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Barneys Reviews

Updated 17 January 2019
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  • "There really is no work-life balance" (in 8 reviews)

  • "No room for growth, catty managers and coworkers" (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Barneys New York in Japan"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Barneys full-time

    Pros

    Good place to work for those who love fashion and luxury brands. Also it was easy to have a holiday whenever you want to take (up to 1 week - 2 weeks).

    Cons

    Many people left companies and especially there were frequent changes in senior manager positions.


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    "People Are Leaving and It Shows"

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

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

    Pros

    The benefits were fairly good. Frequent 50% off discounts (due to declining store business; hoping employee purchases could make up for some sales) and three weeks vacation time.

    Cons

    Throughout my time at BNY, I had good times and I had bad times. Ultimately, even through the trials and negative parts, I walked away having learned some important lessons.

    Because I was lied to regarding my raise and promotion, I honestly cannot recommend this company to a friend. I was strung along for months for a raise and promotion and was doing the promoted work for almost nine months. I had to do the work and was told the promotion would be official come March during the review period, which did not happen. When I finally spoke with the correct people regarding this ordeal, I was given my promotion months later but denied a raise. I regret not getting it in writing.

    Advice to Management

    Do not sacrifice aesthetics and brand values for tacky marketing gimmicks. Customers can smell desperation and when they see the brand is in trouble, they run.

    Barneys is no longer a leader, but a follower. Listen to what the employees have to say. The happiness of your employees matter. Company morale matters. But most importantly, give employees a reason to trust you and a reason to stay. As I see it, there is no real incentive to stay.

  3. "Great discount, so-so leadership"

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    Former Employee - Selling Specialist
    Former Employee - Selling Specialist
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Incredible employee discount (35% and seasonal 45%) at one of the most well-curated luxury brands in the US.
    Fun workplace if you're interested in fashion, as you get to interact with vendors to discuss product.
    I worked at a smaller neighborhood location, so mostly friendly regular clientele.

    Cons

    Felt management response to security threats were insufficient. Aggressive store visitors making threats and yelling at staff? No big deal! *This was a few years ago, so hopefully this has improved since then.
    I didn't find the (mandatory) union in New York very supportive.
    Pay isn't incredible, but pretty standard for retail.
    Not much opportunity for professional development or guidance from management.


  4. "Decent work environment"

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    Current Employee - IT Support Analyst
    Current Employee - IT Support Analyst
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Barneys full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Exponential growth with ability to work on many different systems

    Cons

    No pay increases in over 4 years.


  5. "Sales Associate"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in New York, NY (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Barneys (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people and great atmosphere. Base pay is pretty solid

    Cons

    Sometimes employees can be overly competitive and get greedy and it’s not that serious just clothes. Typical when commission is involved.

    Advice to Management

    Don’t over think it...just clothes


  6. "Sales Associate"

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in New York, NY (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pretty good benefits for employees.

    Cons

    The employees at Barneys makes it a horrible place. Everyone is nasty and miserable.
    The pay is also abusive.

    Advice to Management

    Terrible team members.


  7. "Could Have Been Better"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chelsea, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chelsea, NY (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great discount with a wide range of clientele

    Cons

    Low Salary and Wages
    Workload is not equally divided
    Company takes less care of employees at retail level

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your employees so they can take care of their clients
    Inspire teamwork for once

  8. "Dysfunctional managment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great networking opportunities
    Wonderful clients
    Amazing support staff

    Cons

    The Seattle location is a bit of a mess in my opinion.
    Rarely is management on the sales floor.
    Management seems to lack the basic understanding of how to treat a luxury customer and frequently sides will corporate guidelines lines over the customer.
     Coworkers are very cliquey and judgmental in my opinion.

    Advice to Management

    Go back to chico's or other large chain store.


  9. "Sales associate review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Barneys full-time

    Pros

    Great hours, great product, great location

    Cons

    Lack of management, unorganized, clients can be difficult


  10. "Pretty Good for Retail"

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    Former Employee - Selling Associate in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Selling Associate in New York, NY (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Barneys (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good merchandise, nice environment to work in, pay was good, insurance benefits.

    Cons

    Typical bad management/retail b.s. that everyone is familiar with.

    Advice to Management

    Do something other than making schedules.