Banana Republic Reviews

Updated August 29, 2014
Updated August 29, 2014
810 Reviews

3.3
810 Reviews
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Banana Republic President Jack Calhoun
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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.  

    Definitely a temporary job, not a permanent one

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    Current Employee - Brand Ambassador  in  Commerce, CA
    Current Employee - Brand Ambassador in Commerce, CA

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

    Pros

    Discount.

    Just to reach the word limit

    Cons

    1. Banana Credit Card pushing
    2. No room for growth/advancement
    3. Poor hours
    4. Banana Credit Card pushing (I am aware that I mentioned this already)
    5. NO employee loyalty

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None. why bother when the company seems too greedy to listen to what I, or anyone else has to say.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Sales Associate

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Banana Republic

    Pros

    Friendly management, great coworkers, 50% clothing discounts .
    And the best thing : meeting all kinds of customers from all over the world

    Cons

    No benefits, when it is slow day they are cutting shifts, little room for promotions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more people not only managers

  3.  

    Great Retail Job

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate  in  Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Las Vegas, NV

    I worked at Banana Republic part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Positive Work Environment
    Easy Hire
    Great Level of Customer Service
    Good work experience
    employee discount

    Cons

    Hard to move up
    Bad hours
    Pay isn't great, raises come with performance reviews, which don't come often and result in a maximum of a .25 cent raise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make a path for those who want to move up in the company

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    It's really what you make of it.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Good discount. Big company ( many stores have discount )
    Full time benefits are great ( I was part time )
    Company is performing well overall.

    Cons

    Lower management is not the best at all stores.
    Some stores don't make a lot of money whereas others make a lot.
    Promotions are scarce and not necessarily merit based.

  6.  

    Great company to work for. They're very flexible with your schedule and needs.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Brand Ambassador
    Current Employee - Brand Ambassador

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

    Pros

    Everyone works as a team, friendly management, great benefits.

    Cons

    Having to sell the Banana Republic Card.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    A good place to work for a part time job

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Brand Ambassador  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Brand Ambassador in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    can obtain the first hand information on fashion trends

    Cons

    May spend more than you earn on new arrivals

  8.  

    Great part-time job

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate  in  Folsom, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Folsom, CA

    I worked at Banana Republic part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The discount is generous and can be used in all of Gap Inc.'s affiliate stores.

    The volume of customers and the employees I worked with were friendly and upbeat.

    It's a great starter or part-time job, because you learn to deal with the challenging aspects of working for a large company while meeting new people every day.

    Cons

    Training is minimal. I often had to learn on my own while on the job. Also, I was not trained to assist customers on the cash register until after working there for 1.5 years!

    Pushing the credit card can be difficult, especially when Corporate wants the store to reach a certain daily quota.

    Be careful not to get carried away with spending your entire paycheck here... it is tempting! :)

    Growth in the company is difficult, especially for sales associates. There is definitely a high turnover rate in both sales associates and management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train your workers in all aspects of the sales associate job.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    GREAT FIRST JOB

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate  in  Lancaster, PA
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Lancaster, PA

    I have been working at Banana Republic part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    -great starting pay, wonderful co workers, good pay incress

    Cons

    no benefits for part time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    A great job with great people and a flexible company.

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate  in  Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Jacksonville, FL

    I have been working at Banana Republic part-time

    Pros

    Great managers and flexibility. I enjoy the staff and the business model.

    Cons

    The orientation is long and boring. But you get paid to watch videos.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Good Experience

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate  in  Locust Grove, GA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Locust Grove, GA

    I worked at Banana Republic part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great team awesome experience and sometime flexible hours

    Cons

    Horrible part time hours. Needs staff other than kids in high school.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work with team as much as possible.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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