TJX Companies

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TJX Companies Reviews

Updated Jun 10, 2014
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2.9 357 reviews

76% Approve of the CEO

TJX Companies President, CEO, and Director Carol M. Meyrowitz

Carol M. Meyrowitz

(201 ratings)

51% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • An honest people place with a real work - life balance not just lip service (in 27 reviews)

  • Good benefits, Have an open door policy that is worth utilizing (in 15 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management is always changing the methods of operation to try some new scheme (in 18 reviews)

  • There is no higher pay for those returning to another internship or full time job (in 17 reviews)

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    Like a bad sorority -- no free will

    Allocation Analyst (Former Employee) Framingham, MA

    Pros.....well......... it's a big company meaning benefits are good/steady and everything is very structured, meaning promotions were frequent. The facilities were nice-ish and the

    ConsWhere to start.......
    -very little autonomy in business-level decision-making. Management emphasized "speak up!" so much during training that you almost believe it. If you have too many ideas people look at you weird (they do things one way and one way only) and if you don't speak up enough because, say, you analyze internally and do not jump up and down in your chair when your product turns, then you are a black sheep-- and you will be called out.
    -promotions were frequent but they treated people like a mass cycle -- even if you weren't really a good leader you would get promoted for the heck of it
    -never have I ever been as disrespected as I was at this company. I graduated top of my class, had several job offers (clearly accepted the wrong one), and am overly-passionate about my career. I had upper management pull me into their office and tell me, and I quote, "You will never be successful." Talk about encouragement! I've moved on to another company where I've been given the autonomy and respect I deserve/earned.
    -it is considered inappropriate to talk to someone who isn't your direct manager about business ideas/questions or career advancement. EVERYTHING has a process here -- you must pay your dos and fall into rank.

    Basically, if you love fashion/merchandising and want that career path then you may want to consider it. But if company culture and top-down respect is important to you, you will be disappointed. If you can stomach it you may want to at least get through training because having this on your resume in the merchandising world is a big plus. Good luck to you.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement has recently revamped the training program which is nice in theory but according to my 10+ friends who are still there they feel it's had an overly negative effect rather than improving "the next crop" of new analysts. They run a tight business and get what needs to get done done, but employee culture is like a hostile sorority at times and there is little to no autonomy. I would say change this, but unfortunately I think TJX has been and will continue to be stuck in their ways.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A big company that could be great but due to poor management and culture leaves many employees dissatisfied

    Allocation Analyst (Former Employee) Framingham, MA

    ProsThere is a lot of room for growth if you are lucky to be placed in a good division with a good manager. The career path within Planning and Allocation is very well defined, although most analysts don't actually stay with the company to advance.
    There are a lot of benefits right away including medical insurance, paid time off, 10% corporate discount, and average compensation for the Boston Metro area.

    ConsTJX's Planning and Allocation division does not embrace diversity; beyond a lack of diversity in race and cultures, there is a lack of diversity in the way people think which led to processes and people being hesitant to change. If you fit into their mold then you might have a great experience at TJX, but there is a very low retention rate due to people falling outside of that mold and being very dissatisfied.
    Work-life balance is highly dependent on the division you are placed into, some work 9-5 everyday while many others do not, some even requiring weekend shifts. Around the holiday seasons it can be difficult to get time off if you are in a smaller team because they always need some people in the office.
    Overall, I am in agreement with other reviewers who believe that the culture is driven by sorority style politics. Rather than promoting development in employees it is more important to adapt to the culture. The professionalism is very low and body image/unhealthy dieting are commonly discussed topics in the office.

    Advice to Senior ManagementActually employ managers who have the ability and interest in managing their employees, rather than those who are solely self-interested in their own career path. Most managers, but not all, within P&A are just there as a stepping stone to going into the buying world.
    Also, instead of instilling the philosophy that employees are disposable, continue to develop employees after the training period and work together to place employees with a proper manager for their skill set.
    Don't expect recent college graduates with no previous planning education and only a few months on the job to be tremendous. The pressure of feeling disposable and having little support does not produce a great environment for those employees to grow.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    The worst professional experience and a demeaning training program

    Allocation Analyst (Former Employee) Framingham, MA

    ProsGood benefits and time off.

    ConsOne of the most stressful, dueling training programs ever. Not only was the training very uninformative but the training instructor and Planning managers attacked at our personal brands. Since the training program has ended, the stress has not stopped. Several recent grads from my training program have since been fired or left due to the awful experiences and terrible hours.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Too much to do with too few employees.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsEnjoy the people I work with.

    ConsNot enough staff to keep the store running properly.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire more help for us to keep the store in good order.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Hate it.

    General Warehouse Associate (Current Employee) Las Vegas, NV

    ProsNothing nothing and nothing. NOTHING

    ConsPay sucks noone speaks English. Just got a "raise" from 7.25 for 2yrs.benefits sucktoo

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

     

    BRC

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosworking with good people in store

    Consbad retail politics in business

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    Do NOT take a position as a Contractor in IT

    Contract Project Manager (Former Employee) Framingham, MA

    ProsBetter pay than unemployment benefits.

    Cons- You will be treated as a 2nd class citizen (e.g., LAN password reset requires a F/T employee on the line to vouch for you, even though you've called from within the building, the entrance to which is manned by a security guard and requires a badge scan; excluded from email distributions for wide scale communications such as an office closing due to weather).

    - Miniscule work space

    - You will NEVER receive an increase in compensation.

    - If you are offered an opportunity to "flip" to full-time, it will be at a compensation level well below what is commensurate for your experience and skill level.

    - Most fractured, dysfunctional, and process-laden organization I have experienced in my 35 year career. Ideal breeding ground for dead weight and fiefdoms throughout the F/T staff. Governments and unions should conduct studies here to improve their inefficiency techniques.

    - PMO and IT Finance throw processes and "tools" 'over the wall' without regard for their efficiency, effectiveness or coordination.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreat professionals accordingly.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    don't waste your time

    Store Manager (Former Employee) Chicago, IL

    Prosdon't need a lot of college

    ConsThey fired the president of TJMaxx and pulled the good one from Marshalls to take his place. Now they are copying Target, Walmart etc in merchandising instead of doing what was already right. They are making a ton of money yet being cheap with associates.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWatch who you are promoting!!!!They don't have "your" best interest at heart they are looking to get a head. You have some really wrong people in places of power.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Contractors are treated poorly

    Senior Business Analyst (Current Employee) Framingham, MA

    ProsTo received 10% off at their stores once you become an associate.

    ConsNo training provided to contractors, Contractors are not allowed to reach out to associates for assistance without permission from management. A contractor's presence is not acknowledged in meetings. Even to get office supplies you must get contractor supplies not associate supplies. Contractors are constantly shuffled around in projects not allowing them to become experts at a specific work stream of the company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRestructure your Sr Management. You have associates in Sr roles that have been here as long as your mainframe system. If Sr Management isn't up to par with current technology and best practices you'll continue to have the spaghetti effect that you have with your systems and continue to put band aid after band aid to fix them.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    TJX Corporate Merchandise Internship Program

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGroup exercise, but doesn't really show how people really work together

    ConsFelt degraded by recruiters
    Biased
    You could tell they already had favorites from the start
    Say they will notify whether or not we go to the next interview, but still haven't heard

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