Ann Taylor

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Ann Taylor Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated November 3, 2014
Updated November 3, 2014
794 Reviews
3.3
794 Reviews
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Ann Taylor President, CEO, and Director Kay Krill
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great discount for the employees with additional opportunities for coupons (in 89 reviews)

  • The employee discount is 50% and every quarter you get select items at 75% off (in 68 reviews)


Cons
  • All the time the store whats more credit cards more sales , never is good enough (in 71 reviews)

  • There is no work life balance for store managers or even co managers (in 27 reviews)

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  1.  

    Sales Associate

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Ann Taylor full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    They truly care about their employees. Great training throughout the year.

    Cons

    Sometimes you have to do hard labor and for very little pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Paying your employees a better wage with slow down the hight turn over

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Not bad for a part time job.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Ann Taylor part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible scheduling
    OK discounts
    Work-life balance

    Cons

    Management gets outsourced quickly, leaving stores into shambles.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great environment however low pay for visual merchandiser

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Visual Merchandiser in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Visual Merchandiser in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Ann Taylor as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    I have been working with this company for almost 2 years. I love my working team, and the managers.

    Cons

    The company doesn't make any salary difference between sales associate and visual merchandiser.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great company!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Ann Taylor LOFT Sales Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Ann Taylor LOFT Sales Associate in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Ann Taylor part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great work environment, from the people I work with to the structure of the company. Very flexible with my schedule and able to work around any conflict I may have. Not to mention I love the clothes!

    Cons

    It seems to be a temporary job for many, somewhere for people to go while they are looking for full-time work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Bad

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

    I have been working at Ann Taylor part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Discount
    Interesting Customers
    Not
    Not
    Not Not Not NOT

    Cons

    Management (District Manager, CO-MANAGER Sales Leads)
    Favoritism
    Lack of Leadership

    Work in the Loop. DM hires people that are incompetent. Co-Manager is always out of dress code and is very lazy; sitting in the back room all day on a computer instead of leading. The company would rather bring in people from the outside into leadership positions instead of hiring from within. The Co-Manager of the store has hired questionable individuals with visible tattoos that don't fit the brand standards. She picks favorites along with the rest of leadership. Managers don't know how to lead. No training; on how to be better; just going through the motions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing has changed. Management is non-existent. No feedback; however they are quick to point out things that you are not doing right. Kind of hypocritical when they are not following the rules as well. The company is a joke.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    little room for growth

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Ann Taylor Loft Sales Lead in Skokie, IL
    Former Employee - Ann Taylor Loft Sales Lead in Skokie, IL

    I worked at Ann Taylor full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great starting pay. Great associate discount. High fashion retail company that rewards hard work and fashionable associates. Best part is you can look amazingly fashionable everyday! Most of the clients are amazing to work with; you really get to make a difference in someone's life by influencing their fashion decisions. Most mornings are slower paced; however it really picks up after school hours.

    Cons

    You really have to have a heart for fashion. If you're the type of person who doesn't pay attention to the small details in fashion, you might not want to apply. Its really hard to get a full time position; you really have to prove yourself, and even then, most managers will hire their friends before promoting you(which is common amongst retail). Store visits are brutal! You really have to have a back bone and be able to take some tough love and harsh criticism.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please consider internal promotions before hiring externally. Make sure to keep your promises and be a good example to the rest of the team. Keep the Whole Hearted Promise alive! it was a great tool.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Run the other way from Ann Taylor.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Ann Taylor full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Discount on foreign-made, poorly- constructed clothing, yay!

    Cons

    See pros, oh and here are a few more cons: non-present dm and rm, poor work/life balance, aka no balance, unrealistic sales and credit goals clearly not in alignment with the economic conditions or outlook for the United States, tremendous workload and zero payroll to support.., example: from 9 to 10am, do all store opening procedures ( administrative and cleaning), clear off 60 desperate emails from dm in this sinking ship company, change all promo signs for the day, usually 15 or so, put away all abandoned clothing from fitting rooms (about 4 racks), and process online orders that have been sourced to your store. Do all of this with just yourself and one other associate! Good luck!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop expecting the world from your team while you sit at home as a dm or rm taking conference calls.

    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Loft

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Ann Taylor LOFT Sales Associate in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Ann Taylor LOFT Sales Associate in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Ann Taylor part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    If you aren't dependent upon the job to make a living, you will enjoy working there.

    Cons

    There are too many workers with to few hours to give out. Management can pick favorites. There is no easy way to be promoted from within, unlike what you'll see at most companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees like you care about their lives outside of work. Do not expect above and beyond if you can't pay us enough or provide enough hours for people to make it in the world.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Nice co worker, horrible management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Stylist/Sales Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Stylist/Sales Associate in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Ann Taylor part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Discounts on clothing
    Paid time in a half on holidays

    Cons

    Having to keep buying their clothes
    Bad management
    Low pay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to employees concerns

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company that values their employees and works hard to serve the customer.

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

    I have been working at Ann Taylor part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I've worked with some really passionate and inspiring people. Working as a Sales Associate my bosses were very willing to help me pursue my next step in my career and wrote me letters of recommendations and helped me network.They care about their employees and care about doing a good job.

    Cons

    Working as a Sales Associate would never be lucrative enough to live off of. I do it because I enjoy fashion and retail and because I am looking to build my retail experience, but you can't make any good money at it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I've had wonderful managers and not so great managers. The good ones are engaging and positive and show through their actions that they love their job, the bad ones are the ones you can tell are only there to make a living and not for passion.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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