Working at Bed Bath and Beyond has be...
Bingo

Canada

#121 Dec 13, 2007
Good retail employees are hard to find. Update your resume. Get on Monster. Got a new job.
Enrique Mora

San Diego, CA

#122 Dec 15, 2007
Bed Bath and Beyond is my last choice to work or to buy from them. There is no ethics and you buy cheap stuff there at higher prices than anywhere else. Example: I went to check Walmart and found a set of knives for $13.00 that sell at BBB for more than $30.00. That is simply immoral. Always beware of stores with 40% off or 50% off offers, (where they still have a huge profit margin), that means that in regular sales they are literally stealing your hard earned money.
Tom

Erlanger, KY

#123 Jan 8, 2008
Listen. I have worked at Bed Bath and Beyond for a longtime and this company has many many issues. Its Human Resource Department (Which for a region is roughly 2 people) is overtaxed and works for what benefits the company not the employee. In so far as I have seen them lie to maintain a stance. I would not ever seek them unless I was trying to cover myself. BBB HR has a practice of talking in tongues and will blatantly tell you that there is a need to cover your butt so that when something goes south you have someone to blame (They have a nifty term for this called "Passing the Buck")
As for ethics again - terrible. They routinely life and cheat to get ahead and claim its high integrity. Managers are EXPECTED to work 60-80 hours a week (Many of whom lives and marriages have fallen apart)
I witnessed Manager's looking to figure out how to fire a pregnant Manager who was unable to work as hard as her pre-pregnancy days.
I witnessed an employee getting harassed by Managers and fellow employees about his strong Christian beliefs and then getting "interviewed" by HR for posting a sign that expressed Holiday Joy.
I witnessed a Manager who is "in" missing 2 days a week every week from work with no problems, while another one was given trouble for calling off one day.
Finally I witnessed a guy who I think is one of the best people working in the store being threatened to be fired six months after his hire date because he had a felony conviction. BTW keep in mind that he disclosed this 100% at the interview and is honest about it to anyone when talking about his terrible mistake in life.
TRH

Lititz, PA

#124 Jan 9, 2008
I can tell you that as an employee of one of their sister companies, the moral as a whole has gone very much downhill. I really loved my job when I first started, but now I have started to change my career direction. I have seen the changes from a family run company to a sterile corporation where you are only a number or a body to them. I never complained, did my job, went in on time, rarely called out, worked many times extremely ill to the point where I wound up in the hospital because I didn't want to let them down. Not only did I work in my own store, I ran back and forth to help cover in two other stores, thinking this would increase my salary and advance me in management, it did not. When I did have issues, I spoke to the correct persons, and it got ignored. I can truthfully say I am not the only disgruntled employee, and not only in my store, but many others. Their inventory/retail system as a whole is an atrocity. You are doing double work because of the constant inaccuracies. It is by no means user friendly and when you ask support for help they have no clue. I am just biding my time until something better comes along as well as the rest of the field and corporate level employees.
TRH

Lititz, PA

#125 Jan 9, 2008
Lester wrote:
The letter below was sent to the local store manager and to the V.P. Store Operations. Neither responded.
My wife and I went there on September 10, 2006 to purchase a few items which included two blankets. The people on the floor were very pleasant and helpful but the cashier, xxxxx, was the cause of our displeasure. During the process of ringing up our purchases, she opened the plastic pouch that contained a blanket and proceeded to put her hand inside between the folds of the blanket. I thought that was rather strange. When she got to the second blanket she did the same thing. I asked her why she was doing that. She replied that people had tried to hide things in packages like this before and it was their policy to check all packages.
It was then that I noticed the couple at the next register had a blanket in their shopping cart. As they were checking out, that cashier did not open the plastic container to check between the folds. I mentioned to xxxxx that the other cashier did not check the blanket as she did. She responded that she didn’t know why it wasn’t checked because it was the policy of the store.
I wondered why our packages were checked so thoroughly and not the other couple. One could easily conclude that the policy exist only for those who xxxxx and/or Bed Bath & Beyond believe fit the description of a thief. The other couple did not fit that description but we did. So, what was different between that couple and us. The only obvious difference was age and race.(1) They looked to be a few years younger than us.(2) They were Caucasian and we are African Americans. Hmmm.
To say this policy is unique to Bed Bath & Beyond or this store needs a thorough investigation and the results should be made known to the general public.
Just so you know...it IS policy to check inside bags, etc. Some clerks are not doing their job, either they forgot, not properly trained, or just plain lazy. It has NOTHING to do with race or age, etc. as you are implying. If you have a problem, you need to contact the corporate office via the 800 number. Your comments are very much encouraged if you have any problems in any store.
TRH

