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Banana Republic Reviews

Updated August 18, 2014
Updated August 18, 2014
792 Reviews

3.3
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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 Experience

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate  in  Locust Grove, GA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Locust Grove, GA

    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
  2.  

    Great part-time job

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate  in  Folsom, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Folsom, CA

    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
  3.  

    Seasonal hell

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Cashier/Sales Associate  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Cashier/Sales Associate in New York, NY

    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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  5.  

    Great field team, but not enough support from corporate.

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    Former Employee - Merchandise Presentation Lead  in  Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Merchandise Presentation Lead in Durham, NC

    Pros

    They do promote within which is good, and the benefits and compensation are decent. Also, the discount is pretty generous.

    Cons

    The training for any management position is VERY lackluster, and there is not a good work-life balance. Work duties are often blurred so it makes it very difficult to ensure you're actually doing your job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be consistent with communication and more realistic with deadlines and workloads.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Okay College Job

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate  in  Century City, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Century City, CA

    Pros

    Fun environment great discount

    Cons

    Only high end retail store with no real money making incentive. Everything else is terrible, they never give full time work so they dont have to give you benefits. They over work their employees. Make you work 2 hour shifts, managers dont respect employees will close store early if sales are low and not pay, when your a college students a 2 hour shift is basically an insult. My store had 80 part time employees just so the company would not have to hire 15 full time employees. Crappy Pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You obviously make great money pass some incentives and bonuses to your employees

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

    Not much room for improvement

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate  in  Wrentham, MA
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Wrentham, MA

    Pros

    My managers were incredibly nice, and took my schedule into account for a certain amount of time. The discount is EXCELLENT which is a huge perk. I loved interacting with customers. The nicer you are to them, the nicer they are to you. My managers were available to handle any issues that came up. The store was very close (sometimes it felt as if managers played favorites).

    Cons

    The only type of recognition that you got would be your name on a board in the lounge. Even though they took my schedule into consideration, certain managers were only flexible with me for a little while. When other obligations came up and my schedule conflicted, they didn't give a realistic way to accommodate me. (Ex. I ask for a day off because of a competition, and they would schedule me for that day, and tell me to find coverage). Pay isn't great. Selling credit cards (which have horrible interest rates etc.) to customers feels bad.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The employees need to be educated about the opportunities to advance. They need to know about the many programs offered. Sometimes it feels as if management is only interacting with employees when something bad goes on, instead of to reinforce the good. I don't like rewards based on contests and things that like, because there are too many random variables in place. We should be compensated more, because there is a bit of knowledge associated with the job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Store Environment

    Current Employee - Sales Associate  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in New York, NY

    Pros

    Professional, wealthy and kind people come in to shop. They're usually very easy to deal with and have a lot to offer, even opportunities elsewhere. Some of my customers loved me so much they contacted me outside of work about some things they were working on.

    Cons

    Regular retail or on the job stuff: co-workers are annoying, bosses are annoying.

    Also, dress code was really annoying. you had to dress like you were going to an office job everyday. NO combat boots or anything that wasn't office like or professional. No gum chewing.

    Recommends
  9.  

    OKAY COMPANY..

    Current Employee - Banana Republic, Sales Associate
    Current Employee - Banana Republic, Sales Associate

    Pros

    -Flexible
    -Fun
    I really cant think of anything else....

    Cons

    -Bad Management
    -Low Pay
    -Disorganized

    Can think of anything else

  10.  

    working at Banana Republic

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    Current Employee - Cashier/Sales Associate  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Cashier/Sales Associate in New York, NY

    Pros

    great people to work with. friendly coworkers. they are very professional, honest,

    Cons

    not much opportunities to move up in the company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Mediocre

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate  in  Elizabeth, NJ
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Elizabeth, NJ

    Pros

    Not the most physically or mentally demanding job.

    Cons

    Low wage. Lack of community. Too much focus on the credit card registrations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow employees to play up their strengths. Yes, it's good for people to be well rounded, but some might just be more natural in some positions than others. Don't force a creative to be good at sales. Sometimes they'll work, but a lot of time the talents won't mesh.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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