Honey Birdette Employee Reviews about "heels"

Updated 13 Nov 2019

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Pros
  • "40% discount on lingerie and 30% discount on poorly made vibrators(in 12 reviews)

  • "Staff discount helps you justify the quality(in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • "Wearing heels for majority of the day(in 17 reviews)

  • "No support from upper management(in 13 reviews)

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  1. "Old Honey Culture"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Culture is changing and the focus is being put more on developing the team. It feels like the old Honey ways are slowly coming back into the business and we are all feeling more supported and inspired in store. Great discount and incentives. New working agreements for more flexibility in store. We are encouraged to sell an experience not focus on the sale, if we are engaging with the customer the sale will come naturally. Feel supported by upper management and can always ask for help from CO if we can’t get a hold of our AM. Business is still growing internationally opportunities to travel.

    Cons

    Lack of team in store. Wearing heels for majority of the day. Not enough product to keep up with demand of vips. Promote more AMs from within.

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  2. Helpful (3)

    "Glamorous and Sophisticated from the outside, stressful and nasty on the inside."

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Boutique Manager in Perth, Western Australia
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    - Great incentives if you are really good at your job including international trips, Louboutins and money to spend on product in store ( - Some amazing work mates - Beautiful stores to work in - Getting dressed up for work every day (looking and feeling amazing)

    Cons

    - Getting dressed up for work every day (having to get up an hour early to put on a full face of makeup and wearing heels all shift). I wasn't able to feel the bottoms of my feet while working here and had to invest in a foot spa. You also have to constantly spend money as you're expected to show off current collections. Dress code is very strict down to what hair colour you have and what nail polish you wear - and of course, ALWAYS with a red pout. - HORRID upper management including a CEO who verbally abuses staff and rather than support them when an incident happens in store (whether theft or an unfair and undeserved customer complaint) sends passive aggressive or even just outwardly aggressive emails. Pressure on Area/State Managers who then put pressure on Store Managers and staff to perform and staff are fired if they aren't performing with no attempts to help them improve - Western Australia had around 5 or 6 AMs within a year of the time that I worked there. - Massive pressure to meet personal sales targets (and store-based for managerial staff) - both of which are very unrealistic - which results in sales stealing and huge amounts of stress with girls constantly obsessing over numbers. Also resulted in customers saying they felt pressured to buy and refusing to shop in some stores or with certain girls. - Very little formal training and support from management and then abuse when you don't know what they expect you to know without having actually taught you. - A rotating door of staff because of the horrible culture and being sacked for meeting unrealistic targets. On the upside it means you can go from casual to store manager in weeks because everyone either quits or is fired. - A stupid amount of unpaid expected overtime - you are expected to be there 15 mins early to open the store (unpaid) and only get 10 mins after official close time to shut up shop, but if customers are in the store you cannot close the doors and they can stay as long as they want. I had customers keep me 2 hours after close time and bought nothing but I couldn't tell them to leave and you do not get paid for this. Regular staff meetings/training (which is mostly just state managers ranting about how you need to sell more because they are stressed out) most of which are not paid. 5 hour shifts with no toilet breaks. Often left in store alone for 4 hours and not allowed to close the doors if you need to pee. Mostly working alone unless you are in a flagship (usually the capital cities) store.

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  3. Helpful (4)

    "Safety violations"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Casual Sales Assistant in Sydney
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    40% discount on all products (lingerie, bondage, latex, AND toys), great incentives e.g every Christmas they give away several pairs of Loubitons and an international trip to a few girls

    Cons

    You have to wear heels despite being on your feet for up to 10 hours per day, highly competitive because you have few customers and high budgets (that are often too high for stores that aren’t flagships), sexualising workers, if you dont make budget for 3 weeks you’re cut down to one weekday shift, if you aren’t available up to 4 days a week as a CASUAL you could get fired. Casuals can very rarely meet incentives nor win prizes because you have to work a minimum of 5 hours a shift on that day or certain hours a week. So it’s only store managers and 2ICs that can actually win

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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 (7)

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

    1.0
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    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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    "Graphic Designer"

    1.0
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    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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  7. "Boutique assistant"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Assistant Store Manager 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Honey Birdette part-time for 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.

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  8. Helpful (5)

    "People are completely disposable in this company"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Produktmanager Indoorcycling / Gruppenfitness in Melbourne
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Honey Birdette part-time for 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

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    "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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  10. Helpful (11)

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

    1.0
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    • 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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