Talbots

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Talbots Reviews

Updated January 13, 2015
Updated January 13, 2015
341 Reviews
3.2
341 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work-life balance in the company, they understand you also have a life outside of the job (in 12 reviews)

  • Good benefits for full time employees (in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • I think upper management is out of tune as to what goes on daily in the stores (in 23 reviews)

  • Absolutely no work life balance possible, even in village stores (in 9 reviews)

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    Sales Associate

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

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

    Pros

    Paid well for entry level

    Cons

    The business is not doing well as a whole

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a new manager. One who actually knows how to manages and looks the part of a manager.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Great Place for College Students

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Key Holder in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Key Holder in Rockville, MD

    I worked at Talbots full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The salary is high compared to other retailers. Great place for college students looking to earn income.

    Cons

    Too much pressure to make numbers. The management insists on employees wearing the brand to work but the clothing is not affordable for sales associates. Their is very little room for growth within the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    co-manager

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Co Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Co Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at Talbots

    Pros

    Great family environment, how I made many of my close friends.

    Cons

    Upper management would benefit by listening to stores on a closer level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen to the concerns voiced in stores. Keep the associates focused with support.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    An overall good company to work for.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Rockville, MD

    I worked at Talbots part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The pay is good for the job that you do. The discount is also pretty great and when new merchandise comes out you get 60% off.

    Cons

    No insurance for part-time employees
    Customers can be a pain sometimes. They lie about not knowing the return policy, that has been changed for years now.

    Recommends
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Management Problems and Few Incentives

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

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

    Pros

    I love my co-workers and my assistant manager, these individuals make working at Talbots an enjoyable experience. I love the wonderful discounts on the beautiful clothes as well.

    Cons

    Our manager has the assistant manager do most of her job. Now that the manager is made to do the schedule she changes it at a whim and does not notify the employees that she has put them on the schedule to work when they were supposed to be off. When someones parent dies employees are not all treated the same as far as being given time off to be with their dying family member. When a dedicated employee has a loved one die, he company does not send flowers even if the employee has worked for them for years. I have worked for the company for several years and have never been given a raise even though our manager continues to get her bonus for the work that we do to help make the numbers so she can receive a bonus. The company sends out cookies instead of a bonus at Christmas, most of the gifts that come to employees as a thank you for their productivity probably cost more to ship them than the food itself.

    Our store is dirty, there are dead bugs in the bonus storage area, these bugs have been there since I have worked there. The store is dirty, the walls need painted and it needs new carpet. We were told that the company would not allocate money to clean the carpet last year, therefore when they finally let us get it cleaned , much of last year's mud was ground into the carpet permanently.

    15 minutes to open and close a store to save on work hours is not sufficent time to get things done right.

    Too many of your sizes vary from one item to another, I firmly believe this is due to "Fair Trade" and having our clothing made in too many different countries. Sometimes we receive clothing from China that reaks of chemicals, none of the staff ever buys that clothing. The only item that I have seen that was made in the U.S.A. in Talbots over the last 10 years were some socks and tights.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Send out paperwork to all stores with a survey asking them about their store and their manager. Let their names be anonymous.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Neutral

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Tyler, TX
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Tyler, TX

    I worked at Talbots part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible scheduling, Good Customer Service

    Cons

    Limiting growth potential, Drastic changes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company seems to be struggling, overall.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Sales Associate PT

    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Savannah, GA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Savannah, GA

    I worked at Talbots part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Co-workers are friendly, paid weekly..

    Cons

    Pay does not compensate for the work/customer service that is expected.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase pay and work hours.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Typical retail with a pinch of class

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Talbots

    Pros

    The 50-60% discount is a plus if you like the clothes.

    Cons

    Lack of hours which is something that happens in a lot of retail stores

  10.  

    Great working environment

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Talbots

    Pros

    Great staff to work with. Flexible with hours. High compensation for a retail job.

    Cons

    The customers are very needy and at times rude. Always trying to return products for better price/worn.

  11.  

    Worked for the company for 9 years

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Co Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Co Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at Talbots full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great training and development for management t

    Cons

    Took away too many benefits

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat workers with respect

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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