The Children's Place
2.4 of 5 392 reviews
www.childrensplace.com Secaucus, NJ 5000+ Employees

The Children's Place Reviews

Updated Apr 11, 2014
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2.4 391 reviews

                             

28% Approve of the CEO

The Children's Place President & CEO Jane Elfers

Jane Elfers

(190 ratings)

28% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Holiday Cashier (Former Employee)
Henderson, NV

I worked at The Children's Place part-time for less than a year

Prosyou get the company discount on cute little kids clothing, being holiday/temporary employee you get flexible shifts

Consdepending on the management, your experience could be really good or really bad. Not a whole lot of room for advancement. You will be on your feet the entire shift except for breaks.

Advice to Senior ManagementMake sure your store leaders are prepared to undertake a new store before promoting them.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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great for college students and stay at home moms

Sales Associate (Former Employee)
Dallas, TX

I worked at The Children's Place part-time for more than a year

Prosflexible work hours, great discounts

Consshort work shifts, minimum pay for associates without retail experience

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company is still trying to find its footing

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Secaucus, NJ

I have been working at The Children's Place full-time for more than 5 years

Prossummer hours, lots of PTO and vacation days

Conslots of overtime, they need more people but they keep cutting budgets so you are just expected to get all the work done no matter how much overtime it requires.

Advice to Senior Managementyou need to have monthly meetings with EVERY member of your team, not just your direct reports. One bad supervisor can ruin an entire department and managers are clueless to what goes on behind the scenes when the supervisor just blows smoke up their as**es.

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Pleasant but a company that's still growing

Sales Lead (Current Employee)
Okemos, MI

I have been working at The Children's Place part-time for more than a year

ProsGreat Pay
Flexible Hours
Decent discount
Not too taxing physically

ConsAssociates don't receive many hours
Upper management doesnt care about anything
Expectations are unrealistic with payroll

Advice to Senior ManagementGet your stuff together

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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New Company- New direction -

Store Manager (Current Employee)
Philadelphia, PA

I have been working at The Children's Place full-time for more than 3 years

Pros-Easy to Learn
-Fond of Promotions for hard, dedicated workers
-Flexible Scheduling
-Holiday pay (+Overtime for non-exempt ASM of lower management if available)
-Changing Company to stay competitive
-Loyal Customers

Cons-Heavy Workload with minimum Payroll
-Physically enduring
-Lack of connections between HQ and store level
-40+ hour weeks
-Lack of Corrective Action for poor performing managers (could be seen a pro)
-Delayed communication between HQ and stores
-Outdated technology used in store

Advice to Senior ManagementNever judge a book by its cover. Truly take time to determine who are hard workers, smart workers, result drivers and those with no passion. I understand business and understand reducing payroll- but doing so must come with the understand that workload must be cut accordingly. Those that do meet high expectations make high sacrifices (10-12 hr shifts to catch up since Store Managers are the ONLY free labor) that shouldn't be expected to be made EVERYDAY. Reward them with time to do their job - MANAGE not task. Too many times MANAGERS turn into glorified sales associates. Consider making ASMs non-exempt or putting in more Co-managers.

– I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Task Driven Childrens Retail

Management (Former Employee)
Baltimore, MD

I worked at The Children's Place full-time for more than 3 years

ProsThe brand representatives have close family-like relationship within each store. We are cross trained in every aspect of the retail business from direct customer sevice, cash handling, merchandising in addition to shipping and receiving. If retail is your career of choice the company works hard to develop you for upper management postions.

ConsThe environment is extremely task driven.As a result we tend to have a high tunrover rate. If you are not a multi-tasker this is not the ideal enviornment. Their seems to be a lack in communication between the workload our home office requires in a time frame and what we can actually product in the store in that designated time frame.

Advice to Senior ManagementI wish HQ would ask brand reps for suggestions on how to improve existing merchandsie or what things would encourage company retention.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Its a fun place to work but pay isn't good and hours are rough.

Sales Associate (Current Employee)

I have been working at The Children's Place part-time for more than a year

Prosgood people
fun environment
managers work with you on your availability
DISCOUNT!

ConsHours vary too often
The on calls suck!
Unrealistic expectations
Lots of pressure to get the PLACE card
When they need you they need you and thats it no if ands buts about it
too much of a double standard....you cant be late but a manager can

Advice to Senior ManagementI suggest you start rewarding your employees better wages. Without them the company wouldn't be making any money. Also your deadlines are unrealistic and the window changes and floor sets are ridiculous. Your products aren't selling because of a display they aren't selling because they are not up with the current fashion trends for children.

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Good job for students or Moms

Sales Associate (Current Employee)
San Francisco, CA

I have been working at The Children's Place part-time for more than 3 years

ProsHonestly if it wasn't for the people I work with, I would have quit a long time ago. But if you have kids you save a lot of money on clothes!

ConsThe amount of work they expect of you for very low wage is rediculous! The hours are nothing you could ever support yoursef on, unless you are lucky enough to get into management..Associates in my store average from 8 to 20 hours per week.....

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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There are pros and cons

Sales Associate (Former Employee)
Gilroy, CA

I worked at The Children's Place part-time for less than a year

ProsThe managers were wonderful, very friendly and extremely helpful. I loved all but one person I worked with. The kids are adorable that come into the store. Only had a couple rude customers which the manager handled for me. Good employee discount.

ConsEmployees did not get hours even during the holiday. Some weeks I did not get any hours at all and others I was given one day maybe two if I was lucky. No hours means low to no pay.

Advice to Senior ManagementDon't hire people if you can't pay them or give them hours.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Turnover,Turnover,Turnover

Assistant Store Manager (Current Employee)
Indianapolis, IN

I have been working at The Children's Place full-time for more than 3 years

Pros30% Discount. Working with kids. Very supportive staff. Employee Appreciation.

ConsNo payroll hours. VERY low pay grade. Floorsets and price updates constantly. the company doesn't care about employees and the work load is almost impossible some days.

Advice to Senior ManagementI wanna see you do a floorset with 10hrs.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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