Free People Employee Reviews about "low pay"

Updated 11 Jun 2020

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3.8
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Free People President Meg Hayne (no image)
Meg Hayne
224 Ratings
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  • "impossible to ever get into upper management outside of the store(in 48 reviews)

  • "low pay AND you are expected to spend your money on their clothes to look the part(in 31 reviews)

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  1. "Nothing to write home about"

    3.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Stylist in Towson, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Free People part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great discount and the *possibility* of making lifelong friends

    Cons

    low pay AND you are expected to spend your money on their clothes to look the part.

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  2. "Good Job"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Stylist 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Free People part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great discount, fun atmosphere, opportunity to grow within the company. I had a great manager which also helped a ton!

    Cons

    Low pay, very long days (typical retail shifts), and a bit of a negative environment at times.


  3. "Fun atmosphere, low pay, very little help from district and regional leadership"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Visual Assistant Manager 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Free People full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Fun atmosphere if the right team is hired. There is room for promotion if you happen to be working at a store when a manager leaves.

    Cons

    Low pay (and there are extreme discrepancies in pay across the country. You might make $30k per year while another employee with your title will make $47k). If you don’t make goals you will be demoted even though district managers do very little to help you get there.

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  4. "Its retail"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager-In-Training in Central, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Free People part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I really liked working here for the following reasons: Flexible hours, fun and interesting coworkers, good enough management, not a sketchy company, open minded, fashion forward, fair for the most part. You have opportunities to move up if you really want to. I started out as a sales associate.

    Cons

    Unpredictable hours, ridiculous sales goals especially since we don't make any commission, very difficult to move up. They will really make you earn it and make many false promises before anything actually happens. Low pay, even if you move up.

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  5. "Cute place to work"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Sales Associate 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Free People part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The people are really fun, it's not stressful.

    Cons

    The managers are often catty. But the WORST is the low pay.

  6. "Loved working here. Great people, fun environment."

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Miami Beach, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Free People part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Flexible. Great benefits. Fun environment.

    Cons

    Low pay. Promotion unlikely. 7 days a week.

  7. "Dream Job"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Stylist 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Free People full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Creative environment, excellent benefits, employee discount

    Cons

    Work-life balance, low pay, quality of product is not as a great as it used to be.

  8. "0 employee appreciation"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - MIT 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Free People full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The girls are great The clothes are cute The discount is nice

    Cons

    No positive reinforcement Very low pay Poor scheduling

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  9. "MIT"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - MIT in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Free People full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -You get to meet and become friends with some cool girls! -The discount!!

    Cons

    -Very low pay and very high expectations -They always focus and comment on what you did wrong -Your hard work goes unnoticed and gets taken for granted -Can be a very catty environment

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  10. Helpful (4)

    "Manager in Training (MIT)"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Manager In Training in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Free People full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Fun work environment, good discount, good community. You learn a lot about how any business needs to run and you get good training that you can take to other places beyond this company.

    Cons

    This company is very cheap. They treat the people who work their stores very poorly. You can be extremely overworked and dedicate everything to store, but will receive no recognition. There is a lot of turn over so upward movement can be obtainable, but they do string you along. They will give you an "acting role" which mean more responsibilities, but the same pay. So you work that higher title for about three months at low pay before they will officially give you a raise and the title. They also favor employees more than others and it is very obvious to see which employee they are.

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