Dress Barn

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Dress Barn Reviews

Updated January 27, 2015
Updated January 27, 2015
197 Reviews
3.5
197 Reviews
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Dress Barn President, CEO, and Director David R. Jaffe
David R. Jaffe
115 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great Place to Work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (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
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Fun but frustrating place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Part-Time Sales Associate
    Current Employee - Part-Time Sales Associate

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

    Pros

    The employee discount is very generous, at 40%. It is generally a fun place to work, that is fairly flexible with the scheduling. The work life balance is pretty good since they will do their best to give you the days off that you request. You get to know many of the regular customers, developing relationships with them.

    Cons

    Different stores have different policies regarding coupons, special orders, VIP parties, outreach, and a multitude of other things. Individual stores are now "empowered" to make some of their own decisions, which has created animosity between stores. One store will say yes, the other no. Everyone is confused.

    There are never enough hours in payroll to have enough people scheduled. Most of the time there are only 2 people working. It is impossible to watch the entire store with only 2 people, which can be a loss prevention issue.

    The new policy is that everything is rung under one of the managers that is on duty, supposedly to make sure that they are coaching employees to do their best. With a couple of the managers, the part time people do much of the work and they get the credit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please consider allowing all stores to ring everything under one number all the time. If we are supposed to be one big team, it should be one number. The CEL idea seems unnecessary. With only 2 people scheduled during most shifts, the whole idea of the CEL coaching to make sure that the others (read part time people) do their jobs is impossible.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Honest and True Family

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    • Senior Management
    • 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 (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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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Nice company Limited opportunities to advance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Part-Time Sales Associate in Nashua, NH
    Current Employee - Part-Time Sales Associate in Nashua, NH

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

    Pros

    Nice work environment and always current with the inventory

    Cons

    Very few full time positions per location thus a limited/restricted opportunities for advancement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow experienced employees to work towards a full-time Senior Associate position, thus making them eligible for benefits such as medical, paid sick leave etc.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Decent Part time Job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 (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

  7.  

    Review

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Conyers, GA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Conyers, GA

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

    Pros

    Very good company to work for.

    Cons

    Pay really could be better

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fun job and loved my staff.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Boise, ID
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Boise, ID

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, fun atmosphere and they really try to make employees feel appreciated.

    Cons

    when you worked an 8 hour day plus you only got a half hour lunch break and they have really low staffing so its hard to accomplish what you need to do each day.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Assistant Manager

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Vernon Hills, IL
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Vernon Hills, IL

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

    Pros

    Relationships, contact with new people, developing, opportunities for grow up.

    Cons

    learning new methods, new programs...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    Go work at Walmart

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Buffalo, NY
    Current Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Buffalo, NY

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

    Pros

    Paid training
    Discounts at Dressbarn, Maurice's, Justice/Brothers, Lane Bryant, Catherine's

    Cons

    Not enough payroll to support having any full time except management
    Assistants and associates are never given any recognition
    Store managers expect to do nothing but gossip between stores
    Micro managing district managers
    Work/life balance does not exist
    No opportunity to move ahead

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward all positions for the work they do. Bonuses are impossible to achieve

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    The only reason this review gets 3 stars is because I LOVE the ladies I work with.

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

    I have been working at Dress Barn part-time

    Pros

    The women I work with are amazing. Funny, smart, confident, honest, and great at selling. The environment is fun and yet we get the COPIOUS amounts of work done. The employee discount is also generous (40%).

    Cons

    There is way too much expected of us making a lowly $8/hour. The store (both DB and DBW) is consistently run with only 2 people, and there is no merchandise/stock person. That means that the sales associates are responsible for sales, upkeep of the store, floor layouts, marketing updates on the floor, censoring and hanging all merchandise, and putting it out for display. The turnover is constant. DB also has the same clothes every year- that is NOT fashion.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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