The Children's Place Reviews

Updated March 27, 2015
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  1. Unattainable results on a daily basis. Heavy workload. Stressed to the max.

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    Former Employee - Store Sales Manager in Jacksonville, FL
    Former Employee - Store Sales Manager in Jacksonville, FL

    I worked at The Children's Place full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Nice PTO benefits for Store managers. Had stability in the position.

    Cons

    Heavy workload that seemed unattainable in between customers. Deadlines for floorsets couldn't be reached due to product never arriving on time. Payroll always a struggle- Expected to complete tasks but no payroll properly allotted. Poor pay for associates, only allowed to hire as minimum wage. The corporate atmosphere overtook in the last couple years from the family based atmosphere originally hired into.

    SSM expected to work strenuous hours on a regular with no home balance. Stressful and tiring.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take advice from field associates on a regular basis opposed to the home office executives. Field associates take on the work load and seem over looked by headquarters.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. Quickly quit

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    Former Employee - Key Holder/Lead
    Former Employee - Key Holder/Lead

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

    Pros

    30% discount
    Cute clothes for my kid
    A paycheck, not a hateful hourly starting point.
    There's really nothing fabulous about working for this company.

    Cons

    Management is miserable and talks trash about the company from day 1. Literally the first day I started, my store manager just bashed the company and the employees all at once. The only reason I continued to work there, was to maintain a paycheck until I could find another company who hopefully is a little more professional. Floor set are a nightmare and change every other day. Payroll and the schedule is a joke. I know retail isn't glamorous, but I have lots of experience prior to TCP and this was just plain terrible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow for more hours for a bigger staff to get floor moves done. Don't put so much pressure on your store management staff and make them hate coming to work for you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Great place to work!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Peer Support Specialist in Norristown, PA
    Former Employee - Peer Support Specialist in Norristown, PA

    I worked at The Children's Place full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Staff education and trainings occurs on a regular basis. The staff is friendly and everybody gets along well. The work that I performed was helping homeless families and individuals secure and maintain housing. I enjoyed the work that I was doing. It is a great place to work at if you enjoy helping others.

    Cons

    The facility is small in comparison to other facilities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. I quit after three months of being a sales lead, it was probably the worst job of my life.

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    Former Employee - Sales Lead
    Former Employee - Sales Lead

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

    Pros

    The discount was awesome and getting first dibs on clearance items.

    Cons

    While leads were technically managers, employees had no accountability towards them. Usually nothing would get done and the shipments we received were entirely too much for a small sales store such as the one I worked at. Leads were management but not considered full-time, therefore no benefits whatsoever. Not even vacation time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire better store managers, screen applicants more efficiently and actually follow up on references.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6. Dead end place, horrible brand that needs to just get bought out already

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    Former Employee - Creative in Secaucus, NJ
    Former Employee - Creative in Secaucus, NJ

    I worked at The Children's Place

    Pros

    Great colleagues that should bail when they get the chance

    Cons

    Horrible management, no direction, absolutely horrible product terrible quality and design, awful corporate environment with dumb required activities. But I was paid very well, although I was hired years ago and insisted on a high salary, I am definitely not the norm. This brand should get bought out by GAP already. Walk into a store the product, look, everything is a 'miss.;

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a buy out offer

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. I loved my job !! The interview was easy it was just my young boss !!

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    Current Employee - Sales Lead in Dundalk, MD
    Current Employee - Sales Lead in Dundalk, MD

    I have been working at The Children's Place

    Pros

    The pay wasn't bad
    Discount on my son clothes

    Cons

    No hours
    Boss's was young and unprofessional

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get new ones

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

    Just don't do it!

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    Current Employee - Store Manager
    Current Employee - Store Manager

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

    Pros

    I love the people that i work with

    Cons

    Low pay, non realistic expectations, No feeling of accomplishment ever. Nothing is ever complete because they change everything so often. Insurance is over priced.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give hours. If you want things done correctly, make sure you give us the resources to complete the task.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. Neutral

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Children's Place

    Pros

    Employee discount and health benefits as a manager

    Cons

    management training doesn't happen. THey expect you to learn as you go

  10. 6 people found this helpful

    Not the greatest place to work.

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    Current Employee - Store Manager in Saint Petersburg, FL
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Saint Petersburg, FL

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

    Pros

    Generous pto time. Although you never have an opportunity to use it.

    Cons

    Stores operate on minimal payroll almost all year. Occasionally extra payroll is given for things like clean sweep or writing reviews but nothing is allocated for setting a floorset or processing high amounts of freight. This seems very backwards to me. I've been in retail management along time and most companies want to make sure what the customers see and experience is #1 priority when it comes to payroll. Usually we are expected to set a new floorset, change the window, set all new marketing, change every mannequin, and process the freight for the floorset with only 2 people working and all while the store is open for business. Us tearing apart a wall is not what our customers want to experience! And God help us if a customer complains because we didn't give them enough attention while we were "multitasking" our butt off! And THERE IS NEVER PAYROLL TO TRAIN NEW PEOPLE! And photo reviews are a freakin joke. Floorset is done? Nope reset all the walls because those mannequins need to be an inch higher. Be prepared to bring your own toilet paper at least a couple of times a year because supply order freezes include not ordering tp!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    STOP CHASING YOUR TAILS! Get a clue about the reality of running a store that is open 72 hours a week on 165 hours of payroll. We showed you we could do it because most of us a scared of losing our job if we don't hit your ridiculous deadlines. Oh and if your going to trust managers with over a $1 million a year in sales and a set of keys to your store maybe you should trust us to set a floorset without sending a ton of photos to prove we know how to set a perfect floorset when every store is a different size and shape. The customers don't give a damn if the mannequin is 38 inches high or 39 inches. These kinds of details are a waste of our limited payroll. Jane, go spend 1 week in an average volume store during floorset and you don't get to pull the ceo card. Wear comfy shoes and get your hands dirty! Bet you allocate more payroll after 1 week of floorset hell!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    Graphic Designer

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    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Secaucus, NJ
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Secaucus, NJ

    I worked at The Children's Place full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Huge company wide activities, Unlimited sick days, lots of Snow days, movie tickets, gym discount (& etc retail discounts)

    Cons

    Super long hours, if the job doesn't get does it's YOUR OWN problem, if you stayed too late you might get in trouble however the building is open 24 hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look after yourself because you will never know when Jane doens't like you and post your job openning on the internet while you're still at your role

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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