Honey Birdette Sales Associate Reviews

Updated 13 Jun 2020

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  1. "Honey pot"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Casual Sales Associate 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Discount Stylish look Confidence building Getting to help women feel comfortable in their skin

    Cons

    Unreasonable expectations Disregard for employees All staff are disposable

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  2. Helpful (5)

    "Terrible Culture, find somewhere better"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Casual Sales Associate in Brisbane
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Lovely coworkers! Pay was rather good I got to make women feel beautiful

    Cons

    The company is in shambles tbh, the owner Eloise jumped ship and then the new CEO quit not long after. We had no area manager and no state manager for most of my time there and the state manager quit after 3 months, yikes. Also they have only JUST gotten a HR department. You're forced to sell cheap product for luxury prices and not tell customers about all the faulty product that comes in all the time. I also had problems with my manager who did not know how to do her job whatsoever. Honey Birdette is a sinking ship. Support a better brand.

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  3. Helpful (1)

    "Not what it seems"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Casual Sales Associate in Sydney
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    beautiful product, discounts, sometimes feeling glamours

    Cons

    Empty promises and drama. So much extra work for normal wages

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  4. Helpful (11)

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

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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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  5. Helpful (12)

    "Save yourself the Pain"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Sydney
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    If you can last more than 6 months here, literally anywhere will hire you because it proves how strong you are.

    Cons

    -Unpaid Hours -Extreme sales pressure from Upper Management -Company Culture is toxic, abusive and does not take harassment of any kind seriously. -Managers and Senior Managers routinely bully staff. -Feels like a Cult -Expectation from 'casual' staff to work full time and as 2iC's with no compensation

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  6. "Fun with a handful of stress"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Associate 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    You make real relationships with customers and with some people you can really feel that you made an impact on your life. It's rewarding and fun to work in a sex-positive environment. Good perks such as 40% discount on all products and constant opportunities to earn store credit. Flexible scheduling. It still feels like a small business as you will build a good relationship with corporate employees, and higher-ups including the CEO are very engaged with supporting stores and even make visits to stores regularly to see how they can support you and the store. Store experience will largely come down to your manager and your coworkers. Stores are small so teams will either feel like family or your worst enemies depending on how you get on with them. I was lucky and loved everyone in my store and they will be lifelong friends!

    Cons

    Small staff in stores so if you are ill and need to call out, you usually can't because there's nobody to cover you. VERY numbers driven. You are very highly pressured to make sales targets and get publicly shown in a monthly company newsletter if you didn't make your monthly target. It can start to pile up on you if you have a bad week or have poor foot traffic. I often ended up stressing out on my days off about how I was going to make up my monthly deficit and became very anxious about going into work. Dressing up for work can be a pro or a con - for me the strict dress code became exhausting and 90% of my wardrobe was deemed unacceptable because it wasn't perfectly form fitting or skirts sat a couple inches above my knee. You are made to wear stilettos for long hours, even when no one is in the store. And my personal least favourite, you are told you need to wear at least three pieces of HB merchandise at all times. This is hard if you don't have the money to purchase (as it's hard to get full time hours) or are a new hire and your discount hasn't kicked in yet. You also can't wear products from past collections, and your pieces quickly become outdated at the rate they come out with new collections, so a bra you bought 6 months ago might become unacceptable to wear as you can't sell it to customers anymore (the policy is that you can't wear products from over two collections ago). I think employees need to be given a yearly allowance to update their HB wardrobe and keep on top of what they're wearing to promote to customers. Creepy customers are CONSTANT. There was a period where someone would come into store or call the store to perv on me at least once daily. While we are encouraged to stand up for themselves and tell them to get out or even call security if you work in a mall, but it can sometimes be scary because for a good portion of the day you are working alone. I've had creepy men come into the store daily or watch me from outside the store, I've had guys I've told to get out of the store wait outside the mall for me to get off work, etc. You need to be able to stand up for yourself and have a thick skin when it comes to men perving on you.

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