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Bluestem Brands Reviews

Updated May 9, 2018
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Pros
  • No work life balance - treated employees very poorly (in 14 reviews)

  • Generous vacation, summer half-day Fridays, ability to work from home (in 13 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. "Good company and great people"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bluestem Brands full-time

    Pros

    Smart, collaborative colleagues that were excited to work at Bluestem.

    Cons

    Nothing negative to say about his company


  2. "Decent Place to Work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good hours and flexible schedule

    Cons

    Coachign and attendance process needs work

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Unstable business & disjointed leadership team"

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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

    - A lot of good people that are trying to find creative solutions to problems
    - Work/life balance - half day Fridays in the summer (at least for now)

    Cons

    - Significantly struggling with aspects of business model (subprime credit)
    - Executive Team that lacks appropriate experience and does not share a unified vision
    - High performing talent is leaving and employees who do "just enough" remain

    Advice to Management

    Two areas I would recommend focusing on are:
    - Consistent communication, use the word "transparent" less - unless that's what you're actually striving to do (which does not seem to be the case)
    - Performance management, reward strong performers, coach moderate performers in how they can become stronger and get rid of the weak performers (and do it in weeks not years)


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Used to be a great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Middleton, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Middleton, MA
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Bluestem Brands full-time

    Pros

    Great people, OK benefits, competitive pay, 401K Match

    Cons

    overworked, unappreciated, HR is useless.
    Senior management makes some decisions without concern of how much additional work is involved for those BELOW them. The workforce is very lean, everyone is handling more than is possible to be effective and proud of their work, no recognition for going above and beyond or a job well done and this leads to a very unhappy work force. Good people are leaving in droves since there is no improvement in sight.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your workforce - if they're telling you something is broken, stop agreeing but doing nothing. You have employees who are capable of doing their jobs well, have great ideas to improve business, who truly want to work here, but have no input whatsoever.


  5. "packing"

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    Former Employee - Packing in Saint Cloud, MN
    Former Employee - Packing in Saint Cloud, MN

    I worked at Bluestem Brands part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    able to flie and create customer folders

    Cons

    pulled/pick items from designated shelving for customer orders

    Advice to Management

    word access excel and powerpoint


  6. "Nice place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bluestem Brands full-time

    Pros

    Good team to work with.

    Cons

    Most of the day is spent sitting at a desk.


  7. 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.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "New Board"

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

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

    Pros

    Maybe new leadership will change what is going on-if they want to

    Cons

    Lack of communication, poor leadership, leaders are arrogant and entitled
    Actions of the leadership do not match their words or the culture that they talk about

    Advice to Management

    The new Executive team should be asking questions and not just asking people in higher management roles. If they do that maybe they can change things. They don't seem interested in doing this.


  9. Helpful (2)

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

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    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.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Management"

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

    I have been working at Bluestem Brands (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work Life balance, nice office

    Cons

    Management, communication, lack of clarity in roles,

    Advice to Management

    Over the years I've had different managers with different styles. You learn to adjust. However, my last manager is just flat out terrible- gender bias, sexism, lack of support, would be the worst of it.


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