Banana Republic

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Banana Republic Reviews

Updated September 15, 2014
Updated September 15, 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.  

    Good place to work so far

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

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

    Pros

    I have three of the best managers! I love what the company stands for. Being able to speak with the general public and listen to all their funny stories. Seeing the customers smile because you made them feel important. As an employee you get 50% off your purchases.

    Cons

    I prefer working with two out of the three. One manager in particular seems to get anxious which doesn't create a warm environment, but you can tell she cares.

     You don't get a lot of hours. One week, I only worked one day out the week for 4 hours. If you have bills and/or student loans then you will need a better job.

    Something that might not seem fun, is trying to get customers to sign up for a Banana Republic card (management strongly suggest this).

    If you have never worked in a retail store before, there will be a lot of things you may have never heard, but coworkers will speak to you as if you do. Don't be silent! Ask questions!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to make connections, upper management decent, a bit hard to move up

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Loss Prevention Agent  in  Deer Park, NY
    Current Employee - Loss Prevention Agent in Deer Park, NY

    I have been working at Banana Republic full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Make great Connections, great benefits, fun place to work in, they do a good job at developing

    Cons

    Pay, you only get a 25 cent raise if that a year, name of the game is working up to earn more. Moving up is tough depending on who your mangers are, a lot of times they look outside the company

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Pretty decent for a first time in a visual role

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

    I worked at Banana Republic

    Pros

    Great coworkers and great work hours

    Cons

    Low pay and slow advancement

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  5.  

    Can be rewarding

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

    I have been working at Banana Republic

    Pros

    With the right team and environment it is an excellent workplace.

    Cons

    compensation does not match job requirements

  6.  

    Clothes are great

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

    I have been working at Banana Republic full-time

    Pros

    Nice clothes
    Great discount on full price clothing

    Cons

    Too many coupons making it near impossible to sell clothes at full price.
    Clothes have gone too trendy too fast scaring off older customers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    It's really what you make of it.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Good discount. Big company ( many stores have discount )
    Full time benefits are great ( I was part time )
    Company is performing well overall.

    Cons

    Lower management is not the best at all stores.
    Some stores don't make a lot of money whereas others make a lot.
    Promotions are scarce and not necessarily merit based.

  8.  

    Sales Associate

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Banana Republic

    Pros

    Friendly management, great coworkers, 50% clothing discounts .
    And the best thing : meeting all kinds of customers from all over the world

    Cons

    No benefits, when it is slow day they are cutting shifts, little room for promotions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more people not only managers

  9.  

    Good Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate  in  Locust Grove, GA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Locust Grove, GA

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

    Pros

    Great team awesome experience and sometime flexible hours

    Cons

    Horrible part time hours. Needs staff other than kids in high school.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work with team as much as possible.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great part-time job

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

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

    Pros

    The discount is generous and can be used in all of Gap Inc.'s affiliate stores.

    The volume of customers and the employees I worked with were friendly and upbeat.

    It's a great starter or part-time job, because you learn to deal with the challenging aspects of working for a large company while meeting new people every day.

    Cons

    Training is minimal. I often had to learn on my own while on the job. Also, I was not trained to assist customers on the cash register until after working there for 1.5 years!

    Pushing the credit card can be difficult, especially when Corporate wants the store to reach a certain daily quota.

    Be careful not to get carried away with spending your entire paycheck here... it is tempting! :)

    Growth in the company is difficult, especially for sales associates. There is definitely a high turnover rate in both sales associates and management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train your workers in all aspects of the sales associate job.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Seasonal hell

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Cashier/Sales Associate  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Cashier/Sales Associate in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    30% discount, fun co-workers and supervisors, meeting celebrities, easy access to transportation, shops, and restaurants. I worked at the Rockefeller Center location, so it was really busy and I met so many people and got lots of tips from tourists, just for being sweet.

    Cons

    Epic disorganization, uncooperative management, horrible scheduling, favoritism, putting the "skinnier" employees out front or giving them cushier assignments, blatant mistreatment of seasonal employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Yes, I know I'm seasonal, but give me a break! The more support I can get from you, the better the output! Duh.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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