Dress Barn Reviews

Updated August 22, 2014
Updated August 22, 2014
173 Reviews

3.5
173 Reviews
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Dress Barn President, CEO, and Director David R. Jaffe
David R. Jaffe
100 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.  

    A good, personable company to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Pt Sales  in  Waldorf, MD
    Current Employee - Pt Sales in Waldorf, MD

    I have been working at Dress Barn part-time

    Pros

    This company is really focused on making a woman feel at home and beautiful. For example, we put the customer's name on their fitting room door. All of my co-workers have been great. Overall, a great company.

    Cons

    As a college student working here in the summer (after nearly a year working here prior), it was pretty hard to get hours mid-way and late in the summer. The shifts for PT people tend to be very short- maybe 5 hours.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Overall a pleasant experience working for the company.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Dress Barn

    Pros

    The flexibility, work life balance, a very laid back environment, and room to grow.

    Cons

    The pay, and hours.

    Recommends
  3.  

    Great people

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Dress Barn

    Pros

    Love the people, very friendly.

    Cons

    Some employees are known to steal sales.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Im in training for management..I started from the bottom.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Management Training  in  Ocean City, MD
    Current Employee - Management Training in Ocean City, MD

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

    Pros

    I enjoy my manager and co workers. Good company Good company discount.. good family values. I like my career with Dress Barn.

    Cons

    Maybe an extra break when working 8 hours like 10 min plus your half hr lunch.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trainning of management pay like at least $9.50 an hr . And extra hours for Floor moves .

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Inspiring Career

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Store Leader/Store Leader
    Current Employee - Associate Store Leader/Store Leader

    I have been working at Dress Barn full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great relationships with team and customers. Career has afforded me a life of independence and self esteem.

    Cons

    Physicaly demanding. Weekends and holidays are busy retail times, so be prepared to adjust family celebrations etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Always listen to associates, where there is smoke there is fire.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great Place to Work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate  in  Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Detroit, MI

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

    Pros

    Friendly coworkers, thorough training, great place to learn the in's and out's of customer service and retail.

    Cons

    Encountered on problem with poor management which was solved by HR.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Never again...

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Store Manager  in  Monroe, LA
    Former Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Monroe, LA

    I worked at Dress Barn full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Paid training. The customers are great.

    Cons

    Everything else. I was apart of the management team and I was on the brink of becoming suicidal. The upper management sucks and does not value any of the employees. The HR department is run by a pack of monkeys and the pay is nowhere close to the demand, stress, and drama you have to endure to get at 35% discount on clothes that will tear after one wash.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire everyone and rebuild.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Full Time Sales Associate

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Dress Barn

    Pros

    40% discount on regular priced items

    Cons

    The pay is not good at all. It took me 5 years to get from $9 an hour to $10.20 an hour. The hours can be up and down. Since it's a smaller company other stores know what happens in other locations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Support your sales associate. Do not view them as being replaceable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Decent Part time Job

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Part Time Senior Sales Associate  in  Rockwall, TX
    Current Employee - Part Time Senior Sales Associate in Rockwall, TX

    I have been working at Dress Barn part-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Flexible hours and a good learning environment if you wish to work in customer service

    Cons

    pay is not great and the pressure to have customers open credit cards is a little too much sometimes

  11.  

    Honest and True Family

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager  in  Louisville, KY
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Louisville, KY

    I worked at Dress Barn full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Like any retail job, it depends on your manager. If your manager is a competent worker and same her bosses, then life at DressBarn is pretty great. It's a company that recognizes hard work and is quick to promote from within.

    Cons

    Dealing with the public honestly is the worst part. And if you have a bad manager, then things will be harder for all workers involved.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    DM's need to stay in more constant contact with store managers. An example is if several employee's have a complaint very similar about a SM, then you should investigate and NOT say who you heard these things from. It's puts everyone in a bad position.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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