Banana Republic Reviews

Updated June 30, 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. Visual Specialist

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Visual Marketing Specialist in Fort Myers, FL
    Current Employee - Visual Marketing Specialist in Fort Myers, FL

    I have been working at Banana Republic part-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Decent employee discount program, flexible hours, and general stress free environment. Company stresses great customer experience and atmosphere, instead of aggressive selling techniques and methods.

    Cons

    Low sales equals less hours, strange "on call" shifts are very rarely used and require employee to check in at store 2 hours prior to shift to find out if they will be utilized or not. Training has sporadic, and uneven. High turnover rate for associates, and no strong management training programs for associates interested in moving up in the company.

    Advice to Management

    Organization and communication to all associates seems to be the area that could use some improvement.


  2. Event Staff

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Banana Republic part-time

    Pros

    Such a fun environment , the event staff was responsible for window dressing etc. awesome employee discount

    Cons

    Very hard to move up .

    Advice to Management

    Make the promotion process more fair and the work environment more fun.


  3. Okay

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Banana Republic

    Pros

    Friendly employees and customers helped it be a better workplace. Hours weren't long and breaks were given

    Cons

    The pay was minimal and it was demanding for a retail job


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  5. General Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Banana Republic

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunities Values Benefits Philanthropy

    Cons

    None that come to mind


  6. Nice place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Princeton, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Princeton, NJ

    I worked at Banana Republic

    Pros

    Made great friends, decent pay, enjoyable environment

    Cons

    Some times the hours were long and rough but overall still a nice place to work

    Advice to Management

    Better raise structures for long time part time employees


  7. Cool company great discounts!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Banana Republic

    Pros

    At factory store 30% off all sales except clearance. 10% off of clearance.

    Cons

    none really. It's just not really fun trying to convince people to get credit cards, but you just simply ask if they want one and if they say yes open up a credit card for them if they say no just move on.


  8. Fun Atmosphere

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Brand Ambassador
    Current Employee - Brand Ambassador

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Everyone is always working hard to help you with anything. Not a strict dress code and the 50% off at Banana and Gap is completely worth it.

    Cons

    Inconsistent hours and low pay


  9. Long term employee

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Banana Republic

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I loved my fellow employees. We were close like a family. The employee discount is pretty good, especially the discount at outlets.

    Cons

    When an employee is being complained about a lot and everyone is unhappy with them it is impossible to get rid of them. Even those consistently breaking rules are not fired ever.

    Advice to Management

    Consider your employees when making hiring decisions and let them sit in on interviews since they will be working directly with that employee or supervisor as well.


  10. Overall great company, specific experience depend on location and managers

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Brand Ambassador in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Brand Ambassador in Dallas, TX

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    -Great discount and pay policies
    -Generally have a flexible schedule (depends on the time of the year)
    -Ability to change locations easily (I have worked at 5 different stores, basically my job has followed me around the country, which is great!)

    Cons

    -Some managers aren't very good at their jobs, but they still keep them
    -Managers may expect a lot from brand ambassadors but contribute very little themselves
    -Policies can be inefficient and bureaucratic

    Advice to Management

    Actually take part in the sales process, be on the floor with your employees. If there is a certain goal you want employees to meet, take part in achieving that goal rather than just giving it like an assignment. Be continuous about praising your employees when they do well.


  11. Wonderful company that cares about their people and offers lots of upward mobility.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Experience Supervisor in Lynnwood, WA
    Current Employee - Customer Experience Supervisor in Lynnwood, WA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great employee discount, great benefits, strong focus on work/life balance

    Cons

    Lots of change and churn in corporate-level leadership; expect to work lots of nights, weekends, and holidays

    Advice to Management

    Promos are too deep in recent times



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