Charming Shoppes Reviews

Updated July 25, 2014
Updated July 25, 2014
68 Reviews

3.2
68 Reviews
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Charming Shoppes President & CEO Anthony M. Romano
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20 Ratings

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Very good place to work, they have looked out for the employees.

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    Current Employee - Telecom Administrator  in  Bensalem, PA
    Current Employee - Telecom Administrator in Bensalem, PA

    I have been working at Charming Shoppes full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Friendly people and clients upper managment is very pro employee. They have brought people in fo the I.T. dept. to help build resumes and also brought in the unemployment office to help us out.

    Cons

    Charming Shoppes was bought out by Ascena Reatail group they offered me a Job in Columbus Ohio that I had to turn down.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep treating the employees they you are.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Help Desk Analyst

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Charming Shoppes

    Pros

    Manager was awesome and supportive

    Cons

    Hard to get out of support

  3.  

    Worked as Sales Associate for over a year

    Former Employee - Part Time Sales Associate  in  Decatur, GA
    Former Employee - Part Time Sales Associate in Decatur, GA

    I worked at Charming Shoppes part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great Work enviroment, great co-workers

    Cons

    Not enough hours per week

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  5.  

    Loved the people

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Charming Shoppes

    Pros

    Dedicated Staff, Friendly co-workers, Shared vision, gym

    Cons

    Demanding work schedules, meager vacation/sick leave, salary adjustments weak

  6.  

    Great

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Merchandise Planner  in  Bensalem, PA
    Former Employee - Merchandise Planner in Bensalem, PA

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

    Pros

    Great job, good benefits and time off

    Cons

    long hours and too many forms

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    good company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Charming Shoppes full-time

    Pros

    good people to work with

    Cons

    not a lot of bad staff

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    The employees are all very nice and helpful

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Charming Shoppes as an intern

    Pros

    The kindness of fellow employees

    Cons

    The typical frustratig corporate bs

  9.  

    My favorite company to work for so far

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Copy Chief  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Copy Chief in New York, NY

    I worked at Charming Shoppes full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great people with excellent work ethics and pleasant dispositions. Nice benefits

    Cons

    Laid off my entire office in one day without warning

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Sales Associate Experience

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    Current Employee - Part Time Sales Associate  in  King of Prussia, PA
    Current Employee - Part Time Sales Associate in King of Prussia, PA

    I have been working at Charming Shoppes part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    They are very flexible with schedules. It is a very relaxed, low stress environment.

    Cons

    Sometimes there are not enough hours for each associate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate expectations and store results.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Cause and Effect

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    Former Employee - Marketing/E-comm  in  Bensalem, PA
    Former Employee - Marketing/E-comm in Bensalem, PA

    I worked at Charming Shoppes full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    There is an in-house cafe, excellent health and disability benefits, a matching 401K plan and a value put on recognizing individual talent achievements. Plenty of money is spent on company resources and equipment, accommodating employee needs, holding parties and celebrations, and encouraging continuing eduction and training programs.

    Cons

    Since the company was acquired in 2012 by Ascena Retail Group, they've eliminated most of the brands and subdivisions and laid off half their workforce. In turn, this has scared a lot of the existing workers into leaving the company which has lead to current employees taking on additional roles and responsibilities to fill the vacancies. In turn, it has lead to a decline in work life balance which now results in many dissatisfied employees working one too many hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company likes to hand out empty promotions to make up for the extra responsibilities, so you'll find there are a lot of unnecessary "managers" only managing one person or no one at all. This leads to lots of individual micromanaging and unnecessary hands in the pot when it comes to making decisions. In turn, this awkward structure results in one too many meetings about well, meetings. They love to hold meetings.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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