Banana Republic Reviews

Updated September 4, 2015
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  1. Banana cards

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales in Bradenton, FL
    Current Employee - Sales in Bradenton, FL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The pay is great for a minimum wage job. The coworkers are also very nice.

    Cons

    There is a massive enforcement of selling banana cards and the focus has shifted way too far onto selling them and the hours are not great.

    Advice to Management

    Please stop forcing banana republic cards, and blaming it on the associate, associates cant always sell them based off what they do at work.


  2. very professional

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    they are extremely professional and nice to work with

    Cons

    it could be hard at the begining


  3. Meh

    Former Employee - Sales Support Associate in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Support Associate in Santa Monica, CA

    I worked at Banana Republic (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The discount was everything, 50% off!

    Cons

    I had to pay for parking, 3rd street promenade.


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  5. Best Job!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Brand Ambassador in New Orleans, LA
    Current Employee - Brand Ambassador in New Orleans, LA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great discount, Awesome clothes, Amazing people!

    Cons

    The base pay rate is a little low for the amount of work that is expected of you.


  6. Sales Support

    Former Employee - Visual Specialist/Sales Support in Westlake, OH
    Former Employee - Visual Specialist/Sales Support in Westlake, OH

    I worked at Banana Republic (More than a year)

    Pros

    Management style was very effective

    Cons

    Not enough hours/ Didn't receive benefits

    Advice to Management

    Nothing. They did an excellent job managing


  7. Brand Ambassador

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Banana Republic part-time

    Pros

    - Employee Discount - Easy job, not hard labor - Friendly co-workers

    Cons

    - Not enough training - Focused heavily on selling Banana cards - Not enough hours

    Advice to Management

    Instead of hiring a lot of people and giving less hours, have fewer staff members with more hours


  8. Customer Service Representative

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Fort Worth, TX
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Fort Worth, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    cool people to work with

    Cons

    no opportunity for advancement because mbas are now managing retail stores

    Advice to Management

    encourage open dialogue with employees regarding their futures. pay part time employees better per hour.


  9. Unfair Hiring Practices for Designers

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Designer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Designer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Banana Republic full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Designers aren't required to work extremely long hours on most days.

    Cons

    BR is not diverse when it comes to hiring. They will hire, people of color for freelance positions, but never full-time permanent positions. Several African American freelancers have worked at Banana Republic for over 2 years in the hopes of being hired fulltime. Yet, not single African American Designer works at Banana Republic. They also don't hire many American citizens either. Out of the entire Menswear Design Team only 3 are American and they tend to have the lowest positions. 75% of the Designers are from the UK . 3 out of 4 of the highest design positions are given to designers from the UK.

    Advice to Management

    For a company that prides itself on diversity you should have better hiring practices. It is false advertising to label Banana Republic an "American Sportswear" company.


  10. Solid entry-level retail

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Alexandria, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good discount. It works at Gap, Old Navy and BR, so it helps with any budget. 401k matching for part-timers Stock discounts. Better than average support for work environment complaints

    Cons

    Pay isn't localized, so high cost of living areas suffer while low cost of living areas thrive. Management is typically under-educated and overworked. The company tends to over-reward seniority as opposed to merit. the Peter-principle thrives here. Recent consumer trends have left BR and Gap to be the weakest brands in the family.

    Advice to Management

    Looking for open availability lowers the quality of your selection. The merchandise discount can attract over-qualified employees who have standard 9 to 5s. I've repeatedly seen professional marketing and customer service employees be let go because they couldn't work the desired availability.


  11. Perfect for one on one fashion consulting

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - MPL in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - MPL in Columbus, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Banana Republic full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Employees are well rounded to be efficient operationally and well versed in product knowledge to deliver the best consultation for the client.

    Cons

    There is a lot of inconsistencies. It makes things harder to get accustomed to or prep for

    Advice to Management

    Work with the team on the floor to give the best feedback and in the moment coaching. Improve the training process instead of learning as you go.



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