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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Banana Republic President Jack Calhoun
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362 Ratings

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.  

    Not a Bad Option for College Students

    Former Employee - Sales Support Associate in Walnut Creek, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Support Associate in Walnut Creek, CA

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

    Pros

    -Hours are generally flexible, it is not hard to get time off as long as you have a good relation with the managers. They were always super flexible with my college class schedule.
    - Learn good customer service skills, sales skills and teamwork.
    -Usually all young people in college or in 20s who work there, I hung out with a lot of my coworkers outside of work. Very social job, sometimes the people you work with are all that get you through a slow day.
    -50 percent of discount at all Banana Republics and Gaps. 25 percent off Old Navy, 30 percent off the Outlet stores.
    - Really easy labor-wise, mostly helping customers or on cash register. Some slow days you literally are getting paid to walk around the store and do nothing, or at least find a way to kill 6 hours.

    Cons

    - Not a lot of pay raises once you start working there. I worked there for 4 years only got two raises.
    - Can be extremely boring.
    - If you work stock or visuals there are a lot of overnight shifts, when someone from corporate comes to the store there are often overnights to make sure the store looks perfect.
    - High turnover rate, especially during the Holidays. They rarely fired people in my time there but people often left because they weren't getting raises or were just bored. Holidays bring in seasonal workers, only a few of them are kept but a lot of them are "B squad" material anyway.
    - Most of the managers are cool, but there are always the ones who are ball busters and try to micromanage people. Working shifts with the bad managers can be nightmares on a lot of levels.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't try to micromanage employees. The friendly managers tend to get the best effort and hard work from the staff.

  2.  

    Banana republic Fatory store

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    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Fun co workers and holiday pay

    Cons

    pay isn't great, lots of favoritism

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great management with even better associates.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Las Vegas, NV
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Las Vegas, NV

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

    Pros

    Management is organized and well coordinated. The benefits aren't too shabby. The other associates are friendly.

    Cons

    None, working here is a pleasure.

    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Non-Sale Associate

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Non Sale Associate in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Non Sale Associate in Orlando, FL

    I have been working at Banana Republic part-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Fun environment, good training for retail business. Excellent standards. You have the possible of training for management. Good employee discounts across the brands, Gap and Old Navy. Flexible shifts.

    Cons

    You only get hours when the store takes money. Schedules state lots of on calls. Shifts can be cancelled at any given time. Employ new people, even though there are no hours to spare. Make you work most holidays.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train employees thoroughly, from the beginning of training. Retrain if necessary. Buddy up new hires with strong trained employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    It was ok

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    discounts which cane be used at gap and old navy as well

    Cons

    schedule which lead to little hours

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Decent, but they wonder why there is turnover

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, fairly good with time off, and good colleagues. I feel like I have learned a lot, and it is a good starter job with great training, especially at a company flagship store.

    Cons

    Understaffed, Always trying to reduce hours and save, Unappreciated, poor pay. It is not possible to do everything they ask, they are consciously understaffed, but expect people to be the only person on a floor doing the job of at minimum, 4 people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't wait to give raises for good performance, and hard work. There is a reason people leave so frequently. The expectations and the pay are not commensurate.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    The entire Atmosphere

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager

    I have been working at Banana Republic full-time

    Pros

    Internal Growth, personal growth, flexible, great perks and employee discount

    Cons

    Poor Raises in a yearly review even with doing an outstanding job!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Didn't pay for talent

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    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
  10.  

    Very Corporate Culture

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Visual Production in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Visual Production in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Very organized the way a big company should be - lots of structure to meetings, time off, reviews, etc.

    Cons

    Too big a company, lots of waste, not enough communication, lots of turnover.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Wonderful Co-workers and Managers, but not enough pay for Part Time Employees

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Stock Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Stock Associate in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    - Friendly, Professional work environment
    - Very flexible with hours, perfect job for Students
    - Great Discount
    - Good starting pay

    Cons

    - Full Time positions are not easy to come by
    - While the pay is great for those living with parents or in dorms, you can't make a living off of it
    - At larger stores, the abundance of leaders will cause management to butt heads. You step on someone elses toes when doing what you're told to.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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