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Updated Mar 13, 2018

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  • "Low Pay for a lot of behind the scenes work(in 8 reviews)

  • "Schedules were always an issue, no work/life balance(in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Brand Ambassador"

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    Former Employee - Brand Ambassador in New York, NY

    I worked at Bergdorf Goodman full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Meeting interesting people, best luxury products in the world, great training classes and designers clinics

    Cons

    Schedules were always an issue, no work/life balance

    Bergdorf Goodman2018-03-13
  2. Helpful (9)

    "Assistant Buyer"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Buyer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Bergdorf Goodman full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Exposure to the most amazing, well-know brands in the industry - Facetime with upper-level management - Very hands on, experience with not only buying, but visual merchandising in store, planning, marketing, events, etc - Discount

    Cons

    - Salary, extremely low compared to other companies for the same position - High turnover rate, mostly due to low salary and because employees do not feel appreciated - No work/life balance, assistants are expected to stay extremely late to finish work (teams are small, so workload is hard to manage) and are not allowed to expense dinner or cabs home if you live far - Forced to have email on phone, so buyer and store managers/associates can contact you at all times - Career growth is difficult, there's a big gap between assistant and buyer, so half the time you are getting underpaid while doing the responsibilities of a buyer if you are trying to get promoted - ABs are always taken advantage of in this way.

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    Bergdorf Goodman2017-03-22
  3. "Marketing Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Bergdorf Goodman full-time

    Pros

    Young office with eagerness to learn.

    Cons

    Work/life balance is extremely unbalanced. Compensation and benefits are met a the bare minimum. Senior Executive team lacks leadership.

    Bergdorf Goodman2016-07-05
  4. Helpful (4)

    "what a joke..."

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    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bergdorf Goodman

    Pros

    Great connections and opportunity to network Nice employee discount Decent salary and benefits Company history and legacy Convenient location in midtown Manhattan

    Cons

    Dismissive and toxic environment Lack of leadership Favoritism No work life balance Not willing to "think outside the box" and incorporate new business practices

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    Bergdorf Goodman2016-02-03
  5. Helpful (17)

    "Great name, horrible company"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Buyer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Bergdorf Goodman full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    VERY generous discount at certain times of the year Employees are passionate, but overworked. Some members of senior management are well recognized as industry leaders, lots of opportunity to learn from them. Assistant buyers get great exposure very early on in their careers Great name, very well respected in the industry. Work here for a year, and your options are limitless. Great parties, dinners with designers, access to shows (everyone from PR, marketing, executive assistants attend fashion week shows, parties, and more)

    Cons

    Zero work life balance. Merchant team works 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for pay that is significantly below the competitive going rate for the industry (at all levels). Fiercely competitive, hostile work environment. Managers drive assistants into the ground and spend all day shopping for themselves while expecting Assistant Buyers to work until midnight. Everyone is overworked and higher ups take it out on those below. Non existent training program -- sink or swim environment, you better hope you have the right manager. Doesn't matter if you're a "favorite", pay rate will not change. Archaic technology, reporting systems, Overall, brick and mortar stores are a dying business, sales goals at BG are challenging and completely unrealistic. Offices/bathrooms badly need to be renovated, was often concerned for my health. Lots of employees abuse their discount and buy to merchandise with the full intention of reselling it online.

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    Bergdorf Goodman2014-05-07
  6. Helpful (5)

    "Change in management for the worse"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Bergdorf Goodman full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Employee discount, Name recognition, Celebrity spotting

    Cons

    They cut jobs and place more workload on you without increase in pay. You are overworked and not compensated well. Low pay unless you are a senior executive. Upper management barely talks to or acknowledges you if you are not a top seller. Only care about bottom line sales. Do not care about employees work life balance.

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    Bergdorf Goodman2013-06-24
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Only a Good Place To Work Because of the Name"

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    Former Employee - Assistant 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bergdorf Goodman full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good name to have on resume, fun trainings on amazing brands, good location. If you want a great career in the industry, this may be worth sticking it out for awhile but make sure the person you work for is a decent human being.

    Cons

    Abusive to assistants and people who are "below them", no advancement, unrealistic expectations, no work/life balance. Don't fooled...a lot of people here are not as well-educated as you may think. The pay is also very low.

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    Bergdorf Goodman2013-06-04
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