J. Crew Reviews

Updated July 26, 2015
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Pros
  • There is a great discount on clothing (in 92 reviews)

  • The employee discount was really nice as well (in 76 reviews)

Cons
  • On call shifts can be frustrating (in 38 reviews)

  • part time even when I switched departments (in 21 reviews)

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  1. Part-time Sales Associate

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    Former Employee - Part Time Sales Associate in Bridgewater, NJ
    Former Employee - Part Time Sales Associate in Bridgewater, NJ

    I worked at J. Crew

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

    Pros

    The discount on clothing was a definite perk working as a store associate. You received up to 60% off items.

    Cons

    The manager at the Bridgewater, NJ location was a phony. Had very little trust in/respect for employees. The pay was also very minimal. I was making $8.50 starting and after a year was given a $.25 raise. Commission was hardly anything and you were required to be "on-call" which was a very ineffective and unfair situation.

    Advice to Management

    My advise to the management would be to be a more genuine person to your employees and to customers. She would blatantly talk about customers a few feet away and was very condescending to her employees.


  2. Disappointing

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I have been working at J. Crew part-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Like everyone else says, the discount, but after working there for a while the cheapness of the majority of the clothing comes thru and your really unmotivated to buy anything. Also, I've met some great fellow employees I can call close friends.

    Cons

    Where to start. For this particular location, I've worked here for almost 4 years and my previous store director was always present and lead by example and it was great. You could go to her for anything and she would always be there to give you a valid answer or help when you asked for it. But the current store director is barely ever present and when he is its just passing by, usually out of dress code that they like to over stress so much, doesn't seem to have any clue as to what is truly going on in the store and will leave you wondering how he even got the job in the first place. The management is unsupportive and its either you stick to the corporate rules or you can leave. There is no room to hear someone out and what they may have to offer as a solution. Going above and beyond will go unnoticed unless you shout it over the walkies, and if not they'll ask you why your not doing anything. The amount of tasks given to the support team with the expectation to instantly have it done is insane. Managers are ALWAYS just standing around talking amongst themselves, especially during events, and chime in to constantly ask you why you haven't opened up 20 Jcrew credit cards for the day, even putting up a zero list of employees in the break room who haven't opened any credit cards. They used to be really flexible with hours and expect you to hand your life over then not even schedule you at all. They love to make up new rules all the time that have descended from "corporate" and tell you that all stores now are doing it without thinking we'll actually ask other store employees about it to find they've made it up.

    Advice to Management

    Lead more by example, stop being so condescending and on a constant power trip, management needs a complete overhaul starting with the store director


  3. Sales Manager

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    Former Employee - Keyholder/Manager in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Keyholder/Manager in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at J. Crew full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Fun place to work if you are merchandising or in charge of visuals.

    Cons

    Its a large corporate company so you have no value in the companies eyes. After all the bad press this brand will suffer badly or struggle to regain customer loyalty back.

    Advice to Management

    Get a better attitude or get another job. No one likes it when you are in a bad mood... NO ONE!!!


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  5. Meh

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at J. Crew part-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Can be fun to interact with customers Can be fun to interact with customers Can be fun to interact with customers

    Cons

    - Uncertain work environment: frequent changes to policy (e.g., revoking commission for sales associates - Was sold as a happy, people-first environment; do not be fooled, it is a standard business - Insipid, uninspired products (glitter / french writing / stripes / combo of all three)

    Advice to Management

    Stick to your promises, remember that instore is about the shopping experience so it's probably not a good idea to exploit staff


  6. Helpful (1)

    not great

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate
    Current Employee - Sales Associate

    I have been working at J. Crew part-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Store is clean and organized. Probably the cleanest and most organized retail store I've ever worked in, or shopped in for that matter. Starting hourly wage is reasonable compared to other retail companies.

    Cons

    Managers are narcissistic, incompetent airheads. They dress like slobs and act like divas. They badmouth the J Crew company on the daily. Beyond unprofessional. Sales associates are lazy, rude, disrespectful and come to work drunk or high. Class acts. Customers believe they are entitled to having the world, and are verbally abusive at times if you the lowly J Crew sales associate do not, in fact, give the world to them.

