Dress Barn Reviews

Updated September 12, 2014
Updated September 12, 2014
172 Reviews
3.5
172 Reviews
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Dress Barn President, CEO, and Director David R. Jaffe
David R. Jaffe
99 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • You are empowered to run your store as your own, Great work/life balance (in 12 reviews)

  • 40% discount on regular price merchandise (in 14 reviews)


Cons
  • The upper management sucks and does not value any of the employees (in 9 reviews)

  • Pushed too hard to make sales goals without the incentive of commission (in 8 reviews)

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  1.  

    Fun & Easy

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Dress Barn

    Pros

    Great people and good atmosphere

    Cons

    Low pay and sometimes crabby customers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing

  2.  

    This is a heart job with benefits

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Part-Time Sales Associate  in  Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Part-Time Sales Associate in Baltimore, MD

    I worked at Dress Barn part-time

    Pros

    Flexible hours, Family atmosphere, support from staff and management, helping others feel and look their best.

    Cons

    lack of financial support toward educational growth for employees and some difficulties with receiving work schedule within a reasonable time frame.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need more support with educational growth for employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Fun and busy

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    Current Employee - Assistant Store Manager  in  Brighton, MI
    Current Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Brighton, MI

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

    Pros

    Love most of our customers and doing visual

    Cons

    steaming with a hand held steamer is slow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The pay really should be more money.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great company with the typical flaws

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager  in  Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at Dress Barn full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Full time employees have a great benefit program. Support from the home office is exceptional. Promotions are not easy, due to availability. Company strives on encouraging work life balance. Great discount on purchases. We spend time with the customer offering ideas and fashion advice. It can be a most satisfying experience when she leaves bouncing out the door with a big smile

    Cons

    Would like to see a better rate of pay. Never enough hours to schedule properly. High demands on executing floor moves and changes. Do see some preferential treatment of employees occasionally
    Overall a great work environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Often there are not enough hours in a day to get all the tasking done with 2 part coverage.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Happily Employed Assistant

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager  in  Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Memphis, TN

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

    Pros

    Very friendly environment to work in. I have the empowerment to make decisions and make my customers happy. Management is always available to talk to and listen to you. Store leaders and District leaders are available. Goals are made know and are reasonable with tools to work with. Schedule is easy to work with and time off is given as needed.

    Cons

    More time is needed for training. Sometimes feel this is done "on the fly" which leads me to feeling not fully trained.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take time to train properly. When new programs come out, make time to make sure all is aware and knows how to implement the program.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great work, good people, decent company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Sales Associate  in  Louisville, KY
    Current Employee - Senior Sales Associate in Louisville, KY

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

    Pros

    Dressbarn has a warm and friendly environment. The associates are not on individual sales goals, so there isn't the stress of commission or competition.

    Cons

    Sometimes, actually most the time, the company stands up for the customer not you in situations. They will appease the customer with coupons even if the issue was because of a policy problem.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Back up your employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    very customer service savvy.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Part-Time Sales Associate  in  Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Part-Time Sales Associate in Bellevue, WA

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

    Pros

    When it comes to my personal growth with this company I definitely learned how to improve my leadership skills as well as my knowledge of the business world. I also learned more about communication with my teammates and was happy with the experience. The only thing I had issue with might've been the base pay. First starting at a minimum of 9.23 an hour I struggled to make enough for myself but now that it's higher I don't feel that strain as much.

    Cons

    Very happy people to work with. I always loved the work environment. They are very clean, always professional and forgiving if you have school or other obligations like children. Sometimes it's harder to get time-off but give them a few weeks notice in advance and there shouldn't be much of a problem.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sometimes a lack of communication with Management but if you are not afraid to make your issues known to them the smiles, good times, and even perks are endless.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Store Manager

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    Former Employee - Store Manager  in  Norwood, MA
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Norwood, MA

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

    Pros

    Small staff at the retail stores which allowed upper management to have quality time in direction and assistance. DM made sure to have daily contact with each store manager. There was consistent recognition for successes.

    Cons

    Upward mobility was difficult from the store manager level, as openings were few due to "long term" persons already filling any positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No advice except to keep on doing what you're doing!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Good place

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    Former Employee - Cashier  in  Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Cashier in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    Friendly environment usually pretty busy i don't have very many complaints it was a nice place to work i would suggest it

    Cons

    I was a part time employee it was my first job so i didnt have high expectations i just needed some cash

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good job

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    A good, personable company to work for

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    Current Employee - Pt Sales  in  Waldorf, MD
    Current Employee - Pt Sales in Waldorf, MD

    I have been working at Dress Barn part-time

    Pros

    This company is really focused on making a woman feel at home and beautiful. For example, we put the customer's name on their fitting room door. All of my co-workers have been great. Overall, a great company.

    Cons

    As a college student working here in the summer (after nearly a year working here prior), it was pretty hard to get hours mid-way and late in the summer. The shifts for PT people tend to be very short- maybe 5 hours.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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