Dress Barn

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Dress Barn Reviews

Updated December 6, 2014
Updated December 6, 2014
189 Reviews
3.5
189 Reviews
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Dress Barn President, CEO, and Director David R. Jaffe
David R. Jaffe
112 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • You are empowered to run your store as your own, Great work/life balance (in 15 reviews)

  • The employee discount is also generous (40%) (in 14 reviews)


Cons
  • The upper management sucks and does not value any of the employees (in 10 reviews)

  • I was a part time employee it was my first job so i didnt have high expectations i just needed some cash (in 9 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    A good job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Part-Time Sales Associate in Kansas City, KS
    Former Employee - Part-Time Sales Associate in Kansas City, KS

    I worked at Dress Barn part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    - you will learn a lot about fashion and selling with out having to worry about commission.
    - very team based and after a while everyone starts to feel like family

    Cons

    Nothing really it depends on your store leader how the store will run. Some do a great job others play favorits

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    It was once a good place to work for.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mahwah, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mahwah, NJ

    I worked at Dress Barn

    Pros

    It had a good culture until they started bringing in to many new people who wanted to change how business was done. Good work life balance.

    Cons

    New people put down the people who were there for years. The environment was so toxic. Dressbarn takes on to many new projects and doesn't focus on getting any of them right. The pay was horrible if you were there for a long time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't go to far away from what made Dress Barn a good place to work. Don't use the new building as facade of something great when it is so messed up internally. Start focusing on your people again and then business will turn around.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    going in the wrong direction

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Dress Barn part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work life balance is valued

    Cons

    low pay and upper management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Challenging

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Part-Time Sales Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Part-Time Sales Associate in New York, NY

    I worked at Dress Barn part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Discount. You recieve 20% off sale items and 40% off regular priced items

    Cons

    -Hours is only guaranteed to the managers not even the Full Timers have guaranteed hours
    -Customers allowed to get away with anything and everything while manager just stands there and watch
    -Very low pay and if you do get a raise you are lucky to get .20 cents
    -When there is a issue with an employees behavior it takes forever for the situation to be worked through the proper channels for the employee to be reprimanded.
    -Gossip within the store, within the district.
    -More about looks then work ethic
    -Weak managers
    -A lot of times people are allowed to not work as hard as others because they fit the physical image Dress Barn wants to promote

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn what it means to really inspire your team. Having the title of manager doesn't make you a good manager. I really don't think higher ups know exactly what goes on in the stores. But I do hear not all the locations are like this. I guess I lucked out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great for the customers

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Turlock, CA
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Turlock, CA

    I have been working at Dress Barn full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Adaptable work hours
    Training offered to develop skills
    Fast paced
    Great employee discount
    Like a boutique with focus on customer experience

    Cons

    A person cannot live on the full time income provided so must have a secondary job to cover basic bills
    The "work" is never done
    We do it all, floor setting, merchandising, shipment, all while driving the sales

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    May have less turn over from management if the pay were more in align with the responsibilities

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Its was an simple interview

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager

    I have been working at Dress Barn

    Pros

    Full time is 30 hours. Small store more like a keyholder position.

    Cons

    Store manager is very unprofessional and is very two faced. The store doesn't have many hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk to asm manager to get insite of store manager and store

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good starter, not a career job

    Current Employee - Sales Associate
    Current Employee - Sales Associate

    I have been working at Dress Barn part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    --Training
    --Pay increase (yearly)
    --Coworkers/Managers *depends on which Dress Barn you work at

    Cons

    --No part-time benefits
    --Coworkers/Manager drama *depends on which Dress Barn you work at
    --Customers

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company that cares about its employees!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Lee, MA
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Lee, MA

    I have been working at Dress Barn (more than an year)

    Pros

    -support from management
    -fun environment
    -not bogged down with goals and quotas to meet, allowing us to just take care of our customers

    Cons

    -its retail, so nights and weekends are a must, but you find that at every retailer
    -my face sometimes hurts at end of the day from smiling and laughing so much

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Thanks for listening to us worker bees and giving us a great work-life balance!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great culture!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Systems Analyst in Mahwah, NJ
    Current Employee - Business Systems Analyst in Mahwah, NJ

    I have been working at Dress Barn full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Teamwork, collaboration and a strategic vision for the future.

    Cons

    Office is located in a beautiful campus outside of NYC that is a challenge to commute to with public transportation.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Excellent company to work for!!!!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Store Leader in Minot, ND
    Former Employee - Store Leader in Minot, ND

    I worked at Dress Barn full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The company's as excellent team building values and puts the customer first!
    The company is a developer of people and they want to help advance. I was able to become a better manager because of the company because they truly value the employee.

    Cons

    Hours, in this location you will work almost every Saturday.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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