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What are the average starting salaries, bonuses, benefits and travel requirements like at David's Bridal?

What do you like best about working at David's Bridal? Are there any great perks or special treats for employees?

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dbwounded in Long Valley, New Jersey

67 months ago

All of the informatin stated by Dayle is true. I started working at DB in December 08. I accepted the position for extra cash. Thought I could handle it, however, the work they expect feels more like slave labor. At $7.50 /hr. Yes, you can make a commission, but you actually need to cover your own payroll first, ie. 7.50 x hrs worked, divided thru total sales at either 4%,6%, 8%. anything over is considered your commission. With the economy in a slump sales are slow so there is no real commission. Oh Yeah, you can keep calling all of girls you spent 2 hrs dressing to see if they want to return to try again, and keep calling. I was told it takes about 6 months before you actually have a "following" and maybe make $10.00/$12.00hr with commission. You work every Saturday & Sunday. Scheduled hrs are different every week. Even being a sales associate you will find yourself steaming dresses for your customer (while doing this you are not on the sales floor selling, and by the way alterations get $15.00hr/ while you are trying to sell to make more than minimum wage. The job itself is physically draining.

Ladies I worked only two months and could go on and on about the negatives working for Davids Bridals. Positives, none.

By the way I am 54 years old, and had my own business until the economy starting to fall 4 years ago. I'm not afraid of hard work, but I believe that hard work must be dully compensated. I've worked corporate jobs,and other positions in small compainies. Quite frankly Davids Bridals isn't worth the effort with its present operations management.

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NJgram51 in Morristown, New Jersey

67 months ago

Hi db, thanks for sharing, I'll be 58 in June, the comment was
real helpful, only 2 months...I had a similar experience but I lasted 1 year...Even hate to put on resume, but then again I may be asked where I was during that time....

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Lola_DB in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

61 months ago

I started David's Bridal recently. I quit, only after months of insanity, abuse, and poor management. How David's stays in business is beyond me, the company operates like it is the stone ages, and treats it's employees with disrespect.
OMG, I thought too that I would make money at this job, and I thought it would actually be fun...(NOT!!!) They want you to telemarket, and call your brides CONSTANTLY! I absolutley refuse to do it. Who wants to be hassled? They want you to sell dresses off of the rack, when everyone has put them on their body. You are repremanded if you "order" a dress, and then come to find out, the usually get it from another store, and it is not brand new.

I too lost my job to the economy, and thought this would be a fun way to make it through until another job came...until the economy got worse, and I was stuck there longer than I wanted.

If anyone is thinking about working there, think again! Unless you are a pushy sales person, and can clear OVER 12,000 in sales every 2 weeks,( to make your commission) call your 25 brides every day you work, ay 7.50 an hour...get a lunch if you are lucky, and stand on your feet in "dressy" shoes all day...then it's for you

I have worked retail for years but this is the WORST job I have ever had...McDonald's was better when I was a teenager. And I am over 40! Yeesh!

Sorry folks I too had to vent. That place was terrible. I would rather clean up dog poop all day long.

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Celeste17 in Franklin, Tennessee

55 months ago

I worked at a David's for almost three years. While the poster SalesJunky is right-you work your butt off and it's rewarding, that only goes so far as lower volume stores. I worked at a lower volume store - that's David's speak for having a sane amount of traffic in a day - once or twice and LOVED it. I even thought of transferring. But the David's I worked at regularly is the busiest in its area, and I can absolutely confirm everything the other posters said. The managers are under such pressure to make sales that almost everything becomes impersonal, and it's all the staff can do to make up for it. New employees are rushed through training, consultants and front desk people are worked until they feel faint, every manager gives a different answer to the same question, short notice is given on major changes like scheduling, and the appointments are RIDICULOUSLY overbooked. How can a staff of twelve handle 20 in an hour when you have the same number of walk-in customers? I'm so torn up about it, because there are parts I enjoy and the staff is nice. But it's so hard working in such a dysfunctional environment. Sometimes I think Slave-id's Bridal is more appropriate.

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velma1899 in Buxton, Maine

46 months ago

As an alts specialist, I never got above $11 an hour. The other staff in the room: Don't know what they earned, but the two full time women had worked there for 10 years.

It is an "off the rack" store - just like Macy's or Sears, you get the dress you tried on. That's why they can be sold at those prices. Yes, the store manager will be "coached" for ordering dresses she already has in stock.

They skimp on management. Our Alts manager was passing out her personal business cards on the floor, convincing women to have their dresses altered at her home instead of the store! She had her home customers call her at the store regularly. She often took in or delivered merchandise for her home customers at the store, too. (She is "afraid" to give out her home number, because her ex-husband may some day get it. Well, then, maybe a home business isn't for you)

The alts manager is supposed to be at the store Wednesdays and Fridays for pick-ups. One day, ours came in two hours late on a pick-up day. The emergency? Finishing a custom-made dress for a private customer at home!

I finally wrote to the president of the company. He cared a lot what was going on, even if the store manager and assistant manager didn't!

