Honey Birdette Employee Reviews about "upper management"

Updated 25 Nov 2019

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2.9
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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. "The best job I've ever had"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Area Manager in Sydney
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    A new challenge every day Upper management are incredibly supportive and encouraging - they truly want to see you succeed Relevant and useful learning tools are consistently updated and made available The company culture is empowering from store level to upper management Transparency across the company means there's always opportunity to progress and branch out into areas that interest you Heavily incentivised at all levels HQ and design team listen to and implement customer feedback into policies and products

    Cons

    Work/life balance can be challenging to maintain as you become so invested in your work

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  2. Helpful (3)

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

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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. "Old Honey Culture"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • 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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  4. Helpful (6)

    "FAKE COMPANY AND FAKE REVIEWS"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Melbourne
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Now I know where to NEVER spend my money

    Cons

    Let me start by saying the state managers were told of Honey Birdette’s shocking Glassdoor rating and for the next week mass amounts of positive reviews were posted. Please take all these positive reviews with a grain of salt because all ex-employees or disgruntled current ones a sure upper management has offered some sort of incentive for people to post overly positive reviews. This company is corrupt, greedy, and a terrible place to work. You are not valued or helped to grow. You are dispensable. The company pretends to value feminism and empowerment, but treats their employees like dirt and their customers like stupid cult members. Do not work here. Do not spend your money here.

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  5. Helpful (6)

    "Avoid unless you you want sell your soul"

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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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  6. Helpful (6)

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

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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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    "If you’re thinking of working here, do yourself a favour and DONT!"

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • 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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    "Boutique manager"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Boutique Manager in Sydney
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great co workers. Decent product discounts

    Cons

    No support from upper management. Lots of immature gossip. No stability. If targets weren't made jobs were threatened.

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  9. Helpful (7)

    "Why won't they listen"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Honey Birdette full-time

    Pros

    They have some amazing people at store level

    Cons

    They are a large company with a small company's mentality. The girls are expected to work unreasonable hours, for unreasonable pay and get harassed by customers but more so by upper management. there is no excuse for not making target including power outages, flooding, construction etc and that the manager is not on responsible for these instances but blamed and abused.

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    "You can, but I wouldnt"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Casual and 2IC 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    40% off all Honey Birdette products 30% off all non Honey Birdette products Great monthly/ weekly and sometimes even daily incentives (Mostly) fantastic clients

    Cons

    Horrible expectations on girls in regards to: Sales - expected to make a lot of money and its often 'your fault' if there's a quiet day even if all retails are similarity affected Costs - you are expected to wear up to date products, expected 'uniform' changes at least 2-4 times a year, meaning you need to constantly spend money. Must always have a full face of make up, beautiful well kept hair and nails. ITS ALOT OF $$$ Lack of support - many of the upper management in the last year have been horrible !!! Most good area managers have been relocated to HQ or have left (for company reasons) Grievances - are not dealt with accordingly and preference is often taken with the manager over the casual or 2IC Career progression for the same job is always dangled in front of and promised to multiple people in attempt of manipulating them There is like 20 other things i can say about this companies attitudes, including the managers, HQ and CEO.

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