Honey Birdette Reviews

Updated 5 Jul 2020

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  1. Helpful (5)

    "Look somewhere else"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    2IC in Sydney
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Honey Birdette for 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)

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  2. Helpful (2)

    "Assistant Manager Review"

    2.0
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    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.

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  3. Helpful (7)

    "Assistant manager"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Casual to Manager ToASM to Casual in Sydney
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Honey Birdette full-time for 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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  4. Helpful (10)

    "Avoid Honey Birdette"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Casual Honey in Sydney
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    None - Please refer to cons.

    Cons

    Avoiding my better judgement, and multiple warnings from past honey’s including a few present employees I still decided to give this company the benefit of the doubt. I can honestly can it was the worst experience, and waste of 18 months. Honey Birdette is extremely ‘clicky’ if your not apart of the ‘OG’ honey crowd (I started in 2016...) then don’t bother. Honey Birdette will use you, one day you’ll be labeled a top seller with praise one blink later they will have moved onto the next girl. While the incentives are incredible, it is not worth the cultural and physical issues that came along with this job. You where expected to wear heels (encouraged to purchase louboutins) your whole shift, which on average was a 45 hr week if you where lucky. If you did not wear heels you would given a warning, and in some cases fired. I left Honey Birdette with posture issues, and back pains. To further all of the above as imagined on top of all of these cons there was also the sexual abuse received from customers, while honey has now amended there employee contact to include that they will protect you. This is not accurate. I experienced men coming in or walking past taking pictures and filming, coming up to the “toy wall” sexually abusing me verbally, and numerous sexual offers (which was the norm - majority of honeys went along with this offering lunch for louboutins) and even stalkers (not personal experience but multiple colleagues of mine). You may be thinking it must have been one store in particular, but I worked within 5 different stores over my tenure - under the management of 2 different area managers. Obvious signs: If a company is incredible to their employees they will not have a constant staff turn over.

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  5. Helpful (6)

    "Hit And Miss"

    2.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Sales Assistant in Sydney
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Honey Birdette for more than a year

    Pros

    Great intensives, grat bunch of girls to work with

    Cons

    Management/HO didn't care to much about sexual assault happening within their store, made to flirt for sales and constantly dress up (thank you for letting us now wear pants) tried to cover up bad working environments with intensives

  6. Helpful (11)

    "Not My Favourite Cult"

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

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

    Pros

    Being a part of this cult will turn your soul into rich, supple leather. This is excellent preparation for most corporate industries also specialising in staff mistreatment and flagrant thirst for blood. A Pro and a Con: You will be well trained in the art of manipulation by the most sociopathic females in the business. Your moral compass will be ceremoniously obliterated along with your integrity, dignity and sense of self-worth.

    Cons

    If you are one of the few, like me, who were never all that interested in getting “HBHONEYS” tattooed on your forehead, then you may think you can get through this job unscathed. You’re dead wrong. Everyone gets screwed. I’ll repeat it for those in the back, EVERYONE gets screwed. If they can’t beat you into submission then they will intimidate and bully you into eventually quitting. This is if they can’t simply fire you if you’ve outlasted the probation period. This is not a challenge. Do something better with your life.

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  7. Helpful (11)

    "UTIs, foot surgery required now, no job security but hey at least we got a discount!"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Brisbane
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - generous discount- 40% - everyone wants to be you ?? -good incentives “honey money” $100 spending money if you making a customer spend over 1000

    Cons

    -expected to arrive an hour early, leave late unpaid overtime -unpaid but required meetings -constant pressure to meet budget-if you don’t meet past 80% every single honey can see every single week you’re “in the red” -hours cut if you have a bad week - expected to wear 3 pieces of current HB which is expensive upkeep as they constantly consolidate sets -cult like environment - expectation to wear heels, ever shift requires full face of makeup, nails done, hair always done. Even if it’s a three hour shift. - contracts not given to managers for the sake of manipulating them to do better “and then they’ll get their contract” but never do - Because they never give out contracts I have seen countless hard working managers be demoted with no notice except a new roster all for not making red for a week, even though some other stores will stay red for weeks but they’re area managers favourites making them untouchable - new honeys rise in management without training due to high turn over but new honeys are told it’s because of their “potential and hard work”- not because nobody else could handle the constant scrutiny and never being good enough - no cameras in store for your own security - managers and 2ic’s work ALONE in the store with exception for THREE HOURS a day where they aren’t allowed to take a break or even GO TO THE BATHROOM - it’s honestly common in honey culture to contract UTIs from having to hold their bladder for hours, bad skin from never having a day off to let their skin breathe, weight loss from not eating as they aren’t allowed breaks or scared to take one incase they don’t make budget, oh and foot problems from wearing heels 8 hours a day every day. -poor training and management due to high turn over; I worked there for three years and had a new manager every month. - company will pick favourites so even if you are a high earner it doesn’t really matter - constantly told you’re replaceable, constantly having managers in tears over budget, management treating their lowers terrible as a result of higher management pushing them - expected to push customers even if they feel uncomfortable - no life outside of work.. they have a whatsapp of every honey in QLD constantly blowing your phone up, a group chat for every individual store, as well as emails sent that you must reply to by end of day in regards to your store, every Wednesday in “hive” an app just for honeys must read a weekly news letter and percentage page and training modules which you usually have to do again and again, expected to be a part of the Facebook groups “admiration page”, “buy swap page”, as well as Instagram to stay in the loop. If you don’t, it looks like you don’t want your job.

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  8. Helpful (6)

    "No one should ever go through what we went through"

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

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

    Pros

    To be honest, this company was SO destructive on a psychological level, it has turned me off lingerie and retail after leaving the company. Seeing positive reviews on this page is extremely concerning as I am concerned the organisation is bribing individuals to post positive reviews to distract from how ugly the reality of their management is. The only thing I'd say is positive about this organisation is that their disgusting practices have brought together a band of powerful, strong women who have endured the same thing and constantly support one another through what we've all collectively been through. At least management is consistent there.

    Cons

    Everything horrible you've heard about this company is true, if not worse. I have already made a detailed review when I first left the company in 2017 but I am posting an update in light of further negative comments. It has been nearly a year since I left this organisation and I am still disgusted by the fact that they are still around. Their success is mere appearance and their CEO is psychologically questionable. I have since been on anti-anxiety meds and psychological treatment, wholly due to my experiences with this organisation. I am ashamed to even have this company on my resume but anyone with direct experience knows that one who's withstood this organisation can only be extremely resilient.

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  9. Helpful (2)

    "Internal promotion"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Area Manager in Melbourne
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great salary , generous discounts and incentives

    Cons

    Unsavoury customers who don't belong there

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  10. Helpful (5)

    "Manager"

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

    I worked at Honey Birdette part-time

    Pros

    If you love the product the discount is awesome, you create incredible relationships with customers and you feel like you are creating a difference for women, giving them more confidence in themselves and also their relationship. High turnover so it’s easy to get into management.

    Cons

    I worked overtime most days and never saw a cent for it. I would lodge it on my payslip and it would be changed saying I didn’t seek approval (little bit hard when I’m still in the shop with a customer making them thousands). They expect you to log in at 8:50am at the latest but you don’t get paid until 9am (yes this is against fair work). Between the high KPIs and the amount of stock, lunch would be missed by choice of being scared of not reaching your targets or you simply don’t have time. I went from full 38 hour weeks to a 4 hour shift for the fortnight when they found out I was pregnant.

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