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Honey Birdette Reviews

Updated 11 July 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Much more than a retail job, a career and a community."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities to progress, will always hire in-house where possible.

    Amazing incentives company and year wide, nice to be rewarded for hard work.

    Uniform is a beautiful and it's very nice being able to dress glam for work.

    Big company which works on small business mindset, never feel like just a number.

    Very caring and involved Managing Director.

    Company of dedicated, hard working women who create a sense of community in the workplace and really practise what they preach when it comes to the message of empowerment.

    Cons

    High pressured sales environment, sales and budget closely monitored.

    Long hours, much more than a 9-5.

    Life/work can sometimes be difficult to balance.

    Zero hour contracts for non-management.

    Black out periods over Christmas and Valentines.

    Advice to Management

    Numbers are only a small insight into a store, sometimes more help needs to come from the top down in order to help stores better perform.

    Keep rewarding that hard work where due, making beautiful products and creating a community of amazing honey's, both customers and employees alike.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Best retail incentives ive seen in retail"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    staff are highly incentivised - giftcards, trips abroad

    Cons

    high pressure retail environment - sales and budgets are closely reviewed on a weekly basis - everything is measures

    Advice to Management

    although your operation really tight - remember that sometimes the numbers dont have all the answers


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Working for Honey Birdette"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Honey Birdette full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Working alongside a driven and ambitious team. Major career growth and opportunities available for staff in all areas from retail to head office.

    Cons

    A lot of measurements and kpi's


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Full Time Staff"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Full Time Staff Member in London, England
    Former Employee - Full Time Staff Member in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company culture
    Amazing sense of 'team'
    Great NRM
    Close nit team of staff
    Inspiring Leaders from NRM, CEO, Area Managers and Head office staff
    Designs ahead of the trend
    Great staff discounts
    INCENTIVES oh my god the INCENTIVES better than any retail company. Overseas trips etc
    AMAZING job progression if you do your job well

    Cons

    Competitive sales job, but what sales job isn't
    Expected to look immaculate
    Black out periods for Annual Leave
    Short shifts for casual staff
    Big budgets
    Management does not tolerate non performance

    Advice to Management

    Keep making beautiful products and inspiring your team like you do


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Wheres the professionalism?"

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Casual
    Current Employee - Casual
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    40% discount (NOT including sale items)
    30% toys
    great incentives
    dressing up

    Cons

    Company does not know how to run a bushiness internationally, was handed forms to fill out that were supposed to be filled out for Australian ''honeys'' whilst also having to fill out a time sheet so you get paid.
    They insist on their staff to wear their lingerie INCLUDING their bras- which are still expensive with discount even if they do not go up to your size!
    Catty environment, other staff try and take over your customers so they can reach their daily target (especially if you're new)
    0 hour contract, most shifts are late shifts, ( not ideal if you dont like eating dinner late) if you're a casual they will RARELY give you long day time shifts unless needed to cover.
    They insist staff have to wear their hosiery, which is very poor quality. You are unable to get refund or an exchange on them, Yet have to buy stockings or hold ups a countless amount of times
    Have to wear red lipstick, eyeliner, polished nails and also have to wear stiletto heels hours on end

    Advice to Management

    Prepare the company in order to progress internationally.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Step up and be rewarded"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    - Managing Director is the most passionate person I have ever worked for
    - You never feel like just a number
    - You are recognized for your individual talent and contribution
    - Seriously amazing individual incentives for retail team
    - Beautiful product and discount (Yay!)
    - If you step up to the plate, this is always recognized and rewarded.

    Cons

    - Once your in, Honey Birdette becomes an obsession. It's hard to switch off.
    - Long hours. Lots of work to keep you busy. If you are after a 9-5 position, this is not the place for you.
    - Fast paced environment can be stressful at times.

    Advice to Management

    Honey Birdette has been one of the most challenging placed to work, but the most rewarding as well. I wouldn't change a thing. The small business mentality ensures that no one feel like 'just a number' and creates a real sense of team.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Please please please do not work here"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Incentives
    Some wonderful coworkers
    Some nice music in store

    Cons

    Everything.
    Bullying in the work place.
    Underpaid for extra hours worked (even when State Manager assures you that you will be paid)
    No breaks for full day work
    The constant threat of being fired and replaced
    Feeling worthless as a human being and an employee
    Creepy customers and stalkers at work (no cameras)
    No support from State Manager even when you ask for support
    KPI creates toxic and competitive environment where people steal others' sales or do dodgy things (like spending their own money) just to make target

    Advice to Management

    TAKE CARE OF YOUR HONEYS.
    Hire State Managers who actually have a qualification in management or offer formal training to build their skills. The lack of support from management and clear favouritism is painful to experience and to watch. It's such a toxic environment where you feel happy when you're at the top then next thing you know, you've lost your job because you're no longer the favouritism. This company does not value experience or loyalty or skills. Only short term bandaid fixes. Please please please if you are thinking of working here: just don't. Your health and happiness is worth so much more than this job. Do not make the same mistake I did.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Worst Employer Ever - Long Term Damage"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Melbourne (Australia)
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Melbourne (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Decent pay (legal award rate so it's their base obligation)
    Being able to warn others about your poor experience

    Cons

    Abusive top management
    Consistent physical and psychological OH&S concerns
    Long term psychological trauma
    Cheap China made products with unreasonably high profit margins ($5 cost of production sold at ~$200)
    Lack of appropriate HR department
    Consistent issues with payroll (Same individual as HR)
    CEO sends personally abusive emails to low performing stores
    Management creates issues as excuses to fire staff
    Blatant ignoring of Worksafe notifications of OH&S breaches

    Advice to Management

    Company needs CEO with experience and actual strategy for company - not just a profit generating machine. Needs to fix overall culture of the company. Bullying is currently encouraged. Not an empowering workplace.

    Managers are hired based on figures, not performance. This has resulted in some of the most notorious, ruthless and absolutely disgraceful individuals getting promoted and subsequently bullying lower staff.

    Personal input: currently still receiving psychological help for lasting impacts of this organisation's behaviour. Decided to make this post despite leaving company due to continued psychological trauma.

    Advice to prospective future employees: be aware of this company. There are other retail outlets out there that give you benefits without the long term damage. You will be treated right if you are fortunate enough to score a high traffic store. Otherwise, you will be treated exceptionally poorly regardless of ability and skill as sales individuals.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Toxic Environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Honey Birdette part-time

    Pros

    The pay is award wage and they do provide some incentives and benefits

    Cons

    Personal sales targets cause extreme competitiveness which creates a toxic environment to work in.

    Advice to Management

    Don't steal sales - it frustrates your staff and makes them not want to come to work.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Great attitude"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great career progression
    Good support from team
    Incentives
    Get to have fun and joke around with customers and be a bit cheeky
    Job is designed around helping women to feel good about themselves and their bodies
    Good internal communication
    AMAZING incentives

    Cons

    V small teams, covering shifts can be really hard
    Personal sales targets can bring on a lot of pressure, particularly if you're having a bad week
    Not a job for you if you're not willing to go the extra mile for a customer
    Unpaid hours
    High standards of dress and makeup, can get pricey
    Only managers will get full time hours during non peak times, most casuals get a pretty limited roster
    Performance based rostering


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