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Honey Birdette Reviews

Updated 25 June, 2017
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  1. "Much more than a retail job, a career and a community."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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. "Stockholm Syndrome"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    -Great incentives
    -Beautiful products
    -Some great customer relationships

    Cons

    -Inflexible
    -Emotional manipulation
    -Working full days without a break (ILLEGAL)
    -Middle management play favourites
    -Only hire dumb, young girls who can easily be shaped into a "Honey"
    -Unreliable hours and constantly changing hours
    -VERY VERY HIGH turnover rate with most staff leaving after only 6 months
    -A lot of pressure with budgets and sales
    -Cultlike mindset
    -Sexual harassment at work

    Advice to Management

    The way you treat your staff is terrible. Your lack of support and empathy towards your staff is the reason for high turnover. HB could be so much more successful if you value experience and skills of your staff.

    For anyone who sees the glossy, enticing and glamorous part of the job and want to apply to work here - just don't. This place will ruin you and make you feel so worthless. They will use you up and spit you out and leave you with nothing after you have given them everything. I still work here and I feel so trapped.


  3. "Best retail incentives ive seen in retail"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • 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


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  5. "Working for Honey Birdette"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)
    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


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Toxic Environment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  7. "Great attitude"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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


  8. "Full Time Staff"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Full Time Staff Member in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Full Time Staff Member in London, England (UK)
    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


  9. Helpful (1)

    "WORST job Experience of my life."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    You get to meet some nice people and work with interesting products.

    Cons

    Unpaid compulsory "boot camps" (training sessions)
    Not paid overtime.
    Forced to buy their products with no uniform allowance, especially when the guidelines are so strict.
    Use scare tactics to make girls bend over backwards to keep their job.
    Insidious things happening behind closed doors.
    Workplace bullying stemming from competition.
    Forced to look sexy to sell.
    Forced to be pushy and over the top towards customers.
    Don't even try to report bullying to the state manager, she will either- ignore, or blame you.
    Put down if you don't look sexy enough.
    Told you are replaceable and lucky to have the position.
    Constantly accused of not doing well enough.
    Manager reduces your hours for you reason, even though i was the best seller- stemming from jealousy.
    Don't work here unless you want to be stressed ALL the time- over a retail job....

    Advice to Management

    You wouldn't listen anyway, because you're money hungry cooperate robots, but you need someone to be watching and reviewing the bullying happening in the stores. Communication is so important and if there was some way of enforcing a fair method to keep watch over the stores, such as someone objective, visiting and making sure that things are running smoothly, and not just talking to the manager, but asking the other honeys too.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "No job is worth your health..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brisbane (Australia)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brisbane (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Honey Birdette (Less than a year)

    Pros

    40% off outrageously overpriced and knock off lingerie

    Cons

    Told to flirt with male customers and "sell them the fantasy" but the store is marketed as "empowering women"
    Store Managers told by higher ups to "dangle the carrot" of a promotion to casual staff to make them work harder and sell more.
    Extremely competitive environment with store managers stealing customers
    Super high individual budgets that are not achievable in a three hour shift.
    Cult-like/ brainwashing mentality from managers- the CEO can do no wrong and we should kiss the ground she walks on.
    Only want to hire naive under 25 year olds so that they can be molded to reflect the HB ideals.
    Manipulative sales tactics are taught.
    Required to attend mandatory training in capital cities without pay and if you did not attend your hours were cut.
    Passive aggressive managers.
    Ridiculed and berated by former staff who then report back to CEO about casual staff who may not have had enough training.
    Required to be 30 minutes early to a shift and stay until everything in store is spotless.
    So many unpaid hours.
    An updated work wardrobe is demanded every season and you're required to wear three items per shift.
    Reimburse your staff when they purchase stock for work- not reimbursing them is illegal under federal law.
    Allow your staff proper breaks and don't expect your staff to work a ten hour shift at short notice during Christmas Trading. A Sunday shift without a break for the toilet is uncomfortable and dangerous to your health.

    Advice to Management

    Be kind to your staff and pay them properly.
    Remove the policy of "find your own replacement" for shifts that causal's who may be sick and cannot work.
    Get a store budget and stop naming and shaming your staff in the weekly report, people have bad sales weeks, doesn't mean everyone in the company should know about it.
    CEO needs to quit playing favourites with a small and select group of staff.
    Appreciate your staff when they cut their holidays short, are called in at short notice and stop manipulating them into working when they're not available.
    Listen to your staff when a complaint of sexual harassment or mental health issues are made. Working with so much pressure when suffering from anxiety is bad enough without being ridiculed.


  11. Helpful (5)

    "Wheres the professionalism?"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


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