dd's DISCOUNTS Reviews

Updated October 13, 2014
Updated October 13, 2014
74 Reviews
2.6
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dd's DISCOUNTS CEO Michael Balmuth
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27 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Also the employee discount of 20% and on certain days 40% were really great (in 3 reviews)

  • Great place to meet new people , learn all the ropes of retail from sales floor to the stock room (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Pay is not that good for the amount of work that is required (in 3 reviews)

  • The max for part time is only 25 hours (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Horrible Management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Dallas, TX

    I worked at dd's DISCOUNTS full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The only good thing about this job is the 20% discount and the 40% discount about every 4 months. Plus, getting first dibs on all the good merchandise that comes in and the clearance items.

    Cons

    Managers favored some employees. HR did nothing. The pay sucks! Basically, don't work here if you want to have a life outside of work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They should really evaluate their choices in managers. They should also pay more attention to the survey they have us take about the store and the managers. We give them a bad rating for a reason. They should speak to their employees to find out what really goes on at the store and they can help. Honestly, if it wasn't for the store manager, I would've loved to continue working here.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Decent starter job but it's noon contact so no apprehension

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Store Protection Specialist in Glendale, AZ
    Current Employee - Store Protection Specialist in Glendale, AZ

    I have been working at dd's DISCOUNTS part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    A chance to learn all about retail and shoplifting deterrence methods. In depth experience hard to get a promotion but if your good enough you'll get one.

    Cons

    Low pay compared to the average LP Agents
    No Contact ( No Apprehending)
    Can be extremely boring if your not used to standing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    New York Buying Office

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Buyer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Buyer in New York, NY

    I worked at dd's DISCOUNTS full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, decent pay, fast-paced environment, somewhat of a work-life balance. Clear career path and training program.

    Cons

    It became much harder to bonus than in the past, unless you were a part of the exonerated inner-circle... an incestuous and inpenitrable clique that conducts itself with catty, mean-girl antics. Sketchy behavior and gossip reigns so select girls can live by their own rules. Advancement had nothing to do with hard work, intelligence, or even personality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a closer look to identify the toxic, two-faced personalities and remove them. They are eroding morale and deatroying the happy atmosphere that dd's used to be.

    I am sad that I had to leave. It really used to be a great place to go to every day.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Typical BS Retail Work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Retail Sales Associate in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Retail Sales Associate in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at dd's DISCOUNTS full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Easy job even though the pay is crap. There's a possibility (don't hold your breath) to move up within the company if you're there for years.

    Cons

    The managers are never on the same page. They expect so much from you for so little pay. Customers are a pain to deal with because they want more discount on top of the items they're already getting at a discounted price, they constantly make a mess and act surprised when given their total amount due when purchasing merchandise. Like really?! Did you expect to pay $20.00 (not including tax) for the 50 items you just bought? Idiots. Minimum wage is basically SLAVE LABOR but a job is a job and if you need it then do it until something better comes along. The training sucks, you're basically sat in front of a slow computer to watch a video about things that you'll never remember and eventually will learn because you're being scolded for not knowing. You basically train yourself and can get by if you're fast and have a brain.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get on the same page! Anyone with managerial duties get paid fairly well compared to the minimum wage bullcrap regular/seasonal employees are paid. Stop expecting so much from your employees and biting off their heads because you are "stressed out" by the "higher ups". This company should follow the better companies that pay well and value their employees. An most of all, get your crap together with training your new and existing employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    My experience at dd's Discounts, would be describe as spectacular.

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

    I have been working at dd's DISCOUNTS part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good management, Great store, learning to keep up with fashion, learning to adapt to changes, great place to shop if you on a budget, and also meeting different people.

    Cons

    Challenges would be the customers. Learning to deal with the upset customers and still be able to smile during your shift. Also, catching on to different types of fashion as merchandise comes in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember to always be positive, no matter what the situation may be.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Former employee review

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

    I have been working at dd's DISCOUNTS

    Pros

    Great place to meet new people , learn all the ropes of retail from sales floor to the stock room. You'll learn it all .

    Cons

    The pay is not reasonable for what kind of work you do there . Very unprofessional management .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't talk to associates or other 'management' about coworkers. Head managers should only talk about other coworkers to head quarters or to that coworker. Because that's unprofessional . Also care about your employees and not just your store and pay check.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    dd's oakland

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Cashier in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Cashier in Oakland, CA

    I have been working at dd's DISCOUNTS part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great opportunity for people looking to grow within a company, who doesn't mind hard work. you can advance quickly if you show you're a great worker.

    Cons

    They want you to be completely focused on the store, make it you life. They will work with you but you wont get far if you have a life outside of the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Started out great, then went downhill...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Retail Associate in Vallejo, CA
    Former Employee - Retail Associate in Vallejo, CA

    I worked at dd's DISCOUNTS part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    - Cool store managers
    - Busy job
    - 20% employee discount
       ~ 40% every few months for up to 4 days
    - Fashionable apparel choices
    - Great place for new home shoppers

    Cons

    - Coworkers are HUGE gossipers and drama starters
    - Lots of "creep" coworkers, especially towards females
    - Hours very random and unstable
    - Availability schedules don't seem to be used eve. when made by employees
    - Unrealistic goals and job duties for small employee count
    - Pay rate seems so low for how much work you do & bs you have to deal with
    - Very rude, messy, & disrespectful customers
    - Expected to rush customers out instead of focusing on exceptional customer servicing
    - New hires not properly trained

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire new people that are actually committed to getting work done and playing as part of a team. Train them properly, so that associates don't have to work extra harder to pull THEIR weight. Monitor store operations better and try to develop a sort of friendship with your team, so they can possibly feel even more committed to fulfilling your expectations or actually improving at the job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Biggest mistake ever (Former SM).

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at dd's DISCOUNTS

    Pros

    Employees are hard working and loyal. The energy you create as a store manager is the energy your building runs on.

    Cons

    Horrible pay for associates and floor supervisors considering workload. Hours are minimum and you often find yourself scrambling for coverage. As a store manager expect to put in long hours especially if you run a lower volume store. The regional managers are the worst I've ever encountered in retail. The DM was absolutely clueless as to what she was doing and sent endless e-mails throughout the day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice to Alma Mercado Group Vice President for Dd's is to allow a "full circle feedback" in which Store Managers evaluate the Regionals and District Managers.

  11.  

    Great growth opportunity

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

    I have been working at dd's DISCOUNTS full-time

    Pros

    values diversity within the company

    Cons

    low pay for part time associates

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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