The Buckle

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The Buckle Reviews

Updated January 28, 2015
Updated January 28, 2015
381 Reviews
3.4
381 Reviews
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The Buckle President, CEO, and Director Dennis H. Nelson
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The only "pro" to working for Buckle is the 40% discount on everything in the store starting from day 1 (in 36 reviews)

  • Very flexible scheduling, very helpful management, wonderful employee discount (in 32 reviews)


Cons
  • Also alot of work just to make minimum wage, But once again the experience is good (in 15 reviews)

  • Work life balance as manager is mostly work (in 8 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Love it

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Buckle

    Pros

    Only been working for this company for under a year but I love it

    Cons

    Can get a little crazy if communication is not there with your team.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    love at first sight

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Buckle

    Pros

    great company! very motivating and lots of opportunity to advance. you have to work for your money but if it's something you love then it won't be a problem

    Cons

    fast paced and a lot to remember at first

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep a close eye on the leaders and assistants

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Positive, influential, high energy working environment where I met so many great people!

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Buckle part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    You will learn great communication and life skills that will truly change you for the better. You are constantly learning. There is great opportunity for advancement. You are always surrounded with positive and supportive people who push you to succeed and become a better person. There are great benefits. You don't have to have a college degree to become successful in this company. You learn skills that will benefit you for a lifetime.

    Cons

    Can be a little difficult if you are not an outgoing person. If you are on the retail side (sales), prepare to work nights/weekends and around holidays. You will spend all your paychecks on clothes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing! The Buckle is an amazing company, and I have learned so many great skills whether it be how to build a better business, gain people's trust, how to have hard conversations, loyalty, the definition of hard-work, and how to truly manage a store and people. Buckle managers truly want you to succeed and to love your job! Love the energy and rewards! However, if you are a manager in a college town, PLEASE be respectful of students schedules. Remember their first priority is to finish college, and do not put so much pressure on them to buy everything in sight to be up to date with fashion. They really do try their hardest! Other than that, Buckle does do a pretty phenomenal job with being flexible with schedules.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Amazing learning opportunity

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Team Member in Morgantown, WV
    Current Employee - Sales Team Member in Morgantown, WV

    I have been working at The Buckle part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great group of employees every gets along great, best discount of any retail store in mall...gives you lots of experience in retail and always learning new things!

    Cons

    Short shifts and lack of hours is the main problem besides that I would say the selling pressure they want you to show Denim, Tops, Shoes and Accessories to every guest

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more hours

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    The processes may seem convoluted at times, but the systems are in place for efficiency. There's retail, and Buckle.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Buckle

    Pros

    -Unparalleled Supply Chain
    -Brand recognition without any type of marketing or advertising, the name carries itself.
    -Always opportunities to progress within the company

    Cons

    -Too many training systems
    -Constant recruiting due to high turnover
    -Low wages but commission pays off for average teammates that know how to sell; often better than leaders.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

  7.  

    Great company to work for

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Store Manager
    Current Employee - Store Manager

    I have been working at The Buckle

    Pros

    Learning to run a business from every aspect. Ability to hire and train your own people. Amazing co workers and guests. Awesome product and great upper management

    Cons

    work/life balance, working every holiday (including thanksgiving day), not always recognized for hard work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    The Buckle

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Team Leader
    Current Employee - Team Leader

    I have been working at The Buckle

    Pros

    The benefits are great
    The team members are all supportive
    Paid on commission (You can make ALOT)

    Cons

    Scheduling of hours
    Extremely competitive
    Base salary
    Organization and structure of store

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More organization and structure with scheduling.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Amazing place

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Buckle

    Pros

    Growth, leadership, discount, travel, opportunities

    Cons

    Favoritism, hours, process, pay, that's it

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good discounts!!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - FREIGHT COORDINATOR in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - FREIGHT COORDINATOR in Salt Lake City, UT

    I have been working at The Buckle part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    40% off all clothes, plus you get first dibs on all the new clothes coming in!!

    Cons

    Working night and weekends, and working with people who love themselves.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat everyone the same regardless of their position, or the amount of sales they make.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Expect too much of salespeople for pay rate

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Buckle

    Pros

    - 40 percent discount on clothing
    - if you can sell here any other clothing retail job should be a breeze
    - easy to get hired

    Cons

    A reality show could be made about this place. Lots of back-stabbing, emotional breakdowns, out of control egos, pressure from superiors. They expect A LOT from their sales people -often teen-agers or early 20-somethings with little experience. They must sell hard to several customers at once, keep their "zone" clean and tidy, constantly re-arrange and re-design sales area; show each customer many products and not take "no" for an answer; word sales pitches in the exact way the company says to and if you vary that according to your personality or the personality of the customer you "evaluated" on that. This company makes it all so much more complicated than it needs to be. Super high turnover because they expect so much from young kids with little positive coaching/teaching. Instead there's a lot of "gotcha!" moments where team mates try to "catch" other team-mates "doing it wrong." Don't provide teammates with the structure to make any sort of impact or contribute ideas. Instead teammates are dictated to by managers, district or corporate employees and are not consulted for their ideas or insight.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your turn-over rate should be making itself loud and clear. Study that, conduct exit interviews, learn from it and make changes to make Buckle a better place to work. Your staff spends so much time training and teaching or trying to correct new employees, when if you could just retain employees they could all get to a point where they have the time to improve, make the store better and develop a feeling of being on a true team with a common vision. But you can't achieve those things with such high turnover, and the work environment and store success suffers from it.

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