The Children's Place Reviews

Updated July 22, 2015
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  1. low pay, low hours

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Colorado Springs, CO
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Colorado Springs, CO

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    -Great environment -fun atmosphere -good training -easy to balance with school course load -good store-level management -significant employee discount

    Cons

    -low pay -few hours -call-in shifts pushy sales tactics: employees are required to ask every customer to apply for the store's credit card (every customer, no excuses policy)

    Advice to Management

    The minimum wage pay does not fit the workload expected of employees. Constant price changes and new floor sets are time consuming, and pay should reflect that.


  2. Meh.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Lead in Statesboro, GA
    Former Employee - Sales Lead in Statesboro, GA

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

    Pros

    Plenty of hours available if Sales Lead or above. Above minimum wage starting pay. Flexible scheduling if Sales Lead or above. PTO accrues rapidly. Green initiatives. Padded flooring installed to ease body aches, pains, strains.

    Cons

    Few hours for associates. On-call scheduling is a nightmare for associates, leads and managers. Ridiculously short opening and closing hours make it very difficult to get any tasking/planning done off sales floor. Little recognition of job well done. No overlap of AORs. Other leads/managers not willing to assist/mentor newer ones. Only managers can set sale/signage for sales and promos which are set night before. Two-two coverage always.

    Advice to Management

    Take away on-call scheduling!


  3. Associate

    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Children's Place part-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Started me above minimum wage even though I had no retail experience. Lenient with when you take your break (just ask during a time that's not too busy.)

    Cons

    Multiple assistant managers, all wanted different things during one shift...lot of confusion. Not willing to train because the hiring manager didn't specify to assistant managers that I had no previous experience.

    Advice to Management

    Have a clear goal for the entire store so that assistant managers aren't giving one set of directions when you arrive for your shift and then needing you to completely redo it. Assistant managers need to communicate with each other.


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  5. Sales Lead

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

    I have been working at The Children's Place part-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    30% off company discount, fun to work with kids

    Cons

    Sales leads are lower management, but refuse to give them any kind of benefits like paid sick or vacation days, even though we do just as much as an asm or sm. Lack of support from higher management. You can't go to your DM with an issue. The store gets little hours for the amount of work they want done. Associates are expected to bend over backwards for minimum wage.

    Advice to Management

    Offer a little better than minimum wage, give stores more hours for the work load. Don't force the team to twist customers arms around their back for a store credit card.


  6. Way too stressful

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

    I worked at The Children's Place part-time

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

    Pros

    good discounts if you have children, decent job for high school student looking for some extra cash but don't expect to benefit from a job here in any other way.

    Cons

    Never enough staff to handle the amount of shipment and freight we had to put out, was the only stock person for about a year and change. The store I was in had many internal issues with employees that upper management refused to resolve. Very few advancement opportunities, and the pay was disgustingly low for the work that we were expected to (and succeeded at) complete. Other than the discount there were NO benefits for part time employees and the only full-time employees were the Store Manager and Assistant Manager. Tough atmosphere at the end. District and regional managers left the company frequently. Corporate only cares about their bottom line, no room for advancement. Part time employees are required to have at least 2 on call shifts each week which seriously limits them from being able to hold a second job (which they must considering they are paid poverty wages and given a minimal amount of hours)

    Advice to Management

    Stick with a plan and go with it. Stop hiring from outside the company to fill DM positions, use your SM's that bleed from the eyes to get the job done. Pay employees a livable wage comparable to their expected workload and goals.


  7. Asm

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

    I have been working at The Children's Place

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

    Pros

    Decent pay and good discounts if you have children. The associates are fun to get along with.

    Cons

    Bad raises, terrible marketing, and expects too much. Needs to pay associates more than minimum wage for the expectation and work they do.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees with more respect


  8. Stressfull

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Lead in Goose Creek, SC
    Former Employee - Sales Lead in Goose Creek, SC

    I worked at The Children's Place part-time

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

    Pros

    The 30% discount was beneficial, and being in a mall made the hours fairly regular (i.e. never having to work before 9:00AM or after 10:00PM

    Cons

    Never enough staff to handle to amount of shipment and freight we had to put out. The store I was in had many internal issues with employees that upper management refused to resolve. Very few advancement opportunities, and the pay was mediocre for the work that we were expected to (and succeeded at) complete. Other than the discount there were NO benefits for part time employees and the only full-time employees were the Store Manager and Assistant Manager.

    Advice to Management

    Allow your Sale Leads, whom are basically lower management take disciplinary action when necessary. Having a person handle deposits, schedules, labor reports, and inventory, amongst many other responsibilities pertaining to having employees complete their duties should be given at least some authority. When employees figure out that they don't have to do freight or shipment while only a lead is there, they take advantage of that and slack off knowing that there are no conceivable consequences.


  9. Good for a first job

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Children's Place

    Pros

    The store stays busy so your never bored

    Cons

    The pay and the hours are horrible.


  10. Store Manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Stickney, IL
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Stickney, IL

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

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with.

    Cons

    Poor salary. Poor work life balance. Not enough staff or hours to complete tasks. Open district manager positions went to external candidates.

    Advice to Management

    Look to hire internally before going for an external candidates. Put yourself in management shoes knowing tasks are unrealistic with the amount of hours given.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Great environment, not so great company.

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

    I have been working at The Children's Place full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    This company sells quality products at an affordable price. Flexible hours. Chance for advancement within the company. Friendly work environment.

    Cons

    Company is too customer based. Employee discount not much better than customer discounts. Large workload for minimal pay. Not enough appreciation for the hard work of the employees. Minimal incentives.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on keeping employees happy and providing them with more reasons to want to work with this company.



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