The Buckle
3.3 of 5 304 reviews
www.buckle.com Kearney, NE 5000+ Employees

The Buckle Reviews

Updated Jul 7, 2014
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The Buckle President, CEO, and Director Dennis H. Nelson

Dennis H. Nelson

(174 ratings)

63% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "You get a 40% discount for you and your family even if you are a part time employee"
    in 30 reviews
  • "great benefits (employee discount on clothes)"
    in 29 reviews
Cons:
  • "On the slower days, you're basically working for minimum wage"
    in 13 reviews
  • "Long hours (retail hours) Low pay unless your a top seller"
    in 13 reviews
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    Alterations Seamstress Experience

    Alterations Seamstress (Former Employee)
    Colorado Springs, CO

    ProsAble to work a flexible schedule.

    ConsManagement was trying to dictate how/when to do the job.
    There was a misunderstanding about machine maintenance
    and the ability to work quickly and efficiently,
    even when the "outdated" machine needed to be
    replaced and slowed down production, as I was
    constantly needing to repair and readjust broken parts.
    Even the machine repairman said the machine was inadequate
    and outdated for the job required.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTry to have a full understanding of time restraints
    of the sewing jobs when machinery is inadequate to
    work on denim items.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Top Notch Training

    Store Manager (Former Employee)
    Dallas, TX

    Prosmanagement training program far outweighs competitors in retail fashion
    skills to handle difficult situations
    managers used to have free premiums on insurance
    matching 401k plan (discretionary)
    liquid company
    easy to connect with upper management (even the VP knows the name of every manager)
    pay is fantastic

    Conspolitics in the Dallas market can be tough if you are not willing to participate
    work life balance is very tough for managers (expect to work 50 hours a week and be looked down upon if you do not)
    very poor pay for most leaders (non-managers)
    too many tools to try to keep up with

    Advice to Senior Managementoffer better schedules for managers and MTs

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    great beginning

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThis company offers promotions to anyone who is willing to show growth. Can be quick to make money when sales are high. Commission based pay.

    ConsYour pay will vary with the season due to commission.

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    Fun experience

    Sales Associate (Current Employee)
    Jackson, MI

    ProsPerfect job for the outgoing person, 50% off all of the latest clothing, upbeat friendly environment

    ConsIf you are shy this is not the job for you, you are constantly pushing people to buy things and are rejected often. It is hard to get time off.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good Old Fashioned Values

    OFC (Current Employee)
    Kearney, NE

    ProsFriendly and caring management. Decent benefits. Family oriented.

    ConsVery physical, takes its toll on your body after a while. A lot of employees have repetitive motion injuries. Low wages.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWork on communication. Also, have more things for employees to do when we run out of orders.

    – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great

    MIT In Trainig (Former Employee)
    Kansas City, MO

    ProsLoved the sales and commissions

    ConsOther associates could be pushy

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great company with special people.

    Store Manager (Former Employee)
    Kearney, NE

    ProsGreat benefits and great pay.

    ConsYou must stay in line.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the great work

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Leader in Training

    Leader In Training (Current Employee)
    Nashville, TN

    ProsGreat discount. Good benefits. Works good with schedules. Good networking. Fun environment.

    ConsFalse hope on goals. Pushy atmosphere. Intense sales. Fake environment. Politics runs the totum poll.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGood stepping stone.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Career advancement and experience with the Buckle.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsOne great thing about the Buckle is the opportunity for career advancement. It is very possible, but you have to be willing to work really hard, and long hours, and put in your dues. However, if you do this a sales associate can move into the management training programs and get some valuable experience and resume building positions at the Buckle. It was fun to help others feel good about themselves, especially with a body type that didn't cater to regular sizes. I enjoyed the daily interaction.

    ConsEven thought career advancement is a plus, the pay and bonus structure is one which is very difficult to make a reasonable living wage on, even as a management trainee, and you have no life/work balance. This is difficult if you are a single parent or have any other obligations, and you may have a second job to get by. I was only able to do this with personal goals, management did not create my success only I did, and support was scraps. Mostly they just punished and drove sales with fear and intimidation.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMotivate your staff with incentives, positive reinforcement, and education. Domineering management does no one, including your sales and employee retention any favors.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Always changing and room for growth

    Assistant Manager (Former Employee)
    Muskegon, MI

    ProsThe best reason to be employed with The Buckle is that they truly care about their employees. As a sales associate to a sales lead position, you get to choose what you want to make! It is all based on how hard you work to earn sales and overall earn your own paycheck.

    ConsOn the slow days, since many entry level positions are based on commission, it was hard to earn a good paycheck.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBeing in upper management (as ASM), my advice is to listen to the concerns of your staff, otherwise top performers will leave.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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