SALES ASSOCIATE (Former Employee) – Moncton, NB – 7 March 2019
Working at Bluenotes taught me a lot about customer service and how to manage stress. For example, I would have multiple customers requesting items from the back room, or they would ask questions or need different sizes of clothing, meaning I had to learn how to multi-task efficiently. The hardest part about working at Bluenotes for me personally was Management, as I found the Part-time staff was taken advantage of and were spoken to in a very demeaning manner, including getting yelled at in front of clients. The most enjoyable part was working with the public and having personal connections with shoppers, sometimes helping them pick out clothing for certain events, etc.
Bluenotes started out great, trained perfectly by people who want you to succeed. But those people ultimately got screwed over or left. People would leave here and there but as of late, the Winnipeg locations have gone downhill. Bluenotes as a whole doesn't care about their employees anymore and it shows. You have veteran employees who were there for years leave, and the best of the best leave cause they've had enough. You will be underpaid and expected to work your but off for barely anything, and report to DMs and RMs who are so incompetent that you wonder how they got to where they are. As a DM/RM you should lead by example and if their example is how to sink a ship they are definitely succeeding. If you value yourself in any way shape or form do not take a job at Bluenotes. You will thank me for it and the countless people who have quit over the past year who are doing a lot better now.
SALES ASSOCIATE (Former Employee) – Prince Albert, SK – 16 January 2019
With over a year of working in retail as a Sales Associate, I can confidently tell you I am a successful-hard worker who strives to maintain great Customer Service. Working as a Sales Associate has not only taught me about helping and assisting the customers needs but also treating them with kindness and feeling good about myself knowing that I have made individuals feel confident during their shopping experience. With my bright personality I am likely to be approachable with positive vibes and great communication skills working in a healthy environment where I feel that I am being useful, helping. I am someone who likes to work and challenge myself to do my best and seek ways of how or what can be done better working as a Sales Associate.
Sales Associate (Current Employee) – Windsor, ON – 3 January 2019
Working environment was good, coworkers became friends but they would often not include me in conversation and show favouritism. It's an easy job if you want little to no hours and enjoy folding clothes and making sure everything is placed perfectly. Our store is very small so there wasn't many costumers to talk to. And for that, it was always a slow and boring shift. If you are looking for a fast-paced environment this isn't it.
Sales Associate (Former Employee) – Fort McMurray, AB – 17 December 2018
Little to no opportunity to develop skills as a cashier. Primacy is given to employees who have been working at the company the longest. Whilst there is absolutely nothing wrong with this, it is not very beneficial for the newest employees who require training in different fields of the job.
Unorganized, petty management and lack of company focus
Store Manager (Former Employee) – Toronto, ON – 4 December 2018
Overpriced merchandised that is always on sale, outdated computer systems with no company-mandated training programs leads to confusion. Executives change promotions on a sometimes hourly basis with no warning, sales targets are so high to ensure that management is never paid bonuses. Personally, I had a district manager that refused to solve problems herself and constantly gave the problem to someone else. Work-life balance is a joke and managers are not able to take two days off in a row. 9-10 hour days are company expectations.
long hours, poor management, lack of respect of staff
Assistant Manager (Current Employee) – Mississauga, ON – 3 December 2018
This company does not believe in giving raises and the salary is very poor. Management is poorly trained and doesn't care about well being of employees as I was told I wasn't allowed time off after my father in law passed away. The work life balance doesn't exist.
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Assistant Manager (Former Employee) – Hamilton, ON – 10 November 2018
What can I say about bluenotes..... for a low paying retail job the company ask ALOT of you! As assistant manager you make about $14.25 that’s right folks $0.25 more then the people who work under you.
The company as a whole doesn’t know if it’s coming or going, weekly you are asked to implement visual and promotions that they will change last minute and act like it isn’t a big deal that you just wasted majority of your morning doing all that work. The upper management outside of the store isn’t to bad but most days they are as lost as the people who give them their orders.
Your day to day is driving hard with “focus on sales” but you are also giving 40 boxes of stock, visual changes for the store and marketing all that with very little hours to properly schedule staff to accommodate what needs to get done.
The company has a very high turn around and don’t like to really promote within they would rather bring someone into the company with lack luster experience all so they can pay them less
Sales Associate (Former Employee) – Oshawa, ON – 19 October 2018
The manager quit a week after hiring me, never once told me I was only a seasonal associate.
The team leads never let me work a cash register when I had a lot of experience as it.Training was ridiculous, I never finished my training and was always told I wasn't doing good enough. I'd only get 3 hours of work a week if I was lucky because they used all other hours for the team leads and other employees. When my time working there was done I had no warning to this and when I showed up for my shift I was informed then that it was my last shift IN FRONT OF THE STORE, IN FRONT OF OTHER EMPLOYEES, WITH CUSTOMERS ALL AROUND. That was so unprofessional of them and unbelievable that they would wait till the last second to say anything.
Good discount, you get to wear what you want kinda
No job security, poor hours, no management, very rude team leads
It was my first job experience there, it was quite fun there too
Clothing Associate (Former Employee) – Saskatoon, SK – 18 October 2018
I didn’t have any work experience when I started there but gained new Communication skills, stockpiling,advertising skill. I didn’t get a chance to use the cashier but it should be easy to learn right?
Team Leader/Manager (Former Employee) – Windsor, ON – 21 September 2018
Work culture is great. Staff is like family. Giving the gift of fitness to everybody because everyone deserves a fit and healthy lifestyle. Seeing members achieving their goals and having them come back and thank you for setting them up with a long-term trainer to help them get past their plateau stage.