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Honey Birdette Reviews

Updated 9 November 2018
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  • "expected to wear 3 pieces of current HB which is expensive upkeep as they constantly consolidate sets" (in 6 reviews)

  • "Pretentious newsletters and memos that seem to praise upper management and spit people actually doing the work" (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Such an amazing place"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Assistant in Gold Coast
    Current Employee - Sales Assistant in Gold Coast
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Equal opportunity
    Support you like a family
    Always room for progression
    Amazing team and leaders

    Cons

    I honestly don’t have a con about it, this is basically the first job I’ve ever been completely happy in

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work


  2. "Honey birdette"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Honey Birdette part-time

    Pros

    I love the atmosphere, well paid, empowering environment and it is really great job. It's been my favourite job ever!

    Cons

    There isnt any I can think of, the company works together and empowers each other.

    Advice to Management

    I love working here and I would recommend anyone to apply because it is such a rewarding job to help a client.

  3. "Boutique assistant"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Store Manager
    Current Employee - Assistant Store Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    This is a company that you truely make a difference in women's lives. The icing is you get paid to help women better their lives.

    Cons

    Really not many cons. The heels are a killer if you are a larger size 14 like myself. It is tough to not be able to get out to the Loo if you are on your own till a casual comes in to cover the lunch break.

    Advice to Management

    Change the cover casual times to help women go to the bathroom . don't make it a deal breaker to wear flat shoes at times to help reduce foot issues.


  4. "Management"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Brisbane
    Current Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Brisbane
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great incentives
    State and area manager support
    Rewarding job (customers)
    Great challenges in regards to the business side.

    Cons

    Only real con, is the same con as any retail job! Limited time off around festive seasons due to increase demand!!

    Advice to Management

    Part-time contracts to assistant managers & honeys the business sees potential in.


  5. "Honey Birdette"

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Assistant in Brisbane
    Current Employee - Sales Assistant in Brisbane
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Honey Birdette is supportive of their staff and development within the company. It's built on empowerment of women and their sexuality. I love it!

    Cons

    I haven't found any cons

    Advice to Management

    Management are supportive and kind with all aspects of support


  6. Helpful (4)

    "I honestly had so much hope"

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    Current Employee - Retail Sales in Melbourne
    Current Employee - Retail Sales in Melbourne
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - good pay and incentives
    - relatively fun work environment

    Cons

    Here we go
    - Pretentious newsletters and memos that seem to praise upper management and spit people actually doing the work
    - complete disregard for your situation.
    - I was hired in a management position, not trained, and was then replaced. I found out when the roster was released and I had the hours of a casual
    - unprofessional
    - high sales targets that honestly, it’s not that weird to not be making. It’s not my fault no one enters the store before 11:30am
    - who’s the state manager? I have no idea because it changes every 2 days.
    - some honeys are overly and embarrassingly passionate. Like it’s great to enjoy your job, but when you’re number one achievement in life is being a honey, you need to do some reevaluating.
    - while I’ve never been the victim of sexual abuse or misconduct in that regard, I’m totally not surprised that upper management hasn’t done anything for those that have been.

    Advice to Management

    This company has so much potential. The idea of empowerment is beautiful and I really want to stand behind that. The gossipy and competitive nature starts with management. Hire people with more integrity and start by empowering your workers. We give to you what you give to us


  7. Helpful (2)

    "People are completely disposable in this company"

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    Former Employee - Casual Retail Assistant in Melbourne
    Former Employee - Casual Retail Assistant in Melbourne
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent discount. That’s about it.

    Cons

    Expected to be early to ‘prepare’ by making sure make up and clothing is perfect to their specifications but don’t get paid for it.

    Don’t get paid when you work overtime but are expected to if you aren’t making sales

    Targets are ridiculously high and almost unachievable unless you are completely ruthless and push customers to the point of uncomfortable but you’re expected to make at least 80%.