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Bridal consultant in Lowell, Massachusetts

20 months ago

I absolutely love working for David's Bridal. It is definitely a job where you work your booty off, but it is so rewarding. You literally are in a position to make dreams come true. Making commission is not difficult if you go into it with a mindset that you are truthfully helping your bride get everything she needs. I usually average over $16 an hour when you factor in commission. Not bad for a college student.

Additionally, you are not supposed to be telemarketing to your brides. You call them to check in, ask how they are doing, and invite them back in to try on more gowns if they didn't buy one last time or bridesmaids if they did. It's called relationship building. Try it. You will be exponentially more successful. My brides become my friends, many even invite me to their weddings.

They gowns that they are supposed to buy off the rack (in my store at least) are practically brand new. I would never send one of my brides home with an old or dirty dress. Do you go to Macy's and ask them to order you a new pair of shoes that no one has touched before?

The reason we have so many sizes and styles available for brides to try on is because we sell them off the rack and get new ones in DAILY to replace the ones we sold. So if consultants do what they are supposed to do, NONE of the dresses are old.

I have worked at special order salons before and it is so stressful trying to calculate lead times and account for delays and quality issues. I even witnessed a few customers get dresses mere days before their weddings at my old job. It is much more stressful for everyone than being able to just be like "here you go, it's perfect, you get to take it home right now"

As with every job- it is what you make of it. It can be very rewarding both socially and financially, but only if you have the positive attitude necessary for success in this business.

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unknown in Richmond, Texas

19 months ago

@ MASS.

You must work at a more successful David's Bridal location. While I agree that your job is what you make it to be, most of the time (in the case with DB) the majority of the DB stores are actually not doing well in sales lately. My store location is the only store in its district that's making its month goals right now. That should speak for itself- There are some stores that just have poor management, bad leadership, awful training, etc. making what could be a great worker, with potential, a victim of circumstance. In other words there is no room for success for them, not because of their performance, but because of their location. Anyone who knows real business knows that location means everything for ANY business!

And even though I work at a pretty good location, I have found that its a WHOLE lot of work for so little pay, and as a student I just don't have extra mental and emotional energy for that. I have to pay my own way through college right now and my last pay-check was $150! Thats not even enough to cover one class. The reason the pay is so bad is because of the commission system itself. Trust me I've worked in other commission job positions, and they were all way better than DB!

If you like commission, then the best commission sales system is one where you have hourly + commission and there are not penalties like, your hours count against you, or your percentage is based on your sales. for example:

say you made: $8.50 per hour
you worked 25 hours in one week:
$8.50 * 25 hours = $212.50

and you ALWAYS got a flat percentage on everything you sold: 3% of your dollars sold.
and you sold $4,000 of merchandise in one week:

$4,000 * 3% = $120.00

add those together and:

$212.50 + $120.00 = $332.50

AND THATS JUST ONE WEEK! This is the kinda commission you want. Here is the trick- If the commission system is too complicated to understand then its a scam!

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MOTIVATED FOR BETTER in Beachwood, Ohio

18 months ago

OMG!!!! YOU ALL ARE PREACHING TO MY LIFE IN THE WORLD OF DB. I AM A PART TIME BRIDAL CONSULTANT. THEY ASK, DEMAND, AND EXPECT SOOOOOO MUCH FOR $8.00!!! THE VOW TO WOW'S ARE VERY UNREALISTIC TO OBTAIN.....$1500 IN A FOUR HOUR WORK PERIOD ON A TUESDAY MORNING. LAST PAY PERIOD I SOLD ALMOST $10,000 WORTH OF MERCHANDISE AND MY COMMISSION WAS A LIL OVER $50.00. I WAS TOLD THAT IT WAS THAT LOW BECAUSE I WORKED TOO MANY HOURS. DUHHHH, YOU SCHEDULED ME FOR THAT MANY HOURS SILLY MANAGER.....LOL.............

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Amanda Shoe in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

17 months ago

Ah yes, David's Bridal and the...interesting system they have in place.
The company does some things right, but a lot of what is currently in place is in serious need of revamping (our website, store policies, stores need remodeling, etc) and the company as a whole could inform consultants better about everything and make them feel appreciated.
That said, the commission IS attainable-during busier times of the year at a busier store. You can make about 15,000-20,000 a year working 30 hours a week if you are decent at the sales (12,000-15,000 per period), but you won't make commission consistently every pay check...you may go quite a few months getting only 7.50 an hour.And for what you are expected to do above and beyond the sales floor isn't always worth it. Lack of breaks during busy times, too many responsibilities for such a low hourly rate, being constantly demanded for your time, energy, emotional input, expert knowledge, and again and again disrespect from higher ups and inheriting work others may be too lazy to do...the list can go on.
I love my co workers and some of my customers, but the job is draining, physically and emotionally. Basically, if you apply for a job at David's, for most expect a temporary job, not a place to flourish in a career.

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live42day in Trenton, New Jersey

16 months ago

Davids Bridal is a retail dress company with a distinct target audience. Most of the folks who work for the company in corporate are very nice and professional.

The disconnect is at a higher management level regarding strategic decision-making. The additional messageshared with middle management is that the customers are poorly educated as a whole which speaks volumes to corporate attitude and reflects an industry reputation rag merchants.

Choose your employers wisely....

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