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Barneys Reviews

Updated November 13, 2017
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Pros
  • Flexible hours as part time sales associate, competitive pay, employee discount (in 28 reviews)

  • great discount for employees and nice coworkers (in 16 reviews)

Cons
  • There really is no work-life balance (in 7 reviews)

  • Accomplishments are overlooked and never acknowledged by Upper Management (in 10 reviews)

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  1. "Sales"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Barneys full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great product and earning potential

    Cons

    Company and management do not treat employees well.


  2. "Poor management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Barneys full-time

    Pros

    Overall great sales team. Seasoned professionals that drive business. Pretty good pay

    Cons

    Horrible micro management. Business is literally obstructed by management and buying team.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your team members, offer actual support and business will grow for sure.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Assistant Store Manager"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Barneys full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fantastic collections, curated by buyers who really try to work with you to ensure a relevant assortment. You have the ability to react to your clients needs very quickly, more than at other luxury retailers.

    Cons

    The store manager will make or break your experience. Having a good team of sellers and a great assortment aren’t enough if you have a store manager who won’t play an active part in the stores success. You can’t hold your teams accountable to a scheduling standard if the store manager refuses to work nights or weekends, regularly calls out of shifts, leaves early more often than not, even brings her child to work only to completely ignore him for the day leaving staff to manage her childcare. This also means that you’re going to work only nights and weekends as the ASM.
    Loss prevention is a large part of the position at my location, and again, you’re on your own. There was no training, and no effort made by the store manager to provide it. Your in situations that put your personally safety at risk, and that’s just expected.

    Advice to Management

    Hold store managers to some sort of standard; any sort of standard. A toxic manager can very easily spoil a store as small as a Barneys NY. There are consistent staffing issues because good employees leave over lousy leadership.


  4. "Slowly but surely declining"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Store Manager
    Current Employee - Assistant Store Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Barneys full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Top luxury brands, employee discount and quarterly perks, generally "nice" demeanor from corporate.

    Cons

    No organization or solid strategy here. No one is on the same page and policies vary from store to store.

    Advice to Management

    Support and back up your managers. Discipline thise who deserve it and filter out non productive employees. Allowing trouble makers and non productive employees to remain kills morale.


  5. "Good Learning Experience as an Assistant Buyer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Barneys full-time

    Pros

    Good learning experience, benefits, employee discount, and PTO

    Cons

    Salary and work-life balance is challenging


  6. "Fred Pressman Internship Review"

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    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Barneys part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The staff was inclusive and appreciative of the interns which made the experience truly rewarding. There was so much to learn and never a dull moment. The Barneys community felt like family by the end of the summer.

    Cons

    In all honesty, there weren't any cons that I can distinctly remember. I was always busy, which I don't personally see as a negative.


  7. "Amazing Company to Work For"

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours as part time sales associate, competitive pay, employee discount

    Cons

    communication between departments can be frustrating

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Good company with decent benefits but beware"

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    Former Employee - IT Engineer in Newark, NJ
    Former Employee - IT Engineer in Newark, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Barneys full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, nice discount on clothes. Summer Friday’s and nice, friendly coworkers. Pretty decent work life balance. PTO was pretty good as well for full time employees.

    Cons

    No bonus, low salaries compared to industry norm for IT. IT management was a mess. Lack of clear direction from management. Lack of advancement in IT

    Advice to Management

    Fix your IT management and maybe your employees will stick around.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "easy job, decent pay for single individual in retail"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Barneys (Less than a year)

    Pros

    good hourly pay but that's because the minimum wage is already $15.
    a few amazing individuals as coworkers
    not a hard job at all-- just don't take anything personally.
    chill environment, mostly not intense or competitive.
    high turnover but only because associates leave for something bigger and better.

    Cons

    standing for 8 hours on cement floor.
    coworkers between departments and sometimes within can be very childish, petty, and entitled.
    rarely, there can be entitled clients.
    sometimes the week can be very slow, so lower paycheck.
    having to use personal phones to text clients.
    everyone loves to gossip.
    petty coworkers can try to stir the pot on purpose just because, sadly, that's all they have going on in their lives.
    those who gossip are considered favorites among management.

    Advice to Management

    it is so not professional to gossip about everyone. if it's negative, no need to pass on your false assumptions to other managers/associates. keep it to yourself.
    very two faced.


  10. "Worst experience"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Barneys full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I have not yet find any Pro from this company, but might be an employee discount. It is about it

    Cons

    Low pay compare to the other department store. Strict policy and micro management. They thought Barneys is the top department store in NY. HR office are only two people.


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