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"Sweatshop in a real "Old World" sense"

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

I have been working at Bloomingdale's part-time

Pros

If you enjoy a toxic, negative and wholly depressing work environment, this is for you. If you want to find the motivation to pursue what you really want to do in life, this is the place to find it (if you don't hang yourself first, that is).

Cons

Where to begin...
1) They make you dress like the Men In Black everyday and refuse to pay for your uniform. What does anyone need more than one black suit for? Also, if you're selling clothing, how are your customers supposed to trust that you know what you're doing when your employer doesn't even trust you to dress yourself?
2) Management style is best characterized as "old school"... and I mean OLD school... as in "Nobody knows the trouble I've seen..." Meaning that they focus on "breaking" the individual spirit. They have no interest in what you have to say or think, especially if it makes any kind of sense. A kind of mass delusion grips every level of management that blinds them to reality. Should anyone have the gall to suggest a better way of doing something (and there are literally millions of opportunities for this store to do things better), that person is immediately classified as having a bad attitude. Also, the "managers" are roughly 13 years old, are paid just slightly more than minimum wage, and have about as much understanding of managing people and merchandising as Mitt Romney does about the poor.
3) A significant portion of your fellow employees are either mental patients, thieves and liars, or both. Stealing is OK at Bloomie's, so long as it's the salespeople stealing from each other. That includes both sales and personal property.
4) The return policy makes it nearly impossible to earn any real money (and I am a top performer even as a part-time employee). You are liable for returns for up to six months after purchase, and they'll take anything back under any circumstances. Lots of people love to "rent" evening gowns, tuxedos, suits, ties, cuff links, etc... then return them for the full purchase price, and you take the hit even if it's obvious that the merchandise has been worn by the deadbeat returning it. As such, even though you did your job, you are not paid for your time and energy.

Advice to Management

Not going to waste my time.

Other Employee Reviews for Bloomingdale's

  1. Helpful (3)

    "Look out for the fashionistas...."

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    Current Employee - Sales Specialist in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Sales Specialist in McLean, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Bloomingdale's full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The employee discount, co-worker appreciation with the double discounts, vendor commission, pays well for retail sales.

    Cons

    The constant pressure to open new credit accounts. The reviews are skewered to emphasize sales, the number of credit accounts opened and percentage of client sales, with only 10 percent devoted to playing well with others- which enable a lot of the drama queens to remain employed. There are some good people there, but there are a lot of conniving fashionistas that always get the accolades. The clientele are high maitenance and rude. Being owned by Macy's is awful- ordered merchandise is often delivered either damaged or the wrong item. Worse yet, they're packing them in Macy's boxes, which confuses the customers. Sales associates are often sent to cover other departments that are unfamilar to them, which frustrates the customers looking for advice/information. Too many sales.

    Advice to Management

    Sales associates should not be treated like a bunch of spare parts, throwing them into a department unfamiliar to them. Don't wait until the last minute to approve time off, people have lives outside Bloomingdale's. Stop micromanaging the dress code.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Short but sweet"

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    Former Employee - Seasonal Sales Professional in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Seasonal Sales Professional in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Bloomingdale's part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I worked as a seasonal sales professional in Burberry handbags and really enjoyed my time there. The hourly pay is pretty good for a standard part time retail job and the commission depending on what department you're in is great. I made 9% commission on each handbag but only 0.5% on small leather goods (wallets, gloves, coin purses, etc.). You make AWESOME money during the holiday season if you sell well. Management is great and not on your back all the time since they're too busy but someone is always there to help you if you need it. You also get paid in cash (very little) for every Insider account you open which is nice! Co workers are generally friendly but of course you're in a competitive environment so don't get too buddy buddy with everyone. The dress code is all black pant suits, dress suits, dresses, or blazers and dress pants which isn't bad at all. The store itself is beautiful and appealing to the customers so sometimes the products just sell themselves.

    Cons

    Theft was a bit of a problem, particularly in Burberry handbags so you constantly have to be aware of your surroundings and the customers. Layout of some areas are very open and accessible providing loss prevention issues. Commission for part time employees is based on a draw plan so you either make your hourly salary or your commission if it exceeds your hourly pay. If customers return items, the money is taken our of your paycheck but this is not a huge problem especially during the holiday season.

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