Banana Republic Reviews

Updated July 3, 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. Great place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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

    Always got along with management and it's a great company to work for

    Cons

    Can be a challenge if you aren't organized and don't know how to talk to strangers


  2. pretty good job

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Banana Republic

    Pros

    relaxed environment, good co-workers, and teamwork

    Cons

    requires a lot of selling


  3. Overall good place to work in retail

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Associate
    Former Employee - Sales Associate

    I worked at Banana Republic

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    As far as retail goes (for a sales associate type position), it was a nice environment and the management seemed to know what they were doing--as a higher-class store, it felt like a higher-class working environment. A really great place to work during my college break.

    Cons

    It was frustrating to have an undependable schedule and know that raises weren't really on the table unless you were there VERY long term (at least not at the store where I worked).


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  5. Love the people, not the pay

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Associate
    Current Employee - Sales Associate

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great team, lots of new info on styling and great one-on-one shopping experience with the customers.

    Cons

    Working basically as a personal stylist on a minimal wage


  6. sales

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Calexico, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Calexico, CA

    I have been working at Banana Republic part-time

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    it's pretty cool environment and we all get along with the manager

    Cons

    it's gets a lttle hectic during the holidays and sometimes we're not able to go to lunch


  7. Brand Embassador

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Banana Republic part-time

    Pros

    Very good environment and excellent place to get customer service experience

    Cons

    the way scheduling works, calling in to see if you work that day, was an unnecessary hassle and overall was the cause for leaving the company


  8. Event Staff

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  9. Visual Specialist

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  10. Sales ambassador

    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Houston, TX

    I worked at Banana Republic (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to work! I loved my coworkers

    Cons

    Some managers were way too strict! Sometimes couldn't even talk among each other!

    Advice to Management

    Being too strict and rude to employees will make them look for a better company to work for! So be respectful to your employees


  11. Neutral

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    Current Employee - Visual in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Visual in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Banana Republic

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

    Pros

    Fun to look at the clothes before it's made public to consumer. The discount was awesome!

    Cons

    While the discount was great, I wish we were given a larger discount for a minimum amount of items each month. For example: 90% off 2 items a month. You are not required to wear the clothes, but they want you to fit in! They also want you available 24/7. I had major issues with scheduling.



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