The Children's Place

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The Children's Place Reviews

Updated September 19, 2014
Updated September 19, 2014
507 Reviews
2.2
507 Reviews
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The Children's Place President & CEO Jane Elfers
Jane Elfers
240 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Employee discount is good especially since it can be used on all sale and clearance (in 32 reviews)

  • Good money, good quality clothing, great discount on the clothes (in 23 reviews)


Cons
  • Associates are expected to train upper management when unqualified management is hired (in 46 reviews)

  • Floor set was a week long project with a window change that usually took three people to complete (in 27 reviews)

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  1.  

    Too many tasks, not enough payroll to complete them.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Lead  in  Saginaw, MI
    Current Employee - Sales Lead in Saginaw, MI

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

    Pros

    30% discount, even on top of sales and clearance.

    Cons

    There aren't enough hours to complete the tasks assigned.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We struggle with payroll weekly, we are currently so deep in stock that our backroom is almost impossible to walk though but we don't have the payroll to process it and we are continuously receiving 12-20 more boxes daily. The pay is not competitive with other stores, but the discounts are better. Though, if you don't have kids, the discount isn't a good enough perk to make up for the pay.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Ok place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Lead  in  Pitts, PA
    Current Employee - Sales Lead in Pitts, PA

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

    Pros

    Love the clothes, good quality. Employee discount is pretty nice. Associates work well with each other to accomplish goals.

    Cons

    Need to have more hours then they give for Back to School, Christmas, and floor sets. We don't have magic wands. Higher pay rate would be nice.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop having so many updates, especially around busy times. Things don't need to be moved 5 times in 2 weeks.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Not the worst place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Store Sales Manager  in  Tuscaloosa, AL
    Current Employee - Store Sales Manager in Tuscaloosa, AL

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

    Pros

    Decent heath benefits and a Paid Time Off

    Cons

    The technology is outdated
    Product that is coming into stores is not seasonably appropriate (Example: 3-in-Jackets rolling into to Southern stores in early August)
    Visual communications from company are flawed at best
    Little payroll is going into the stores. Based on the ability of the corporate office to get things done for stores, I'm guess they are in the same boat.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Right now it feels like the company is saving for something special, like maybe a pony. The problem I have is, I don't know what the company is saving for. All I know from working in the store is I'm not getting technology that is equivalent to our competitors, repairs to my store in a timely manner (I have some major repairs that need to done but no one seems to care or have the power to do anything), the ability to call in an extra person when we are having a fantastic sales day, or wear now product. The company needs to tell us in the stores what we are saving money for. After walking into one of our competitors store yesterday and selling their product and sales support I'm sorry to say that I don't think we stand a chance.

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

    Good place to get some work experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Store Lead  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Store Lead in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    The team that surrounds you instantly becomes like a family. Depending on your store they usually work around your school schedule

    Cons

    Too much work for the pay that is offered. The company policies often lead to confrontations with the customers. Inconsistent hours, horrible pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    No work life

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Merchandising Manager  in  Skokie, IL
    Current Employee - Merchandising Manager in Skokie, IL

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

    Pros

    money is ok, and customers aren't to bad

    Cons

    You have to do everything

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    They have a great Brand but

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Store Sales Manager  in  Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Store Sales Manager in Portland, OR

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

    Pros

    The customers and their children are the best. The clothes are great quality

    Cons

    This company needs to get their act together, Floor sets are simple and well explained but the updates to the sets are overwhelming. You set the plan and they change it and then once you correct it they change it again. You have no payroll and you work 2 openers and 2 closers plus you must meet sales goals. Who has time to make all these crazy changes and they wonder why your customers services scores are low! They want all these tasks done but give you no support, oh we did get cookies one time and a note LMBO! Pretty lame!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Run as fast as you can this company talks about a Life Balance and give you great benefits but getting to use them is tough! Always to much to do and you can only use 5 days at a time! With permission!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Store sales Manager

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Store Sales Manager  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Store Sales Manager in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Vacation Pay of 22 days

    Cons

    You can never find a good time to take a vacation. I tried to schedule an island vacation twice and had to cancel due to a new store opening and shipments too heavy to leave my team. The shipment schedule states x amount of boxes a week for the month on the monthly workload calender, then you receive three times the shipment (160) boxes a day and your store is on 167 hours a week payroll, which is 2-2 coverage, but don't fall behind the store to floor process. There is never a good time to take a vacation and feel like you can step away without coming back to twice the workload waiting for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is absolutely no reason to do a huge floor set only to update it exactly 3 days after pictures are posted for corp to review, then floor set 2 comes out. My customer hasn't had the chance to see the first one. We do window changes 3 times a week and have 1/2 hour to open the store and run reports, open registers, do LOD trackers and Place trackers and sign the event. We close down the store 15 min after we lock the door to try and pick up two additional hours for Saturdays schedule (so people can eat). We need more payroll to handle the work load.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Started out fun, but got worse over time. The company doesn't get it.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Lead  in  Fargo, ND
    Current Employee - Sales Lead in Fargo, ND

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

    Pros

    -Fun environment, friendly people
    -Have some freedom in some visual displays
    -Opportunities to grow within the store

    Cons

    -The company does not compensate employees for the workload they put on you.
    -Expectations from the company and district managers are completely unrealistic. They cut your hours but increase workload.
    -Was only part time but worked full time hours
    -Did the same work as the assistant managers but was paid much less
    -Constant sale sets, price changes, window changes, visual changes each week...sometimes multiple times per week

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you invest the money into your employees, you will reap the benefits. Employees will be happy, will work harder and your customers will be more satisfied with a fun environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good Manager Starter Job.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Store Manager  in  Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Carlsbad, CA

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

    Pros

    Good discount, good benefits for full timers, depends on manager on balancing schedule but I had a good experience.
    its a fast paced environment so your delegation as a manager come to test. If you are the typer of manager that wants to sit and chill on the computer this is not the job for you. Energetic environment with right staff.

    Cons

    District Managers need to ACTUALLY train their managers, they are the ones representing the company.
    not enough hours given from corporate to develop their associates.
    very part time (except for holidays)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    sales

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

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

    Pros

    customer services, busy, employee discount, flexible

    Cons

    poor management, poor pay scale, poor work hours available

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good luck with that

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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