Talbots Reviews

Updated June 29, 2015
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Talbots CEO Lizanne Kindler
Lizanne Kindler
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Pros
  • I found the position to be a decent work/life balance (in 12 reviews)

  • Benefits are immediate upon hire for full-time employees, without any probationary 90 day period that many companies require (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper Management completely out of touch (in 23 reviews)

  • The work life balance is not available (in 9 reviews)

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  1. working at talbots upscale outlet

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wrentham, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wrentham, MA

    I have been working at Talbots

    Pros

    I love the people I work with. Store manager is awesome.

    Cons

    The company has not given raises in over 3 years


  2. Helpful (1)

    Low-pay, stressful

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Talbots

    Pros

    Staff
    Some of the clothing
    Location
    Clean store
    events

    Cons

    Client Specialist Program. You are asked to do more ie. reach out to customers via notes, email, phone calls, special appointments, client book, yet there is NOT raise in pay. Instead, you can accumulate points that you can then redeem on a special website for items like trips, household items, music/dvds, etc. Nice thought, but those are things I do not NEED. I would rather get a raise for doing Full-time work on part-time hours. Also, a lot of pressure to sign up customers for the store credit card. That is the bottom line and it makes being there too stressful for a low-paying part-time job.


  3. Good Company

    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Greenville, SC
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Greenville, SC

    I have been working at Talbots (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The company goes out of its way to please the customer, which is hard to come by nowadays.

    Cons

    Upper management does not care about employees.


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  5. Clients were the reason to work there!

    Former Employee - Key Holder/Visual Manager in Reston, VA
    Former Employee - Key Holder/Visual Manager in Reston, VA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Location, discount, clients and overall work ethic of the company.

    Cons

    Pay rates, quality of some of the clothing and management problems.

    Advice to Management

    Consistency is vital for the store to run smoothly.


  6. Stock manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Talbots

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

    Pros

    Great discount nice clothes and shoes

    Cons

    Upper management create lots of drama amongs staff creating tension thru out the store

    Advice to Management

    Its not high school leave the drama at the door respect your staff n train new hires right


  7. Not a bad place to work

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Knoxville, TN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Knoxville, TN

    I have been working at Talbots full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    friendly atmospher; nice employee discont

    Cons

    not enough personal feedback;management is not aware of workload in other departments

    Advice to Management

    management needs to be aware of the workload thier superviors have and they need to be recognized for the work they do in order to keep the floor running smoothly. management needs to do monthly temperature checks with the supervisoer to see how things are going and what is needed to make their job easier and less stressful.


  8. Sales Assoicate

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Salem, NH
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Salem, NH

    I worked at Talbots part-time

    Pros

    Great team but you must meet your sales incentives or you will get written up. Great environment, great customers and fun working experience.

    Cons

    Working holidays and week-ends but that is what life in retail is all about.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Pretty Typical for Retail

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Retail Sales Associate in Burlington, MA
    Former Employee - Retail Sales Associate in Burlington, MA

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

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

    Pros

    I went to work at Talbots when I was laid off from my corporate job. I figured I could make money, meet career-minded people, and possibly even learn some new skills. It was a pretty relaxed, low-pressure environment, mainly due to our great, laid-back managers.

    Cons

    It's always hard to work for a company that's not doing well, and especially when they're going through a personality crisis. Talbots was trying to move to a younger, hipper audience and it just wasn't going well. The tried and true customers were disappointed in the ill-fitting, cheaper merchandise, and the new customers....well, they were few and far between, because it's hard to change your image as an older woman's store.

    Advice to Management

    You can't understaff your way to success. Overworked employees will eventually find another way to make money. The "try on-athons" we used to have were great! So much easier to sell clothes you're familiar with the fit of!


  10. Helpful (1)

    High pressure Sales

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wesley Chapel, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wesley Chapel, FL

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The staff was very supportive of each other. When an employee met their goals, they would ring additional sales under another employee to help them meet their goal.

    Cons

    Very high pressure to meet sales goals.

    Advice to Management

    Employees constantly feel as though they are on the verge of losing their jobs over their goals. This creates stress among their employees and brings down morale. For the amount of pay, it isn't worth it.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Scheduling

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

    I have been working at Talbots

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

    Pros

    Talbots is very focused on customer service and making HER happy. The customers are loyal and wonderful. Clienteling aspect is wonderful.

    Cons

    The schedule is dictated by upper management. A lot of restrictions on off days, PTO, Holidays. Decisions are micromanaged.

    Advice to Management

    Let the store managers do what they are paid to do. It's okay to have schedule guidelines but there are too many restrictions! Talbots does not have a home/work balance.



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