I loved the Brides, but not much else.
Pros: warm fuzzies you get from brides, friendly coworkers
Cons: short lunches, only one ft position, few hours
I love my job. Working with Brides and Prom girls is so much fun. The rush I get from finding that perfect dress is exhilarating! Especially when it was busy, the day just FLEW by. But outside of that, David's isn't the best place to work.
Back when I started at the end of 2012, The jobs were separated-- Wedding consultants, who did mainly brides, – more... and Dress Specialists (Me), who did bridal parties, prom and special occasion. It worked. Everyone got the right amount of attention. Being able to focus on one type of work-- WCs having one maybe 2 brides over the course of an hour and half vs DSPs taking 3 or more bridesmaids or prom girls, since they take less time and require less immediate attention made things easier.
Since about October 2013, David's Bridal has been shifting around, making everyone "Stylists", meaning everyone does everything now. Yeah you have "Jr Stylists" to help put stuff away for you (which doesn't really help). They are molting if you will... trying to create a whole new business hoping to create more revenue, but instead its creating chaos.
Aside from all the technical stuff that only matters if you worked there before all the mess::
The pay can be good, especially if you are the Star Stylist and sell all your brides really hard. They tend to hire a lot of part time help and work everyone 15 hours or so a week so its not a job you could truly live off of unless you're the aforementioned Star Stylist.
They also have made it a practice to have only one FT Stylist, so goodbye benefits.
The Management varies from store to store, but they are pretty tough on you. That's not to say they aren't nice, they can be lots of fun sometimes. But they push you hard for what feels like barely above minimum wage.
This may unique to my store, but the thing that makes it a lot better is all the people I work with. All my coworkers are fun, energetic and sweet. It's like a little family. We do happy hours, birthday parties and all sorts of other fun stuff. Its amazing the bond we have created. And when new people show up, we fold 'em right in!
The experiences I had there will be with me forever. The Brides that broke down and cried, hugged me so tight and thanked me over and over again with mascara running down her cheeks will always be something I hold dear. I wouldn't trade them for the world. The environment I had to work in, however, was stressful and chaotic, and the pay left something to be desired.
Long (long LONG) story short, If you are looking for a part time job, David's Bridal isn't an awful choice. It may be stressful, but the experiences are worth it. (Thanks for reading my novel-esque review.) – less