Dress Barn
3.0 of 5 135 reviews
www.dressbarn.com Mahwah, NJ 5000+ Employees

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Updated Mar 5, 2014

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Dress Barn President, CEO, and Director David R. Jaffe

David R. Jaffe

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52% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Horrible place to work.

Sales Associate (Former Employee)

I worked at Dress Barn part-time for less than a year

ProsThere are no "pros" working at that store.

ConsLow paying retail job, managers playing favorites as usual. They need to stop pushing there employees to "sell" and lie to customers, Dress barn doesn't work on commission, so they need to relax or take a Xanax to calm down.

Advice to Senior ManagementManagers need to stop the "favoritism" that goes on at Dressbarn.

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Company Condones Workplace Bullying and or Harassment

Assistant Manager (Former Employee)
Long Island City, NY

I worked at Dress Barn full-time for more than 5 years

ProsReceiving a paycheck and health/dental benefits. Store work hours

ConsDressbarn seems to discriminate younger women while the company has condoned bullying and harassment particularly within the long island NY district.. The stores are filled with 60 plus year old women that don't want to work, constantly complain and or use their employment as a social function to gossip and cause aggrevation to young talent they are intimidated by. Corporate needs to educate these older women that now there are NYS laws against workplace harassment and character defamation. As one can read, online feedback by many employees have shared very similar experiences. With no policy change there needs to be a class action lawsuit to get Dressbarn's to address and improve their work environment.

Advice to Senior ManagementUpper management should hire more intelligent store managers. Too many seem unqualified and ignorant and easily manipulated. Don't participate in baby gossip. Hire younger talent. My experience with the 65 year old women spent more time complaining than working. Way too much work for them to handle. They expect the younger employees to do their job and when you don't do their job as well they spend all their time getting paid trying to sabotage your job.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Working at Dress Barn

Assistant Manager (Former Employee)
Philadelphia, PA

I worked at Dress Barn full-time for more than 10 years

ProsThe client are what made my day, because they always know how to put a smile on your face. In this company I really had a opportunity to learn how to develop relationships and seek out opportunity.

ConsOnce the Ascena Group took over I felt that the business took a dive. The directives that would come over email made no sense. You couldn't have a personal conversation with anyone without everyone else finding out. Upper management was the worst very unprofessional, we know way too much about their dysfunction personal lives

Advice to Senior ManagementSome would say that retail is retail and frankly that isn't true. Dress Barn was a company that believed in its employees and was one of the few that didn't really believe in high turn over. Then suddenly the company decides that it is time to get rid of the very people who helped to build its client base. Within a year Dress Barn began to layoff management, just to replace them with new managers that weren't qualified for the position. They changes the company structure once Ascena took over and no one understood what was expected. We went from making money and being happy. To losing money, clients and soon jobs. Those of us who were there for a long time were expected to train new managers that were in charge of us. One of which lacked the brain power to even understand a simple task let alone run a store and employees. She would come in to sit in the back while we took care of everything. They lost a lot of good people, I would never want to work under those conditions again.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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No Support

Store Mnanger (Former Employee)

I worked at Dress Barn full-time for more than 3 years

ProsThere is only one reason and that is the part time associates become your family! You do build great relationships with internal and external customers.

ConsIt depends on the upper management that you answer to. There are many in district and regional positions who do not support the stores. They can be fake and demanding of the management team.

Advice to Senior ManagementCEO: visit stores and listen to what is really going on! Don't be believe the district and regional leaders!

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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It was a very pleasant work place. E had many returne customers, my co-workers were very helpful.

Part-time Sales Associate (Former Employee)
Crystal, MN

I worked at Dress Barn part-time for less than a year

ProsThe employee discounts were great! Working with the customers was a lot of fun. Helping them find pieces of clothing and making a couple of outfits out of two or three garments.

ConsScheduling the hours was difficult. Some weeks there were a lot of hours of work time and other weeks they were short.

Advice to Senior ManagementBecause of the part-time hours, there was no vacation time, no sick days, no paid time off.

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it was good while it lasted

Store Manager (Former Employee)
New York, NY

I worked at Dress Barn full-time for more than 10 years

Proscomapny doe have flex scheduling

Conslow pay,low raises, no incentives

Advice to Senior Managementget a grip on what you want to be

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Terrible Job

Sales Associate (Former Employee)

I worked at Dress Barn part-time for less than a year

ProsI wish there was something positive to say but there really isnt. Honestly

ConsThis company sucks. Everything about it. The pay, greed for money, non business trained leaders. I wish there was something good I can say about this company, but unfortunately i cant. And when they say flexibility, they really mean unstable hours because they will slash your hours all the time. Save yourself the trouble. Really! I worked part-time and even that was stressful. I couldnt even stay for one year because of how stupid this job was.

Advice to Senior ManagementPlease thake some sort of college business management course. I will really help shape your leadership skills. Dont make it obvious that you have favorites. Seriously!

