Dress Barn Reviews

Updated September 14, 2014
Updated September 14, 2014
169 Reviews
3.5
169 Reviews
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Dress Barn President, CEO, and Director David R. Jaffe
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97 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • You are empowered to run your store as your own, Great work/life balance (in 12 reviews)

  • 40% discount on regular price merchandise (in 14 reviews)


Cons
  • The upper management sucks and does not value any of the employees (in 9 reviews)

  • Pushed too hard to make sales goals without the incentive of commission (in 8 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Awesome place of employment

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    Former Employee - Assistant Manager  in  Oklahoma City, OK
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Oklahoma City, OK

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

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, great benefits for full time employees. Everyday you help someone feel good about themselves and you get to dress's them up in what fits there body style! Its eye opening and a lot of fun!

    Cons

    Working Sundays and no benefits for part time rmployess.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    This is a heart job with benefits

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    Former Employee - Part-Time Sales Associate  in  Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Part-Time Sales Associate in Baltimore, MD

    I worked at Dress Barn part-time

    Pros

    Flexible hours, Family atmosphere, support from staff and management, helping others feel and look their best.

    Cons

    lack of financial support toward educational growth for employees and some difficulties with receiving work schedule within a reasonable time frame.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need more support with educational growth for employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Fun & Easy

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Dress Barn

    Pros

    Great people and good atmosphere

    Cons

    Low pay and sometimes crabby customers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing

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  5.  

    Working there is good, but pay is terrible

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Dress Barn full-time

    Pros

    People are nice and great to work with,
    In-company promotions

    Cons

    Salary's are not fit for cost of living

    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Great company with lots of (full time) associate benefits.

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    Current Employee - Assistant Manager  in  Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Charlotte, NC

    I have been working at Dress Barn full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Very welcoming culture for the most part. Great employee discount at Dressbarn, Maurice's, Lane Bryant, and Catherine's.

    Cons

    Difficult district leader. Often unavailable so you have to reach out to people over them, then they get mad at you for reaching out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More scrutiny on actions and decisions of District Leaders- they favor some store leaders over others in an unfair way.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Fun and busy

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    Current Employee - Assistant Store Manager  in  Brighton, MI
    Current Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Brighton, MI

    I have been working at Dress Barn part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Love most of our customers and doing visual

    Cons

    steaming with a hand held steamer is slow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The pay really should be more money.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    I have been in the retail industry for 20+ years now and I have never work for a company like Dress Barn.

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    Current Employee - Store Leader  in  Elmira, NY
    Current Employee - Store Leader in Elmira, NY

    I have been working at Dress Barn full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Definitely for the associates! Believes in work life balance! I have nothing but positive things about this company. I have a great district leader who helps me though this journey and she doesn't judge.

    Cons

    I really don't have any cons about this company. Except that I wish we were located in a different area so we could get more foot traffic.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great company with the typical flaws

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    Current Employee - Assistant Manager  in  Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at Dress Barn full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Full time employees have a great benefit program. Support from the home office is exceptional. Promotions are not easy, due to availability. Company strives on encouraging work life balance. Great discount on purchases. We spend time with the customer offering ideas and fashion advice. It can be a most satisfying experience when she leaves bouncing out the door with a big smile

    Cons

    Would like to see a better rate of pay. Never enough hours to schedule properly. High demands on executing floor moves and changes. Do see some preferential treatment of employees occasionally
    Overall a great work environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Often there are not enough hours in a day to get all the tasking done with 2 part coverage.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Decent company to get your first merchandising experience

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    Current Employee - Assistant Buyer  in  Mahwah, NJ
    Current Employee - Assistant Buyer in Mahwah, NJ

    I have been working at Dress Barn full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good benefits, summer Fridays, fitness center, shares in stock potential to make some bonus, but at least it's something.

    Cons

    Merchandising positions only open up when someone leaves, promotion is very slow/hard to attain.

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not very professional management

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate  in  North Port, FL
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in North Port, FL

    I have been working at Dress Barn part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Discount, and having to leave three words, nothing else. Maybe it will get better....who knows...nice customers and for the most part, nice coworkers. There is always that one.....management won't deal with.

    Cons

    Management, Janitor work. Cleaning everything from windows, mirrors, floors and toilets. Not a lot of training. Customers are nice. You move around the store because corporate asked....only to get management to come in and rearrange it. Makes you feel your work is for nothing. Sometimes your not even selling because your to busy cleaning. Some Coworkers steal your sales or never help with the back breaking work. And lunch breaks are 10 minutes in the back room, because never a third person to help cover. So, two people to run register, watch door, hang stock, watch dressing room, wait on customers and clean......

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to employees, Think about a real lunch break, don't ask us to move something when it's never up to your standards. More team work, that goes for everyone! Not just a chosen few. Maybe alternate weekends so we can spend a whole weekend with family. We don't make much money, and little hours for ones who want them. Everyone is part time except management. Maybe give us something for our work. Sure a discount, but really, we only wear them at work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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