Macy's Reviews in Portland, OR

Updated August 28, 2014
Updated August 28, 2014
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • the employee discount is good even though one must use their Macys card to get it (in 568 reviews)

  • The company offers some flexibility in terms of work/life balance (in 105 reviews)


Cons
  • There is a great deal of pressure to sell Macy's credit cards to customers (in 362 reviews)

  • They promise a work/life balance but I have not figured that part out yet (in 109 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great opportunity for advancement

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Macy's full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Advancement, relocation opportunities across the US

    Cons

    Retail hours can be long and random

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Adventurous

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Portland, OR

    I worked at Macy's full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great opportunity for advancement if you choose to make work your priority. Learned many new skills and how to work under serious pressure.

    Cons

    Career has no work life balance. Tremendous pressure and long work hours. Never enough payroll so truly service customer and support staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Benefit cost is outrageous and unacceptable. Cost for medical insurance was nearly $1000 per month to cover the entire family and is twice the cost compared to other retailers. Can even go directly to insurance company and purchase at half the cost. Benefits should be a benefit to your employees!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Looks great on the outside, a bit of a mess from the other side.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Support Team Lead in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Support Team Lead in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Macy's part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    -There are some great individuals that work here; diamonds in the rough, for sure (managers, district/ops, and low-level alike). When you get to work with these people, the ones that know their job and what they can do to make everything shine, it truly is this "magic" Macy's touts to all it's employees.
    -The employee discount is reasonable.
    -Lax disciplinary policy and flexible attendance policy. This means you won't get written up for anything and everything. Sure, someone will talk to you about it, but you won't get unfairly punished for insignificant mistakes. Similarly, the attendance policy allows for a decent amount of flexibility in case of emergency or illness.
    -Low-level employment (anything less than a sales manager) is adequate for students or those looking to just make a little extra money.

    Cons

    -Management is a hodge-podge of individuals with various different skill levels, intelligence, and work ethics. Many of them... let's just say you will wonder how they got there. I've noticed many of the subordinates having to pick up slack and make magic happen to keep things together. There's probably more than a few reasons for this.
    -Anything less than management is unreasonably low-paying usually. However, it's pretty much on par with most retail places. Unfortunately, that means that this fact doesn't encourage loyalty in many employees; many good ones leave for something better if they aren't promoted and there is quite a bit of turnover. Most low-level specialist jobs in both support and sales are shockingly undercompensated.
    -Seeming lack of disciplinary policy or the use of it at least means that many less-than-stellar individuals will ruin the workplace for their co-workers, causing them to have to do far more work themselves, and ruin the experience for the customer.
    -Flexible attendance policy means that less ethical individuals will abuse the system quite a bit and cause much grief before something is done about it.
    -Poor communication from management about many, many things. Upper management has a lot of great ideas (some are "unexpectedly" detrimental due to lack of input from those below them), most of them are in some way carried out poorly.
    -On the sales side, everything revolves around 2 metrics, your sales numbers (sell, sell, sell) and the number of credit cards you open (would you like to get a Macy's card and save 15% off?), which usually isn't a good way to promote customer satisfaction. There's little else you could expect from most retail chains, Macy's isn't alone in this.
    -On the support side, everything revolves around 2 metrics, you productivity (measured in Units per Hour) and hours used/saved. This means you're expected (as a barely above minimum wage employee) to work faster and do more all while filling in helping customers while you do your job in less time (due to short-staffing on the sales side). If your team takes longer than what the company expects (which regularly happens due to lack of understanding how long some tasks actually take), your hours at the end of the month will get cut down to as little as they possibly can, even if things still need to be done.
    -Very strange choice of career track for those starting at the bottom working their way towards upper management.
    -Good luck getting a full-time position. There are very few on the lower levels. You know why.
    -Not family friendly. Poor work/life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Invest more in your employees and reap the rewards. Content, loyal employees breeds a happy and healthy workplace, which in turn means your customers will be getting the best from your employees. More consistent rewards and raises (and more of them) will encourage your stellar employees to stay and give management a bigger incentive to decrease turnover. Higher pay would mean that better individuals would apply for the positions in the first place.
    -Provide clear and concise communication to lower and middle management about what needs to be done, how it needs to be done, and when. Make sure they have their priorities straight and use those reports and numbers to their fullest potential to catch problems.
    -Make sure your new national programs and projects are getting the full support and attention they need and deserve.
    -Make sure your engagement surveys and meetings are including ALL of your employees, let them know it's ok to tell you the difficult things, and REALLY listen and address these issues. These employees work these jobs day-in and day-out. Many of them know every intricate detail like the back of their hand, many of them have amazing ideas on how to improve things for the company, the customer, and themselves. Utilize that.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    A challenging but rewarding place to work. A company with solid core values.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - District Manager in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - District Manager in Portland, OR

