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rue21 Reviews

Updated January 16, 2019
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Pros
  • "40% off Employee discount was great" (in 85 reviews)

  • "Offers very flexible work schedules, the atmosphere is fun to work in, and the managers are great to work with" (in 31 reviews)

Cons
  • "There is no such thing as a work life balance you’re Expected to always be there" (in 54 reviews)

  • "they took away the stock associate position so stock now has to be processed on the floor on top of trying to sell fragrance and task" (in 74 reviews)

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  1. "Sales"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at rue21 part-time

    Pros

    Great style and great products and good prices

    Cons

    Less social life and cant think of anything

    Advice to Management

    Greater opportunity to have more input and operations


  2. "Perfect High School Job"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at rue21 part-time

    Pros

    You get to learn about customer service and work with a team of people.

    Cons

    The pay possibly might not be to your liking because they did just get out of bankruptcy.

  3. "Great opportunity"

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    Former Employee - Temporary Associate in Moreno Valley, CA
    Former Employee - Temporary Associate in Moreno Valley, CA
    Recommends

    I worked at rue21 part-time

    Pros

    Get a full 8 hours on Black Friday.
    Get called back when there’s extra hours.
    Gives you chance to get your foot in the door in retail and apply other places while finishing my schedule here.

    Cons

    Applied as seasonal turned out to not even be what they were hiring for. So it means it’s shorter than seasonal term.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "It’s fun but focuses on style in and out."

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    Current Employee - Retail Sales Associate in Des Moines, IA
    Current Employee - Retail Sales Associate in Des Moines, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at rue21 part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Family based
    Comfortable
    Easy
    Fast paced
    Not stressing

    Cons

    Long days
    Customers negativity
    Thefts
    Managing bad situations

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what your doing


  5. "Part time manger"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at rue21 part-time

    Pros

    Discounts and cute clothes sometimes

    Cons

    Not having a good team

    Advice to Management

    Get a new store manger


  6. "¿The perfume store?"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at rue21 full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    You can get some cool co-workers
    Nice discount

    Cons

    Lazy management they expect everything to be done for them.
    Remember that discount I mentioned? It would be nice to use it on shirts that didn’t say something stupid on them.
    When closing, the store has to be absolutely PERFECT it’s extremly annoying.
    Because of the style, the clientele That is attracted is just dumb as a bag of rocks.
    Why perfume? Is this a perfume store? No it isn’t! We have no incentive to sell “fragrance “ it’s cheep and doesn’t last more than 2 hours on you!
    You get threatened for write ups and even fired if you don’t sell fragrance
    This is also based heavy on favoritism if they like you, you get hours of not your screwed?
    Hey remember that song ? Yeah me neither the music plays on loop like a repetitive track with about the same 10 songs is enough to make anybody go crazy.
    “Party in the week day ayyy Party on the week day ayyy “
    “Coliseum coliseum “
    Over and OVER AND OVER
    Who made these songs? Did you take your daughters iPod and think “this is a great idea”
    Back to fragrance , seriously? No COMMISION ? You would think you get something out of it but NO NOTHING AT ALL
    Did I meanyion no time and a half? That’s right ladies and gents the one company that’s to lazy to play their team for working on holidays for 12-13 hours a day decides not to give time and a half pay!
    They ask you do do so much that isn’t in the job description!
    “Free dress” my butt don’t you dare wear any cloths with a brand or label because”you can’t wear that”
    Why? You’re afraid people will leave your cheap cloths for better ones? The cloths are cheap, the material is cheap, it’s the rip off version of every brand it tries way to hard to be “trendy” who wears these things? Seriously?
    Long story short it’s TRASH

    Advice to Management

    Stop pushing fragrances that are going to sell and treating your stuff like absolute trash


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Was an okay experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at rue21 part-time

    Pros

    good learning experience for a beginner in retail.

    Cons

    didn’t get any hours due to the fact that they would have me sell perfumes at the front. if no one wanted to buy from me they would lessen my hours.

  8. "I love this job"

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate
    Current Employee - Sales Associate
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at rue21 part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Easy work, great coworkers, great environment

    Cons

    not many hours and slow days

    Advice to Management

    more training


  9. "Retail Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Douglasville, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Douglasville, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at rue21 part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The employee discount is great at 40% off.

    Cons

    The managerial staff likes to micro manage and the starting pay is minimum wage. If they could pay you less, they would.


  10. "Avoid like the plague!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Warrendale, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Warrendale, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at rue21 full-time

    Pros

    There are absolutely no pros whatsoever unless you like having Botox done in the office

    Cons

    The company is a sinking ship. Don’t waste your time.

    Incompetence is everywhere. Too many young “buyers” who can’t calculate basic retail math, let alone run businesses. The company is aware they need better talent if they’re to survive, but unfortunately there’s too many inexperienced lifers with the company who are easily intimidated by outside talent, leading to bad morale and idiotic competition and drama. Conversations about salary occur regularly. There is a complete lack of ethics and no regard for individual employees. There is also a complete lack of transparency and professionalism. Many of the things that go on here on a daily basis would be considered an HR nightmare elsewhere (at a normally functioning company with a code of conduct).

    The company is morally (and financially) bankrupt. Don’t take the job unless you’re desperate and you can’t get anything else. You will soon see you’re dumbing yourself down to work with a bunch of fools.

    Advice to Management

    Operate with some type of business professionalism perhaps?