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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HORRIBLE EXPERIENCE

Assistant Store Manager (Former Employee)
Waldorf, MD

I worked at Dress Barn full-time

ProsAssociates stuck together and supported each other

ConsCatty, Childish, Unprofessional Management and upper management. Very cliquish and high school like.

Advice to Senior ManagementSeniority shouldn't be the reason for advancing employees.. neither should number be solely . But proper time should be taken to develop dynamic and true leaders

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Place second guessing not true to their values, too bad.................

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Dress Barn for more than 5 years

ProsWas great place to think one could retire. Now just a place to go get by until find other gig. Not a place for long term so enjoy free coffee, tea, picnic and extra activities while you there.

The people who built company to greatness are nearly all gone, will be up to the 'NEW' guard to bring back the glory that has been put aside collect dust.

ConsSeems there are many power struggles, uncertainty going on that there is sense of distance, not what remembered years past. Change is good , only if true tried tested, all ad hoc theory being applied is less to be desired with no measureable results benefit company, employees and the customer one will feel affect of all the things see store now.

Advice to Senior ManagementShould ask what is my motivation, desired intention and determined result, How will decisions making help in long run and should we really look at try to do what we can to help become the NICHE leader we were once back again. Do not try be the other store on strip. Stick to true, tried & tested methods that have kept you even and above the pack.

Now is not time to experiment, if you do so, create another store brand try all theory there. Please leave , bring back the way stores were, see the change stark comparison not good.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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A Year Is Long Enough....

Assistant Manager (Current Employee)

I have been working at Dress Barn part-time for more than a year

ProsIn my experience, I've gotten a fairly generous associate discount (even if it makes things the price you'd pay at a competitor in my opinion), I love the Sales Girls I work with and oversee, and I've gotten more weekends off then I feel I would working at other retail stores.

ConsI have three huge complaints that will end my employment with this company soon (In the next month to be exact) - 1. This is not an inspiring place to work. As a member of management, I feel like management bickers a lot within itself. If you work at a store where everyone gets along, then good for you but in my experience, no one has hardly ever gotten along at our dress barn. It becomes childish to listen to who doesn't like who and who is after who. There's been frequent clashes between management and sales girls because of this.

2. They like to nit pick. I have had comments since I was hired about my hair, clothing, and personal style even though I dress within the dress code. Their policies are vastly outdated regarding any of this. When I was hired, I had to read a book that actually told me how to wear my makeup and if I don't wear makeup, It gets brought up. Our store manager once instructed girls to look like they were "going on a date" When they came into work. . While they say less to me now than ever before about style, I find it hard to work for a company who's sense of style is just what they sell on the floor and even some of that, we aren't able to wear. I'd also like to say that it took me telling them very firmly to stop and that they were pushing boundaries to get them to do so.

3. New technology is slow to come by and ways of thinking don't keep up with current trends. There is only the "Dress-Barn" Way, when I entered as a member of management, I had numerous retail experience and thought i'd be a good fit for the position. It took months to learn that you're going to be dealing with outdated fixtures, plan o grams and walls that change every time you turn around, and clothing, that just follows random color stories and doesn't always make sense.

Advice to Senior ManagementDress Barn could be a fantastic place to work but the reality is that it simply isn't. Members of the store barely get raises while store managers are frequently given luxury trips. There isn't enough requirement for a store manager to be held more responsible or work just as much as their assistants. I know the idea is that people won't abuse their power but the reality is, it happens.

New technology is desperately needed. One scanner per store that just get rolled out this year isn't good enough. The store should not change in a constant effort to make it look new, the merchandise should change around the store. Posters should match seasons versus a current trend that you're promoting. Pieces that come in need to make sense with other pieces. Registers should not be located at the back of the store. Any Dressbarn within a mall should have sensors and not just when it gets to be a problem. Trends also need to be invented ! and original to set you apart. Younger shoppers, in my experience, only occasionally find a style that they like. Sometimes the trends we carry are old and have already been done to death by the time we get there. Prices are too high - if you can afford to give associates a hefty mark down, it tells me that you're marking things up too much to begin with. some of the quality of the merchandise doesn't match the price point.

There should be a dress code, and i'm a firm believer that name tags should be brought back. Make everyone on the team look the same. Allow them to pop it with their own accessories but go to a uniformed look and I believe that the team feeling of behavior will follow.

The biggest advice I'd like to give to management is bring in a retail consultant, not just someone that's familiar with Dress Barn but someone that works in the industry and is familiar with lots of different brands. Each individual Dress Barn is at the mercy of its managers and particularly, it's store managers. Some people I know have great experiences and love it. Their store is involved with community projects and they try very hard to have the right experience.

If you get in a great store, treasure it. If you get in a horrible store, my advice to anyone reading this review is don't stick around for a year + thinking it's going to get better. At the end of the day, do what it is right by you. Even with small raises, it doesn't cancel out the dignity and appreciation that gets robbed by you to work in such a low morale company.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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