Ann Taylor

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Ann Taylor Reviews

Updated Jul 8, 2014
All Employees Current Employees Only

3.1 650 reviews

70% Approve of the CEO

Ann Taylor President, CEO, and Director Kay Krill

Kay Krill

(329 ratings)

52% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great discount for the employees with additional opportunities for coupons(in 70 reviews)

  • Great employee discount, upbeat attitude, quality corporate morals, flexible scheduling(in 58 reviews)


Cons
  • All the time the store whats more credit cards more sales , never is good enough(in 62 reviews)

  • Despite what they say about being a company that "understands women" there is not much work-life balance(in 21 reviews)

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    upper management does not value their employees

    Manager (Current Employee) Bluffton, SC

    ProsThe discount on clothing and accessories

    ConsLeadership sucks!! Turnover very high!!!! Promise the world and then leaves you hanging to figure it out by yourself

    Advice to Senior ManagementValue your team more

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A company whose current leadership has no vision for the future and a "Mean Girls" mentality.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe clothes are stylish and on trend. The peers in the stores are supportive.

    ConsThe brand is evolving, but upper leadership doesn't know - or at least doesn't state - what they are looking for. They just know what they aren't looking for and therefore once they see it, it's too late. You've already taken a guess as to what they want to see and missed the mark. You are then viewed as someone who doesn't fit and who they don't want in the organization.

    Advice to Senior ManagementForm a strategy for the brand, decide on next steps, roll it out to the field in a clear manner and then hold people accountable.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    So/so. This was my first job, so it was a good way to get myself in the working world.

    Ann Taylor Sales Associate (Former Employee) Sugar Land, TX

    ProsThe best thing working there were the customers that were down to earth and energetic.

    ConsManagement, once we lost our manager, the co-manager stepped in by default and that's when things went south.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreat your workers with the same "out of your way to make experience enjoyable" you treat clients with. Respect peoples schedule and lay down policy and stick to it!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Enjoyed 6 1/2 of my 7 years working with LOFT. No work/Life balance, upper management could care less.

    Co-Manager (Former Employee)

    ProsThe people made the job enjoyeable. I absolutely loved and adored the clients/co-workers and experience until upper management changes changed the client-focused atmosphere and unrealistic expectations of performance with little/no payroll made the job dreadful.

    ConsUpper-management. Work-Life Balance. No Payroll.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWork-life balance used to be a huge priority, make it one again. The amount of payroll given was a joke with the daily expectations, especially with Flash-Sales. High turnover in Management should be a HUGE sign that things are not going in the right direction.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    terrible company to work for

    Ft Manager/Visual Merchandiser (Former Employee)

    Prosgreat employee discount, cute clothes, made some lifelong friends while working there, generous paid-time-off and matching retirement fund benefits for FT employees

    Consstore manager bullied, threatened, and belittled the entire team almost daily. Many complaints by multiple employees to upper management were made over a 2 yr period but nothing was ever done. Unrealistic expectations from corporate on selling credit cards, making sales goals without being given enough hours to properly staff the store, changing sales directives last minute multiple times a week which means constantly having to move merchandise and sign it all 30 to 60 min before opening the store along with all the regular opening procedures. High stress environment with low pay.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    find something better

    Sales Associate (Current Employee) Seattle, WA

    Prosclothes discount given to employees is the only reason to work there.

    Consdaily retail grind, goals are out of balance since not commission based

    Advice to Senior Managementcommunication goes a long way

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

     

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThey had good people to work with both inside and outside IT.

    ConsOutsourced IT and just increased costs and decreased quality delivered.

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    Good benefits, poor work environment

    Ann Taylor Loft Sales Lead (Former Employee) Orlando, FL

    ProsThe benefits are really great, the discounts on clothing is 50% and there are many opportunities to advance in the company. The in store leadership is mostly good depending on where you work.

    ConsThe district manager was an awful human being, if she was even a human being. The store I worked at had a very disorganized way of doing things and communication between managers was very poor and needed to be better but it did not get better before I left.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI would advise the company to stop hiring maniac district managers and to update all their stores in the same way because some of the same exact stores had different sales all the time. It was stressful and confusing.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    No Work-Life Balance

    (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsSmart people, corporate offices are very nice, bonuses for all levels of employees and great sample sales. Management tends to be young at a VP level and promoting from within the company is normal.

    ConsDespite what they say about being a company that "understands women" there is not much work-life balance. The culture really promotes working long hours despite what they tell you. Salaries are not in line with the hours that you are expected to work.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop promoting a culture where people feel like they are not able to leave their desks all days.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Little time for personal life

    Co Manager (Current Employee) Paramus, NJ

    ProsHealth benefits, employee discounts, client/employee relationships

    ConsPoor communication among management. Unprofessional gossip about other employees personal lives. Time off requests are difficult to get approved and benefit store/co manager and their favorites. Essentially, if you don't have children they feel as if you don't deserve a right to a personal life, time off requests, or a reasonable schedule. Expectations are never clear nor consistent.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe more transparent with expectations and opinions on others. Be direct if there is an issue with an employee rather than gossiping among the rest of the team. Be understanding of employee's personal lives regardless of whether or not they have children.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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