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Hudson's Bay Company Assistant Buyer Reviews

Updated Sep 3, 2019

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  1. "Great"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Buyer in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Hudson's Bay Company full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Opportunity to move up, great learning prior to moving into the buyer role, get a lot of experience very quickly due to the small team

    Cons

    Small team so a lot of work falls on a small amount of people

    Hudson's Bay Company Response

    September 17, 2019

    We appreciate your feedback. We will share your concern with the appropriate leadership. Please reach out to your HR business partner if you’d like to discuss the issue further.

  2. "Buyer Associate"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Buyers Assistant in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hudson's Bay Company full-time

    Pros

    Excellent Training course for all associates

    Cons

    Needs better discount than 10%


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Assistant Buyer"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Assistant Buyer in Brampton, ON
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Hudson's Bay Company full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The people, the history, and the ability to move around and try new things. Hbc is rich in culture, and being a part of it comes with a great deal of pride. I loved working here. The best part by far, was the wonderful people. The working environment is laid back and casual, and it feels like family.

    Cons

    The processes often get in the way of doing good business. They are restrictive and often force bad business decisions that could be avoided if not for a process being in the way.

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    "Assistant Buyer"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Buyer in Brampton, ON
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Hudson's Bay Company full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Great place to start your career in the industry - Many different departments and subsidiaries that you have opportunity to move in to - One of the leading retailers in Canada - Opportunities for growth

    Cons

    - Not great communication from senior leaders - There is a cap to your growth not many roles to move in to - Some times not a very positive and progressive atmosphere - high turnover and don't foster great talent or creativity

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    "Assistant Buyer"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Assistant Buyer in Brampton, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Hudson's Bay Company full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Discount at all banners, good people working here, flexible vacation plan

    Cons

    Terrible retention of talented people, bad office (old, dated, not clean, and located in Brampton), bad work/life balance, work was mostly data entry in very old systems, hard to get promoted and very old school managerial style

  6. "Great for young professionals"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Buyer in Brampton, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Hudson's Bay Company full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -They really push for the development of young professionals by offering job rotations. - Offer summer early outs on Fridays - very good work life balance

    Cons

    -The head office is in Brampton -buyer's dont do much travelling at HBC

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  7. Helpful (1)

    "Good for retail"

    3.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Buyer in Brampton, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Hudson's Bay Company full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    -one of the more successful retailers and one that is growing -invests in training and development of its employees

    Cons

    -head office in brampton -unstable work environment where lay offs and firing are common -some coworkers are located in new york and all communication is done through phone and email

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    "Don't work here"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Buyer Assistant in Brampton, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Hudson's Bay Company full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - some nice co-workers - they introduced free tea and coffee finally - Olympics is shown throughout the office - some good sales are held in the Atrium

    Cons

    - no company morale - they like to promote their laziest employees while the hard workers are overlooked - everyone eats lunch at their desk and they judge you if you actually take your lunch - senior management is so out of touch with the work that employees do and they don't care because they don't have to do any of the grunt work

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    "Get some good experience, but no room for growth"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Buyer Assistant in Brampton, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Hudson's Bay Company full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -Pay relatively well -Meet a lot of people -Hiring younger staff for home office -Get some good experience

    Cons

    -Very little room for growth -Leaders not willing to develop those who report to them -Promises of advancement from HR are not followed through -Have training and development activities and plans in place just to keep you busy, but very little actual advancement -It's in Brampton

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  10. Helpful (1)

    "Underwhelming and repetitive"

    3.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Buyer Assistant in Brampton, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hudson's Bay Company full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Management/HR is trying to create a better corporate culture by adding more celebratory events, more communication with upper management, but needs more recognition of assistant level employees

    Cons

    Poor development path. Growth opportunities and regulations seem to be constantly changing - claim to promote internally but majority of jobs come from external hires which lowers employee morale. Minimum vacation, work is monotonous, repetitive, and unchallenging. Direction seems to change constantly and everything ends up being a last minute scramble

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