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Banana Republic Reviews

Updated September 17, 2014
Updated September 17, 2014
823 Reviews
3.3
823 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great discount to use over 3 brands(Banana Republic, Old Navy & Gap) (in 101 reviews)

  • Employee discount is a nice perk (which applies or other Gap related companies) (in 93 reviews)


Cons
  • Pushing credit cards is the only thing corporate is worried about (in 87 reviews)

  • Employee raises were given once a year, but they cap sales associates in the Factory Stores at (in 38 reviews)

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  1.  

    Little to no opportunity for growth in the company. Also, they put no effort in your development.

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    Former Employee - General Manager  in  Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - General Manager in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Banana Republic full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Store was 5 minutes from my house so I had a short commute and I loved my team that I worked with.

    Cons

    District management was terrible. There were some stores in the district that the DM hadn't visited in over 2 years. There was no development for any of the staff - from management team to sales team. Company doesn't put any effort in improving employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Not quite!!!

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate  in  Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Banana Republic part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    You can definatley learn how to dress by working here. This job is good for students but if your looking for a life then this is not what you want.;

    Cons

    Pay is not great. start you at 9.50per hour. Managers act like its a priviledge to make 9.50 an hour. thought the discount was great until i found out they have specials every month where the customer saves just as much as employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    no advice, its really not the mangers its the structure of the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Assistant manager

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    Current Employee - Assistant Manager
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager

    I have been working at Banana Republic full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good benefits and discount. A lot of opportunities within the company. The company is very involved with volunteering in the community.

    Cons

    Work life balance is terrible. The company is constantly changing direction. Way too many promotions that constantly change, frustrates the customers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Enough with the constant promos. Produce a quality product and stand behind it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    hate

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Banana Republic

    Pros

    they gave us food for holidays

    Cons

    irregular hours and kept us really late

  6.  

    Banana Republic

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    Current Employee - Brand Ambassador  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Brand Ambassador in New York, NY

    I have been working at Banana Republic part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Flexible hours for student employees

    Cons

    Extremely underpaid for the work required.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Employee discount is great, but management is not!

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate  in  Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Richmond, VA

    I worked at Banana Republic part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The employee discount was great. The majority of the people I worked with were awesome as well. Many hours to go around, some customers were great. The casual attire was awesome, but too strict on some people while others got away with shorter and non-professional clothing.

    Cons

    Managers only cared about getting a certain amount of BRC credit cards. They pressured you into moving past 3 "no's" I could tell when a customer didn't want to be bothered with the conversation but I would have to keep asking. otherwise I'd get pulled into the office. READ your employee guidelines!!! Don't ask another employee about what you can and can't do- they probably don't even know. Doing research on your own time to figure out the lingo otherwise the managers will roll their eyes and then laugh to another employee about it. The training you get is useless and the stuff you need to know, you'll have to research or face being laughed at. When it comes to customers you are allowed to say no to them, but a manager will turn around and go against company rules. only to make the employee look stupid I.E. returning items that are final sale, washed, worn, torn, or even from 2011

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train better! let them know what hangers go with what garments. When to and to not to give plastic over mesh hanging bags. Discuss the BRC card to them, customers will ask questions and sales will go down if employees only know that they can save %15 by signing up

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Run away FAST

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    Current Employee - Visual Specialist  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Visual Specialist in New York, NY

    I have been working at Banana Republic full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The employees are friendly and management is normally flexible with scheduling.

    Cons

    Very poor compensation. Company portrays as if they promote from within- they don't. Enjoy working all weekend while your managers & store GM's enjoy their weekends off so they can come back on monday to complain about any & everything. Company pays a very low salary while demanding its workers to overachieve and dress as if they're auditioning for a GQ cover.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good job at brown nosing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great Place to Work if You Don't Need to Make a Living!

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    Former Employee - Brand Ambassador  in  Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Brand Ambassador in Portland, OR

    I worked at Banana Republic part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The people, and a few of the managers in particular, were incredibly awesome!

    Cons

    On call hours, Hovering managers, and one manager in particular whose blatant rudeness was constantly overlooked because she had been with the company for some years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should be honest about the way scheduling works. I wasn't told about "on call" hours (which everyone who works there is scheduled for) until after I accepted the job, went through my training, and received my first schedule. Having to call in two hours before your shift makes both earning a living and planning any sort of a life very difficult. I think management should be more upfront about this during the hiring process.

    Also, just because someone has been with the company a long time, does not mean that they should be excused from behaving in a unprofessional way, or from acting like a decent human being. One particular manager at this location had such a huge false sense of importance that she treated most people (employees and customers) like they were entirely beneath her. If an employee with a non-managerial position behaved that way, they would be fired...why are the standards different for management?

    Lastly, I get the credit card idea, but the system in place does not promote comradery. Instead it seems to praise people who are dishonest and harass those who aren't. The cashiers and sales floor associates are expected to get the same amount of cards. Not only is it way easier for a cashier to get a card, but it is also easy for the cashier to overlook or forget to ask the customer if a sales floor associate mentioned the card to them first, which I have seen cause resentment among employees. The system doesn't make sense, and it isn't fair. It would make more sense to rotate cashier shifts, and make cashiers solely responsible for the cards, or make a store card goal, so everyone who works that day can work together to accomplish the goal.

    Doesn't Recommend
  10.  

    Ok for part time

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate  in  Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Las Vegas, NV

    I worked at Banana Republic full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Discounts across BR, Old Navy, Gap. Cool cute fashionable co-workers. Get to keep an eye on clearance rack.

    Cons

    Hours. You can come in for 8 hours and easily be let go after four. They're always cutting hours but they are always hiring new people. How about instead of 30 people doing 20 hours how about 15 people doing 35 hours? I know like most corporations you don't wanna have to pay benefits but this is ridiculous. It attracts a high turnover crowd, reward people who have shown staying power!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More hours!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Very poor leadership

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    Current Employee - Merchandise Presentation Lead  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Merchandise Presentation Lead in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Banana Republic part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    A positive aspect is you get to meet a lot of really cool people but that also leads into the Cons.

    Cons

    Some of the worst leaders I have seen in my life. Poor communication and very childish.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house. Get the right leaders in place that inspire.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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