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Banana Republic Reviews

Updated September 12, 2014
Updated September 12, 2014
820 Reviews
3.3
820 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great discount to use over 3 brands(Banana Republic, Old Navy & Gap) (in 101 reviews)

  • Employee discount is a nice perk (which applies or other Gap related companies) (in 93 reviews)


Cons
  • Pushing credit cards is the only thing corporate is worried about (in 87 reviews)

  • Employee raises were given once a year, but they cap sales associates in the Factory Stores at (in 38 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate  in  Waterloo, NY
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Waterloo, NY

    I worked at Banana Republic part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    30% employee discount, LOTS of training on the "Brand", very good employee incentives - management always brought in xtra snacks when long hours were mandated.

    Cons

    need to be available on weekends and holidays or working here is not an option, management use incentives as bribes making me feel like a 5 year old child! Not many of the clothes are on hangers so you do LOTS of folding. They really have the associates push customers to sign up for their credit card.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    nice job

    Current Employee - Sales Associate  in  San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in San Antonio, TX

    I have been working at Banana Republic part-time

    Pros

    excellent environment and managers very accesible

    Cons

    little advancement for employees especially if sales assoc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    rotate people around, sales associate get tired of being all the time in the floor and need some time as cashiers, same thing for cashiers need more time out in the floor

  3.  

    Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedules, great team. Love the company values, and love how the company values its customers without sacrificing the wellbeing of their employees.

    Cons

    pushy with the brand CC, also not very environmentally friendly. All individual baggies for every single item during shipment.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Very pleasant. The management is excellent!

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    Former Employee - Stock Associate  in  San Leandro, CA
    Former Employee - Stock Associate in San Leandro, CA

    I worked at Banana Republic full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Flexible schedule. Good Management. Smart Coworkers.

    Cons

    Barely above min. wage. Unless proven, you will usually be on call.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing A.N. and S.V.!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great company to work for, excellent opportunities for growth.

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    Former Employee - Customer Experience Supervisor  in  Wichita, KS
    Former Employee - Customer Experience Supervisor in Wichita, KS

    I worked at Banana Republic full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Excellent discounts across the brands, good benefits. Great charitable grants and community service opportunities. Wonderful team to work with!

    Cons

    I really don't have any cons from working here. The work life balance could be improved, but it is retail - so one really shouldn't expect to constantly have weekends off.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Banana Republic

    Pros

    Good benefits (discounts, medical, eye, dental, 401k)

    Cons

    Too many store visits with nitpicky managers. Either ease up and understand that that's the way it looks, or provide us with more hours and training.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pop into stores unannounced. We don't need to waste hours the night before making the store look perfect for you. Just see it for how it really is in the moment. And if it's not to your standard, then provide stores with more hours to fold and fix on a daily basis. As it is, we only run on enough hours to maintain the store, not to perfect it.

  8.  

    Good but Exhausted from the credit cards

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Banana Republic

    Pros

    Decent wage, nice people, helpful managers, great customer base, very systematic

    Cons

    They are soo pushy with credit cards

  9.  

    Enjoyed my time at Banana Republic

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate  in  Wayne, NJ
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Wayne, NJ

    I worked at Banana Republic full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Everyone in my location was like family. The hours were great and the discount was decent as well.

    Cons

    Working on some weekends and holidays, but thats most retail positions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Easy Part Time Job

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Support Associate  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Sales Support Associate in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Banana Republic part-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great camaraderie with the ability to move around, cashier, cabinet sets, try different things, an opportunity to learn business 101 skills, and can certainly take leadership roles (without compensation) and gain experience

    Cons

    low salary base, you really get what you pay for, if BR paid more, we'd have higher class employees and less turnover, but I guess that's what keeps costs down.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage loyalty, pay your employees more, stop capping salaries and hourly wages, if your employee has been there 10 plus years, they still deserve a raise.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Offers room for growth.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Stock Associate  in  McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Stock Associate in McLean, VA

    I have been working at Banana Republic part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Incentives on making sales goals. Strong team morale. Room for growth.

    Cons

    Inconsistent scheduling. Sometimes not enough man-power

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand that everyone has their own set tasks before asking them to deviate from it

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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