Lititz, PA

#126 Jan 10, 2008
Wowed in Jersey wrote:
I was only looking for a portable bed when I clicked on to this site. I'm so disappointed to hear about all the negative experiences. It does sound as though it is just another example of the way life goes. You have to have to take the bad with the good. You don't, however, have to shop and I certainly can take my business elsewhere having read what I have read. I think Walmart may have what I'm looking for... but maybe BBB owns them or vice versa. Who knows in this day and age. In any event, if someone is unhappy and feels mistreated it would behoove you to find another job and not make too much of a commitment in your time. Lastly, being late and calling out is not a sign of dependability and that's what every employer wants.
BBB is not owned by WalMart and vice versa. The companies affiliated with BBB are, Christmas Tree Shops, Bye Bye Baby, Harmon Discount and Face Value stores.
TRH

Lititz, PA

#127 Jan 10, 2008
Spread The Word wrote:
I have read most of the poted comments and the same theme seems to be consistant that Bed Bath & Beyond is a bad company to work for in any state. I worked for BBB for five years in the role as a Dept Mgr.In my time at BBB I saw alot, I saw fist fights happen, one between a store mgr. and an employee, and the district staff did "selective" interviews in thier investigation, I was not more that three feet from the fight and was never interviewed, but lets just say for some reason the store mgr. didnt get fired, the second fist fight was never investigated but it was reported. The theme for promotions was not how much experience you have, not how much education you have or not what acomplishments have you made, but how many hours can you work, I have sixteen years retail management experience and have always been taught that time management is the sign of a good leader, the old saying "Work Smarter Not Harder" does not appply to BBB. I discovered that BBB was a very very bad place to work very soon after being employed, so I enrolled in college, went nights, weekends and took online classes and worked very hard to get my B.A. and not long after I graduated I was called upstairs to a meeting in the store managers office, and was asked to participate in the newest "Rule" that everyone had to ask to go to the bathroom, that was the straw that broke the camels back, and I quit in my own special way. I saw and experienced alot more than I mentioned in this blog and I could share much much more, but what good would it do, the best thing I can recomend is do as I do, Tell everyone you know, all of your family members and everyone you come into contact with not to shop there and if you have to tell a quick short story to credit your request, and one day BBB will be hurting, Just Remember "What Comes Around Goes Around" the people that were too spineless to stand up for the right thing and stand up to thier bosses when they knew what they were being to told was not right, These people will get thiers in the end, you may not be there to see it, but trust that the right way will always pervail.
I've been with the company almost 5 yrs and decided 3 yrs in that this wasn't for me. I work hard, never complain, and always on time. The company's work ethic has changed, and sadly, not in a good way. I am going back to school myself to increase my salary potential. Congrats to you!
Astragulus

Knoxville, TN

#128 Jan 16, 2008
I have worked for a year and I completely agree with read this first. I have only came to the conclusion that there is no god due to the fact that my managers are still alive.
awww too bad

Holbrook, NY

#129 Jan 17, 2008
A BBB Customer No More wrote:
Interesting what BBB sales associates have to say about working at BBB. I was just at the BBB in Woodbridge, NJ today and was trying to make a couple of purchase but couldn't because when I tried to seek assistance from the sales associates they were either holding personal conversations amongst themselves or on personal phone calls. After spending ten minutes trying to find an associate who could assist me I decided to leave. On the way out of the store I asked to speak to the manager and informed her of what happened. I also told her this was my second incident of the same kind within the same amount of months. She acted as if she could care less about my disappointment. No wonder the sales associates at BBB are discontented if their leadership in management is acting this way. And corporate BBB wonders why their profit margin is shrinking????? Suggestion to the bigwigs at BBB...get out to your individual locations and see how customers are treated by sales associates and management.
Great, another "satisfied customer" I don't have to deal with.
awww too bad

