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LF Stores Reviews

Updated November 18, 2017
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Pros
  • Great discount on clothing as employee (in 31 reviews)

  • GREAT discount on clothes because they encourage you to wear them head to toe while working, also-- lots of merchandising exposure and practice as well (in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • long hours with one 30min break (in 29 reviews)

  • catty home office of insecure/fake women (in 19 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Store Manager"

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    Current Employee - Store Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Store Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at LF Stores full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Discount, amazing clothing, great coworkers at the store level.

    Cons

    No room for growth, highly competitive environment without even being on commission.

    Advice to Management

    Show interest in smaller locations


  2. "Dont do it"

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    Former Employee - Stylist in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Stylist in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at LF Stores full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    amazing discount, you can make some of the best friendships with your coworkers.

    Cons

    extremely long hours (during sale, you'll work 13 to even 16 hours a day) with only one 30 minute break. LF doesn't do shifts so you have no choice but to work open to close (around 9 hour shifts every day). the people working in the home office are unbelievably disrespectful to their employees and don't treat them as actual humans, no recognition of good work as they have really high standards for their stylists. you're basically always doing something wrong. The company picks favorites and if you're not one of them then you're left in the dark. They are really strict on requesting time off and will have "black out dates" where you cannot call extra time off and those dates take up more than half of the year combined. Overall working at LF will drain you and you'll love it at first but eventually you'll dread going to work every day because of the way they mistreat their employees. Find somewhere that values your hard work and highlights your success, not your failures.

    Advice to Management

    When your employees ask you questions about the business or advice on how to do something better, don't 1. not answer them and ignore them and 2. make them feel like their questions are stupid. Management needs to have A LOT more respect for their employees - start with recognizing them as humans with lives. This is a retail job, NOT somebodies entire life. Most people working at an LF location work extremely hard to meet the standards and this most of the time will go unnoticed. Management really just needs to get it together with how they treat their employees and run their business because as of right now its a complete disaster. Your business is dependent on making these changes.

  3. "Lovin LF"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at LF Stores full-time

    Pros

    The product is amazing, great communication with home office, fashion forward image and company growth, recent LF branding, higher ups are knowledgeable and encouraging, and there's mobility amongst the various different stores

    Cons

    There aren't titles so leadership roles can be unclear and a touchy subject at times

    Advice to Management

    More opportunities to be involved with what's going on in LA (at home office and the stores there!)


  4. "good pay for retail, unrealistic expectations"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at LF Stores full-time

    Pros

    good pay for retail
    easy if you are willing to fake a smile
    you get to do some social media things if youre interested in that
    good discount on clothes making the clothing actually affordable for the quality

    Cons

    unrealistic expectations in terms of selling.
    everyone waits for the sale to shop, stop acting like its not the case
    quality of clothing is poor, prices are unrealistically high
    catty home office of insecure/fake women
    not respectful of employees when it comes to firing/hiring, very high school vibe


  5. "Stylist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at LF Stores part-time

    Pros

    -Small store, so you can work closely with your client
    -Discount

    Cons

    -Hard to move up
    -Home office is unrealistic
    -Working 5 days a week & every time is over time


  6. "LF Stores"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at LF Stores part-time

    Pros

    Discount, creating clientele, styling customers, small company

    Cons

    Long shifts, no weekends off


  7. "Stylist"

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    Former Employee - Stylist in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Stylist in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at LF Stores (More than a year)

    Pros

    Cute clothes, good discount, fun atmosphere

    Cons

    Hard work, long hours, not commission based

  8. "High Pace work place"

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    Former Employee - Stylist
    Former Employee - Stylist

    I worked at LF Stores full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    This job will teach you a lot and give you goals to work towards. Decent pay and will definitely have time to talk to higher ups.

    Cons

    This job demands a lot and there isn't much room for growth.


  9. "Don't do it."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at LF Stores part-time

    Pros

    Good discount, in-store employees can be nice, a lot of the clothing is super cute and trendy

    Cons

    Do not work here if you have any education at all or are in college. Upper management likes to diss education and constantly say it doesn't matter because they are insecure about the fact that stylists are more educated than them. This is just a retail job but they expect it to be your life. You can be there for over 12 hours at a time and yes they pay overtime but it isn't worth it to be so tired you can't do homework or drive afterwards. You also have to be extremely pushy to customers and try to sell them overpriced clothing that likely has been worn by a stylist (because you wear the clothes all day and then just put them back on the floor to be sold). Have to have high units per sale or you could get fired so you feel like your job is never safe. Also, many of the girls who work here are very superficial and catty so just know what you're getting yourself into.

    Advice to Management

    Lower your prices, the reason business is down is because people are realizing they can find the exact same clothing at Forever 21 and Australian sites for a fraction of the price. This is not your stylists fault, it is the fault of your failing business model. Realize that sometimes, clients don't want to buy an entire outfit or even be forced to try it on if they come in just to buy jeans or try on shoes. Your pushy sales tactics are the reasons you have horrible Yelp reviews. Also, go back to the old model of having stores take their own instagram photos. No one likes to look at individual store pages when they are the exact same as the lfstores user and all the girls are styled the same way. Also, hire merchandising people to open boxes. It's unfair to expect girls to stay for hours after closing to remerch the store and you're wasting money paying out overtime. Also, stop sending more merchandise than can fit in the store; look at all the complaints about the messiness in literally every store.


  10. "Sales Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at LF Stores part-time

    Pros

    Great discount, fun coworkers, good for a first job

    Cons

    no training, long hours, very short lunch breaks, poor management, sometimes a catty environment, stressful sale season

    Advice to Management

    Communicate with store managers better, allow more lenient hours, require training for new employees


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