Dress Barn Reviews

Updated October 14, 2014
Updated October 14, 2014
183 Reviews
3.5
183 Reviews
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Dress Barn President, CEO, and Director David R. Jaffe
David R. Jaffe
108 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • You are empowered to run your store as your own, Great work/life balance (in 15 reviews)

  • It seems as if they have great company values, and you can't beat a 40% discount (in 15 reviews)


Cons
  • The upper management sucks and does not value any of the employees (in 10 reviews)

  • District managers are too busy to know what goes on in store or provide help (in 9 reviews)

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  1.  

    Been training for a week... a lot to learn, a lot to do.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    It seems as if they have great company values, and you can't beat a 40% discount. Also, my other co-workers seem nice.

    Cons

    There is a lot to do; too much to do. You can't focus on building relationships with your customers, when there's other stuff you're required to do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the nightly recap stories to a weekly basis. Weekly reviews for associates aren't necessary either, change that to monthly reviews.

    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good work/home life balance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Laurel, MD
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Laurel, MD

    I have been working at Dress Barn part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Was welcomed as family as soon as I began working for DB. I have a 9month old baby and management has always been very accommodating with time off and scheduling. Training was not very strenuous and in no time I felt like I had all the knowledge and tools to help our women clientele look and feel beautiful. The highlight of my work days is creating floor displays, I am allowed to express my creativity while still adhering to company's standards.

    Cons

    Pay sucks at 8.50/hour and there is little to no room for advancement. Stores are allowed to have 1 manager and 3 assistant managers, if positions are filled you pretty much are stuck as an associate until someone quits or relocates. Some management has been there 15years

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Heavy Load of Task Work, Very Little Selling

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Kansas City, MO

    I have been working at Dress Barn part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    management understands when you need certain days off, great co-workers, fun clothes, great discounts and loved that the company trusts associates to make their own decisions as far as 'breaking certain rules' to help impress customers. Family-like environment, awesome clothes.

    Cons

    management thoroughly enjoys not being on the same page and so work gets confusing, you bust your butt off working way above and beyond other associates and still have to work this hard for just above minimum wage regardless of your proved skills, education, experience, etc... I've been here for over 5 months with impressive and proven abilities and the company sees no interest in promoting a fashion marketing major to a manager, even though they need one, no matter how hard I work. Very short hours so if you get a 20 hour week you're working 5 days a week and most times they're so busy you don't even get a break. If you love to sell and put outfits together, go somewhere else. This is all folding, steaming, cleaning, freight, putting an ungodly amounts of clothes back on the floor. Don't ever expect to leave your shift on time. The demands that need to be met for the pay is ridiculous.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    if someone has 3 years of experience in high-end retail with proven stats and has a solid education in this department, pay them more than $8.00/hr. Don't be afraid to give real raises to those associates who go above and beyond because what starts off as a fun and promising job leaves us discouraged and feeling used. Don't take advantage of associates that really care about their work because that's what keeps your store open. Make sure your lower management is on the same page and doesn't show favorites and divides work load equally and don't hire slackers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great company, but few bonuses.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Part-Time Sales Associate in Amherst, NY
    Current Employee - Part-Time Sales Associate in Amherst, NY

    I have been working at Dress Barn part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good coworkers, family - like atmosphere.
    Managers genuinely care about the associates.
    There's always something to do. Little downtime (a good thing).

    Cons

    Little pay. I've been with the company over 6 years and still only make 15 cents over minimum wage. Not much pay for all that we do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk laterally to your coworkers. Respect earns respect.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great company with lots of (full time) associate benefits.

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

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

    Pros

    Very welcoming culture for the most part. Great employee discount at Dressbarn, Maurice's, Lane Bryant, and Catherine's.

    Cons

    Difficult district leader. Often unavailable so you have to reach out to people over them, then they get mad at you for reaching out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More scrutiny on actions and decisions of District Leaders- they favor some store leaders over others in an unfair way.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Decent company to get your first merchandising experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Buyer in Mahwah, NJ
    Current Employee - Assistant Buyer in Mahwah, NJ

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, summer Fridays, fitness center, shares in stock potential to make some bonus, but at least it's something.

    Cons

    Merchandising positions only open up when someone leaves, promotion is very slow/hard to attain.

  8.  

    Great people

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

    I worked at Dress Barn

    Pros

    Love the people, very friendly.

    Cons

    Some employees are known to steal sales.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Decent Part time Job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Part Time Senior Sales Associate in Rockwall, TX
    Current Employee - Part Time Senior Sales Associate in Rockwall, TX

    I have been working at Dress Barn part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible hours and a good learning environment if you wish to work in customer service

    Cons

    pay is not great and the pressure to have customers open credit cards is a little too much sometimes

  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    The only reason this review gets 3 stars is because I LOVE the ladies I work with.

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

    I have been working at Dress Barn part-time

    Pros

    The women I work with are amazing. Funny, smart, confident, honest, and great at selling. The environment is fun and yet we get the COPIOUS amounts of work done. The employee discount is also generous (40%).

    Cons

    There is way too much expected of us making a lowly $8/hour. The store (both DB and DBW) is consistently run with only 2 people, and there is no merchandise/stock person. That means that the sales associates are responsible for sales, upkeep of the store, floor layouts, marketing updates on the floor, censoring and hanging all merchandise, and putting it out for display. The turnover is constant. DB also has the same clothes every year- that is NOT fashion.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Middle of the road

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Part-Time Sales Associate in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Part-Time Sales Associate in Kansas City, MO

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

    Pros

    The great 40 percent discount was great then some of the customers ths t would come in and make you smile!

    Cons

    I had problems with my managers. Never the other associates but my 3 managers. They never cared about what I thought or how I felt. They were very 2 faced to me and everytime I felt like I went a head 5 steps I ended up go back. My assistant managers would never sit down and talk to me, they would always run to the main manager and blow things out of proportion so by the time I was able to tell my side of the situation, my manager wouldnt care and would always take the other managers sides.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow up, give your Associates a chance so they arent screwed over and end up dreading coming into work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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