Dress Barn Reviews

Updated April 15, 2015
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  1. No work life balance like they promise

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Store Manager
    Former Employee - Senior Store Manager

    I worked at Dress Barn full-time (less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good discounts if you like their clothes

    Cons

    Awful, poor management, no structure. Drama!!!!! Unable to keep staff, run very poorly. All the managers do is talk on the phone, never help customers!!!

    Advice to Management

    pay attention to your business!!!!

  2. Perfect stepping stone for entry level fashion merch majors

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assisatant Buyer in Mahwah, NJ
    Current Employee - Assisatant Buyer in Mahwah, NJ

    I have been working at Dress Barn full-time (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Kind good people to work with, casual environment, suburban, beautiful building

    Cons

    Miscommunication, no opportunity to grow, below standard salaries, unvalued for your work

  3. Helpful (1)

    Hostile work environment

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice employee discount and was a great place to work years ago

    Cons

    Worked in company 6 years with a proven track record for sales and a new district supervisor that didn't like me , tracked my every word and documented it and added lies and that was enough to terminate me after 6 years

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  5. The worst experience of my life.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Bethlehem, PA
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Bethlehem, PA

    I worked at Dress Barn full-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Has clothing for all women of all shapes and sizes!

    Cons

    District Manager aligned herself with Assistant managers instead of creating strong bond with the store mgr. I was spoken to in a very degrading manner. District Manager would not communicate with me regularly. I was unfairly written up and her facts were incorrect. Human Resources did nothing.

    Advice to Management

    Development of Store managers. That is your job! Less criticism. Stop the backstabbing!

  6. Helpful (2)

    Never again...

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Monroe, LA
    Former Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Monroe, LA

    I worked at Dress Barn full-time (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    Paid training. The customers are great.

    Cons

    Everything else. I was apart of the management team and I was on the brink of becoming suicidal. The upper management sucks and does not value any of the employees. The HR department is run by a pack of monkeys and the pay is nowhere close to the demand, stress, and drama you have to endure to get at 35% discount on clothes that will tear after one wash.

    Advice to Management

    Fire everyone and rebuild.

  7. Helpful (2)

    Not a company that follows through on intent

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

    I worked at Dress Barn full-time (more than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Clothing discount. Right intent but lack of follow-through.

    Cons

    Very reactionary culture. Not strategic or long-term thinking and not able to differentiate versus competitors. Hires people with experience and then stifles them by not giving them room to run. Long term employees not highly valued and can be easily replaced depending on senior executive changes and them wanting to bring in their own people, regardless of the merits of the long-term employee.

    Advice to Management

    Lead by example. Show employees you really care about their well-being instead of this being empty words.

  8. Helpful (2)

    Store Leader set the tone

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

    I have been working at Dress Barn full-time (less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The discounts are awesome. I enjoyed my co-workers. They were friendly and hard working. They offer great medical benefits and other benefits along with vacation

    Cons

    The Store Leader ran a punitive, police state where we were encouraged to look for infractions committed by others, correct them and then report them verbally and then by documentation. It did not matter if they were tying a garbage bag wrong it was documented. Everyone walked on egg shells. Everyone was "equal" which resulted in everyone thinking they were in charge. We were instructed to interrogate customers with returns and to "stand your ground" rather than "surprise and delight".
    I was told my attire wasn't appropriate (all dressbarn clothes), my makeup needed to be reapplied several times per day, and that I needed to dye my hair. I do not need to be told in an insulting way that suddenly I don't know how to groom myself. We sweat our butts off climbing ladders, cleaning toilets, hauling garbage, mopping floors, unpacking stock, cleaning vents, changing light bulbs, rearranging tables, displays, signs, floor sets and then be expected to look like we walked off the cover of Vogue Magazine while providing superior customer service.
    Half of the time schedules were not distributed in a timely fashion which allowed no balance of work/family as planning time off was nearly impossible, especially for part timers. Money was the bottom line at this store and lean scheduling made breaks almost non existent.
    Rules changed constantly and what was right yesterday was no longer correct today. We were overworked and brow beaten. We were questioned about everything. "Why is our employee discount pecent average for this store so low?" We are offered a discount and then are questioned like criminals when we use it? The store leader threw clothes at us, threatened us, made us cry. The store key felt like a noose around my neck everyday. Complaints were made by myself and others. One person was fired. No one dared complain anymore. Things would get better for a time and then fall right back. All the anonymous employee surveys, all the coaching and feedback was a big joke. No one gave an honest critique because they were afraid. There is no anonymity when you have to sign in with your employee number. As long as the bottom line was black it seemed nobody cared. The day I placed my keys in the drawer after my shift and walked out, was the biggest relief of my life.

    Advice to Management

    Take off your rose colored glasses

  9. Helpful (1)

    Horrible place to work.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate
    Former Employee - Sales Associate

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

    Pros

    There are no "pros" working at that store.

    Cons

    Low 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 Management

    Managers need to stop the "favoritism" that goes on at Dressbarn.

  10. Helpful (2)

    Company Condones Workplace Bullying and or Harassment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Long Island City, NY
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Long Island City, NY

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Dressbarn 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 Management

    Upper 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.

  11. Helpful (2)

    Working at Dress Barn

    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    Once 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 Management

    Some 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.

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