Talbots Reviews

Updated March 15, 2015
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  1. Not much room for advancement

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Talbots

    Pros

    Good work life balance.
    Care about employees.

    Cons

    No raises, three years without a raise on exceeding expectations review

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Positive Working Environment and Relationships

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Talbots

    Pros

    I have worked for Talbots since 2003, with a brief pause in employment from 2013-2014 and the common theme I've experienced during my time here is the feeling of Family and Belonging. I enjoy coming into work each and everyday, and look forward to the interaction I with have with my fellow associates.

    I have had the opportunity to grow in my time at Talbots, moving into a position in line with my education and future employment goals. I feel encouraged and supported by my co-workers and upper management. They encourage me to share my thoughts and idea openly and offer constructive and valuable feedback to help me develop.

    I feel upper management is as open as they can be with all associates, while still maintaining and running a competitive business, the information is available for everyone, sometimes you just have to take the time to look.

    Twice in my life positions at Talbots have come along at opportune times and I have benefited greatly from being employed with this organization, and I'm thankful for the opportunities I have been given here. I would recommend Talbots to my friend and family as a great place to work.

    Cons

    My commute to work each day is long, but I've I'm willing to make it for the opportunity I've been afforded.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Love this company!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Talbots

    Pros

    Talbots is a fun brand to work for overall. The location is great! It's right on the Hingham waterfront which makes lunch or going out after work with the family great. It's a close commute for me. You can wear Jeans everyday. We just partnered with Dress for Success so I'm presented with opportunities to help make a difference. for example, we just had a sample sale. Not only did I get to shop at discounted prices with the public but it all went to Dress for Success! Summer hours in the summer so I'll head right over to the beach for the afternoon. Also, free Starbucks coffee everyday in the caf!

    My department is close and everyone is friendly and helpful. My job itself is busy and exciting. Everyone on my team, or who I work with cross-functionally are passionate about what they do and generally love the brand and want it to thrive. Senior leadership is approachable and open with us. I am able to touch base with my boss often which I love.

    Cons

    Technology is a little out of date in certain area. Something the brand is working on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up with your current strategy! Employees love that they can approach you and that we are kept in the loop.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Good people; hectic

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Talbots

    Pros

    Supportive senior leadership, great discount and sample sales, love that the company just partnered with Dress for Success and does a lot to give back to the community.

    Cons

    Not the greatest work/life balance, minimal training, terrible health benefits, prima donna attitudes in some departments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make a decision and stick with it instead of changing your mind every hour. Causes unnecessary stress and wastes time and money. Be mindful of other people's time... Not everyone can be in meetings until 9pm.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Great atmosphere and proud to be part of this company

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    Current Employee - Associate Product Development and Production Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate Product Development and Production Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at Talbots

    Pros

    Although interview process was long, HR got back to me after each interview with great feedback and I never felt I didn't know what was going on.
    On-boarding was spot on, really engaging and met many cross functional people my first week
    Great communication and people work really well together
    Leadership has a clear vision for the future
    Talbots really cares about their employees

    Cons

    Like every other company I worked for...systems need to be updated. We work faster than the systems.

  7. great group of people !

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    Current Employee - Assistant Sales Manager in Newark, NJ
    Current Employee - Assistant Sales Manager in Newark, NJ

    I have been working at Talbots full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    we have a lot of passion in our building for one another, a client base as well as our product.
    the merchant group has been improving. the product is more modern in feel and speaks to a more wide demographic.
    the company is being run in a much more profitable manner than in the past.

    Cons

    nominal work /life balance .
    catalog representatives are outsourced and don't always reflect the brand in the best light

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    all members of the team would benefit from monthly incentives

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Awesome

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    Current Employee - Retail Sales Associate in Bakersfield, CA
    Current Employee - Retail Sales Associate in Bakersfield, CA

    I have been working at Talbots

    Pros

    Great Company, Great Associates, and the sales/points were extra perks for the associates.

    Cons

    Not as much support from management when it was difficult to achieve sales goals during the bad economy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. Good

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Talbots (more than a year)

    Pros

    love the people, great commute

    Cons

    no pay raises, need to re-intstate

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  10. General Manager

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    Current Employee - General Manager
    Current Employee - General Manager

    I have been working at Talbots

    Pros

    Great company!!! Amazing executive group. They are dedicated to getting the brand back on track. They are working with us and helping us. They want to know how to make it better and truly listen to your feedback.

    Cons

    Continue to build bench strength. So that we are always promoting from within.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue on this amazing journey. You guys truly do care

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    Retail itself can be a pain ... but the company is good.

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Hanover, MD
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Hanover, MD

    I have been working at Talbots part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Pay is decent compared to other retail clothing stores.
    Very good work life balance, at times the store only wants sales associates for one shift per week (which can become a con...) My manager really respects our availability, if we ask off ahead of time she does everything she can to give us the schedules we need.
    Good discount on clothes.

    Cons

    NO, I repeat, NO raises. Ever. For me (a sales associate) or my key holder, or the managers.
    Constantly pushing sales, getting more credit cards, selling as many items to one customer as possible - sometimes it really isn't fun, but rather stressful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Why don't we ever get raises? New sales associates get the same pay as associates that have been there for years and years ...

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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