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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

106 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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velma1899 in Buxton, Maine

84 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

58 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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amandashoe in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

56 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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User in Orange, California

33 months ago

Don't recommend unless you have this amazing unlimited amount of energy and a thick skin. The pay isn't too great and there are not enough hours given. You are given so many tasks at once and you will get the rudest people ever. It's a very demanding job, and you will lose faith in humanity.

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Stylist in Spring, Texas

33 months ago

This isn't the job a lot of people think it is: it is not glamorous and dainty. You will sweat a lot. Your legs will be sore from running around all day. Your dominant hand shoulder will be permanently sore from carrying heavy dresses all day. Your hair will be frizzy from the plastic dress bags.

But it's a lot of fun if you're willing to work hard enough. And you can totally make good money if you stick it out and learn the ropes. I only had one or two periods ever where I didn't commission at all. Normally my commission put me at around $15 an hour. It helps to be in a high volume store in a city or high population area.

The highs are high and the lows are low. Brides and their moms will flip out some times. A staff of mainly young women can be catty. But this job is fun if you let it be. Plus, it is such a great feeling to really make a girl so happy.

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