Vera Bradley Reviews

Updated July 2, 2015
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Robert Wallstrom
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Pros
  • Great discount if you like cotton quilted handbags (in 7 reviews)

  • Great product, good pay, The customers are happy pleasant people who make your day totally worth being there (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • There is no such thing as "full time sales associate" at this company (in 5 reviews)

  • They bring people into management with promises of advancements and continually hire from outside the company (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Love this company!

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Associate
    Current Employee - Sales Associate

    I have been working at Vera Bradley

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Like family, great place to work. Been there for four years and have no intention of leaving!

    Cons

    None that I can think of dealing with the retail stores, the HQ could use some help!

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work!


  2. VB is Going Places!

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Fort Wayne, IN
    Former Employee - Intern in Fort Wayne, IN

    I worked at Vera Bradley

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Friendly and smart people
    -Great employee discount
    -Company that is growing and healthy

    Cons

    -location: its great if you have a family! But, being single and new to Fort Wayne is hard.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


  3. Great retail job

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Vera Bradley

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great discounts
    Relaxed and quirky mgmt

    Cons

    Not enough hours
    Had to remember every pattern and bag type by heat


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Ok at first.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate
    Current Employee - Associate

    I have been working at Vera Bradley part-time (More than a year)

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Vera Bradley is a very laid back environment. During the summer it does get busy, since we have backpacks and things of that nature, but people are very friendly.

    Cons

    Many times during the week there is only an employee and a manager for most of the day. Managers at my store tend to love the back area and only pop out when needed. During lunch hours it gets a little bit busy and it's difficult to help every customer, especially when management is constantly on the phone "resolving issues" or on SnapChat.
    Another thing is our breaks. We only get 30 minutes lunch if we work 8 hours or more! So, if you work 7 hours, sorry, you get a ten minute break.
    If you're scheduled a day off there is a huge chance that they will call you in to come work, it's happened MANY times to my employees and I, which is very annoying.

    Advice to Management

    Get out to the floor and help your employees.
    Also, yes it's retail, but geeze we are not going to attack each customer with sales like you want us to. Don't get upset at is because THEY don't want to purchase anything that day. Let them have space and stop stressing so much about our numbers. We all don't work well under pressure and everything works out in the end anyways.


  6. If you already love the product, it will be easy

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

    I have been working at Vera Bradley

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    If you love the product, you will easily connect with the customers.
    They encouraged you to "shop"while working to better learn about the product.
    Discount is GREAT.

    Cons

    The employees were too social and often would hang out in the back area
    When there's a good sale, you will get people that are out of the usual rude.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate more effectively


  7. Helpful (1)

    Don't Recommend

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

    I have been working at Vera Bradley

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Co workers are very easy to get along with and supportive. Managers are nice and understanding.

    Cons

    Hours can be horrible, especially during the winter (I was regularly getting only 4 or 5 hours a week during this time). They also just hired 3 or 4 new people on top of that, 2 seasonal people coming back, so regular employee hours have been cut back a lot. The schedule for next week was just updated and they took hours away from everyone. The pay is nothing to write home about, especially considering the hours we get.

    Advice to Management

    Don't hire so many new people at once (especially when seasonal people are coming back). Current employees would love and appreciate those extra hours.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Ehh

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Vera Bradley part-time

    Pros

    You do make good money, and get really good discounts by working there. Getting to sell products that you enjoy is a plus too.

    Cons

    Though they pay well, the company doesn't seem to care about their employee's well being very much. When there was such bad weather in our area a lot of us couldn't get out of our home, and even though we had photographic proof that it wasn't safe for us to get out, we still got written up (keep in mind those who got written up had never even called in before).
    They also don't care if you are a student, I am in college so I have strange hours during the week that I can work, and they knew that before they hired me. Even though they knew what days I could and couldn't work, they still kept scheduling me days I couldn't come in for that reason. When the schedule came out and I would tell them I had class they wouldn't listen and then the day of would call and ask where I was and get mad because I would skip class to come.
    Lastly, trying to schedule time off was the biggest pain in the butt. You had to schedule at least 30 days before the day needed, but it could be over 60 days away, and if you were able to actually get in the program and request off it still wasn't guaranteed, it depended on how they thought business would be.

    Advice to Management

    Care more about your employees, and stop acting like high school gossip girls.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Average Sales Associate

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Concord, NC
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Concord, NC

    I have been working at Vera Bradley part-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Works with scheduling if you need time off

    Cons

    Manager favors others
    Drama Drama Drama

    Advice to Management

    Be more open minded


  10. Helpful (2)

    Don't get too comfortable

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Direct Sales Supervisor in Roanoke, IN
    Current Employee - Direct Sales Supervisor in Roanoke, IN

    I have been working at Vera Bradley full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Offices are now consolidated on one campus. Workplace is new and has modern conveniences

    Cons

    Seemingly very good and valuable employees are being eliminated without warning. 2 in my department in the last 3 months. Here one day, gone the next and no explanation from HR or supervisors. Top management is now composed mostly of the CEO's old cronies and are receiving exorbitant salaries while the people in the trenches get 1% raises, if anything.

    Advice to Management

    Hire from within and quit bringing on external VPs that are a waste of company resources.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Awesome

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

    I have been working at Vera Bradley part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You get a huge discount

    Cons

    Coachings for absences stay on your record too long

    Advice to Management

    Talk more with your sales associates



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