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Vera Bradley

Store Associate

January 2019 • Dawsonville, GA

What I liked

Everyone was very kind and willing to teach me when I first started.

What I wish was different

I wish I could've managed my time better.

Advice

Always go in with an open mind and a good work ethic.
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Sales Associate

May - September 2019 • Fairlawn, OH

What I liked

I loved the atmosphere and endless opportunities that Vera Bradley gave to each employee!! The people I worked with made it all worth it and was so fun!!

What I wish was different

Everything was wonderful!! I would of loved to have gained a little more hands on experience in management tasks!

Advice

The people you meet vary completely and I’m proud to of learned vital communication skills!!
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Team Lead

March 2018 - December 2019 • Grove City, PA

What I liked

The leadership opportunities I was given that allowed me to grow as a professional. I also loved working with the leadership management in creating creative solutions and sales plans.

What I wish was different

Variation in hours! I worked more closing shifts than opening and would have liked more variation.

Advice

Be confident and step out of your comfort zone!
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Sales associate

June - August 2019 • Frisco, TX

What I liked

My manager and coworkers

What I wish was different

Nothing

Advice

Always have a smile at work
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Team Lead

June 2018 • Gretna, NE

What I liked

I love my job and the people that I work with. I get to build really good relationships with people.

What I wish was different

I love my job

Advice

Be open to conversations and always smile.
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Team Lead

May 2019 • Fort Worth, TX

What I liked

I liked the atmosphere and the job setting of this place. Working with the staff and the consumers were also a new experience that I enjoyed.

What I wish was different

I wish I would have had more room to grow within the company

Advice

I would always say to work hard and pay attention to detail in the workplace
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Team Lead

November 2017 • Fort Wayne, IN

What I liked

The team I work with, we are always helping each other out one way or another. I really value that.

What I wish was different

I wish I would be able to get more hours.

Advice

Treat others how you want to be treated. Always know that you never know what others are going through.
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retail sales associate

June 2017 • Braintree, MA

What I liked

The opportunity to work on communication skills and work my way up in the company.

What I wish was different

I wish I had more time with each manager that worked in the store.

Advice

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Seasonal Sales Associate

May 2019 • Leesburg, VA

What I liked

The environment was really friendly and encouraging. They are also very flexible with scheduling, so summer was a lot easier to plan.

What I wish was different

I wish I had gotten more hours.

Advice

Don't be afraid to make friends with your manager and let them help if you have any problems. Most people just want to see you succeed.
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Continuous Improvement Industrial Engineer Intern

May - August 2018 • Roanoke, IN

What I liked

Vera Bradley had a great company culture. As an intern you will be able to meet with C-Suite exec and even the founder, and each of them are willing to help you grow as a professional & as person. The Design Center/HQ is across the street from the Distribution Center so it is nice that all their "main buildings" are together as you feel connected to both. It's a really unique employer to have on your resume and many people tend to be excited to ask about it, saying "I've never had a candidate who worked there". They are well-loved in the Fort Wayne community and give back to it. The summer is a great time to be there as they have events for the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer that you can experience to see their commitment to giving back. Flex Fridays during the summer allowed me to have half-days so I could have extra time to travel on weekends! General Interns: They really value interns as a company and given them relevant projects to work on (examples: product designs that were launched, marketing campaigns used, trips to season preview events). They really make sure that in whatever role you're in that you get the full experience of being an employee in that role. They hire many interns and bring them back on full-time. Weekly lunch-and-learns to learn about every department in the company during your time. You can feel the "family dynamic" in the company & can feel connected to everyone around you. Industrial Engineer Intern: Gained a lot of relevant experience that has continued to be a highlight of my resume. I had the opportunity to train in many different areas. The CI team themselves focuses on continued growth and education, and you get to be part of that. A perk as a woman in the field, the two Industrial Engineers were both women who were able to give insight to help me grow as a woman in the field.

What I wish was different

The location wasn't ideal. Fort Wayne is a decent-sized city and has a small regional campus of Purdue, but I struggled to really find people my age to connect with outside of work. I was connected with the other interns, but there wasn't a huge young professional crowd in the area. Because they only have one DC, the opportunities for returning in the Continuous Improvement team are pretty non-existent. To my knowledge, while many other departments hire interns post grad, this department has not hired any interns on full time so don't have that expectation.

Advice

Feel free to really ask about how they can help you grow and ask about experiences you want to be involved in. If you're potentially interested in an area outside of your field of study, ask to shadow or chat with someone in the department. They are very willing to accommodate to help you grow! Feel free to connect with people at all levels, as well. I was always welcomed by coworkers at every level to learn more about them and what they do!
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