Ann Taylor Reviews

Updated July 22, 2015
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Ann Taylor President, CEO, and Director Kay Krill
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Pros
  • Great discount for the employees with additional opportunities for coupons (in 89 reviews)

  • Good employee discount at 50% but the product is crap quality- it's like Forever 21 for adults (in 68 reviews)

Cons
  • Way to much focus on getting new credit cards or convincing cardholders to "upgrade (in 71 reviews)

  • Despite what they say about being a company that "understands women" there is not much work-life balance (in 27 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Low Payroll, High expectations, Not worth it, drains your life and soul.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Co-Manager
    Former Employee - Co-Manager

    I worked at Ann Taylor full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Loved the clients, and the team I led. The overall store culture was great and the friendships made, and I leave it at that.

    Cons

    Everything. The whole company doesn't communicate effectively, AT ALL. You will easily run your butt around trying to do 3x the work and upkeep the store because your on 1-1 coverage most of the year. Lacks information/direction to employees constantly. There is no direction or a care in the world how employees feel or overworked they are due to the lack of payroll and cuts they have made. I can't tell you how hard I worked to just try to do as much as 3 people by myself.

    Advice to Management

    Disappointed.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Store Manager

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Store Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Store Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at Ann Taylor

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    None. I could say the discount but the pressure to purchase current merchandise makes the discount null and void.

    Cons

    The company says it's about women, just not the women who work in their stores. No real woman who either juggles school or a family can possibly work at every whim corporate throws at them. Flash sale? Call in extra help. Markdowns moved up a day? Of course we have a flexible staff to come in at 6:30 in the morning.

    Advice to Management

    Have your regional managers work in one average store for one week and juggle all the nonsense that is demanded. They would flee the company just like all the rest of your employees.


  3. Sales Lead

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Lead in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Sales Lead in Raleigh, NC

    I worked at Ann Taylor full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Decent employee discounts. Work with great clients.

    Cons

    Leads function as managers without the pay. Bad management

    Advice to Management

    Get more involved in the day to day operation of stores. Deal with issues!


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Co-Manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ann Taylor full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Unfortunately not to many pro's to share about this company. What I enjoyed most was the ladies I worked with and the clientele my store had.

    Cons

    Unorganized doesn't even begin to explain this company... In my four years working with the brand corporate turn over was tremendous. Corporate direction was unclear and not organized. Timeline of events constantly changed. For example: shipment delayed, store set due dates constantly changed, leading to payroll constantly being take away. Low morale in most districts. I understand retail is not an easy industry to run or work in. However I believe Ann Taylor takes it to another level.

    Advice to Management

    I truly believe that corporate needs to focus on the morale of districts in order to ensure the happiness of the people running and working your stores.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Store Manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Store Manager
    Current Employee - Store Manager

    I have been working at Ann Taylor full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Discount on product at all 4 brands...having a partner store within your mall to get help from. Most of the customers are pleasant to work with.

    Cons

    Payroll...OMG can't possibly run with less payroll unless working by yourself...training hours have been cut so drastically this year I feel bad for the new people coming aboard not getting the right amount of attention. Chaos most of the time, unorganized company...I would love to know what the turnover % is for Ann Inc.

    Advice to Management

    I would not necessarily recommend this company to work for...you feel like you can never get enough done...suppose to focus on customers of course but so much to do to keep up the store itself, gets discouraging fast.


  7. Helpful (1)

    All full time jobs to be gone

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ann Taylor part-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It used to be fun and you used to be proud to work there. Now it's a depressing place when no one knows when the ax will fall next

    Cons

    New company owners will get rid of all full time positions by dec except for store managers. Only good thing is now the SM will have to actually do something.

    Advice to Management

    If you had listened to all of us and taken a look at the 25.00 hr part timers that were grossly overpaid and the 15 yr associates that barely worked you wouldn't be in this mess. I blame it all on the poor hiring by DM and regionals.


  8. just keep cutting

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Alpharetta, GA
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Alpharetta, GA

    I have been working at Ann Taylor (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you love people it's great place to work

    Cons

    To many bosses very vague directions low pay very few hours new this year eliminating managers and freezing part time salaries Find a different ceo rd you corporate ann

    Advice to Management

    YOu should work reverse pyramid the little people are the ones driving sales with no reward shame on you kay krill


  9. Helpful (4)

    Ann Taylor Loft

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ann Taylor

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Discount at Loft and Ann Taylor & company has charitable initiatives.

    Cons

    Not given many hours but expected to accomplish a ton on unrealistic deadlines. The company pays for DMs that do nothing but won't invest in their stores associates/teams.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Sales Associate

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ann Taylor part-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    good starting salary, blah blah blah blah blah blaha blahablfabfaeb alaaeg

    Cons

    management is careless and selfish. blaha blaha blaha lagoagh

    Advice to Management

    hire people who enjoy retailg kigbwibgwib sigibgewib sibgibgibwg iwrgibgw


  11. Helpful (1)

    Sales Associate

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Ann Taylor Sales Associate in Murray, UT
    Former Employee - Ann Taylor Sales Associate in Murray, UT

    I worked at Ann Taylor part-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Generous employee discount on apparel purchases. This is a good job for you if you are wanting to build your wardrobe. The clothing is fabulous.

    Cons

    Shortly after I was hired Ann Taylor, Inc. was bought out by Ascena Retail Group and the company wide layoffs began. They laid off the co-manager and eliminated her position. Now there are only 2 full time positions in a store that does less volume than 1.5 million in annual sales. So as a part time employee hoping to be promoted to full time, the opportunities have all but vanished. As a part time associate I was only given on average, 10 hours a week. It's hard to feel like you are part of the team when you are working so infrequently. In addition, the store management is kind of "frosty" towards part timers, treating them as if they are disposable. The hourly pay of $9 an hour just is not enough to be able to afford the apparel even with the generous discount. There is also constant nagging from management to open credit cards. Even the customers are annoyed by this.

    Advice to Management

    Considering that your part time associates do not make that much money, consider treating them with more respect and make the working environment more upbeat.



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