Holbrook, NY

#130 Jan 17, 2008
A BBB Customer No More wrote:
Interesting what BBB sales associates have to say about working at BBB. I was just at the BBB in Woodbridge, NJ today and was trying to make a couple of purchase but couldn't because when I tried to seek assistance from the sales associates they were either holding personal conversations amongst themselves or on personal phone calls. After spending ten minutes trying to find an associate who could assist me I decided to leave. On the way out of the store I asked to speak to the manager and informed her of what happened. I also told her this was my second incident of the same kind within the same amount of months. She acted as if she could care less about my disappointment. No wonder the sales associates at BBB are discontented if their leadership in management is acting this way. And corporate BBB wonders why their profit margin is shrinking????? Suggestion to the bigwigs at BBB...get out to your individual locations and see how customers are treated by sales associates and management.
Great! another "satisfied customer" I don't have to deal with.
disappointed with BBBy

United States

#131 Jan 24, 2008
This is my second week working @ a local BBB store. I was hired to work in receiving dept. I can honestly say that I am very disappointed with the company as a whole. Breaks? Guess you don't even get one unless you work six and one-half hours. Class after class on how to fold towels, how to talk someone into buying add-ons, how to start customers with the highest price item and work your way down. Makes me feel like I am taking advantage of the customer. As a consumer myself, I feel their prices are extremely high. Today I was told by the shipping and freight manager that I need to get my "table time" (processing freight) shorter. Gee, I could if ... we had RF's that worked, box cutters that were sharp, the box compacter wasn't constantly getting jammed, I wasn't constantly interrupted to go from the farest location in the store up front to cover cash register, and maybe, if I had a little more training time. I guess I am expected to do the work of a seasoned employee (or may two or three employees). Just glad I am not making a career out of this. I am currently in college and am also looking for another part-time job until I graduate. The time has passed where employers actually care about their employees; you are only money to them. They want you to make them more while they pay you the least amount possible!
READ ME NOW

Lisle, IL

#132 Jan 30, 2008
I was a store manager at Walmart, Oldnavy, and I am in line for Store Manager at a BBB..... You think BBB is bad I was a paid goon in my early 20's at Walmart to root out a race and a pay card. At Oldnavy they will not hire you if your are not 5'4 and 110 and have an the neccessary assets! Now at BBB, this place is a saint. I am part of a new store opening in IL. I hired all sorts of brothers, sisters, whites, mexicans. All these stories just depend on what kind of person you are. I stand up for my people and offer no promises except I will fight for you if you fight for me. Pay attention 1 PERSON CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. I love my company and I love my previous other two. But I will say sorry to all you that have been wrong. There are bad people out there, and bad people putting them in place. Come up to Chicago we do it right? or at least I do LOL! Have a good day, stay sharp!.
Gracie

Johnstown, PA

#133 Feb 7, 2008
I worked for BBB over the holidays. I can not say enough about how wonderful the people were there. It was a great expirence and I would work there again anytime. I met and made some great people there and consider myself blessed. Gracie
Scott

Groton, CT

#134 Feb 14, 2008
Read This First wrote:
Bed Bath & Beyond cares nothing for it's non-management employees. You are simply a body to fill a slot for them. When their sales go down, there will be no consideration for you, your family, thier promises, or even that you are a human being. When I sat in the trailer where they were hiring for a new store, I was made promises about hours, benefits, and a potential future with the company. What actually happened is that during the unpacking of products, there was so much plastic-dust in the air that I got a lung infection but never called in sick because of the treatment that I witnessed of other people that wee getting sick too. They were getting docked in a point system that we were told would directly effect reviews, raises and futures with the company. I worked there 4 months and never had a review as promised at 90 days. When benefits were supposed to begin, my hours went from 40 hours to 16 per week. I was told it was based on store sales and the fact that the payroll was being affected by the inventory that was placing our staff in other stores. In other words, take hours and money frome me to fund thier inventory at other stores. My question is then, if my hours can fund other stores slaes reflect upon my having my hours kept stable? Over all, after the opening of the new store, the staff went from the original approx. 40 core people, down to about 6.
I have never seen such blatant and unapologetic exploitation of people's efforts, hopes and financial stability in all my 30 years of working.
If you are not hired as a manager, you will be NOTHING to this company. Beware, their promises are hollow and the very moment that they think they might not make a billion in sales....YOU will be gone.
I work at the Bed Bath And Beyond store in Brookfield, CT. USA. I have to agree with you 100 percent...The managerment team treats you like your something at the bottom of their shoe. I just started this job, and I have to say, I want out already. I recommend everyone working there to do the same, and quit.
Scott

