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merchandise and administrative assistants - mind the compensation gap

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Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in San Francisco, CA
Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in San Francisco, CA

I worked at The Gap full-time (more than 8 years)

Pros

surely th 50% clothing discount. for banana republic clothing at least, as that is the most quality of the three brands. and you can always stock up on business suits at that discount right before you plan to quit. Also, the cafe of course. fantastic healthy, but tasty food and truly genuine and nice people were staffed in the cafe. loved the tuna melt

Cons

i worked as an administrative assistant for 8 years. At first, I was hooked, I repeated the mantra 'you be you' every day, participated, smile on my face, thought that yes I too was contributing the best I could. And I taped the corporate mantra 'you be you' to my desk. Yes, you can be you, but if you are an admin assistant or merchandise assistant just beware that YOU will never be compensated in the same and fair fashion as your colleagues. You will never receive a bonus. Every single type of employee in that company, receives a year end bonus, that is unless, you are administrative support. why is that? for such an egalitarian environment to segregate a group of employees and compensate them down from ALL the others...well, when your bills add up and rent sky rockets again...it becomes a bummer. and then you the the bad 'tude.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

we realize lower tier employees, such as admins, will never truly contribute the big loaves of bread when it comes to bringing revenue into the business, but we sure work, kiss ass, deliver coffee/lunch, etc to the very people, who DO

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    Good fist job.

    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Miami, FL

    I worked at The Gap part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    -Meet many different types of people
    -The discount is great so you can get name brand clothes for less
    -Learned sales skills

    Cons

    -Pay (it was an entry level retail job so you can't expect too much)
    -Hours (holidays, weekends, nights, variable scheduled times to work)
    -Didn't cover parking costs (to save money walking or carpooling is a must, especially for four hour or under shifts)
    -Constantly pushing the store card

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work with people when they want to trade shifts

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    Brand Manager

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    Former Employee - Visual Brand Manager in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Visual Brand Manager in Boston, MA

    I worked at The Gap full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fun Product, Being able to merch to product and follow through with visuals. Fast turnaround with new product flow. Working in all boxes. Fantastic discount.

    Cons

    Lots of overtime to finish the job. Not a lot of support on the salesfloor and having to cover for customer experience employees.

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