Charming Shoppes
2.9 of 5 66 reviews
www.charmingshoppes.com Bensalem, PA 5000+ Employees

Charming Shoppes Reviews

Updated May 7, 2014
Charming Shoppes – US – “Clothes”

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2.9 66 reviews

                             

35% Approve of the CEO

Charming Shoppes President & CEO Anthony M. Romano

Anthony M. Romano

(20 ratings)

38% of employees recommend this company to a friend
66 Employee Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Great job, good benefits and time off"
    in 4 reviews
  • "decent benefits, easy work environment"
    in 4 reviews
Cons:
  • "Employee concerns are virtually ignored by upper management"
    in 7 reviews
  • "Lack of communication from the top and room for advancement is spotty"
    in 4 reviews
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    Product Development Manager (Former Employee)
    Bensalem, PA

    ProsI think the most positive experiences at Charming Shoppes was the ability to move up the ladder and be promoted within the company. The location, cafateria and employee benefits were also great.

    ConsThe biggest con to working at this company in this position was the number of hours worked and overtime needed in order to finish the workload. I worked an extremely large amount of overtime without pay due to workload. I did have one assistant, but clearly it should have been set-up like the merchandising side with an Assistant and Assosicate support staff. Another con is how a lot of the new younger set of employees coming in from school thought they owned the place and did everything in their power to talk about you behind your back to the point of workplace bullying and schemed to get your position.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHuman Resources needs to listen more to their employees when there are negative things going on their workplace and take action instead of sitting on their butts and doing nothing.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Overall OK not the worst company to work for

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Bensalem, PA

    ProsMany Challenges, Many Changes, room to advance in certain areas.

    ConsRaises have been low compared with other retailers through the years

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake care of the committed and long time employees that make the company run day to day

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    My experience at Charming was a positive one.

    District Sales Manager (Former Employee)
    Baltimore, MD

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    Prosassociates and the store environment

    Consupper management at the corporate level

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    Non competitive

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Woodbury, MN

    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

    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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