Banana Republic

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Banana Republic Reviews

Updated September 17, 2014
Updated September 17, 2014
823 Reviews
3.3
823 Reviews
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Banana Republic President Jack Calhoun
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335 Ratings

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    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.

  2.  

    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
  3.  

    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
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  5.  

    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

  6.  

    inspirational and exciting

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    Current Employee - Associate Manager  in  Chelsea, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Associate Manager in Chelsea, England (UK)

    I have been working at Banana Republic full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    I feel motivated by the company, very supportive towards progression and feel proud to be part of a leading and expanding brand. Open to new ideas and always trying push to get the best out of every staff member. The product is getting better every season which makes me want to sell it harder! Love the atmosphere in central stores, the luxury and chicness of the brand gives real competition to other luxury brands on the high st.

    Cons

    Hard to think of cons, but as a ember of management, i would love to have a little more payroll hours to ensure that my team are getting all the training they need effectively first time round.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice to managemnt is to keep doing what they are doing because they are fab! Maybe sometimes have realistic time frames with some tasks as it can get too operational in stores at times due to workload. Apart from that all is great!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Can be rewarding

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Banana Republic

    Pros

    With the right team and environment it is an excellent workplace.

    Cons

    compensation does not match job requirements

  8.  

    Pretty decent for a first time in a visual role

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Banana Republic

    Pros

    Great coworkers and great work hours

    Cons

    Low pay and slow advancement

  9.  

    Concentration Camp

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    Former Employee - Brand Ambassador  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Brand Ambassador in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Banana Republic as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    My colleagues were absolutely fantastic

    Cons

    where do i begin: the management was the worst i have ever seen. London flagship needs to seriously be reviewed in terms of managerial positions. I felt discriminated against. I felt victimized. Worst of all i began to doubt myself as a human being. Further, to expect workers to perform at their full potential when the air conditioner is broken is too much (especially when it is the middle of summer and it is 30+ degrees on the lower level. Fans not only look unprofessional they also do not help at all

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a course at a community college to further develop skills in organizing a workforce, and further understand that in business you must not be biased in your decisions, just because you dont like somebody does not mean you wait for them to make a mistake and then punish them. you work with them, you do not own the company and i believe that if head management saw what you were doing to employees you would be out of a job very quickly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Enjoyed my time at Banana Republic

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    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
  11.  

    Not quite!!!

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate  in  Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    You can definatley learn how to dress by working here. This job is good for students but if your looking for a life then this is not what you want.;

    Cons

    Pay is not great. start you at 9.50per hour. Managers act like its a priviledge to make 9.50 an hour. thought the discount was great until i found out they have specials every month where the customer saves just as much as employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    no advice, its really not the mangers its the structure of the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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