Banana Republic Reviews

Updated August 3, 2015
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Pros
  • 50 % employee discount on full priced items (in 111 reviews)

  • Great discount on full price clothing (in 109 reviews)

Cons
  • They are soo pushy with credit cards (in 99 reviews)

  • retail you really don't have a work life balance (in 22 reviews)

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  1. You make sure your team is happy and so are the customers. You have to help the team to reach goals.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Experience Lead in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Customer Experience Lead in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Banana Republic full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are great! You start with 160hrs of PTO. You have a great group of other leaders to help guide you. Also you have the opportunity for bonuses once you move up!

    Cons

    You always work on the weekends and holidays. The stress can be crazy and customers through fits all the time.


  2. General Manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - General Manager in Louisville, KY
    Current Employee - General Manager in Louisville, KY

    I have been working at Banana Republic full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great life/work balance. Great benefit package. Senior managers genuinely care about their people. The Company does what it needs to do to stay profitable and competitive. They also have great company values.

    Cons

    Not enough full time positions besides in management, which makes it hard for internal promotions.


  3. Sales

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Rolling Hills, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Rolling Hills, CA

    I have been working at Banana Republic (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice and Humble. like it

    Cons

    Not enough hours, Low hourly pay

    Advice to Management

    Great work


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  5. Fast paced environment.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Banana Republic

    Pros

    Gap Inc. and Banana Republic offer multiple avenue for advancement. Whether that be management or cross-brand promotions. Benefits are great with full-time staff starting at 4 weeks paid vacation time.

    Cons

    Pay starts off relatively low. Although there is room for advancements, favorites seem to be chosen and the process takes far too long. Certain regions and districts follow different policies more intensively and ignore others, which makes it difficult when traveling to other locations.

    Advice to Management

    Provide a decent salary for those who have been with company for multiple years and for those with college degrees.


  6. Good part-time opportunities for entry-level work.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Retail Sales Associate in Williamsburg, VA
    Current Employee - Retail Sales Associate in Williamsburg, VA

    I have been working at Banana Republic part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Management does a good job of designating tasks for employees during their shifts. Communication between employees and sales floor leaders is excellent.

    Cons

    Communication with management seems limited. Sales Associate training is not as thorough as I have experienced with other retail companies.


  7. Great company, wonderful people, lousy pay and hours

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Brand Ambassador in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Brand Ambassador in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Banana Republic part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Most supportive corporate structure that I've ever working for Always a chance for increased responsibility Banana works to grow all its employees equally and fairly Helps the community Company is mostly run by women.

    Cons

    On-call shifts are the worst Hours are quickly cut For the amount of money the company makes a year, the pay is not the best

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of on-call shifts


  8. Been working for a couple of weeks

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Sales Associate
    Current Employee - Sales Associate

    I have been working at Banana Republic

    Pros

    The benefits are good and I can clearly see people do their jobs with pride and enjoyment.

    Cons

    Retail can be retail, but I picked Banana Republic because I felt like the customers would be relatively nice (So far, this has held true)


  9. Fun time, but don't rely on your hours.

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

    I have been working at Banana Republic

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The people. There's a lot of opportunity to get to know each other -- you aren't working with your head down the whole time. It's a very collaborative work environment. There are also good opportunities to try different positions in the store. Whether you are more interested in customer experience or visuals and styling, they try to cater to your interests. Also the discount is obviously a great perk.

    Cons

    The hours can be unpredictable. I started at a location different from where I am now. I was working overtime around the holidays, and then once January hit they started giving me like four hours a week. They base payroll off of the sales of the week, so when business is bad it really affects the employees. I transferred stores and that situation is not as dramatic, but it is still a concern.

    Advice to Management

    Stop running such huge sales -- if we're all but giving away our product then of course sales are going to be down. And customers have really come to expect it so nobody pays full price. I'd do the same thing, but when it directly affects payroll I can't help but to be frustrated by it.


  10. BR Brand Ambassador

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Banana Republic

    Pros

    Nice work environment depending on the store. Encourages team work. Opportunity to work close with management.

    Cons

    Inconsistent hours, no opportunities to move up for regular associates

    Advice to Management

    Implement more opportunities for smaller stores to have specialized teams.


  11. Honest

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

    I have been working at Banana Republic full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Wonder company to work for ultimately

    Cons

    I don't have any down sides.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work



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