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Updated August 11, 2017
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  1. Helpful (5)

    "Retail headwinds...."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Divisional Vice President, Operations/Finance in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Divisional Vice President, Operations/Finance in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Hudson's Bay full-time

    Pros

    People are generally nice, friendly; work/life balance; pockets of opportunity depending on department

    Cons

    Senior levels of management are at a loss for navigating through decline in retail industry. Poor recognition of workers on front line. Promotion highly dependent on strength of supervisor.


  2. Helpful (6)

    "Rudderless Leadership"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Programmer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Programmer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Hudson's Bay full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Chance to work on big-name fashion brands operating under little-known parent company
    - Exposure to a wide variety of tech tools and applications
    - New open-plan office maximizes workspace

    Cons

    - Benefits not on par with tech industry.
    - Constantly shifting agendas with focus on short-term gains. Incentive structure for management makes this worse by putting pressure to succeed without addressing the actual root problems.
    - Difficult to expense work-related items such as conferences, books, meals, etc.
    - Never formulated a realistic plan on how to bring together the brands that they have consolidated over the last few years.
    - Passive-aggressive non-transparent management makes it hard to know where you stand.
    - Various groups with different agendas foster an "us-vs-them" atmosphere that expands across the organization and kills morale.

    Advice to Management

    Take the time and initiative to figure out a realistic roadmap and let the people who can actually help do their jobs instead of looking for "expert" advice that changes every few months.

  3. Helpful (8)

    "Sinking ship"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Hudson's Bay full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Decent salary
    -"Unlimited" PTO (which remains unregulated and abused, until one is "surprisingly" laid off)

    Cons

    -Caustic and political work culture
    -Little support and training from upper management
    -Missing Directors and above that were constantly working from home, traveling (unnecessarily?), or simply MIA.
    -Failong HR department that bungled massive layoffs by parading employees being laid off across an open floor plan and conducting layoffs behind transparent glass offices.
    -Allowing high level management remain in place for years, despite gross financial mismanagement and possibly taking kickbacks.
    -No bonuses, despite specific personal and group goal achievements.
    -HR removed all personal performance metrics, so there became no measure of goals, achievements, growth, or career path. (Perfect explanation for lack of bonuses)
    -Healthcare benefits in the American offices is an afterthought. America does not offer socialized medicine as Canada does, thus more thought needs to be put in to this to properly cover employees.

    Advice to Management

    HBC, as a conglomerate company, has no company wide culture despite its mission to decentralized all of the brands it has consumed over the past five years. Over the past two years, HBC has not been able to build team efforts as they transitioned employees to "cross banner". Communication has been severely lacking in giving everyone notice of what reorganization would take place.

    My advice to management is to value the existing employees that have successfully achieved the goals set forth, and quickly eliminate the bad seeds that litter the field.
    Also, figure out communication, employee retention, and career development because there is none of this at this in the NYC HQ.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Jackson, MS
    Current Employee - Analyst in Jackson, MS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Hudson's Bay full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    it used to be a fantastic company

    Cons

    it is no longer a great place to work

    Advice to Management

    quit terming all of the great people in order to save some money for the top


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Race to the bottom"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Jackson, MS
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Jackson, MS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Hudson's Bay full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    decent pay, fair benefits, no stability

    Cons

    no stability, outsourcing to India, chaos

    Advice to Management

    no advice will help


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Mass Exodus..."

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    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Manhasset, NY
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Manhasset, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Hudson's Bay full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Paid time off can be worked out easily. Management turnover (7 GM's resigned in 5yrs) is very frequent and allows for lots of opportunity. Can't wait for the next one!!

    Cons

    No on-boarding for Managers. Asking questions is frowned upon. Chaotic pace of workload due to insufficient staffing levels. Sales associates unable to attend to all customers.

    Advice to Management

    Having a truly retention-minded on-boarding plan for managers and actually follow through on it. Guess how many newly hired managers (within 2016-17) have no idea what "Signature Service Experience" means?


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Only Constant is Change"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jackson, MS
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jackson, MS
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    A fast moving environment with pressure to innovate.

    Cons

    Horrible benefits. The Healthcare benefit is worthless. Minuscule raises and no opportunity for advancement. People are line items with no value to the company and routinely purged.

    Advice to Management

    People are assets and deserve some loyalty and respect.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "It used to be a good place to work, no longer the case."

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

    I worked at Hudson's Bay full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - great people
    - nice office space
    - unlimited PTO
    - exposure to a variety of technologies
    - employee discounts

    Cons

    - salaries are lower than average
    - terrible health insurance
    - career development, there is no longer one
    - retention, great people are leaving
    - not enough rewards
    - lack of transparency
    - lack of trust in the organization, it was better 2 years ago
    - micromanagement in every aspect of the SDLC
    - a lot of maintenance work

    Advice to Management

    - reward your people
    - focus on career development and retention of your talents
    - listen to your employees
    - set a clear vision and direction


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Manager"

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

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

    Pros

    there is none now. not anymore. it was very good until 2 years ago

    Cons

    no guarantee you have a job. they fire you anytime they want and lot of favoritism

    Advice to Management

    none


  10. "Manager"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hudson's Bay full-time

    Pros

    culture trying to head in right direction

    Cons

    does not pay well, really depends on team or banner you end up in

    Advice to Management

    pay better, care more about retaining talent


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