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Bluestem Brands Reviews

Updated February 9, 2018
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Pros
  • Generous vacation, summer half-day Fridays, ability to work from home (in 12 reviews)

  • No work life balance - treated employees very poorly (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • No work/life balance, on-call 24/7/365 (in 6 reviews)

  • competition in sub-prime credit market resulted in tightening of belt, but believe upper management has a good handle of what needs to be done (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Relaxed atmosphere you can wear what you want. Promote within company, easy to move up

    Cons

    Workload, work life balance you can easily work 9 hrs+


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Material handler"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Bluestem Brands full-time

    Pros

    Good vacation package. 401k match.

    Cons

    Supervisors are unequipped for the job. Low pay. Negative environment. Constant mandatory overtime.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Your are built up, only to be brought down"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Buyer
    Former Employee - Assistant Buyer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Bluestem Brands full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great Salary, Insurance, & PTO

    Cons

    Different Sets of Rules for Different People, Management Not Backing Their Employees, & People in Positions They Should not Have

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the ideas/suggestions of the people working under you. Do not favor certain employees. Try to be fair and balanced with everyone, despite personal feelings.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Leadership"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Bluestem Brands full-time

    Pros

    Work/home balance and casual environment

    Cons

    Very poor leadership all the way up in the corporate headquarters.

    Advice to Management

    Top people should understand what's really going on in their company and how poorly their employees are being treated.


  5. "Great team to work with"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bluestem Brands full-time

    Pros

    Lots of hard working results oriented people who want to succeed

    Cons

    Tough credit and retail environment causing headwinds


  6. "Marketing Analytics and Operations"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Eden Prairie, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Eden Prairie, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bluestem Brands full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Medium size company so easier access to leadership if and when needed. Very data driven and constant desire to test and learn. Constantly innovating so never a shortage of new and exciting work. Still feel there is a good balance between work and home life.

    Cons

    Challenging retail environment - no different than most other retailers (Target, BestBuy, etc.) are faced with. Have the advantage of not having retail stores but nonetheless face similar challenges.

    Advice to Management

    Need executive leadership to support Integration efforts - change is never easy but sometimes necessary. Open Senior executive roles isn't a good excuse to send conflicting messages.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Former employee"

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

    I worked at Bluestem Brands full-time

    Pros

    Management at satellite offices strong

    Cons

    Company in transition needs leadership with clear vision.

    Advice to Management

    Review in house talent and structure

  8. "People"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great group of co-workers, very supportive.

    Cons

    Contracting employees are treated differently by the organization.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Project Manager"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Bluestem Brands full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility, casual, laid back environment.

    Cons

    Opportunities for advancement, uncertainty of the business.


  10. "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Eden Prairie, MN
    Current Employee - Manager in Eden Prairie, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great leadership, flexibility and growth.

    Cons

    behind on some technical pieces.

    Advice to Management

    Don't try to grow faster than our pockets can handle.


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