Lane Bryant Does Not Value or PAY Their Employees at Even an Average Level
I have to say, that I love the store team I work with, but it is the upper management that neglects, yet expects the world from their underlings. I HAVE WORKED THERE ALMOST 4 YEARS WITH 7 POSITIVE REVIEWS WITHOUT EVEN A COST OF LIVING OR LOYALTY RAISE. No one in our district got a raise. When confronted, our last district manager basically said it was because the company spent billions of advertising on American Idle, and so there were no raises to be had at store level...SO WE LITERALLY PAID FOR THEIR MISTAKES even though the company was extremely profitable considering.
But that was just the excuse 2 years ago. Last year it was because we didn't make our plan, and the same for this year in a RECESSION. We bust our butts all year long, eating up all of their retail propaganda, barely scraping by and are not even thown a metaphorical bone let alone a measley quarter raise. But the employee discount is great! Except that with the use of coupons on store promotions and clearance, many times customers can buy merchandise on average 10 to 20 percent cheaper than our highest discount (By using Real Woman Dollars or online coupons for example)
Today I checked a special sale at LB online, and it said "Employees not eligible" for the sale. What corporate needs to remember is that we too are CUSTOMERS, and we work HARD for very little...pay or respect. Our district was just taken over by another manager, and she agrees that everyone is underpaid by the former manager, but she says she can do nothing about it. Corporate lectures us in our daily emails and frequent conference calls and store meetings about ACCOUNTABILITY with credit, sales, etc and PUSH, and push and push. WHERE IS CORPORATE ACCOUNTABILITY TO THEIR LOYAL EMPLOYEES!? Actions speak much higher than words...and there are no actions on their part.
No matter what kind of euphemism upper management uses to dismiss their store level employee issues, or how much management claims that NEXT YEAR WILL BE DIFFERENT for raises, I know there is no respect for us. None, whatsoever. We are easily replaceable as shown by the lack of raises, benefits, hours etc through the years. DO NOT WORK, and if you can help it, DO NOT SHOP at Lane Bryant. A company that values profits so highly, people in the for of their employees so little, and a company that really has some questionable product for the outrageous prices should not be supported by anyone.