Banana Republic

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Banana Republic Reviews

Updated January 26, 2015
Updated January 26, 2015
965 Reviews
3.4
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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.  

    BR Factory Store Review

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

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

    Pros

    Great discount on family of brands, including retail and outlet.
    Wonderful and diverse styles of clothing.
    Yearly reviews and raises by managers, and incentives - especially around holidays.
    Most stores have "open door" policies, and encourage communication (if not there was always GAPCODE hotline).

    Cons

    Poor management standards, and high turnover.
    Little incentives for loyalty - I worked there for 3 years and only received a $0.50 pay increase by the time I left.
    Not much opportunity for advancement.
    Sales drive was high, but not many incentives when it was not holiday time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would offer that management should really give more incentives to the sales associates, because they are the heart and soul of the organization. The values of the company are great, and I really liked working for this company, but in the long run... There was just not much incentive in the end, and the pay was not high enough.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    MPL

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Merchandise Presentation Lead in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Merchandise Presentation Lead in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Awesome discount across all of the Gap Inc brands. Company is very focused on internal hiring for open positions.

    Cons

    No bonus incentives in effect as of 2015. Other cons are mostly based on a team by team basis. Pressure to sign customers up for brand credit card.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Art Director

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Art Director
    Former Employee - Art Director

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

    Pros

    Great company, multiple brands and good coworkers.

    Cons

    Too many reorganizations and business shifts on a regular basis.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    • Wait more then 3-6 months before shifting teams again.
    • Utilize internal teams and talent more before outsourcing work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    It was a cheerful, upbeat enviroment with a lot of fun interesting people the customers were VERY special

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    Former Employee - Lead in South Florida, FL
    Former Employee - Lead in South Florida, FL

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

    Pros

    relaxed atmosphere folding sweaters and dealing with uptight soccer moms

    Cons

    when business is bad major hour cuts

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    great management, they try their best!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Working retail was a good experience but definitely wouldn't do this as a lifetime job.

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

    I have been working at Banana Republic

    Pros

    Friendly environment
    co workers are good people
    employee discount

    Cons

    inconsistent hours
    customers are rude
    pay is low

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make hourly shifts better

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

    Good reference, flexibility and people where willing to help.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Visual Merchandiser in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Visual Merchandiser in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    A bonus to your paycheck will be added by selling credit cards.

    Cons

    No paid vacation unless you're a manager, Folding too much.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Very flexible, and showed a'lot of respect as well as enthusiasm.

  8.  

    Very Profesional

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Banana Republic

    Pros

    Great Benefits for all workers

    Cons

    Parking is a hustle in some locations.

  9.  

    Excellent place to work!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in New York, NY

    I worked at Banana Republic

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, bonus incentives, fun atmosphere.

    Cons

    No room for advancement and growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to be a bit more organized

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great Company to Work For

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Visual Merchandiser/Sales Associate in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Visual Merchandiser/Sales Associate in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Banana Republic

    Pros

    I enjoyed working here, it was nice. Worked with Sales and Visual Merchandising. I loved working with the Visual team as I was able to utilize my creative skills.

    Cons

    Working in the floor was cool, but they are very big on signing people up with Banana Cards- which does have great perks but I was not big on pushing those. Though I did get cards, I did not always meet my quota. I approached it as being in the customer's shoes, I know how I am when people ask me to sign up for cards, which is why I wasn't extra pushy bc I don't like it when people try to push store cards on me, my no's mean no.

    Recommends
  11.  

    Love my job, but not the company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Cashier/Sales Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Cashier/Sales Associate in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Banana Republic

    Pros

    Great benefits and incentives. Very easy to move up through the company if you show initiative and desire

    Cons

    The company is all about promotions, and the customers have caught on. So the customers will demand high class service, but wont buy anything unless its 70% off. Very stressful sometimes. The company has lot of strange rules and just never seems to make much sense. There is logic, and then there is BR logic, not always the same thing. Every day I have at least one customer getting mad with something and telling me they will stop shopping here. Daily...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think that management is doing everything very well with the tools they have been given. Its the actual company that needs to change if they want things to be better.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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