Honey Birdette Reviews

Updated 5 Jul 2020

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3.0
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  1. Helpful (5)

    "The devil wears Honey Birdette"

    1.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Casual in Sydney
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Honey Birdette part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    If you shift through the catty bullies hard enough there are some genuine team members , i can't think of anything else..maybe getting to dress up for work?

    Cons

    I was so excited too start at Honey Birdette , yet i was quick too realise trading your sanity in exchange for wearing red lipstick and stilettos for hours on end all for minimum wage simply isn't worth it... where do i begin? ALL employees are scared of the higher ups , The stories exchanged during working hours would leave fair trade in an anxiety spiral. I worked my literal butt off for this company , gave my sales too other team memebers so they wouldn't get fired , stayed in extra hours , did excess work outside of office hours studying the crapily made "toys" all too be told how well i was doing one moment then let go without any explanation the next. DO NOT WORK HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  2. "You Drive your Success"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Area Manager in Melbourne
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Honey Birdette full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Creative Work Environment, Challenging duties, like minded employees.

    Cons

    Transparency! Communication isn't always clear.

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  3. Helpful (9)

    "Daily Explotation"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Honey Birdette full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    40% discount on lingerie and 30% discount on poorly made vibrators

    Cons

    Company is run literally by teenagers and the culture certainly feels like that too. There are some very young girls in management positions who don't have the emotional intelligence to run a business, their under so much pressure to achieve ridiculous budgets and you're expected to invest YOUR OWN WAGES into the company to bring in more business. You're paid an average wage and expected to do public relations on the brand, the CEO sets her staff up as front line soldiers to defend her brand when she starts another 'controversial movement'. I've got one thing to say about that woman and its: She appropriates female sexuality for profit, she does not want to empower women she wants to exploit them. She does not like larger women and has fired employees because they don't look like her ideal woman. She is a dirty old man RUN AWAY OR GET OUT NOW

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  4. Helpful (6)

    "Avoid unless you you want sell your soul"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Melbourne
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Honey Birdette part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -Good discount -Girls you work with can be amazing -You meet some interesting people and build relationships with customers

    Cons

    -Everything else -Ridiculous sales targets -Constant abuse and pressure from upper management -You work by yourself a lot and cannot close doors to go to the toilet or eat -Uncomfortable uniform, required to wear winger liner, red lipstick and stiletto heels all day If you’re thinking of working here, please listen to me and the countless other girls who were screwed by Honey Birdette - dont. You will cop abuse and ridiculous pressure every single day. All staff have personal budgets they must meet as well as store budgets, and anyone who is under 80% for the month will make a list of “red-zone” employees which is then sent out to every employee company wide to shame those not performing well. I worked in one of the quietest stores in Australia, and although we often did not have a single person walk in for the whole day we were abused by upper management if we were not making over 100%. Often I would reach out for support when low foot traffic was making the team anxious, only to be told I need to take responsibility for our low sales and change whatever I must of been doing wrong. Very rarely we’d go a few days without one of the girls having a mental breakdown. We were forced to wear stiletto heels every day, and if you couldn’t due to a medical condition they forced you to get medical certificates as proof. Sexual harassment from men was disregarded by upper management; stores didn’t even have cameras in them for safety. Constant nasty emails from the CEO, “exclusive” dinner invites from her with ONLY the employees who made the most money in the state. The CEO of this company is a ruthless sociopath, and the women working right under her in head office are almost as bad as her. Don’t even get me started on the hypocrisy of them preaching “female empowerment”, yet for some reason they refuse to use models bigger than a size 8 or women of colour in their campaigns/advertisements.

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  5. Helpful (6)

    "Don’t work here if you’re not sociopathic"

    1.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Casual Sales Assistant in Melbourne
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Honey Birdette part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The discounts. The uniform and mastering winged eyeliner.

    Cons

    Where do I even begin? You’re bullied in line, head office sets ridiculously high expectations on not only management, but the causals too. If a store is doing bad, it’s the employees fault, not the actual demographic of people in the area who don’t want to buy. The constant harassment from male customers and the attempted phone sex from men. Not to mention the pressure to wear stilettos and the strain they have on your feet. You’re forced to sell products to people that they don’t need just to hit your impossible daily targets. Girls steal sales and it’s incredibly catty and cutthroat. Upper management bully you and they provide no support. On call hours with little to no time to get ready and the constant worry of fearing your job is on the line.

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  6. Helpful (9)

    "Soul Crushing Job For Minimum Wage!"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Honey Birdette part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - 40% discount - Get to help women explore their sexuality and find confidence - Incentives such a Christian Louboutin vouchers, free toys and store credit

    Cons

    - What you are expected to do vs what you are paid to is phenomenally unfair. You are working for barely minimum wage, while expected to meet near impossible targets, manage entire teams, and endure constant sexual harassment/abuse. - Bullying culture, the management will routinely demote, embarrass and single out anyone who remotely sneezes out of line. A newsletter is circulated around the company ranking every single employee from best to worst in sales as a means of public embarrassment. - Expect to be routinely sexually harassed by customers

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  7. Helpful (2)

    "Just once listen."

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Retail Store Manager 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Honey Birdette full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Decent discount. Depending on your store, area managers and state managers great support network. You can actually help people. Psychology of sex. The power to empower people. Great incentives

    Cons

    You are required to go above and beyond for customers and the stores budget while still getting paid ‘normal retail wages’. The communication between state, areas and store managers needs work. There needs to be training in this aspect. Unless you are a store manager you will never be taken seriously. Even if you do have an education, or experience.

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  8. Helpful (7)

    "If you’re thinking of working here, do yourself a favour and DONT!"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Part Time Team Member 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Honey Birdette part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I literally can’t think of any. Maybe getting to dress up nicely everyday?

    Cons

    Literally don’t even know where to start. -You get harassed by disgusting old men and propositioned like it was a normal day to say thing. -If you don’t make your store or personal budget your job is threatened. There is no stability and there is always a feeling that you’ll get fired. -Forced to wear heels. I now have arthritis in my toes and never want to wear heels again. -It’s soul crushing. -It’s boring, because it’s over priced crap so no one ever came in. -Barely even paid the bills. Minimum wage for maximum hate for the company. -No upper management support. If you feel like you’re struggling you’d be told to just do better. -Was told multiple times I should be medicated to be better at my job. That’s not only illegal but how can you tel someone that and still sleep at night?? -Forced to wear tight clothes. Not everyone is comfortable of that regardless of size. -Just a horrible place all around. Every bad thing you’ve ever heard about working here is true.

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  9. Helpful (6)

    "Graphic Designer"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Honey Birdette full-time

    Pros

    I met some lovely people who are still my friends

    Cons

    Underpaid, over worked and gaslit into thinking you are the worst person. Was like being in an abusive relationship. I would be praised one day and then called on a Sunday and yelled at for a social facebook post that i'm not even responsible for and can not control. I would start work at 8:30am and work until 10pm during christmas. I was under loads of stress and pressure. It was the worst place i have evenr worked in my life. Constant meetings where the we would be told - the whole office - that we were not good at our jobs. we were made to feel like trash. Then we would be rewarded with drinks and food every now and then to "make up for it" . the first day in our new office she screamed at people for not dressing in high heels. I dont wish this job on anyone. There is no room to grow and get underpaid and asked to do marketing - because she refuses to hire a team. Snr designer earns 75k

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  10. "Circumstantial"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - HONEY in Sydney
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Honey Birdette full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Make money, meet targets, get involved, buy the product, position social media, support others and you will flourish.

    Cons

    Extreme pressures, long hours, toxic workplace culture, huge expectation while on regular retail salary

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