    I worked at Macy's full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities to further your career. If you are mobile then the possibilities are endless. Stores and district offices are located in almost every state.

    Cons

    Regardless of the company you work for the Retail business is very challenging especially during holiday and gift giving seasons. When most people are off celebrating the holiday's you are working very busy important selling days ... this makes work-life balance difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get to know the people who are working for you. Understand what makes them tic, where they live and what they like to do when not working for you. This will improve employee engagement and associate loyality to the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Specialist in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Sales Specialist in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Macy's full-time

    Pros

    Wonderful atmosphere.
    Fellow employees are great.
    Management gives good space and also shows that they care about their employees.
    Daily morning rally.
    Weekly pay.

    Cons

    You need a credit card to get the employee discount (but who cares... if thats what I have to do for an extra 20% off)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Painfully understaffed, poorly trained middle management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Management in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Sales Management in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Macy's full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Working with guests one on one, in an environment they come to because they want to.

    Cons

    Unpredictable scheduling disguised as " your schedule your way". No rhyme or reason to personal daily goals. Impossible to audit associate statements or maintain control of employee number. As everyone has access to everyone's number. Manic, impromptu "coaching" from poorly trained management, whose only desire is to drive Star Reward applications.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Revamp management interaction, coaching, mentoring procedures and processes. The current cookie cutter coaching binder / score card is a complete disconnect.
    Loss prevention is non-existent, no purses, coats, purchases etc on the floor. Sign in employee packages, basically take a page from Nordstrom. Your schedule your way is non functional, except in keeping salary expenses low, sales floor under staffed, management in a frantic state, ultimately creating a less than desirable client experience.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Nice people and Managers, but crazy holiday rushes

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Temporary Sales Associate in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Temporary Sales Associate in Portland, OR

    I worked at Macy's as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    The supervisors and employees were very friendly. The break room was well furnished with a TV, a DVD player and DVDs, books, multiple vending machines and comfy chairs along with basic amenities. We even got free food some days! You could pick and choose your shifts with almost perfect flexibility (holidays were mandatory for me, a seasonal employee) and there were many opportunities to work.

    Cons

    The pay was minimum wage, the credit accounts you sold only got you a dollar per account opened (which was even taxed!) unless you opened like 30 in a month.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I don't really have any, the managers I had in the Men's department were very cordial and helpful! The pay was a bit low at minimum but I don't think it was unreasonable considering the entry-level position. Bonuses for credit accounts opened could use a big boost considering the interest earned. I suggest a fair share in the interest fees for the employee who opened the account.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    You have to want it.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Macy's part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    You have an opportunity to move up and around in this company quickly and easily. They've tried to make handling your schedule something simple and accessible. There is a ton of positive reinforcement and encouragement in the team.

    Cons

    If you're not interested in growing with this company, you could become very discouraged very fast. There is a lot of pressure to reach sales and credit goals and employees are often given more responsibilities without equivalent compensation. It will feel like 4 jobs for the pay of 1.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more people to cover different jobs so that each person can focus on their duty or increase the minimum salary to reflect the workload of the employee.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Very good until it got bad, and then very bad.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Beauty Advisor in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Beauty Advisor in Portland, OR

    I worked at Macy's full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Easy to get hired, good environment to meet others.

    Cons

    HR was hard to work with, inexperienced managers, discrimination with promotions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees and take their concerns seriously. Advocate for them and take an interest, but don't ask too many details about their personal life unless it is offered.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Overall Satisfactory And Supportive Employer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - District Planner in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - District Planner in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Macy's full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    competitive salaries, manageable travel, knowledgeable and professional coworkers

    Cons

    Benefits Package CoulD Be Better, No STock Options For District Executives

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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