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Awesome clothes and product. Clothes sell itself.

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Former Contractor - Sales Associate in San Diego, CA
Former Contractor - Sales Associate in San Diego, CA

I worked at Gymboree as a contractor (More than 3 years)

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

40% discount on personal purchases
50% off discount several times a year
20-30% discount from Sister company Crazy 8 and Janie & Jack.
You can help other stores to make more hours if you are a good worker.

Cons

You do get snobby customers who think they are rich or wealthy because they can afford to purchase Gymboree.
Gymbucks redemption time gets crazy.
Smell of soiled diapers and kids running around the store.
Kids TV is on all day but you do learn to block if out.
Many shoplifters love this place, many shop lifters are moms stashing accessories under their strollers.
Don't be surprised to get 2 hours a week on slow months or be on call all week.
New store set ups monthly are terrible.
You will most likely get more hours on these days because the work load is so overwhelming but be prepared to clock past midnight.
Many management changes constantly.
Yearly reviews only help to give you a 12 cent raise.

Advice to Management

They will rather promote from outside the company than see the true potential of their own staff.
Most of them do not lead by example and do leave you alone in the store when they are not supposed to.

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Over worked, and underpaid division of Bain Capitol RUN!!!!

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    Former Employee - Store Manager
    Former Employee - Store Manager

    I worked at Gymboree full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    They are sales driven for the customer promoting lower class clients. Cute clothes but the quality has taken a downturn in the last 3 years.

    Cons

    Long hours, unrealistic work schedule, does not believe in Children s Charity, hires all employees in underpaid and offers no more then 3% Raise for the best workers

    Advice to Management

    Run... This company does not practice what they preach. They overwork their managers giving you 119 hours to run a multi million dollar store leaving the store manager working 50-60+ hours every week in order to run efficiently.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Sales Lead

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    Former Employee - Sales Lead, Key Holder
    Former Employee - Sales Lead, Key Holder

    I worked at Gymboree part-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fast-Paced Environment, Quick Promotion, Good 1st job. You will meet a lot of great co-workers from all walks of life. Most of the sales associates and leads are younger kid; 18/19 year olds. You will gain lots of retail experience.

    Cons

    Always, Always understaffed. Many times you will work much longer than you are scheduled. Large percentage of employee turnover. As with all companies, when you start working you get very little hours but when I say little, think about 9 hours a week if you're lucky. Lot of distrust in the company.

    Advice to Management

    Hire enough staff for holidays and especially regular calendar years. Really think about the people having to put up and take down marketing in stores when you are changing them on almost a daily basis. Give stores enough money to hire more staff- you have the funds. And also, if a store manager has gotten written up 7 times, please fire them.


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