Charming Shoppes

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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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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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  1.  

    This company chose profits over their employees

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Rent Disbursements in Bensalem, PA
    Former Employee - Rent Disbursements in Bensalem, PA

    I worked at Charming Shoppes full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    They seemed to have a decent handle on how to maintain communication with its employees

    Cons

    They decided that people overseas could do a better job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Bittersweet doors closing after 70 years

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Ssl in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Ssl in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at Charming Shoppes full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Long term as long as did your job and drove biz

    Cons

    Transition to new company not fair, missed out on a lot of great talent. Hate to see that, would never work for any of the other divisions treat people unfairly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Numerous managers committed until the end out of loyalty to upper management and respect for years of employment only to be left without jobs that are available within the company, due to the way we were passed over we would turn down if offered now just needed someone to know how much great talent will never walk through your doors again!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Product Development Manager

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Development Manager in Bensalem, PA
    Former Employee - Product Development Manager in Bensalem, PA

    I worked at Charming Shoppes full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    I 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.

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Human 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Overall OK not the worst company to work for

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bensalem, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bensalem, PA

    I have been working at Charming Shoppes full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Raises have been low compared with other retailers through the years

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of the committed and long time employees that make the company run day to day

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    My experience at Charming was a positive one.

    Former Employee - District Sales Manager in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - District Sales Manager in Baltimore, MD

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

    Pros

    Had always cared for employees in the past

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

  7.  

    Ok company at store level

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Part Time Sales Lead in Vacaville, CA
    Current Employee - Part Time Sales Lead in Vacaville, CA

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    At 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Payroll Analyst in Bensalem, PA
    Current Employee - Payroll Analyst in Bensalem, PA

    I have been working at Charming Shoppes

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Poor 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 ManagementAdvice

    They 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Good work/life Balance

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bensalem, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bensalem, PA

    I have been working at Charming Shoppes

    Pros

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

    Cons

    No 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 ManagementAdvice

    Management 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)

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Upper Management/Multi Level in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Upper Management/Multi Level in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Charming Shoppes

    Pros

    Charming 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.

    Cons

    Charming 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 ManagementAdvice

    Corporate 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.

    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Started well, but went downhill with changes at the top

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Richmond, VA

    I worked at Charming Shoppes

    Pros

    associates and the store environment

    Cons

    upper management at the corporate level

    No opinion of CEO

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