Charming Shoppes
2.9 of 5 64 reviews
www.charmingshoppes.com Bensalem, PA 5000+ Employees

Charming Shoppes Reviews

Updated Mar 23, 2014
Charming Shoppes – US – “Clothes”

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2.9 64 reviews

                             

35% Approve of the CEO

Charming Shoppes President & CEO Anthony M. Romano

Anthony M. Romano

(20 ratings)

40% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "good benefits, relaxed environment, friendly employees"
    in 3 reviews
  • "decent benefits, easy work environment"
    in 3 reviews
Cons:
  • "Lack of communication from the top and room for advancement is spotty"
    in 4 reviews
  • "Employee concerns are virtually ignored by upper management"
    in 6 reviews
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My experience at Charming was a positive one.

District Sales Manager (Former Employee)
Baltimore, MD

I worked at Charming Shoppes full-time for more than 10 years

ProsHad always cared for employees in the past

ConsUnfortunately made a series of decisions that were not received well by client base in the recent past, therefore eroding customer loyalty

Advice to Senior Managementnone

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Ok company at store level

Part Time Sales Lead (Current Employee)
Vacaville, CA

I have been working at Charming Shoppes part-time for more than 3 years

ProsLarge company with some opportunity for advancement. Offer holiday pay to all employees. Good retention rates. Generally supportive district mangers.

ConsAt store level hours fluctuate significantly through out the year. There are no sales bonus available to part-time leaders for making store sales goals despite the fact that many PTSL's word only a few hours shy of the 40 per week mark.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Very demanding and stressful, management only there to criticize, treat employees badly and commonly lie.

Payroll Analyst (Current Employee)
Bensalem, PA

I have been working at Charming Shoppes

ProsWill let you take a day off if needed, but not on Monday or Tuesday

ConsPoor upper management. Particularly HRIS and Payroll. No communication unless it's to criticize. Low, low pay. Management lies to employees on a regular basis to get what they want out of you. They take away your spirit and self worth.

Advice to Senior ManagementThey really need to replace senior and upper management. These issues have been going on for a very long time under the present management. It will not improve until somebody here sees where the problems really lie. Outsourcing to India has created it's own set of issues, but has gotten better over time. Problems in Payroll and HRIS are not getting better and will not until something changes.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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I worked for Charming Shoppes' plus size division for 4 years.

Upper Management/Multi Level (Former Employee)
Chicago, IL

I worked at Charming Shoppes

ProsCharming Shoppes offers an excellent associate discount. At least once a month, they receive 50% off of their entire purchase. As most new products roll into stores, associates are given a free one to own and try.

ConsCharming Shoppes has been hit hard with the recession. The stores are running on bare bones coverage, without enough payroll to keep store standards.

Advice to Senior ManagementCorporate should consider how the stores are affected, with every decision they make. Corporate should also recruit more from the field to get a better understanding of store operations.

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Good work/life Balance

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Bensalem, PA

I have been working at Charming Shoppes

ProsLocation is great, Ability for Flex Time Hours is a great benefit, Opportunity to adjust Summer Schedule (Summer Hours program) is great.

ConsNo current job security due to poor sales and poor high level decision making. Overall morale is low. Too many jobs are outsourced to India which causes internal frustration.

Advice to Senior ManagementManagement needs to stop looking "outside" company for talent. Start promoting and training from within. Instead of cutting lower level staff to save money, need to re-evaluate management layout (too many Chiefs and not enough Indians)

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Started well, but went downhill with changes at the top

Store Manager (Former Employee)
Richmond, VA

I worked at Charming Shoppes

Prosassociates and the store environment

Consupper management at the corporate level

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Non competitive

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Woodbury, MN

I have been working at Charming Shoppes

ProsGreat employee discount and benefits

Consslow growth potential and insignificant raise.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Good job, but not a place to grow

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
North Smithfield, RI

I have been working at Charming Shoppes

ProsGood employees, understanding management. They are good with time off and scheduleing conflicts. Some good coustomers as well that are regular shoppers

ConsUpper management dosent really work, most things would not get done if it was left up to the store manager. The company wants you to be very pushy with coustomers

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Good enough part time job to obtain Social Security benefits

Part Time Sales Associate (Current Employee)
San Diego, CA

I have been working at Charming Shoppes

ProsOpporunity to work any day of the week. Stores close no later than 8PM.

ConsAssociate store discount policies keep changing. Part Time associates receive almost no benefits but consitute a majority of employees. .

Advice to Senior ManagementSenior corporate management never show up at the stores. Mid-level management is very pushy and demanding of store personnel. As a former chief union steward, I've considered organizing the non-management store associates.

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Great benefits great discount

Management (Current Employee)
Vero Beach, FL

I have been working at Charming Shoppes

Prosalways a learning experience daily

Consno increases in pay for a while

Advice to Senior Managementnot a lot of turnover which is good

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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