Banana Republic

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Banana Republic Reviews

Updated November 24, 2014
Updated November 24, 2014
897 Reviews
3.4
897 Reviews
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Banana Republic President Jack Calhoun
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Employee discount is a nice perk (which applies or other Gap related companies) (in 111 reviews)

  • Great discount to use over 3 brands(Banana Republic, Old Navy & Gap) (in 109 reviews)


Cons
  • Pushing credit cards is the only thing corporate is worried about (in 99 reviews)

  • If you don't value your work/life balance then this is the perfect company for you (in 22 reviews)

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  1.  

    Sales associate

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Columbus, OH

    I have been working at Banana Republic part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Friendly and free place to work with. Team work nice.

    Cons

    unstable schedule, not be able to get stable pay check every month.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make stable schedule, star hiring full time sales .

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Fine but not great

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

    I have been working at Banana Republic part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    For most of parr good environment and good clothes

    Cons

    Some managers just put you down and you cant do anything about it

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make all managers respect ALL emloyees or fire them, they are clerly discriminating.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great Place To Network

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Indianapolis, IN

    I have been working at Banana Republic part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    As long as the managers have everything organized and everyone is on the same page it is a fun and lively atmosphere. Definitely use Banana Republic as a networking tool. While getting to know customers and building a relationship you are helping yourself and Banana Republic. If anything else you will have the opportunity to hear some very interesting stories from customers, and, possibly, sustain some wisdom from the older generation. One customer I met said so little but provided such an impact to my life that I have changed my perspective of life and attempt to achieve happiness every day no matter the situation.

    Cons

    Holiday's are very stressful with all of the emotionally shopping customers. There will be conflict with customers due to high traffic volume and non-existent patience with the customers. The best way to resolve any disputes is to smile and be as nice as possible. Getting emotional with the customers will never resort to a progressive resolution.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This tends to be a problem with most companies but it is to stay on the same page and communicate everything effectively with all levels of staffing. Also, with holidays, provide proper training on the floor and cash rep. The need to have employees that can work the floor and the cash rep at any given point in time is vital to keep the stresses of the workplace down.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Banana Republic

    Pros

    Nice people at the store

    Cons

    Late shifts all the time

  6.  

    Fast paced, requires customer service at all times

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Banana Republic

    Pros

    products are high quality, managers consistently try to motivate team members

    Cons

    schedules change frequently from week to week

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Growth opportunities!!

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

    I worked at Banana Republic full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    BR really invested in their internal talent and worked to develop a strong pipeline for growth. I always felt that I knew where I stood and what was going to move me forward in my career.

    Gap Inc also has a strong company culture that provides endless support for both your work and professional life.

    Cons

    I don't have any negative takeaways from the brand. Unfortunately it was a retail job which meant retail hours. It was difficult to find time during peak to spend with loved ones since I lived so far from home. It wasn't something within the control of the management team, it is just simply the demands of the industry.

    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Non-Sale Associate

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Non Sale Associate in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Non Sale Associate in Orlando, FL

    I have been working at Banana Republic part-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Fun environment, good training for retail business. Excellent standards. You have the possible of training for management. Good employee discounts across the brands, Gap and Old Navy. Flexible shifts.

    Cons

    You only get hours when the store takes money. Schedules state lots of on calls. Shifts can be cancelled at any given time. Employ new people, even though there are no hours to spare. Make you work most holidays.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train employees thoroughly, from the beginning of training. Retrain if necessary. Buddy up new hires with strong trained employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Didn't pay for talent

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Banana Republic

    Pros

    Pay time off. 0-4 years= 4 weeks pto
    5-9= 5 weeks pto
    10+ years of service= 6 weeks pto

    Cons

    Didn't invest on management and people. Very cheap company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your managers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    The entire Atmosphere

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

    I have been working at Banana Republic full-time

    Pros

    Internal Growth, personal growth, flexible, great perks and employee discount

    Cons

    Poor Raises in a yearly review even with doing an outstanding job!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Decent, but they wonder why there is turnover

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

    I have been working at Banana Republic part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, fairly good with time off, and good colleagues. I feel like I have learned a lot, and it is a good starter job with great training, especially at a company flagship store.

    Cons

    Understaffed, Always trying to reduce hours and save, Unappreciated, poor pay. It is not possible to do everything they ask, they are consciously understaffed, but expect people to be the only person on a floor doing the job of at minimum, 4 people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't wait to give raises for good performance, and hard work. There is a reason people leave so frequently. The expectations and the pay are not commensurate.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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