Banana Republic

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Banana Republic Reviews

Updated December 22, 2014
Updated December 22, 2014
918 Reviews
3.4
918 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Employee discount is a nice perk (which applies or other Gap related companies) (in 111 reviews)

  • Great discount to use over 3 brands(Banana Republic, Old Navy & Gap) (in 109 reviews)


Cons
  • Pushing credit cards is the only thing corporate is worried about (in 99 reviews)

  • If you don't value your work/life balance then this is the perfect company for you (in 22 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Didn't pay for talent

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Banana Republic

    Pros

    Pay time off. 0-4 years= 4 weeks pto
    5-9= 5 weeks pto
    10+ years of service= 6 weeks pto

    Cons

    Didn't invest on management and people. Very cheap company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your managers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Store Visual Manager for 2 years

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Banana Republic

    Pros

    Corporate explained all changes to store well very well
    Great time PTO options

    Cons

    Promotions were pretty much based on popularity and longevity, NOT talent.
    Not the best benefits or review process

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure to pick GMs and DMs based on talent, NOT favoritism.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    I like working there, but it doesn't really take you anywhere in life.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Stock Associate in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Stock Associate in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Banana Republic full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    fast work environment. get to meet lots of people. get to walk around and not have one repetitive job to do. get to help lots of people. not sure if this a pro, but also you don't have to think very much. my position lets me be more free and do what i need to do without being micromanaged, but all the floor people are pretty much babysat all day.

    Cons

    very very little pay. and often times management looks to fire people simply on a whim or because they pissed them off once.

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  5.  

    Okay place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Wall, NJ
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Wall, NJ

    I have been working at Banana Republic full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great discounts when you first start working, room to move up, Goals are created by manager if goals are met you receive points, you collect points and choose "gifts" from a catalog to reward you for hard work...these included brand name items such as coach bags.

    Cons

    Non come to mind at this time.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    A decent place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Cashier/Sales Associate in Pasadena, CA
    Former Employee - Cashier/Sales Associate in Pasadena, CA

    I worked at Banana Republic part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible hours
    Pay rises annually
    Employee discounts
    Discounts at sister companies (Gap, Old Navy, Athleta)
    Benefits for full time employees

    Cons

    They keep your hours below full time. I was often scheduled for 29.5 hours.
    Pay rises are minimal
    Too many managers telling you to do the same job different ways

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Coordinate yourselves better. Too much miscommunication.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Depends on your location

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Banana Republic part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    there is room to grow, however, it doesnt matter how long youve been there. someone that has been there for only 5 months has just became a manager at my store and works less than me yet ive been there for 2 years and work my butt off for them(working the max 45 hours) and havent been offered anything.
    the discount is pretty good.

    Cons

    again, depends on your area, your management team can be complete crap.
    time off request during the holidays have to be done months ahead.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    hire people who arent lazy,rude,and just dont show up for work. have a manager that can actually make a decent schedule with a good amount of employees to cover breaks and when people are leaving.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great Products/ Poor pay

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate
    Former Employee - Sales Associate

    I worked at Banana Republic part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Gap,Inc really is a neat company which sells quality products in their higher end stores such as Banana Republic. It trains its staff very well and promotes a climate of workplace happiness.

    Cons

    Like many retail operations ,they over- stress the "awesomeness"of working there and "being a part of the team" , the generous discount, while never wanting to acknowledge that the pay is often substantially less than other retail stores and that they essentially want you to LIVE for Banana Republic. Work life BALANCE IS NON EXISTANT.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Banana Republic

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Banana Republic part-time

    Pros

    Friendly Coworkers, fun atmoshphere, great discount across multiple brands.

    Cons

    No flexibility if you aren't available on weekends

  10.  

    An okay place to work if you are a student.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Support in Short Hills, NJ
    Former Employee - Sales Support in Short Hills, NJ

    I worked at Banana Republic part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    They try to be as flexible as possible with scheduling and requesting days off but it's retail and they make a lot of the money on the weekends so you will have to work most. The discount is very generous: 50% off at BR and the Gap, 30% at Old Navy and 20% on Piperlime (occasionally). The bonus structure is nice: if the store makes or exceeds the target sales goal for the month you can get and extra $25-$200 in your paycheck depending on how many hours you worked for the month.

    Cons

    They don't pay much and your raise will be $0.05 to $0.10 every 6 months. The store carries a lot of inventory so the sales floor and stock rooms are messy. They harass employees about opening credit cards. The sales floor constantly changes so it is hard to remember where items are on the sales floor. There are no opportunities for advancement to manager within the store and no opportunities to move to corporate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Identify talent in the store and promote from within. It would be nice if corporate positions were posted in the store since most of the associates are college seniors and graduate students and may not mind relocating.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Sales associate

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Banana Republic

    Pros

    The coworkers were great and you can pretty much schedule your own hours

    Cons

    The management was awful and sometimes you are super bored and sometimes super busy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not over staff the floor or understaff and provide the team with useful feedback

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