Deb Shops Reviews

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    An amazing place to make lasting relationships and develop yourself into your role !

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    Former Employee - Store Manager  in  Pittsburgh, PA (US)
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Pittsburgh, PA (US)

    I worked at Deb Shops full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The resources this company gives you to build onto your career is fantastic! My district had given me opportunities to travel and help out other stores in need. This may sound like a con, however if you look at it in the positive light those opportunities gave me the chance to see problems I may not come across in my home store and been able to develop solutions therefor adding to my skill set. Constant training and developing workshops such as Visual Merchandising and Loss Prevention. There was 100% communication between myself and my district manger as well as strong connections with other leaders in other stores. My district manager was an amazing leader and teacher. This company recognizes internal talent and promotes within. The new fashions are fabulous and the discount we receive is generous. Benefits offered for full time as well as a nice PTO package. Paid holidays for Store Managers as well as Full Time Assistants.

    Cons

    Payroll would be my biggest concern only because the square footage of most of the stores are enormous and flex hours given for workloads (promotional changes, markdowns, visual sets) just we're not enough to maintain a fully covered store. Recovery standard also lacked because of this as well as an increase in theft and concern of safety. Receiving or completing training of new and/or current employees is much easier in a lower volume store and I have personally seen the nite and day difference between training in a low volume store versus a higher volume store. The turn over rate in my initial lower volume store was extremely low compared to the higher volume store I transferred to and I attribute this to lack of payroll given to coach and develop. There is a "get it, understand it or get out" mentality. Work-life balance can be managed especially with a schedule of rotating night and weekends and weekends off. Store managers are required to work 44 hours a week however a majority work between 45-52 just to fill in and complete tasks where additional payroll would be nice. Promotional changes are a struggle especially when one comes down during the middle of the day and easily take an hour to complete and that's when the doors are closed with no customers. External theft is high and hard to manage. I look forward to the company's action plan.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize internal potential talent and ensure everyone is treated the same and fairly based off policies and procedures. Have realistic goals and expectations of your staff. Be understanding, a coach, and a leader. Always be positive and allow your staff to be themselves and have a lil fun. Believe in your people and they will believe in you :)

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Deb Shops Interviews

Updated Sep 1, 2014
Updated Sep 1, 2014

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    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Terre Haute, IN (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Terre Haute, IN (US)
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    I applied in-person - interviewed at Deb Shops.

    Interview Details

    While interviewing I felt very compfortable and the interview was was very informative and the district manager answered all my questions . the training for us this was very gave a lot of information well being with one on one with a training manager

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Website www.debshops.com
Headquarters Philadelphia, PA
Size 1000 to 5000 Employees
Founded 1990
Type Company - Private
Industry Retail
Revenue Unknown / Non-Applicable per year

Deb Shops just, like, knows fashion, totally, you know? Targeting fashion-conscious juniors, teens, and plus-sized misses, Deb Shops sells moderately priced accessories, coats, dresses, lingerie, shoes, and sportswear through about 335 stores in some 40 US states. The retailer also sells apparel online. The DEB chain makes up almost all of the company's stores. About half of all DEB stores contain plus-size departments. Other chains include CSO (outlet stores) and Tops 'N Bottoms (apparel for young men and juniors). Founded in 1932 as Joy Hosiery, Deb Shops is owned by Deb... More

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