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Gap, a good first job

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Former Employee - Sales Associate in San Mateo, CA
Former Employee - Sales Associate in San Mateo, CA

I worked at The Gap

Pros

It is not difficult to get hired at The Gap, you don't need to have much prior job experience. They provide training on site and the work is not too labor intensive, unless there is a major sale. It allows you to interact with a lot of people, which can be a good or bad thing. At least in my experience, my co-workers are friendly and easy going.

Cons

The pay is not great, entry level wages. You do get an employee discount but The Gap doesn't have great clothes.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Communicate more with the staff.

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  1. Gap could be an exciting place to work, but the truth is very disappointing

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    Current Employee - Contractor in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Contractor in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at The Gap

    Pros

    If you are an employee, you get a great discount on clothing. Great social responsibility programs and the people are very nice. The cafe is good and most of the company HQ buildings are in nice locations and beautiful.

    Cons

    Small-thinking, not very innovative, not interested in new ideas from workers, highly risk-avers management, much more conservative than their reputation suggests.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a look at the resources on hand and don't just ignore ideas and innovation because it comes from an unexpected source...be more creative and empower the employees.....it's all about not making waves and not about really achieving...read very DULL.

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    This is a great brand, with great people facing some big challenges and therefore offering opportunity to add value.

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    Former Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at The Gap

    Pros

    The people are the reason and working for iconic brands can be exciting and challenging.

    Cons

    The leadership can't stick to a strategy for long enough to evaluate whether the strategy will work.
    They are big and want everything cheaper, faster AND better when anyone will tell you that you can have two but never all three at the same time. The effect of demanding all three from your workers and vendors is that you damage your partnerships.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make a change in one of the variables and then evaluate the effects over a six month period. A month and a half is not long enough to know whether your strategy is working especially when it takes two weeks to get the change into the stores.

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