Groton, CT

#135 Feb 14, 2008
Working at bed bath and beyond, will destroy what ever self you esteem you may have, or lack there of. Victim of bed bath and beyond store #837 in Brookfield, CT.
use2binterestedn acareer

Smyrna, TN

#136 Feb 22, 2008
I'm a very hard-working, ambitious"colored" person that"s going on my 3rd interview 2day, should I run and hide?
Scott

Southington, CT

#137 Feb 23, 2008
use2binterestednacareer wrote:
I'm a very hard-working, ambitious"colored" person that"s going on my 3rd interview 2day, should I run and hide?
Run like the wind and hide my friend, trust me.
Scott

Middletown, CT

#138 Mar 2, 2008
disappointed with BBBy wrote:
This is my second week working @ a local BBB store. I was hired to work in receiving dept. I can honestly say that I am very disappointed with the company as a whole. Breaks? Guess you don't even get one unless you work six and one-half hours. Class after class on how to fold towels, how to talk someone into buying add-ons, how to start customers with the highest price item and work your way down. Makes me feel like I am taking advantage of the customer. As a consumer myself, I feel their prices are extremely high. Today I was told by the shipping and freight manager that I need to get my "table time" (processing freight) shorter. Gee, I could if ... we had RF's that worked, box cutters that were sharp, the box compacter wasn't constantly getting jammed, I wasn't constantly interrupted to go from the farest location in the store up front to cover cash register, and maybe, if I had a little more training time. I guess I am expected to do the work of a seasoned employee (or may two or three employees). Just glad I am not making a career out of this. I am currently in college and am also looking for another part-time job until I graduate. The time has passed where employers actually care about their employees; you are only money to them. They want you to make them more while they pay you the least amount possible!
I too work for the recieving department at BBB. All I can say is that you'd better never stop working for a second. If managment see you just standing there you'll hear about it. I can't believe that I would ever say this about a job of this caliber, but it is very stressfull. You can't possibly do enough to keep them happy. So don't even try. Working there might as well be community service. Come to think of it, if we want to deter people from breaking the law, we should have them work at BBB for a few days...they will be the most law-biding citizens ever after that debacle is over! Summing up what I have stated, the company's policy is to undermine your self-esteem to the point where you no longer have the strength to fight them back!!
Scott

Middletown, CT

#139 Mar 2, 2008
This is to everyone going through the same thing...get out while you still feel you have self worth!

Since: Nov 07

Bensalem, PA

#140 Mar 3, 2008
Scott wrote:
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I too work for the recieving department at BBB. All I can say is that you'd better never stop working for a second. If managment see you just standing there you'll hear about it. I can't believe that I would ever say this about a job of this caliber, but it is very stressfull. You can't possibly do enough to keep them happy. So don't even try. Working there might as well be community service. Come to think of it, if we want to deter people from breaking the law, we should have them work at BBB for a few days...they will be the most law-biding citizens ever after that debacle is over! Summing up what I have stated, the company's policy is to undermine your self-esteem to the point where you no longer have the strength to fight them back!!
OH BOO-HOO, Scott! If you want a job where you get to sit on your butt all day, then perhaps you should get a college education and work for a company where you get to sit at a desk in a cubicle.
You were hired to work in receiving in a very busy retail store. Your job description does not include standing around with your finger up your *ss complaining all day long. I guess you found out quickly enough that being in a receiving position requires a large amount of strenuous and physical labor. That's the nature of the biz, and if I were your manager and found you slacking off instead of working, I'd be in your face, too. The fact is, management is probably watching you because you likely have established a history of standing around instead of doing the job you were hired to do. And when you slack off and complain like you do in this forum, then someone else ends up having to do your work as well as their own.
I suggest you grow up and learn what it means to put in an honest day of hard work instead of being a snivelling pansy-assed whiner

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