I worked at Gymboree
Pros – As an employee, you get 40% off regular priced items plus you are the first to select items when they go on sale.
Cons – The Burlingame store was never given many selling hours, therefore to save hours the employees had to work by themselves for a period of time. Employees are expected to finish all tasks in a timely matter while giving excellent customer service, it was non realistic. Employees are given too much work, not enough hours, and not enough help.
Advice to Senior Management – Slow down on the sales and promotions. Customers will stop buying regular priced items because they know it will either go on sale/ promotion soon. Also for the amount of work given to the employees, especially the store mangaers and Assistant managers, they should getting paid more.
No, I would not recommend this company to a friend
2009-07-31 21:53 PDT
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I have been working at Gymboree
Pros – Family friendly environment. Generally very friendly and upbeat employees. While there are not large budgets to put on lavish parties, there is a genuine concern for the employees. The benefits are good and, since it caters to Moms with its products, it similarly caters to a family-focused employees. It's products are very good and, notwithstanding its ill-conceived foray into women's clothing, it tends to focus on what it does well.
Cons – Pursuit of niche markets means that there is limited potential to move up. Very social, chatty, organic, intuitive, consensus-driven culture: great for some, terrible for others. Imagine the military.... this is absolutely the exact opposite. As is the case with many retail apparel retailers, if you're not a Merchant or Planner, you're not driving the business and, consequently, you're afforded less organizational focus.
Advice to Senior Management – Stick to children's clothing. Consider making appropriate strategic acquisitions, particulary in this down market when target companies are relatively cheap.
2009-01-06 14:39 PST
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