Banana Republic Reviews

Updated August 27, 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. Helpful (4)

    Managers are incompetent. Expect to be abused.

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    Current Employee - Sales in Central Valley, NY
    Current Employee - Sales in Central Valley, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Part time just looking for some extra money when you are in school.

    Cons

    Managers are incompetent. Expect to be abused. Expect to have all of your days off denied even if it's for religious reason. Days off are given to meet business needs, but it's always busy. Management tells employees that they are easily replaceable.

    Advice to Management

    There should be better and more competent managers.


  2. Helpful (2)

    LOOK SOMEWHERE ELSE FOR A JOB.

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    Former Employee - Sales Support in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales Support in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great discounts, nice clothes and customers. The area I worked in was a very nice part of the city so overall people were nice with the exception of a few pompous, arrogant customers.

    Cons

    Poor management, even worse pay. Employees are very exclusive about who they socialize with and the management works people who aren't sellers (i.e. Sales Support, Stock Team) to death. Hours are horrible if you work in Stock or as Sales Support (not a Sales Person), there is no overtime pay even when working THROUGH OUT THE NIGHT. Conduct by managers are highly inappropriate, including but not limited to: excessive cursing, insults thrown at employees, favoritism, inappropriate sexual advances by certain gay managers.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to listen to your employees and show your appreciation.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Work at BR only if you're desperate.

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate Platinum Club
    Current Employee - Sales Associate Platinum Club
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You don't have to get dirty to work there. You get discounts on clothes.

    Cons

    There's little respect for associates, pay is low, pressure is great to "produce," particularly to sell Banana Republic cards. There is a lot of nepotism. Very poor management. Attitude is if you don't like it, get out.

    Advice to Management

    Reward your most productive workers. Review your managers for competency.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Waste of time, good discounts.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in McAllen, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in McAllen, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great employee discounts, 50% off. Flexible scheduling for high school or college students. Other than that, not much else here.

    Cons

    Wages are plain ridiculous, most often starting at minimum wages with yearly increases of less than a quarter. No advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Try to reduce turnover and increase employee enthusiam by taking proper care of employees. The current overall feeling of lower end employees is of expendabilty.


  6. Helpful (4)

    It could be better...

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    Current Employee - Sales Support Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Support Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    They provide great flexibility in scheduling and the employee discount is definitely something that makes working at BR bearable.

    Cons

    The pay stinks, literally. For a company that makes such large profit margins on a selling a $80 shirt that costs about $3 to make you would think they would treat employees better. Secondly the anonymous tip line for employees to report management problems, store issues, etc is completely useless.

    Advice to Management

    The reason turnover rates are so high in your stores are because you have an such large quantities of employees who are working their behinds off with no management motivation and for minimum wage.


  7. Don't take stock in BR

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Okay benefits, easy to earn vacation time..hard to actually get the time off, generally good people to work WITH..(not FOR)

    Cons

    Horrible management communication. Extremely outrageous goals in regards to the BR card, hourly sales and general expectations of work that needs to be done. When there is a lot going on you MIGHT want to staff appropiately, if you are unable to do, so please realign your expectations of what should be done. Lack of build-up from managers..this should not be a environment of "'no news is good news" Management also neeeds to take control of problem issues and not wait for them to go away. Please don't ask me or another associate to take care of things as we are not paid to do so. Managers also do not step up when they have created or caused an issue, they try to sweep it under the rug and pretend they are working on it when they are actually trying to save their own behinds. Stand behind your employees..don't throw them under the bus when it was YOUR mistake. The company is taking a turn in the wrong direction..poor construction of pieces..clothing, handbags, jewery and the cost is going up! Work life balance is non-existent (unless you are the store manager). Working long hours for little pay (even in this economy) is for the birds! District managers need to visit on a regular basis and not put one "spy" in charge to gather information for you..try coming in..getting to know your associates and get the information for yourself. Try making an educated decision...you might be surprised with the turn out. They are another one who waits for problems to go away. If you chose BR I wish you luck, you will need it.

    Advice to Management

    I think I pretty much covered that above.


  8. Helpful (1)

    this company has changed

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    Former Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    awesome discounts at all the brands, good product, clear policies and procedures. there were some hard working people i worked with and I learned a lot while working here.

    Cons

    no follow through from supervisors, positive or negative. no opportunity for growth, limited promotions, not supportive work environment. Basically felt taken advantage of, didn't ever receive a raise even when job responsibilities increased and I exceeded financial expectations. When I put in my notice they told me how valuable I was and attempted to get me to stay yet never showed it otherwise.

    Advice to Management

    give feedback. any feedback. give reviews. I never had a review in 4 years. Promote qualified people instead of those who dress well. People feel stuck in their careers. It is not fun to work here anymore.


  9. Helpful (2)

    No recognition and undermines one's confidence

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    Current Employee - Full Time Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Full Time Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Discount Health Benefits Great friendships made with fellow coworkers

    Cons

    Open door policy is a sham! Managers cannot be trusted. They will all talk about you and whatever you spoke to one manager about will get back to the other manager you complained about which results in retaliation! They do not promote from within the company and hire incompetent managers whom subordinates end up training. Nobody listens or cares. They feed you crap so that you think everything will be all right. Very cliquey. I feel like I am in high school again. Poor training and no development for those that are genuinely care about the integrity of the company again they'll hire outside talent that has no understanding of the brand. Pay is horrible and no raises. No parking provided.

    Advice to Management

    Develop, train and recognize your LOYAL hardworking employees. Follow through and DEVELOP. I can't stress that enough! LEAD BY EXAMPLE! Listen to your employees, address their needs and don't break their confidentiality. Provide a HEALTHY work environment Do not pretend things are going smoothly when it really isn't. Do not compromise the integrity of the brand.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Drama Filled

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    Current Employee - Stock Associate in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Stock Associate in Charlotte, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice Discount, Nice music, Nice Merchandise

    Cons

    Managment has authority issues and use a micromanage approach

    Advice to Management

    Get it together!


  11. Helpful (1)

    Get out of the Gap, Inc.

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    Former Employee - Sales Support in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Sales Support in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Discount on clothing Great co-workers Super easy job

    Cons

    Really low wages Horrible hours Felt disrespected Awful company - cheap clothes, zero training

    Advice to Management

    Care more about your employees. Spend more time training on new merchandise.



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