bebe stores Reviews

Updated September 15, 2014
Updated September 15, 2014
154 Reviews
3.2
154 Reviews
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Jim Wiggett
3 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great discount, fun laid back environment, Coaching and developing structure (in 20 reviews)

  • Great design/merchandise, awesome employee discount, build close relationships with clients, work-life balance (in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • They pay a management position minimum wage (in 9 reviews)

  • long hours, constantly changing store set up (in 7 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great professional opportunities

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Brisbane, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brisbane, CA

    I have been working at bebe stores full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    At the corporate headquarters, there is visibility to a wide variety of levels and departments within the organization: This is a fantastic environment for those who like to be seen and to collaborate on a broad spectrum of projects across disciplines. Also great for those who are self-directed.

    Cons

    This isn't a con per se, but everyone at bebe needs to hit the ground running and determine for themselves how they can make an impact. There isn't the luxury of being spoon fed all of the answers for how things should be done. The pace is fast and dynamic - maybe not a great place for clock watchers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Everyone is insanely busy, but take the time to encourage developmental opportunities within your organization.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Love this palce

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Design  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Design in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at bebe stores full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    -EXTREMELY organized
    -Room for growth
    -Great Pay
    -Nice management
    -Everyone's opinion matters / Everyone has a voice

    Cons

    -Expensive health care
    -Location (No where to eat without driving & Terrible commute from the east side)
    -Parking, The lot fills up at 8:45 and then its street parking and you have to move your car every 2 hours
    -Heavy workloads and a lot of revolving temps to help

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more full time people and less temps.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    bebe stores Response

    May 13, 2014SVP Human Resources

    Thanks so much for the review. I'm thrilled that our culture of transparency and talent mobility initiatives have touched you and your team! While our parking situation isn't optimal at our design ... More

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great experience.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Seattle, WA

    I worked at bebe stores full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great discount, fun laid back environment, Coaching and developing structure. Great exposure to business acumen.

    Cons

    Not much room for advancement, not enough direct communication with district manager. Company is very confused on direction of image.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Thorough communication with management team.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    bebe stores Response

    May 13, 2014SVP Human Resources

    I am glad our training and development programs impacted you during your time with us. We are committed to the development and talent mobility of our Associates and while more than half of our ... More

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Long hours, high turnover, dose not seem like anyone knows what's going on

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

    I worked at bebe stores full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great pay, bonuses, and rewards for top performers. Met a lot of really interesting people, the brand attracts a wide variety of clients. Visually you can be creative within your store. Fun atmosphere club like music always playing.

    Cons

    There are major disconnects between corporate and stores. The amount of hours they fund stores is ridiculously low especially considering you do pretty much a full floor set once a week and randomly have to go through and change it several days later when they see certain product may not be selling. The problem is not how it's displayed it is the product itself. Bebe design and quality hit an all time low the last year and many clients no longer shop there because it is cheap quality they can find anywhere. Furthermore upper management comes off very fake and talk constantly about culture when really there is no culture and they could care less about you or your work/life balance. Support managers are constantly quitting because they pay them poorly and don't even get me started on stylists wages, minimum wage ? Really? And you claim to care about your employees? Bottom line is the high turnover makes things very hectic, training is very inconsistent and poorly managed, get ready to have no life and work constantly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be less distant and quit defaulting to talking about the culture and values. Also more hours need to be funded to stores for them to run the way corporate expects them to especially with the visual work that needs done. More accountability for stores underperforming and not rewarding people who just because they go on and on about what they are going to do but produce very little actual results they just suck up to management so they are liked.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Chaotic. Prepare to put many hats on.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at bebe stores full-time

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are not too bad but not the best I've worked at.

    Cons

    You might think it's a big company since it's been around for a while, but when you actually work there, it feels like a start up. There are no structure or anything planned ahead of time. Managements are unprofessional. Everyone kept leaving because of new management. I understand that being in a fashion retail company is super fast pace, but with lack of preparation and planning ahead of time, there's no excuse. Upper mangement earns a lot but don't do enough.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Bad management

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at bebe stores part-time

    Pros

    would some times get bonuses for club bebe sign ups

    Cons

    Inappropriate Hazing/Teasing, No guarantee on hours, always cutting hours then giving them to other employees they favored.

    Doesn't Recommend

    bebe stores Response

    May 20, 2014SVP Human Resources

    I'm sorry your experience at bebe wasn't positive. We strive to provide a transparent and respectful leadership team in all our stores. If there is something specific you'd like to share or for us ... More

  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    High caliber team, learned a lot

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Allocation Planner  in  Brisbane, CA
    Former Employee - Allocation Planner in Brisbane, CA

    I worked at bebe stores full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Strong, smart team that's result driven. Very motivated individuals and knowledgable. Supportive managers and will push you to be the best you can be. Though business was tough, the team always look for ways to improve. Good discount.

    Cons

    Lack of direction from upper management. Sometimes strategies get lost in translation and ended up executed poorly. Not much work life balance. Teams are lean and therefore heavy workload.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    bebe stores Response

    May 13, 2014SVP Human Resources

    Thank you for you frank and honest feedback. Over the past year we have worked hard to build high-performing teams to better manage and execute strategies in a very fluid and dynamic business. We ... More

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great beginner retail job!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Stylist  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Stylist in Austin, TX

    I have been working at bebe stores part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    great discount, fun environment to work in for sure (helping clients find outfits to wear out at night), leanient on rules and dress code, it's like you're a personal shopper which is a lot of fun!

    Cons

    lots of on-call shifts, not many hours to go around for sales associates, commission is terrible even as a top-seller

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company would benefit a lot by increasing commission, no motivation to sell because even as a top-seller you make just about the same as everyone else

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    bebe stores Response

    May 13, 2014SVP Human Resources

    Thanks for your review! bebe division offers a generous 50% discount on regular priced merchandise to help you achieve the look! Our Commission Plan allows our Stylists to earn from 5-10% of their ... More

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company really cares about employees and are dedicated for employee wellness

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Brisbane, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brisbane, CA

    I worked at bebe stores full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Flex schedule, very good health, dental, vision benefits.

    Cons

    Compensation below average, promotion may be lacking

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    bebe stores Response

    May 13, 2014SVP Human Resources

    Thank you for the review! We are very proud of our industry leading benefits (check them out at http://benefits.bebe.com) that allow you to save for a sustainable future! This year we implemented ... More

  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Crappy

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate  in  Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Las Vegas, NV

    I worked at bebe stores part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    50% discount. Fit sessions, bearable if the coworkers are friendly.

    Cons

    Horrible pay, commission is never earned. No hours for associates. To much stress for 30$ a day. A business like this hire a cleaning company. Never will i recommend this company. Want you to represent them, but pays people 8$. What a joke.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be a little more helpful, train to succeed, raise the pay, and maybe an allowance at the least.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    bebe stores Response

    May 13, 2014SVP Human Resources

    I'm sorry you didn't have a good experience working at bebe. We offer what can be a very lucrative Commission Plan and in fact our Stylists average more than $12.50 per hour on a blended rate basis ... More

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