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Pros – - Great place to learn and gain experience in retail, the training was excellent
- Small US corporate team, made it easy to communicate and solve issues quickly.
- Team work was always emphasized, and they do a pretty good job hiring people who get along
Cons – - Brand lost it's identity.
- Growing within the company required time and a push from both myself and store management
- Bonuses were restructured, and made more difficult to attain as a store and as an individual
- Health benefits that were once very good, were downgraded
Advice to Senior Management – Being able to watch Links of London grow, I advice that the brand dial it back to it's core identity. Many of our older customers disappeared as soon as the quality and roots of our product changed. I also suggest that be compensation be restructured in a way that actually benefits the employees, rather than made more difficult to earn.
No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company
Pros – There were the same pros as hitting your head against a brick wall
Cons – Corporate management was disfunctional with a high turn over rate that paralyzed any possible growth or business development
Advice to Senior Management – Start over, staring with HR
No, I would not recommend this company to a friend
Pros – You do earn a little bit of experience, but it's definitely capped. Definitely some nice, helpful people here who really do care.
Cons – Terrible management, terrible HR, terrible place to develop.
Advice to Senior Management – Give some more serious recognition to the people who work under you, because they're basically the people that do everything for the company.
Pros – beautiful product, nice coworkers, loyal client base. generous discount.
Cons – worst HR I have ever worked with in my life. Dishonest, no clarity, blame shifters. no marketing done and what is done is worthless. Corporate staff does not understand market or ever visit stores, only mid level management.
Advice to Senior Management – visit the stores on occasion so you will understand traffic patterns and the market. respect the people in the stores who work hard so you have YOUR job
Pros – Association with Bloomingdales give status to an otherwise annonymous company, BEAUTIFUL PRODUCT
Cons – Corporate structure is a disaster, HR is missing in action, there is no marketing and DRAMA with a capitol D from the retail director who should be medicated.
Advice to Senior Management – Get your own act together before you attack and blame others.
Pros – -great bonus and commission structure, especially for those motivated to sell and grow the business
-attainable, realistic goals
-great team environment
Cons – -high turnover in upper management
-London world headquarters does not often see the big picture for the US market
-little marketing $ spent in US market resulting in lack of brand awareness in US
Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company
Pros – I worked with a great team; the schedule was flexible; generous yearly allowance for product.
Cons – Management is very inexperienced; corporate was a complete mess; higher turnover rate than McDonald's for sales and management; no brand identity; no room for growth
Advice to Senior Management – Read books on how to better your business and listen to you team. I'm sure the business has only gone downhill.
Pros – Good discount, flexible schedule and they have a kitchen
Cons – Favoritism, one person is the whole HR and they don't follow up on a dispute like they suppose to. If you are a temp they don't even care to hear your side of a story. Unprofessional and immature management
Advice to Senior Management – Hear both sides of the story and be impartial
Pros – Great discounts, benefits, and flexibility
Cons – Can sometimes be VERY slow. There seems to be a bit of upward mobility but I wouldn't categorize the company as one who believes in hiring from within.
Advice to Senior Management – Work on better designs and marketing. Visit stores more frequently to address any areas of concern. Promote from within more often.
Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend
Pros – - Fast-growing company
- Unique product (mens and women's jewelry and gift items)
- Great employee benefits
- Great employee discount
Cons – - Small company and store so it could get competitive
- Not as much brand recognition as competitors (Tiffany, etc.)
Advice to Senior Management – - Need better marketing to have the brand be more recognized in the USA. Although a British brand, can't rely on tourist traffic.
Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend
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