The Buckle

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The Buckle Reviews

Updated August 12, 2014
Updated August 12, 2014
323 Reviews

3.4
323 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 34 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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Employee Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Buckle Inventory

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Inventory  in  Roseville, MN
    Current Employee - Inventory in Roseville, MN

    Pros

    Relaxed work environment, with fun and exciting people.

    Cons

    Hourly wage was extremely low. Worked hard and never got a raise. They had to employ 2 workers to complete the work I had done on a weekly basis.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensation needs to be much higher.

  2.  

    Very positive

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Flexible, holiday commissions, perfect college job

    Cons

    low pay during off-seasons (non holiday, back to school etc.)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more organized and communicate to the team to make sure all employees are continually on the same page as one another.

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great people, unclear direction

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Kearney, NE
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kearney, NE

    Pros

    Salary is competitive for the area.
    Company is always looking to improve

    Cons

    The 401k match is not guaranteed and is discretionary. It's deposited once a year and might not even occur
    Vacation will not carry over and only 5 days of sick time can carry over.
    42 hours a week minimum and you have to clock in and out to prove it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of vacation and sick pay and turn it into PTO, allowing employees to carry at least 5 days into the following year. Why would you encourage employees to be "sick" so that the days are not lost?

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    6 year employment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Store Manager
    Former Employee - Store Manager

    Pros

    the bonus structure and paid benefits for managers

    Cons

    working under area/district managers who are not positive and focus on the negatives

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    think about your people, they have families, personal lives and personal feelings

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great Place to work-Fast Paced!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Teammate  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Sales Teammate in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    Friendly environment where teammates are encouraged to help each other reach store goals. A great place to start working in marketing or retail sales. They want you to succeed in reaching store and individual goals.

    Cons

    Fast paced, must be able to work with many costumers at once, along with greeting customers and handling the cash register.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think they train you well for your role - no advice.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Sales Associate

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The schedule was very flexible which was super convenient being a student. The people that worked their were also really fun and we all had a good time. The Pay could also be quite nice.

    Cons

    The clientele of an urban store starts to wear on a person after a while. My particular manager did not give out raises willingly. Being paid on commission (inconsistent pay) also got old. Retaol hours kinda suck.

  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Fun fast pace environment!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Team Leader  in  Pittsburg, CA
    Current Employee - Team Leader in Pittsburg, CA

    Pros

    40% discount for employee's. Get to help people with their style which gives them the feel of having a personal shopper. The energy in the store is always so positive. Even if you aren't looking to do retail for the rest of your life it's a great place to start out. I learned so much from the company and I know I will take with me useful skills that will help me excel in my future endeavors.

    Cons

    Hours are long... and there is no overtime so if you exceed your hours that week and have to work over than you are not properly compensated for the extra hours. Working on commission is also a con because you never have a steady pay check so you really have to budget your money.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They need to treat their employee's better. We are expected to exceed very high expectations and put in a lot of outside hours. They should pay overtime and time and a half for holidays. When you dedicate yourself like you have to when working with the buckle it's nice to feel appreciated and i don't think its asking much to pay over time and time and a half for holidays like almost every other retail store does.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    100% People Focused Company - Guests and Employees

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager In Training
    Current Employee - Manager In Training

    Pros

    Fantastic management training program.

    Creates jobs based on what employees deserve instead of filling positions.

    Guests in the store are always given top priority as part of the company culture.

    Cons

    Cannot think of anything major.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The fact that long term, dedicated employees are always recognized and rewarded is a huge motivating factor.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company if you fit in

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Team Leader
    Former Employee - Team Leader

    Pros

    -40% off discount. I bought a $500 watch for $300 which was awesome.
    -Not like a typical stressful retail job. The atmosphere was very laid back and I never encountered a rude customer.
    -You work on commission, so you really set your hourly rate. If you build clientele that love to come shop with just you, you will make easy money.

    Cons

    Honestly, the only reason I left the company was because I did not fit in with the brand. It's hard to sell something that you don't like wearing yourself, and when you are paid on commission, it makes things even more difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing, everything was great!

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    horrible

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Lead  in  Brandon, FL
    Former Employee - Sales Lead in Brandon, FL

    Pros

    none, It is one of the worst companies I've ever worked for in my life. Lots of gossip and backstabbing. One of the darkest times in my life.

    Cons

    horrible management, "commitment program," unrealistic expectations, The pay is low and in order to make commission, the quotas are almost impossible to meet.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire people who don't act like The Stepford Wives

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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