    Advice to Management

    Get over yourself. You're a retail manager, not a brain surgeon. And stop biting the hand that feeds you--stop criticizing the company and start repping it properly. Be a better example to sales associates. And take more pride in your appearance. Don't expect associates to follow the dress code if you don't even follow it yourself.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Unless you're a manager or an experienced stylist.. not worth it

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at J. Crew part-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Generous Discount Cute Clothes Employee Contests Occasional free snacks/food

    Cons

    strict dress code pressure to meet ridiculous sales goals and open cards. no incentives at all understaffed majority of the time clients usually have weird requests closing takes forever

    Advice to Management

    schedule more people if you don't want to struggle throughout the day & be stuck closing for an extra half an hour


  8. Helpful (1)

    Good for a retail job, which isn't saying much.

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Freeport, ME
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Freeport, ME

    I worked at J. Crew

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Smart, friendly and personable people made coming to work enjoyable. Managers approachable, willing to listen and recognize hard work (verbally - not with actual commission despite expectation to meet sales goals). I genuinely liked most of my managers and am aware that they don't make the rules rather than enforce them.

    Cons

    As if on-call shifts aren't bad enough, it is absurd to cancel a regular scheduled shift less than two hours before it starts, especially considering I was only worth $9/hr as an employee. They were more willing to inconvenience me after I cleared my day for them with no compensation than pay me the price of an average shirt for my scheduled shift. At the worst, I got dressed to go into work and had a manager call me 30 minutes before my shift started to ask if I had left home yet and tell me not to come in. That is outrageous. As someone with a college degree (and yes, they do expect to hire educated people) who worked there part-time to make some cash while looking for full-time jobs, I found the pay and treatment insulting. But regardless of my college degree they should not treat anyone this way.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of on-call shifts altogether and don't cancel scheduled shifts. I don't care if the store is slow - this is not your employees' problem. Also, you could justifiably hire people with college degrees as sales associates and pay them <$10 if you offered incentive through opportunity for mobility into corporate.


  9. Not a great place to work.

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    Current Employee - Supervisor in Lynchburg, VA
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Lynchburg, VA

    I have been working at J. Crew full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, including 5 weeks of paid time off when hired. Great health and dental insurance.

    Cons

    Lots of favoritism, no development or opportunity for growth. Managers are not knowledgeable, and long time employees can be moved to any shift at any time without warning

    Advice to Management

    Offer more opportunities, provide constructive feedback.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Don't invest so much of your time.

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    Current Employee - Associate Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at J. Crew

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

    Pros

    The people are great, sometimes your schedule is great for retail.

    Cons

    There is no growth from with in , I've worked for J.Crew more then 10 years and I am not where I should be money wise or rank, sadly in this company is based on looks and who can kiss more backside, not on merit or experience . It would be wise to apply to a high rank position if your new to J.Crew, but don't expect a fast promotion to go up the latter that's a 10 to 15 yr investment.Also a outsider will make more money then a person who has been promoted from with in and how fair is that when you already know all the systems.

    Advice to Management

    There is so many people stuck in roles that can out perform the people are running the show but because they don't fit your mold of what you think is fit to do the job, is really hurting your company.


  11. What You'd Expect

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at J. Crew part-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Very small commission as salesperson, but decent commission as personal shopper. Generous employee discounts.

    Cons

    Terrible work culture - commission-driven atmosphere encourages hostility and greediness among associates rather than "healthy" competition. It also encourages selling motivated by commission rather than genuine love for the product, much of which was of poor quality and cheaply made but not cheap. Huge disconnect between HQ and salespeople - no sense of being a real part of the company. Very high turnover. Little opportunity for growth. No insurance or benefits for part-time employees, unlike at places like Starbucks. Even keyholders don't make enough to reasonably live on, even though they're required to work full-time.



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