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Former Employee - Marketing/E-comm  in  Bensalem, PA
Former Employee - Marketing/E-comm in Bensalem, PA

I worked at Charming Shoppes full-time for more than 3 years

Pros

There is an in-house cafe, excellent health and disability benefits, a matching 401K plan and a value put on recognizing individual talent achievements. Plenty of money is spent on company resources and equipment, accommodating employee needs, holding parties and celebrations, and encouraging continuing eduction and training programs.

Cons

Since the company was acquired in 2012 by Ascena Retail Group, they've eliminated most of the brands and subdivisions and laid off half their workforce. In turn, this has scared a lot of the existing workers into leaving the company which has lead to current employees taking on additional roles and responsibilities to fill the vacancies. In turn, it has lead to a decline in work life balance which now results in many dissatisfied employees working one too many hours.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

The company likes to hand out empty promotions to make up for the extra responsibilities, so you'll find there are a lot of unnecessary "managers" only managing one person or no one at all. This leads to lots of individual micromanaging and unnecessary hands in the pot when it comes to making decisions. In turn, this awkward structure results in one too many meetings about well, meetings. They love to hold meetings.

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

Other Reviews for Charming Shoppes

  1.  

    This company chose profits over their employees

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    Former Employee - Rent Disbursements  in  Bensalem, PA
    Former Employee - Rent Disbursements in Bensalem, PA

    I worked at Charming Shoppes full-time for more than a 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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    Current Employee - Ssl  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Ssl in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at Charming Shoppes full-time for 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
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