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Von Maur Reviews

Updated May 20, 2017
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Pros
  • Time and a half on Sundays is a great perk (in 79 reviews)

  • Had all the holidays off, no crazy holiday hours, (in 45 reviews)

Cons
  • Strict dress code, have to punch out for 1 hour lunch breaks (in 126 reviews)

  • No communication with the upper management (in 62 reviews)

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  1. "Von Maur"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Buying Intern in Davenport, IA
    Former Employee - Buying Intern in Davenport, IA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Von Maur (Less than a year)

    Pros

    good pay for an internship, free travel and stipends for food every day, took interns to New York

    Cons

    dress code is awful, women have to wear pantyhose and skirts/dresses every day, no water allowed at desks

    Advice to Management

    Von Maur needs to move forward with interior decorating as well as their website and dress code


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Former Manager- multiple depts"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Department Manager/Counter Manager in Saint Charles, IL
    Former Employee - Department Manager/Counter Manager in Saint Charles, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Von Maur full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Paid holidays
    No Black Friday hours
    Weekends off

    Cons

    Worked for st. Charles location as department manager for just under 3 years. I escaped just in time because the location is a DRIP!
    There is absolutely no foot traffic at all, which makes it hard to make your hourly sales goal you are held accountable for. If you do not make your goal- SEE YA- it's a very cut and agressive environment .
    the store manager is very manipulating, and will tell you anything to have things work in her favor. That includes promoting prematurely, and then terminating when they don't make their goal.

    Advice to Management

    QUIT PROMOTING PEOPLE WHO ARENT READY!! That's why there is so much turnover because you're setting them up to fail


  3. "I honestly never want to leave"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Loss Prevention Associate in Saint Charles, IL
    Current Employee - Loss Prevention Associate in Saint Charles, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Von Maur full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Holidays off, easy request for vacation and days off, paid time and a half on Sunday. Amazing management team. Management works with you to move up in the company, it is really genuine.

    Cons

    There is a very Formal dress code, females wear a skirt, blouse or blazer and nylons. Men must wear a full suit.

    Advice to Management

    Honestly, I think our management team is just amazing. I really think they've done a wonderful job. I really aspire to one day be in their position


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  5. "Department Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Department Manager in Coralville, IA
    Former Employee - Department Manager in Coralville, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Von Maur full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great discount, coworkers were fantastic

    Cons

    Awful store management, all talk and no action


  6. "Not bad I suppose"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Wichita, KS
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Wichita, KS
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Von Maur full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Decent benefits and friendly management

    Cons

    Schedules vary and scheduling computer system is awful


  7. "Executive Trainee"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Des Moines, IA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Des Moines, IA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Von Maur full-time

    Pros

    Von Maur promotes from within. If you do well and work hard you will more than likely get promoted either to a position in your store or to a different position in another store.

    Cons

    Very strict. Start out at store level. Women have to wear pantyhose everyday. There wasn't a lot of communication from the corporate office during the training program. I often times had to ask my store manager to meet with me, she did not follow the training manual very closely.

    Advice to Management

    Allow your employees to grow and not limit them on what you think is best for them.


  8. "Not bad for a retail job."

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    Current Employee - Department Manager - Customer Service in Victor, NY
    Current Employee - Department Manager - Customer Service in Victor, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Von Maur full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Closed on holidays, No black Friday stuff, pays well for retail.

    Cons

    9 hr shifts, working weekends, working nights, wearing a dress.


  9. "absolutely loved working here"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in West Des Moines, IA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in West Des Moines, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Von Maur part-time

    Pros

    I loved working at von maur, the culture is awesome, the people are so nice. the brands are all exceptional. Not to mention the discount is great!

    Cons

    They required a lot of hours to be part time and i couldn't balance school and working there. I really wanted to stay because I loved it so much but just didn't have enough time!


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Very strict and intense"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Lake Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Lake Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Von Maur full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great ins, clean, lots of hours

    Cons

    Cameras watch employees, no teamwork because you have to make your numbers, you are not allowed to talk to other employees during work. You are always being evaluated. Once you are in a dept you cannot be transferred out.

    Advice to Management

    Change rules on moving into new areas and lighten up on the atmosphere using more team type motivation instead of so much competition


  11. Helpful (5)

    "Outdated Company with Biased Managers"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Hoover, AL
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Hoover, AL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Von Maur full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Starting pay is higher than other retail locations in the area.
    1 Weekend off a month, plus all major holidays off. (2 weekends + paid holidays once you have been employed for a year.)
    No crazy Black Friday/Holiday hours.
    Coworkers are great and some have become good friends of mine.
    20% discount on everything but vintage luxury handbags.

    Cons

    Management is wildly inconsistent in enforcing policies and at times it seems like they would make up something just to write you up. And they will write you up several months after the "incident" occurred so that you can't defend yourself. Don't expect to be promoted even if you are more than qualified unless you are personally friends with management. They play favorites. Dress code is sexist and embarrassingly outdated. Women must wear hosiery and a skirt at all times, and keep their arms covered. You will never get more than 35 or 36 hours a week if you are full time, and they frequently send you home early if you do somehow manage to get above that. Even during the holidays. This company does not care about its employees. If you are 1 minute late, it is an unexcused tardy, it doesn't matter why you were late. if you are sick and in the hospital, they will still write you up for missing work. They do not accept doctor's excuses. If you are written up for anything (and you probably will be--even if you are a good employee) you are not eligible for a raise for over a year. They will hound you about achieving your sales and credit goals but offer no bonus or incentive for doing so.

    Advice to Management

    Stop picking on good employees. Writing someone up and telling them they will not be eligible for a raise for over a year is de-encentivizing. It gives the employee zero motivation to continue working for your company. Recognize the hard work and potential of your employees. Be more understanding and approachable.


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