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rue21 Reviews

Updated April 27, 2017
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Keith McDonough
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Pros
  • Employee discount, nice store manager (in 48 reviews)

  • flexibility, good staff, fun to work at (in 21 reviews)

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  1. "Assistant Manger"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Pismo Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Pismo Beach, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Being able to work and meet a lot of foreign people. helping people express themselves in fashion

    Cons

    Not having the right size or a specific item they want. Customers thinking we charged them way to much or less on there items.

    Advice to Management

    Be patient and let employees know that you're in charged.


  2. "Good place to work but doesn't pay great"

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    Current Employee - Store Manager in Washington, NJ
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Washington, NJ
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at rue21 full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Fun environment, great people work here. I always feel appreciated. Very cute clothes and they stay up with the latest trends and fashions.

    Cons

    Big work load with not high pay. High stress, not much payroll to achieve everything they want done. Schedule always changes.


  3. "Typical Retail Job"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at rue21 part-time

    Pros

    - Learned about the retail environment
    - Coworkers were nice

    Cons

    - Heavy emphasis on selling perfumes
    - Pay is awful for long hours
    - 10 minute break is so short (5 hour day)

    Advice to Management

    Call the store less and be more friendly


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "It was a great learning experience, where I got to build all my skills and confidence."

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    Former Employee - Ft Assistant Store Manager in Deer Park, TX
    Former Employee - Ft Assistant Store Manager in Deer Park, TX

    I worked at rue21 full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Getting to know the ins and outs of being a manager and getting to put everything I knew and learned into effect.

    Cons

    One of the cons of working for Rue21 was not being able to grow in the company like I wanted to, and also the drive was unbearable.


  6. "It pays the bills"

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    Current Employee - FT Assistant Manager in Katy, TX
    Current Employee - FT Assistant Manager in Katy, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Your making money while you work and it's an easy job. They have a great discount now of 40% off regular priced items everyday.

    Cons

    They force you to sell fragrance at any cost. They tell you to use coupons to sell it then you get in trouble when you do. The customers are always trying to scam. Management is. It always honest or reliable. It's basically a job for high schoolers or fresh out of high school

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your employees. When you are dishonest or ignore their needs you will lose good workers.


  7. "Great experience, but overall life balance is horrible! If you are single with no kids and young,perfect for u!"

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    Former Employee - Store Manager in Florence, KY
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Florence, KY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at rue21 full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Decent pay, and good experiences with co workers, the pay and bonus was a positive.

    Cons

    Over worked, and no overtime opportunity. Work almost 50-60 hours sometimes. Would be expected to come in when off to complete tasks suck as stock if behind because no hours would be given. Shuffles through dms constantly.


  8. "Sales Associate"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Jacksonville, FL
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Jacksonville, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at rue21 part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    A pro was definitely the employee discount. Cheap clothes + employee discount = awesome deal. Another great thing about Rue is that you can basically wear anything to work because it's a brand of clothing that encourages you to be you.

    Cons

    There are SO MANY cons to working at rue21.

    1. My hours were crazy. At first, I was being given 8 hours a week and suddenly, a month later, I was working 30+ hours a week. I eventually had to tell my manager that my college classes were starting up and that I couldn't work on certain days and she replied with, "So?"

    2. My manager was horrible! She scheduled herself during the daytime so that she could spend the nighttime with her family and left us all to run night shift. In the mornings, we would hear all about what we did wrong and it just wasn't worth it. I even wondered why I had never worked with her during a shift and another associate informed me that my manager told everyone she didn't like me.

    3. The fragrance goals were easy enough to meet; however, the headaches from smelling the fragrances were almost too much.

    4. Thanksgiving and Christmas are most likely going to be spend at the store. We were OPEN on Thanksgiving Day! It was a miracle that we weren't open on Christmas Day. It was almost a Christmas present to have my last day working for this company to be on Christmas Eve.

    5. The company is known to be "frugal", but they're equipment is SO OLD and SO DIFFICULT to use. New stores have gotten "new and improved" equipment, but all the old stores are on the struggle bus.


  9. "Stock/Sales Associate"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate/Stock in Buford, GA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate/Stock in Buford, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at rue21 part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    First Job, Job for Students, Company Advancements

    Cons

    Little Hours, Pay not to well,


  10. "Great job to work at"

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Humble, TX
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Humble, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Discount and a friendly learning environment great place to start working a first job or second why not start today

    Cons

    Low pay and fragrances are a must which can be hard if nobody really wants to buy them your hours get cut


  11. "Full time assistant manager"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Salina, KS
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Salina, KS
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at rue21 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    fair pay
    good benefits
    store discount
    flexible schedule

    Cons

    not enough time for tasks
    too much freight for small volume stores


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