, company's desire for open flexibility can impact family life/responsibilities, not always enough hours

    Advice to Management

    Trust employees to do their job/a good job, communicate,

  7. Great seasonal job

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative I in Portland, ME
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative I in Portland, ME

    I worked at L.L. Bean

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The co workers are the best part of best part of the job.

    Cons

    Actually job was very boring.

  8. Great work culture

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Danbury, CT
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Danbury, CT

    I have been working at L.L. Bean

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Team-oriented, flexible scheduling, weekly paychecks, great discount. Their 100% satisfaction guarantee makes it easy to provide great customer service.

    Cons

    There are customers who take advantage of the aforementioned guarantee and you will be dealing with dirty old jackets and smelly shoes.

  9. Good Experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at L.L. Bean

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great atmosphere. Good bonus structure. Super bonus program. Allow all to achieve and "get ahead."

    Cons

    Only difficulty in time off policy is during peak operations period which happens to coincide with the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.

    Advice to Management

    It would be beneficial for management to listen to all employees and not continue to have meetings with only a select group of the same indivduals.

  10. Great time and great atmosphere, really enjoy working with coworkers.

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Skokie, IL
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Skokie, IL

    I have been working at L.L. Bean

    Pros

    Great discount on products and friendly coworkers!

    Cons

    Scheduling conflicts would often arise.

    Advice to Management

    Allow flexibility in scheduling.

  11. Great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Customer Service Representative I in Bangor, ME
    Former Contractor - Customer Service Representative I in Bangor, ME

    I worked at L.L. Bean as a contractor (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Comfortable work environment. Great employee discount. Amazing training program. Pay well above minimum wage. Reasonable hours.

    Cons

    After employment when filling out new applications (I was only a seasonal temp) I realized I didn't have a direct manager, so providing contact information was hard.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing the work you are doing!

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