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"Fun atmosphere, long holiday hours, possible to make a lot of money"

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Former Employee - Sales Professional in Chevy Chase, MD
Former Employee - Sales Professional in Chevy Chase, MD
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I worked at Bloomingdale's part-time

Pros

Possibility of making a lot of money esp during the holidays, meet interesting people, management was nice

Cons

work on the weekends to make the most money, working during the holiday hours, competitive

Other Employee Reviews for Bloomingdale's

  1. Helpful (3)

    "There are better options"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Garden City, NY
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Garden City, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Bloomingdale's full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The employee discount and the beautifully remodeled store are the high points. Of course, many high-end brands are carried, and there is good selection in the merchandise for the shoppers. You get an hour for lunch, and a 20-minute break. Most of your co-workers are really nice people.

    Cons

    hiring people at $9/hr, benefits getting skimpier every year. Walk around the store and see all the long faces. Schedule is given just 1 to 2 weeks in advance, and is changed without notice (often with less than a day's notice). This store does not promote from within. Getting days off approved is difficult. Not supportive if you want to take a class and need one set day of the week off, or one set day to be either a closing or an opening shift. You are very much made to feel like a "human resource" - something to be used up, and replaced easily.


  2. Helpful (6)

    "Not the Best Retail Experience."

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

    Pros

    If you are looking to break into the fashion industry, you can learn a lot from the company.

    

It is an ok job for students (especially those who want to get into advertising, business, fashion, or related careers). 



    Retail is a good area to have experience as it trains you how to deal well with people.

    Exposure to all of the latest trends, fashions.

    Gratis in cosmetics and clothing departments.

    Hourly pay is pretty decent for retail.

    Cons

    Glass ceiling: store associates are not allowed to take corporate training classes, e.g. computer, professional development.

    Shady management: there are monetary rewards for opening credit accounts as well as assisting with fraud prevention, however management will do their best to get out of paying. 



    Upward mobility from stores to corporate Bloomingdale's and Macy's is impossible. Once you are a sales associate, you are always labelled as sales or merchandising. People will end up in the stores years and not end up promoted into corporate.

    If you work draw vs. commission, your pay is very inconsistent. You can go periods where you will be working fulltime yet not be able to afford to live, esp. in the summer months when most NY cientele are in the Hamptons. 



    Discount does not always make the products sold very accessible to store employees.

 Overall a lot of pressure from management to purchase from the store, esp. during periodic cosmetics discounts.

    Not a lot of flexibility with schedule. If you are a student and end up having one class left before graduation on a weekend, management will not make any exceptions to adjusting your schedule.

    Management and security will not always back up associates when there is a belligerent/problem customer.

    Hazardous conditions in stock rooms are not taken seriously by management.

    The terms of your health insurance policy may change, yet HR will fail to inform you.

    Management does not always treat vendors with respect, yet vendors bend over
    backwards to be able to sell in their stores.

    Antiquated computer and office equipment.

    Advice to Management

    Do not sacrifice the wellbeing of employees for the needs to customers.

    Respect is a two way street. If you show it to your employees and vendors, it will come back to you tenfold.

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