Wet Seal

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Wet Seal Reviews

Updated November 25, 2014
Updated November 25, 2014
201 Reviews
2.9
201 Reviews
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John D. Goodman
23 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great Employee discount, Management team was awesome as well as a few other associates (in 24 reviews)

  • Great co-workers and a fun environment; also a great discount (in 17 reviews)


Cons
  • No work life balance as a manager (you live at the store) and the pay is less than competitive (in 6 reviews)

  • Minimum wage, lots of work, other employees don't do anything, incompetent managers (in 8 reviews)

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  1.  

    Store Manager

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Store Manager
    Current Employee - Store Manager

    I have been working at Wet Seal full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I truly enjoy the daily challenges. My DD and Regional are AWESOME! They are concerned about my store and provide support and constructive criticism when necessary. You are praised for your accomplishments, but as adults we shouldn't look for "pats on the back" just for doing your JOB!

    Cons

    Unfortunately the weekly hours are sales driven, which means you have to have sales associates that are able to multitask with minimal supervision. I see people complaining about a lot of things, but need to apply common sense to the situation. If you're not making the sales you don't get the hours. If you don't support your staff, they will not work for you. If you are not positive your staff won't be either.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a look at what's working at the store level. They are making good strides to change the environment.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    sales associate

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Retail Sales Associate in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Retail Sales Associate in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at Wet Seal part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    great environment, this job is jun, easy, and relaxing. I spent most days talking to customers, organizing the store and working at the register. The managers are very persistent about making sales and selling the Wet Seal Promotional cards. The interview was also relaxing and simple.

    Cons

    The interview was a group interview, which I normally do not like. I also did not enjoy the hours of the job. I guess it depends on what location you get, but I felt like some weeks I would have too many hours and some I would have barely any at all. With balancing school, I wanted a happy medium but never seemed to get it

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Love the Seal

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Regional Director in Chula Vista, CA
    Current Employee - Regional Director in Chula Vista, CA

    I have been working at Wet Seal full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people and great team. Love my district and region. Feels like family. Close to the corp office so we get to try things first.

    Cons

    Payroll. Hours to get it all done and be on the floor for the customer. Lots of change.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Fun.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Wet Seal

    Pros

    Good environment and coworkers.

    Cons

    On-Call Status and lack of other workers.

  6.  

    My time at wet seal as a sales associate

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Wet Seal

    Pros

    Once a month employees are given 50% off discounts to Wet Seal and Arden B. The everyday discount is 30% regular priced items.

    Cons

    Having to stay late at night to rearrange store layout every few months

    Doesn't Recommend
  7.  

    short job

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Wet Seal

    Pros

    flexibility was great good as just a first job

    Cons

    always slow and no help from managers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to learn the business and build retail foundation.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Wet Seal full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Amazing service culture; Family-like team structure; internal advancement opportunities.

    Cons

    No work life balance as a manager (you live at the store) and the pay is less than competitive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your team. Choose quality people to run your store and pay them what they deserve they will be happy and loyal to you. The pay is what made me have to leave. I loved my job but had to support my family better. Also, invest in your operations. This will allow your managers to focus more on business and less on tasking and in turn will require management to work less allowing more work life balance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    would not recommend

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Retail Sales Associate
    Former Employee - Retail Sales Associate

    I worked at Wet Seal part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    considerably nice discount. sometimes fun to work at.

    Cons

    NO benefits for part time. minimum wage job. yearly raise is 10 cents. associates expected to do the "dirty work" the managers don't want to do. there is no culture; employees generally fit a certain niche. training is very monotonous. as with many corporations, money is the main focus; rather than the general well-being of employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    respect your employees and pay them well. respect drives a good attitude drives morale drives business. people are more reliable and efficient when they actually enjoy coming to work. the turnover rate would be much lower if all general and assistant managers would see their associates as equal to them and respected them as such.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great company!

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

    I have been working at Wet Seal full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Awesome employees! Room for growth. Manageable workload.

    Cons

    Lots of change at corporate level. Corporate needs to get on the same page.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Always remember people make or break a company, so when making decisions consider your Frontline employees best interest. Change those that need changed, but don't punish all.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Wet Seal, Co-Manager

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

    I worked at Wet Seal

    Pros

    Great hands on experience with customer service and management.

    Cons

    They were terrible at praising when store met goals or business operations went as planned or above expectations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When no additional compensation is offered, verbal communication of a job well done should be practiced.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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