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Bed Bath & Beyond Sales Associate Reviews

Updated April 25, 2017
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  • As a salaried manager work life balance is non existent (in 74 reviews)

  • Not a lot of full-time opportunities (in 118 reviews)

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  1. "Sales Associate"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in San Mateo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Bed Bath & Beyond part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    good pay, friendly management, nice area

    Cons

    pressure, under staffed, hard to communicate with stocking team

    Advice to Management

    add more people on the floor


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Good part time job"

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    Former Employee - Retail Sales Associate in Eatontown, NJ
    Former Employee - Retail Sales Associate in Eatontown, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bed Bath & Beyond part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    They provide adequate training and compensation

    Cons

    Hours vary too much. You will be expected to work almost full time during the busy seasons and then they will cut your hours so you don't achieve full time status.

    Advice to Management

    Open more full-time positions. You spend time and money on training associates. Unless you do more to keep them employed, this money is being wasted.


  3. "Strong Business Platform"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Newtown, PA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Newtown, PA

    I worked at Bed Bath & Beyond part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Can learn a lot if you have good managers. Always busy and never a dull moment. Can move up if you work hard and are smart, but some politics you will be dealing with. The store manager is the determined factor if it is a good store. If he/she is good you will have a good experience. Ask for $10 when asking for pay. That is the most you'll get but they will definitely go less if you allow it.

    Cons

    over work employees. Best employees are expected to have pressures of the managers without the pay. can be a very physical job if you work on and side, and not cashier. Managers don't always get a long. Depending which manager is on for the shift is which side will get crapped on lol.

    Advice to Management

    realize strong employees you have. great training. should improve the discount for employees.


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  5. "Mentally and physically exhausting for the few hours you get scheduled."

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Trussville, AL
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Trussville, AL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bed Bath & Beyond part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The workplace is clean, but the workplace atmosphere is entirely dependent on which manager you have for that day, because there is always a shortage of staff. You get to learn some useful information about certain everyday items, like knives or coffeemakers.

    Cons

    Mostly unprofessional employees who refuse to help each other and complain all the time. Customers are mainly older women who are always looking for something to complain about and don't care if they are being unreasonable. One even tried to use a coupon 9 years expired, whined about it, and was rewarded with a discount. Another just literally threw her items 12 feet at the register because she couldn't be bothered to go to the next register that was slightly further away. Paychecks are poor, and several employees are outright destitute, with myself and three others being on EBT food stamps and one living out of her car. You get maybe 14 - 18 hours per week yet the store is always understaffed. During holiday hours you get scheduled 10 hour days with a single 30 minute break, with no benefits. The work is surprisingly exhausting, forcing you to carry multiple items excess of 35 lbs up and down ladders, and even move items up to 200 lbs (team lift items you must move yourself because you are understaffed). Constant ladder climbing is dangerous and tiring. Straightening up shelves is mentally tiring because people immediately mess them back up, and if you get that micro-managing OCD boss on shift it gets awful. Shifts, even 4 hour ones, feel like days because of how agonizingly slow time seems to move, coupled with terrible songs like "Shake it off" playing over the speakers, and constant complaining from customers and coworkers and you've got a recipe for hellish workday. Less than slim opportunity for advancement, making this a dead-end job.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people. Stop obsessing over "recovery" and start focusing on your horrible inventory that none of the managers want to do, or focus on better customer service. Accurate inventory, organized stockrooms, and customer interactions are more important than your OCD recovery methods. Stop stocking things like giant vacuums and heavy crockpots and mixers on the very top of the shelves. Pay your workers a living wage or give them more hours. Extend lunch breaks during holiday hours.


  6. "Exactly what it should be"

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bed Bath & Beyond part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The pay is reasonable for retail. In fact it pays better than some entry level mechanic positions. I know this because before working here I was offered an entry level mechanics position for $2.00 less per hour then what BBB is paying me. And I am an experienced mechanic with over 20yrs experience & a degree in automotive tech. I decided to go back into retail & BBB kindly gave me the opportunity with a reasonable starting pay.

    Cons

    It's retail so the cons are like any retail job. Customers can be stressful. Some of the management can contradict other management but that happens in all retail jobs I've ever had.

    Advice to Management

    Mentor the new hires. Look out for potential & cultivate it because the future of the company depends on it. Plus if you can influence your future management to be good at their job then you can really only benefit from this process.


  7. "Sales Associate"

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Fraser, MI
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Fraser, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Bed Bath & Beyond part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible hours and availability. Good starting job, or while in school

    Cons

    Don't pay enough, under appreciated, always being told what you've done wrong and what you need to improve on, short staffed, managers expect you to work harder than them

    Advice to Management

    pay more


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Good Start"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Bullhead City, AZ
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Bullhead City, AZ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Bed Bath & Beyond part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great training, district supervisor takes time to ensure employees are happy with the management at their current stores, classes on merchandise are very informative.

    Cons

    Not enough hours (sometimes half of part-time hours), not much room to wiggle or grow

    Advice to Management

    Nothing. It's just retail, so I understand why there isn't much room to improve.


  9. "Sitting Still"

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Yorba Linda, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Yorba Linda, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Bed Bath & Beyond part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -freindly associates
    -easy day-to-day tasks
    -product sells itself

    Cons

    -management seeks hard-workers for bequeathing their daily projects onto(generally kind men/women)
    -technology within company is horribly out of date (still use DOS)

    Advice to Management

    relax


  10. "Love the company"

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Liverpool, NY
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Liverpool, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bed Bath & Beyond part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly environment, flexible hours, understanding and kind management

    Cons

    Few changes to where stationed


  11. "Fair"

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate in The Woodlands, TX
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in The Woodlands, TX

    Pros

    Nice staff, willing to help customers

    Cons

    Constantly having to greet customers

    Advice to Management

    I do not have any just making a review to see extra content