L.L. Bean Employee Reviews about "part time"

Updated Aug 27, 2019

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  1. "Great Part-Time Job"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Footwear Sales Associate 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at L.L. Bean part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great place to work part-time!

    Cons

    The pay is not nearly enough.

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  2. "Nice people, low pay"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Sales Representative 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at L.L. Bean part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Nice people and laid-back managers

    Cons

    Low pay, low hours for seasonal/part-time


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Managers are hit or miss"

    2.0
     

    I worked at L.L. Bean

    Pros

    Friendly staff for the most part some managers are very accommodating decent hour flexibility for part time work

    Cons

    Some managers take stress out on sales reps Stepping up hours can sometimes be challenging Have to deal with "lifer" sales reps

  4. Helpful (4)

    "Outdoor education manager"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Outdoor Education Lead in Lonetree, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at L.L. Bean full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Struggling to think of one

    Cons

    Opened a new location in a western market and had no idea what they were doing. Completely disorganized. Just came in and expected everyone to shop there because you know, LLBean. I put a year and a half into it thinking they would figure stuff out and just got worse. Three district managers in 18 months. Three store managers. They were always getting fired and then we were expected to pick up the slack. Then then would ask why we weren’t doing our job. Treated the part time employees like trash that we’re lucky to come in for four hours then get cut an hour later because there was no business. I’ve worked in outdoor retail for over 20 years and this was by far the most surreal experience I have ever had. Apply to REI, you’ll be much better off. This company exists merely on legacy.

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  5. "csr 1"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - CSR-1 in Lewiston, ME
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at L.L. Bean part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    great working environment clean nice people organized teamwork management good

    Cons

    part time(seasonal) not enough direction time assistance

  6. "Customer Service Rep"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends

    I have been working at L.L. Bean part-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good benefits for part time

    Cons

    Not too many hours available after holidays

  7. Helpful (1)

    "Not bad as a seasonal employee, but the pathway from seasonal to full time employee is ridiculous"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Machine Operator in Freeport, ME
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at L.L. Bean part-time

    Pros

    Relaxed work environment, home by 4, easy to talk to supervisors

    Cons

    Impossible to get hired as full time employee with benefits. They siphon through seasonal and part time employees to avoid paying benefits.

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    "Toxic"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Retail Sales Associate in Danbury, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at L.L. Bean part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Products and brand philosophy are sound.

    Cons

    f the store I worked in is any indication of the company’s view of its employees, LL Bean is in big trouble. Whether you’re full time, part time or seasonal, you are assumed to be a third-class, expendable entity. You’re treated in a curt, dismissive manner by most of the managers — there are too many "chiefs" (who have blatantly little real business experience and who regularly give conflicting orders) constantly scanning for any perceived "slacking off”; you are not to be seen speaking, even briefly, with your coworkers. There is constant fault-finding — no matter how fast and efficiently you work, or how well you sell. Pay is sub-par but you are constantly pushed to drive more sales (as though most sales staff aren't giving it their best already) and a culture of competition with other stores is emphasized with incessant announcements over the (cheap, faulty) headsets on how your store is stacking up at any particular hour with others in the region (We're “behind” $1000? Let me henpeck this customer harder). The truth is, manager bonuses are what motivate them; the company did away with employee bonuses. Culture of fear and intimidation results in morale being dismally low, to the point that coworkers retreat into their own private silos. Combined with the typical retail ever-shifting last-minute weekly schedule assignments and low pay, people either feel trapped or are actively looking for other employment and biding their time. You can be given more responsibility, but that responsibility does not garner more pay or respect, only more pressure — and you will still be treated poorly. It can best be described as a warden-inmate environment, with worse hours. In fairness, according to veterans, the problems only became really untenable in 2017 with the hiring of a new lead manager.

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  9. Helpful (2)

    "From Part-Time/Seasonal to Summit Program -Department Manager in Training"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Department Manager In Training 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at L.L. Bean full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Absolutely loved working part-time with LLBean. It was a great store, great people. I worked part-time in 2 different locations and loved both. Summit: Good opportunity to recent college graduates. Good starting salary and benefits. They paid for our room and board. Lots of opportunities for networking.

    Cons

    I worked with LLBean part time before being accepted into the Summit Program. Loved working part time but the full-time retail management aspect was not for me. If you are naturally shy, this program is not for you. If you tend to take more time learning things , this program is not for you. I can be a shy person around peers and management (not customers) and even in college, I took a bit more time to pick up on things or required a bit more help. Help was not available, when I needed it because it was thought that I "didn't ask for help soon enough" so when I did, I recieved little to no help. All in all, this could be a good match for some, definitely not for me or anyone else who may not have a love/passion for retail management.

  10. "Nice place to work, but schedule is challenging"

    4.0
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    Seasonal Customer Service Representative in Lewiston, ME
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at L.L. Bean for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The environment is comfortable and you have a good feeling walking through the door. There is a good amount of training, support and feedback so someone new to the job can feel comfortable and easily learn to feel confident in their new role. They are sticklers to make sure ergonomics are perfect, that anyone with injuries, etc. have extra breaks to make sure they are comfortable during the workday. There is absolutely not sense of discrimination, bullying, etc. and the service rep is allowed some time to chat with those who call to ensure they have a wonderful ordering experience. They understand that it's not just about numbers.

    Cons

    The scheduling for extras is problematic. You are expected to be available for any schedule they give you, which is tough if you we working part time somewhere else. You might only work a few hours or a full-time schedule. You don't know what it will be week to week. They will work with you somewhat, but I found this aspect to be challenging. If they don't rate you as high, you might struggle to get enough hours, whereas someone given a higher rating (as I was) is often given more hours than they want to work.

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