Vera Bradley Reviews

Updated April 17, 2015
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Robert Wallstrom
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Pros
  • They focus on making connections and relationships with the customers and it really creates a great work environment (in 6 reviews)

  • Great discount if you like cotton quilted handbags (in 7 reviews)

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

  • They are more likely to hire from outside the company than promote from within (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Store Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Vera Bradley full-time

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Quality of life; Professional; ALWAYS fair & consistent with behaviors & business decisions; fantastic discount; incredible community of leaders; specific strategic training.

    Cons

    Change to health benefits; transition of executive leadership and in turn, vision; occasional pressure to meet payroll guidelines in an ever changing environment.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to keep what made VB a great place to work and a great place to shop. Consider revamping health benefits for full time employees. Continue to keep variety in product assortment to maintain loyal customers. Consider bringin manufacturing back to USA

  2. I love Vera Bradley. Great company. Great core values.

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate
    Current Employee - Sales Associate

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

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

    Pros

    Wonderful company, can't say enough about this company.
    -Treats employees well
    -WONDERFUL discount
    -encouragement from both managerial and corporate level
    -starting pay well

    Cons

    -opportunties for advancement may not be clear at first.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work. I love working for this company!

  3. Love working at Vera Bradley!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Vera Bradley (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great Work/Life ratio. I enjoy all of my co workers! Enjoy all the product that comes in! Proud to say I work for Vera Bradley!

    Cons

    Opportunities are discussed in feedback and solutions follow almost immediately.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Former Glory Gone

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Fort Wayne, IN
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Fort Wayne, IN

    I have been working at Vera Bradley full-time (more than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Began in Fort Wayne so it's a hometown feeling of pride.

    Cons

    Horrible benefit package. Most local employees are hourly. Management has been brought in from bigger cities to whip the small town folks into big businesses shape.

    Advice to Management

    Value the hourly employee . Don't use fear as a way to motivate, look at your core values one of which is caring and care about the hourly employee.

  6. Intern

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    Former Intern - Intern in Fort Wayne, IN
    Former Intern - Intern in Fort Wayne, IN

    I worked at Vera Bradley as an intern (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Colorful company with constant change

    Cons

    Employers aren't that friendly

  7. Great college job!

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    Current Employee - Seasonal Associate in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Seasonal Associate in San Antonio, TX

    I have been working at Vera Bradley

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

    Pros

    Managers who make the job fun, company discount, pay, and hour!

    Cons

    The training seemed to be more of a "Jump in the water to learn how to swim"

    Advice to Management

    Consider more training for seasonal associates.

  8. Good college job

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Vera Bradley

    Pros

    decent training, friendly coworkers, flexible hours

    Cons

    strict dress code, not enough space to store product in back room,

  9. Feels like family, just not enough hours

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    -all the women I work with are really nice
    -willing to help adjust shifts if you have a problem
    -good discount (50%)

    Cons

    -since the store is so small there are not that many shifts, I work 8 hours a week at best during the non-holiday times making it hard get a good paycheck.

  10. Zero drama, great learning experience, helped me find my career focus

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    Current Employee - Team Lead
    Current Employee - Team Lead

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

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

    Pros

    Salary and discount, work-life balance, flexible schedule, ability to grow and move upwards

    Cons

    Hire new manage,net from outside rather than promote current employees

    Advice to Management

    Look at employee goals and achievement and offer promotions rather than hiring from the putside

  11. Helpful (4)

    Experiencing growing pains

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Vera Bradley part-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great product and loyal customers. Cpmpany is dedicated to great customer service and building relationships.
    Focused on Core Values.

    Cons

    Company has done a U-Turn away from their Core Values. New CEO has instituted cost-saving measures that have devalued employees. Stores used to have meetings several times a year that were fun, informative team-building events. We were given formal training and rewards. As of 2014 no more meetings, no training, no gifts. Workforce Management scheduling forces managers to underschedule creating extreme stress on existing employees. Overworked and underappreciated.

    Advice to Management

    Return to former company culture of working within a framework of our Core Values. Workforce Management scheduling needs to be reconsidered. Stores used to be able to earn hours, now employees are having hours constantly changed, and cut. No more meetings means no more team-building. Morale is suffering.

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