Banana Republic – Why Work For Us?

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At Banana Republic, we support our employees through robust onboarding plans, development opportunities, stretch assignments, mentoring and coaching. 

We believe that living your True Style is more than what you wear. We do more to make a difference on topics that are important to both our customers and to us, like service, respect & equality and the environme

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On November 28, 1978, Banana Republic opened in Mill Valley, Calif. – right across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco – as a shop for people with a passion for safari and expedition wear from faraway places.  Our founders were two progressive entrepreneurs who embodied the pioneering spirit of San Francisco.  They loved to travel to collect the surplus clothing that outfitted the store.

In addition to the Mill Valley store, Banana Republic offered a unique, award-winning travel-oriented catalogue referred to as a travelogue – to appeal to the “journeyman” in all of us.

In 1983, San Francisco-based Gap Inc. saw something special in Banana Republic and brought it into the Gap Inc. family, with a promise to keep its unique spirit alive.  Today, Banana Republic continues to outfit those on the modern journey of life.  From harnessing the urban safari to getting a promotion to living out one’s dreams, our customers will be perfectly dressed for every step of the way.

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At Banana Republic, we believe that how we do it is just as important as what we do.  We admire people who have a relentless desire to succeed, who recognize great performance and celebrate smart risks.  Creativity and innovation is a must in all roles of the company – from our designers to our store managers to even our number-crunchers.

In the stores, our employees are true ambassadors for Banana Republic.  They are knowledgeable about fashion and trend, passionate about the brand, and dedicated to helping our customers achieve what’s most meaningful to them.

We care about our employees, and we find opportunities to connect, educate and engage on a consistent basis.  At our four global headquarters locations, we meet regularly to discuss business, learn from one another and celebrate our achievements.  In our more than 700 stores worldwide, our service-minded leaders and brand ambassadors work together to provide a joyful experience for our customers, and their teams.

We support employees through robust onboarding plans, development opportunities, mentoring and coaching.  We provide compelling stretch assignments, and have defined programs to develop diverse field leaders and high potential employees.

We celebrate curiosity of spirit, and encourage our people to explore all that Gap Inc. has to offer.  At Banana Republic, we provide a journey of learning that enables us to grow and recognize internal talent.  In fact, over 70% of open field positions are filled internally by those learning, growing and exploring new opportunities.

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True Style: It’s More Than What You Wear

We believe that True Style is more than what you wear. It reflects how you live, how you choose to navigate your life, and how you show up. We are focused on doing more to make a difference on topics that are important to both our customers and to us: service, respect & equality and the environment.

Service
Echoing Gap Foundation’s tradition of community service, ONE+ALL is Banana Republic’s commitment to inspiring employees and customers to work together toward improving the communities we all share.  While ONE+ALL encourages and supports all volunteering, it specifically focuses on skills-based volunteering. 

Each year our store associates donate more than 50,000 volunteer hours in their communities through our One+All outreach program.

Respect & Equality
In a show of respect for our store associates, we’ve just raised our minimum hourly pay rate to $9/hr for U.S. employees. And last June, to support marriage equality, we launched the #BRLove4All campaign that resonated around the world.

Environment
We’ve used LED lighting to cut electricity usage in our stores by 25%, and we’re making new strides in recycling and clean water in the fabric mills we work with.

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file  Employee Merchandise Discount

Not surprisingly, our most popular perk is a generous merchandise discount for Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy and Outlet, with occasional discounts at Piperlime, Athleta and Intermix; available to all full, part-time and seasonal employees.

file   Canada Benefits Information

We offer Canadian employees a great set of extras too! Find out more about what benefits are available when you join our Canadian team here.


file  Savings and Retirement

We want to make it easier for employees to meet their financial goals.  Our 401(k) plan provides a company match for contributions up to 4 percent of an employee's pay.  You can also invest in the company through our Employee Stock Purchase Plan.

file  U.S. and Puerto Rico Benefits information

We give employees many choices so they can customize an overall benefits plan that fits them as well as their spouses, domestic partners, children and other dependents.

file Paid Time Off/Leave of Absence

We offer one of the most competitive plans in the industry, providing PTO days for vacation, personal time, or illness.  We also offer seven paid holidays per year.  Our Leave of Absence program is available to use for a variety of reasons.

file Benefits for those working internationally

Gap Inc. also offers resources to support our employees who travel internationally for work, or on assignment abroad.


 

fileWhat other perks are there?

Gap Inc. partners with dozens of familiar brands and organizations to offer all Gap Inc. U.S. employees access to great discounts. Buy a discounted Apple or Dell computer. Send a bouquet of roses at 15% off. Or take the family on a fun vacation to California's LEGOLAND. We have a long list of other great perks as well!

We offer:

  • On-site health and wellness clinics, weight management memberships and discounts to local gyms.
  • Floral delivery discounts with FTD, 1800 Flowers and For You Flowers vendors.
  • Tuition Reimbursement, Commuter Benefits and Adoption Assistance Programs.
  • AT&T, Sprint Verizon and T-Mobile discounts for cell phones and plans.
  • Zipcar, North America’s largest car sharing provider, to help you simplify and green up your everyday travel.
  • Travel, Hotel and rental car discounts.

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    I have been working at Banana Republic full-time

    Pros

    The company has pretty good benefits

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    However the pay rates aren't the best

    Advice to Management

    Very operational company, definitely breeds strong leaders


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Additional Info

Website www.bananarepublic.com
Headquarters San Francisco, CA
Size 5000+ Employees
Founded 1983
Type Subsidiary or Business Segment
Industry Retail
Revenue $500 million to $1 billion (USD) per year

Banana Republic has grown from a two-store wannabe safari outfitter to an empire in its own right, though no pith hats or fake palm trees can be found now at its stores. Instead, the well-known retailer of men's and women's mid-scale (not high-dollar, but far from discount) casual and tailored apparel has a sprawling territory some 610 stores in North American, Europe, and Asia, and a website, through which it distributes its well-put-together look. It's also expanding in Latin America and the Middle East via franchise agreements. Several Banana Republic ... More

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