Dress Barn Reviews

Updated March 23, 2015
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  1. Don't forget about the ASSOCIATES

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate in Shrewsbury, MA
    Current Employee - Associate in Shrewsbury, MA

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

    Pros

    Good discount, enjoy working with the customers it can be rewarding

    Cons

    Low pay scale. All associates are part time and cannot receive benefits Only management is full time Associates are kept in the dark regarding anything to do with what is happening in the store we are told to wait on customers and ring the Register Management sticks together

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote within. Treat your associates ike their job is important as the management
    Associates work very hard and for very little pay. Give each associate a job within the store not just waiting on customers, we want to feel part of the whole exerience. It's what keeps us motivated and energized

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Re branding

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    • 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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits
    Good pay
    Fun customers
    Positive reinforcement
    Flexible vacation time
    Employee discount
    "Girl power" type of environment
    Encourages stories
    Supports employees with grants for schooing and crisis

    Cons

    Constantly changing because of rebranding

    Upper management has a very diluted idea of what fashion is or what a women should wear when she is proud of her looks. We all don't need to wear 1,000 pieces of jewelry and colors that don't matxhbour skin tone just to sell or feel good.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less concentration on "development" and more on getting work done. So much pressure on assistant managers because store leaders don't work, they are too busy with pointless paperwork. If you want work/life balance when everyone should work when at work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Like family, but stressful

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Glen Allen, VA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Glen Allen, VA

    I worked at Dress Barn

    Pros

    Love the people I worked with, helping customers, good health insurance if full time, vacations and personal time, 401k plan.

    Cons

    Raises Low, goals set so high, that employees steal sales, so the company will 5 and dime you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No Problem from management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. Retail!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Edison, NJ
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Edison, NJ

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

    Pros

    It's a small work environment in which you get close to the other associates. You have room to grow as a sales associate. You get to meet customers that can make your day with nice comments.

    Cons

    Some challenges can sometimes be the cut of hours if store isn't making the plans set.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. Easy & fun

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Cashier and Sales Associate
    Current Employee - Cashier and Sales Associate

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

    Pros

    The best part about working here is the customers are very respectable and fun.
    The job is not demanding and very easy to learn.

    Cons

    You must reach certain sales quotas, which might stress you out.
    The mangers are sometimes unfair.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Good Company

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

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

    Pros

    Great values and mission-owners are still working

    Cons

    Very difficult to obtain promotion/growth opportunities

  8. The constant changing of politics was not friendly. It was very hard to work here after 18 months.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Dress Barn

    Pros

    I really enjoyed working with the people, some customers even wrote letters to the management staff and told them how helpful I was.

    Cons

    They did send me home when my sister died. It was just difficult to follow the politics from one day to the next.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. It used to be a lot better

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Part Time Senior Sales Associate
    Current Employee - Part Time Senior Sales Associate

    I have been working at Dress Barn

    Pros

    great discount on clothes 40% reg, 20% sale. good flexibility with schedule. 95% of customers are great, 50% are regulars and l5% become friends! in my store the mangers are good and listen to you.

    Cons

    i have worked @ DB PT for over 10 yrs. my pay when i started was $7/hr. it's now $9.40. i have always said DB is cheap.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    i think now that we are a public company all the managers in the store should get bonuses when we meet our sales goals. i think we are making lots of changes at one time and it's hard to keep up with them all. some changes are just cosmetic and can wait until we get used to prior ones. This new company philosophy isn't very practical in everyday store operations. District mangers no longer give advice on how a store is run, just give encouragement??? store leaders don't do anything except promote sales and encourage staff?? calling mangers leaders?? saying we can run the store as we wish yet we can't cater our store hrs to our customer base.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. I am an assistant mgr

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Charleston, SC
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Charleston, SC

    I have been working at Dress Barn

    Pros

    My clients ARE the best, my mgr is awesome and flexibility

    Cons

    I have been with the company for 5 years. I get paid 21,000 a year..too much to do for little money.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. slow environment

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Fort Washington, MD
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Fort Washington, MD

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

    Pros

    The managers and co-workers were friendly

    Cons

    The shipment was extreme at times with having no help

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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