General Manager (Former Employee), Pennsylvania – August 21, 2015
Pros: Easy enough job
Cons: Upper management, constant tinkering, lack of listening to the heart of the staff.
Job is fair enough until you become successful. Do well, earn your raises, and one day you make too much for them to tolerate any more. I watched multiple fine managers pushed out because their tenure – more... meant too much money. Trust me they will find a reason to let you go.
Promotion to upper echelon is all but an impossibility as this company is constantly looking outside. Once hired you are never good enough. I saw managers who lived their lives to go out of their way to help this company only to be let go. Managers who far exceeded goals pushed out. It is their business cycle to turn people after so long.
You have been warned, this is not the place if you see yourself as a successful leader to secure long term growth – less
This was the company that gave me my foundation in customer service
Independent Account Service Specialist (Former Employee), Clayton, MO – June 12, 2015
Pros: Customer Service driven company.
This was a company that made sure their customers was first. I learned a great deal working here. They had a great training program that made sure you had all the tools to become a great customer service – more... rep. If you did not make it here it wasn't because you did not have all the training to be successful. A great place to work and I give them all the credit for my success in becoming a great customer service specialist. – less
Fashion forward footwear with advancement opportunities
Store Sales Manager (Former Employee), Toledo, OH – February 27, 2015
Pros: benifits, advancement opportunities, good products.
Cons: limited payroll
Brown shoe Co is a good company to work for. The company offers development programs to help develop your skills. The merchandise is current and fashionable. The pace is fast and fun. As in any retail business, there is turnover but that gives management the opportunity to develop new employees and for advancement of those employees. Benefits are great.
Store manager (Former Employee), New Jersey – February 26, 2015
Cons: low payroll, dealing with security issues, working long hours and on holidays
Horrible upper management.Low payroll but lots of tasks to get done and customers to assist. Company has been getting rid of long term associates and replacing them with lower paid, inexperienced workers who don't have the same work ethic or level of customer service
Production Operator (Former Employee), Lexington, TN – January 10, 2015
Pros: healthcare benefits
Cons: not enough money to live on
We had to get the work out off a line so that you could meet your production quota. The thing that I learned most from working with this company is how to get along with coworkers. the hardest part of this job was to make sure you had enough shoes to make your quota. My coworkers were enjoyable to work with.
Designer (Former Employee), St Louis – August 28, 2014
Pros: soda/coffee free, opportunity for movement
Cons: work load, hours, culture, no bonuses lower than director level
BWS is the epitome of big business. If you want to be a true designer, Brown Shoe STL is not for you. Quantity over quality is standard practice. The bottom line (profit margin) is the top priority. Sales – more... force fears change and new concepts and will only get behind whats proven very safe. Brands end up chasing trends rather than staying on leading edge or even contemporary. Management style in design & development is about pointing the finger rather than solving the problem. – less
packer/case seal (Former Employee), Lebec, CA – July 21, 2014
How to handle busy situations with team work. How to handle a department by yourself by staying motivated and giving it my all for 8 hours. So staying busy Most of the day really help me get thru the days.