Banana Republic Reviews

Updated August 29, 2015
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Pros
  • 50 % employee discount on full priced items (in 111 reviews)

  • Great discount on full price clothing (in 109 reviews)

Cons
  • They are soo pushy with credit cards (in 99 reviews)

  • retail you really don't have a work life balance (in 22 reviews)

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  1. Manhattan East

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Banana Republic full-time

    Pros

    The company has pretty good benefits

    Cons

    However the pay rates aren't the best

    Advice to Management

    Very operational company, definitely breeds strong leaders


  2. Merchandising

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Merchandising Manager in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Merchandising Manager in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Banana Republic (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits with room to grow!

    Cons

    the company requires you to where several different hats at all times but does not compensate for well the amount of work that is required.

    Advice to Management

    Compensation should be increased due to living expenses in specific cities to match the market.


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    sales associate

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The other sales associates are really cool. You get 50% off full price items. You NOW get paid $10 an hour, above minimum wage. Flexible with your availability.

    Cons

    Management is terrible. they are really shady people, they are very two faced people, would not want to work for them again. The only way to move up or for them to like you is to kiss butt, if you don't don't don't expect to get hours there or for them to like you they will cut your shifts as many times as they feel like it. Don't get on their bad side you will regret it, not all management is bad but 99% is. Best of luck to you newbies.

    Advice to Management

    If you are having a problem with an associate pull them aside and TALK to them about what is troubling them with their performance in the store, don't embarrass or lash out at anyone. Even if all you care about is making goal understand the affect you have on employees and the internal turmoil you give them by playing psychological games.


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  5. Good first job

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - SALES CLERK in Vacaville, CA
    Former Employee - SALES CLERK in Vacaville, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Banana Republic part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It was my first job and I found it to be a good learning experience. The management was friendly and accommodating and I learnt a lot about customer service and fashion.

    Cons

    There could be one or two more employees to help with the workload during busy days.


  6. Fun place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Good place to work, great employee benefits

    Cons

    Closing shift isn't preferred.


  7. Sales Support

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Support Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Support Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Banana Republic part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    My coworkers were friendly and willing to help me in anything I needed. The customers were friendly for the most part. Discounts werre great!

    Cons

    Whenever you were on call it could take up to half an hour or more for a simple yes or no. Some shitfs were on call and that would interfere with my other job and daily life because I had to plan around their time.

    Advice to Management

    Try and get better at answering phone calls from the employees for their on calls. It's a waste of their time when they have to wait around for a simple answer.


  8. Good part-time job!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Banana Republic part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great company; allows room for growth and professional development; good compensation at a basic level; a fair and equal working environment

    Cons

    It really depends on the store you work at the kind of experience you're going to have and the leadership team is a massive part of it;


  9. Good Discounts

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Downey, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Downey, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Banana Republic (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good working environment. You also get to shop there and get very good deals and the majority of their clothes is very cute.

    Cons

    You really do not get as many hours and the shifts are never stable.

    Advice to Management

    Say thank you more often. We really do our best and we never get acknowledged.


  10. Awesome

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Lake Grove, NY
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Lake Grove, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I've been with Banana republic for 4 years so far, Awesome friendships made Company cares about employees

    Cons

    Hard to move up 15 cent raises a year don't make a difference Hate how when new people make the same as somebody who has been in the company for 4 years like me.. sort of discouraging since I'm more experienced and tried hard to get to where I am today .


  11. Great Experience

    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Natick, MA
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Natick, MA

    I have been working at Banana Republic part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Fast Paced, Kind Management, Fun Team, Excellent Retail Experience

    Cons

    Parking at the mall is tough



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