Banana Republic

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Banana Republic Reviews in Boston, MA

Updated August 3, 2014
Updated August 3, 2014
867 Reviews
3.3
867 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Employee discount is a nice perk (which applies or other Gap related companies) (in 108 reviews)

  • Great discount to use over 3 brands(Banana Republic, Old Navy & Gap) (in 107 reviews)


Cons
  • Management heavily pushes the credit card because they have a quota too meet for each day (in 97 reviews)

  • If you don't value your work/life balance then this is the perfect company for you (in 21 reviews)

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  1.  

    Best Retail Company to work for!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sale Associate in Salem, NH
    Current Employee - Sale Associate in Salem, NH

    I have been working at Banana Republic part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible scheduling. Fantastic brand. Great coworkers.

    Cons

    Hours vary. Holidays are busy times. Can spend more than you make.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Not much room for improvement

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

    I have been working at Banana Republic part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    My managers were incredibly nice, and took my schedule into account for a certain amount of time. The discount is EXCELLENT which is a huge perk. I loved interacting with customers. The nicer you are to them, the nicer they are to you. My managers were available to handle any issues that came up. The store was very close (sometimes it felt as if managers played favorites).

    Cons

    The only type of recognition that you got would be your name on a board in the lounge. Even though they took my schedule into consideration, certain managers were only flexible with me for a little while. When other obligations came up and my schedule conflicted, they didn't give a realistic way to accommodate me. (Ex. I ask for a day off because of a competition, and they would schedule me for that day, and tell me to find coverage). Pay isn't great. Selling credit cards (which have horrible interest rates etc.) to customers feels bad.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The employees need to be educated about the opportunities to advance. They need to know about the many programs offered. Sometimes it feels as if management is only interacting with employees when something bad goes on, instead of to reinforce the good. I don't like rewards based on contests and things that like, because there are too many random variables in place. We should be compensated more, because there is a bit of knowledge associated with the job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    The only upside was the great discounts

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Store Associate in Braintree, MA
    Former Employee - Store Associate in Braintree, MA

    I worked at Banana Republic part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great employee discounts at Banana and all related stores. Can be fun at times if you like fashion or need a high school job.

    Cons

    The "on-call" policy is absolutely ridiculous, be ready to work more hours than expected to cover for people who don't show up and giving employees reviews based on how many Banana credit cards you get people to sign up for, rather than the amount of actual clothing you sell makes no sense.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus should be on selling the merchandise and giving customers a good store experience, rather than Banana credit cards (which most regular customers already have).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Banana Republic Cashier Specialist

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lead Cashier in Wrentham, MA
    Former Employee - Lead Cashier in Wrentham, MA

    I worked at Banana Republic part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    great discount
    great cultural environment
    good location

    Cons

    outsource a lot
    poor raises
    no chance to move up in management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    don't play favorites with employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    The most efficient and successful retailer I've worked for...

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Merchandise Presentation Lead in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Merchandise Presentation Lead in Boston, MA

    I worked at Banana Republic full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great benefits that start right away for full-time employees. Very efficient and cost-effective compared to Ann Taylor Loft and J. Jill. Worked with lots of young people of all races and genders. Ability to move up quickly if you are a hard-worker.

    Cons

    Since Banana Republic is part of such a large company, there are, of course, politics (drama) and bureaucratic processes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure to always recognize employees for their hard work... customer service and retail schedules can get very old.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great Company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Boston, MA

    I worked at Banana Republic part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good flexible hours, decent pay.

    Cons

    Same as any retail job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up the culture.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Ok

    Former Employee - Associate in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Associate in Boston, MA

    I worked at Banana Republic full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    starting pay rate is decent

    Cons

    the hours, dull atmosphere (boring, dry), monotonous job

  9.  

    Great company, ever changing policies"

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Wrentham, MA
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Wrentham, MA

    I worked at Banana Republic full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Benefits and support is outstanding, best I've ever had

    Cons

    Policy changes almost monthly... It becomes difficult to keep staff on track especially in high volume 300+ staff stores.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Always push back...

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great company with a very impressive culture.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Experience Lead in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Customer Experience Lead in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Banana Republic full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great culture and great people.

    Cons

    The pay is lacking for the amount of work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Environment was stressful with the emphasis on opening Banana Republic credit cards

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Support in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Sales Support in Boston, MA

    I worked at Banana Republic

    Pros

    The employee discount was good

    Cons

    Management seemed to be stressed and took it out on the employees. There was a high focus on the opening of Banana Republic credit cards.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is important to coach employees and encourage them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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