Victoria's Secret Stores

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Victoria's Secret Stores Reviews

Updated 20 December 2014
Updated 20 December 2014
1,659 Reviews
3.3
1,659 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great discount and deals given to employees on different products every other month (in 106 reviews)

  • 30% employee discount with some free bras throughout the year (in 91 reviews)


Cons
  • Some positions pose a greater difficulty in maintaining a work-life balance (in 79 reviews)

  • The part-time work & call-in shifts are for the birds (if this is your only job) (in 67 reviews)

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  1.  

    Fun working environment.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Full Time Bra Specialist in Sheffield, England
    Former Employee - Full Time Bra Specialist in Sheffield, England

    I worked at Victoria's Secret Stores full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great Perks, 'gratice' at the beginning of each month usually a discounted bra or free shower gel, perfume ect.
    Fun environment with lovely employees
    great pay per hour as far as retail
    really, really fun-I loved it there
    Great Team Feel
    Depending on the team- people I worked with were so lovely

    Cons

    Very sales driven and this can be very off putting for those who cant keep up.

    For those who want to progress in store the opportunity is there however if its clear this a temporary vocation there isnt anyway to progress at all-very politcal

    The breaks are poor, you need to work a minimum of 6 hours to get a break of 30mins and the break can be placed any time in your timetable for the day i.e. work 5 hours on the spot and then 30mins 1hour before you go home.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Make the most of it!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Victoria's Secret Stores full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Interesting situations with customers. The flagship store in the UK has many multinationals and we have all learned from each other. While I was offered a career path, it was not the one I wanted and preferred to stay where I was. I've heard similar stories from other people.

    Cons

    Promotions can be a mixture of actual hard work and/or favouritism. It can be very childish and immature. Management have been known to be bullies. The bottom line is the sales and that can make or break your career there. They used to give bonuses but now it is limited to sales staff. The flagship store is mostly visited by tourists, who come there for a good time and not learning people's names and engaging in sales techniques.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to respect the associates. The customers pay your salary, and the hard work from the bottom level. High-efficiency selling is not going to work in a flashy tourist shop.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Take the good with the bad

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in London, England
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in London, England

    I have been working at Victoria's Secret Stores full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good discount
    Good freebies
    Its a really beautiful environment to work in- nothing is falling apart or broken
    Friendly staff and a sense of team (but not all the time)
    You do feel very encouraged and motivated by staff and management. There is often someone who will pick you up when your down

    Cons

    Long shifts- you can only do 8 hours at a time
    Its a busy store therefore no matter what department you work in there will be pressure put on you to work harder
    Can be tiring as you on your feet all day

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To pay more attention to the staff. If you are upper level it would be nice to ensure everyone is treated the same and that you are friendly.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Could be a lot better!!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in London, England
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in London, England

    I have been working at Victoria's Secret Stores part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good pay and discount. A good team to work with and the training is at a good standard. A good way to get experience in retail and a luxury brand.

    Cons

    Forced overtime and expectations are set too high. A company that give you a job and expect you to do it without complaining.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Help the employees rather than intimidate them

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    London Flagship - terrible pay and poor management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

    I have been working at Victoria's Secret Stores full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    You will get freebies, but for some of them you still might need to pay a bit

    Cons

    Be prepared to get onboarding that will prepare you for... a completely different job than you will end up doing. Before you apply to the Flagship store in London bare in mind that you will work in a very busy environment in Central London doing twice as much as your colleagues in other stores and you'll be paid the same. On average people leave this place after a couple of months after realizing that you're not being paid fairly for what your work is worth. The turnover is really big, which is caused mainly by poor management, that does not treat everyone equally and as for some members of the management... well they can be a bully. Situations when you cannot speak to your colleagues freely even if it's about work or to ask for help, because your manager will instantly intervene happen A LOT. Paradoxically you are not supported in highly stressful situations, to be clear in most of them you will have to do your manager's job cause he's not always going to be around instead being lazy somewhere else. As for the brand who advertise themselves as luxurious you are expected to provide excellent customer service in extremely busy environment, but you will not get the same pay as someone working for a high end brand instead getting paid very low like/or worse than some high street brands. This is a job for someone who is either really into lingerie and simply doesn't care much about the environment itself or for someone who just needs a job to get by for a few months. Other than that it is a pain working in this particular store.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more time in supporting employees, rather than pretending to do any work. Especially in peak times seriously instead of running around looking for people to do the job (even though everyone's already busy) it would help much more if you'd get your hands on some actual work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not great

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Seasonal Sales Associate in London, England
    Former Employee - Seasonal Sales Associate in London, England

    I worked at Victoria's Secret Stores as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Discount is amazing and get to work with some nice people

    Cons

    There's a horrible culture- worked with some lovely people but also a lot of rude ones that cause problems out of the blues

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to keep staff happier and friendlier with each other

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Not as glamorous as you'd think...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in London, England
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in London, England

    I have been working at Victoria's Secret Stores part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The discount and gratis are quite generous, especially on bras
    That's literally it!

    Cons

    I thought it'd be great working here (I work in the Stratford one) but a management figure was so rude and condescending she made me contemplate leaving already and I've only been here for a couple of weeks.
    Other members of management are also quite stuck up and moody, makes it horrible to work there, they talk down to associates.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    BRUSH UP ON PEOPLE SKILLS. Know how to talk respectfully to people, there is always a nice way to say things. People from recruitment to management need to have some people skills training too. All in all, you can tell if a person is genuinely nice and a "good" person, I haven't met anyone "higher up" who seem that way.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Passionate staff, great environment to work in...

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in London, England
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in London, England

    I worked at Victoria's Secret Stores full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible job, variety in role, staff are passionate about the company, Staff Discount, great training, opportunity for progression

    Cons

    shift patterns can have awkward times,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good teamwork and energy, but not so great paid

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Brand Associate in London, England
    Former Employee - Brand Associate in London, England

    I worked at Victoria's Secret Stores full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good management team
    Multinationals
    Strong fashion retail management
    No odd hours

    Cons

    Sometimes difficult to deal with issues instantly since everyone is super busy
    Job responsibility is not very clear
    career path

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    improvement in salary and benefits

    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    Invest a lot of time in your development.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Manager
    Former Employee - Product Manager

    I worked at Victoria's Secret Stores full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The company invests a lot of time and money into their employees development through onboarding, training, meetings, coaching, etc. There's a lot of room for growth within the company.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is a struggle in retail. The hours can be difficult.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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