    Often left working alone which means no break to use the bathroom or food breaks on 8 hour shifts

    No warning when deciding to fire people. They just take you off the roster and cut all contact

    Environment is so highly competitive that girls steal sales and sabotage other people

    Sexual harassment. But flirting with male customers for sales is encouraged

    No proper training for staff or management. Management turnover is at a ridiculous rate. Several stores were without managers for extended periods of time

    Catty, clique-like, almost cult culture. If you don’t act like a Honey (posting pictures of yourself in lingerie on Facebook admiration pages for sales for one) they do everything they can to beat you into submission.

    Wearing heels, full face make up, false eyelashes and lipstick on 8 hour shifts

    Expected to wear current product, which gets expensive despite the discount. Most of the wage goes back to the company

    Made to travel to stores on the other side of town for a three hour shift

    Advice to Management

    Complete overhaul. Implement proper training, not just a book on how to dress and what to or not to say.

    Treat people as if they are human, not disposable. Many girls put everything they have into the company, going out of their way to do things but get treated like garbage and shoved out the door the second someone shiny and new comes along. Help people succeed, you’d get better reviews. Understand people have lives outside of being a Honey.

    Take away some of the individual competitive nature. Encourage stores working as a team rather than individual achievement

    Work to fair work and OHS standards. There is so much wrong that it is insane.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Look somewhere else"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - 2IC in Sydney
    Former Employee - 2IC in Sydney
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Honey Birdette (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Some nice girls
    - Okay discounts and incentives (however quality of product is falling)
    - High turnover (because the company is horrible to work for) so you can be promoted quickly (however you can also be demoted even quicker)

    Cons

    - 3 hour shifts in the middle of the day
    - Higher management hardly answer calls, emails or texts
    - The minute you don’t meet sales targets you are just taken off the roster with no word form anyone
    - You are expected to live and breath the company
    - Your expected to buy a lot of the product
    - Managers are allowed to treat you like crap and take you off the roster with no word whenever they please
    - You can’t use your discount for all products
    - Girls steal sales
    - Rosters released Sunday night for the following week sometimes no roster is released at all
    - Often have to work all day by yourself with no break (and if you don’t have a key to close the store you can’t go to the bathroom all day)

    Advice to Management

    They are too far gone for advice


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Assistant Manager Review"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Honey Birdette part-time

    Pros

    I loved the customer base that HB has. And the girls that I worked with in my particular store were absolute gems.

    Cons

    The management situation is absolutely shocking. There is next to no training, and the little training there is are mostly videos about new products and how to sell them. No training when transitioning from casual to more permanent roles. The management team doesn’t listen to their employees and they don’t seem to care unless you’re meeting targets. The overall vibe was very competitive and most of the girls I met from other stores were very pushy. I received no support from my manager when it came to store processes that I was unsure about and also with assisting with management myself. There is way too much focus on how much money the company is making rather than actually building an honest relationship with the client base.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the individual budgets and just have a store budget that the girls can work towards together. People tend to sell better when they’re not trying to compete with the other employees.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Assistant manager"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Casual to Manager ToASM to Casual in Sydney
    Former Employee - Casual to Manager ToASM to Casual in Sydney
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Actually getting along with the people you work with unless they back stab you like usual

    Cons

    - “career progression” until you don’t get any training or help and they hire new people and push you out without any warnings or talkings to. Under any normal retail workplace you must give a talk or warnings to employees before stepping them down. Not just tell them they are AMAZING then one day later come into store and step them down without a second thought. How can someone improve when they didn’t even know they weren’t going well?
    - WILL REPLACE YOU WITH SOMEONE BETTER!
    - CEO told my area manager that people from “my living area” wouldn’t make it in the Sydney market
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    Advice to Management

    - hire management who actually have outside training and experience as you clearly don’t know how to train your area managers on basic people skills, understanding and approaching difficult situations
    - building up your employees is better than stepping them down or firing them because you CLEARLY don’t understand what the definition of structural training is