Gymboree Reviews

Updated June 4, 2015
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Mark Breitbard
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Pros
  • You meet lots of great customers to help and serve (in 18 reviews)

  • 40% regular price & 20% off markdowns for the employee discount (in 16 reviews)

Cons
  • The new line hours are for slaves who are wishing to work for a greedy corporation (in 41 reviews)

  • Upper management cannot decide on a strategy before design team designs (in 29 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Lowest paid sales associates and managers

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Mission Viejo, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Mission Viejo, CA

    I worked at Gymboree part-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Access to the clothing that the regular customers can't get.

    Cons

    The employee discount was always worse than the sales and coupons of the regular customers could use.

    Advice to Management

    Pay a normal retail salary. see what everyone else is paying and you'll get some better people to stay


  2. good employer inconsistent upper management

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Downey, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Downey, CA

    I worked at Gymboree full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Good benefits good employee discount Wonderful customers good opportunity for advancement within store level

    Cons

    No advancement opportunities for store level to upper management no understanding by upper management of lives away from gymboree ... no consistency throughout districts and or stores

    Advice to Management

    Treat each store and management with the same respect and leave the preferential treatment out of the work environment


  3. Company out of touch with store expectations

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Orange, CA
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Orange, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Discount was good. Liked my peers and immediate boss. Playing will the children and baby's was enjoyable. Able to change brands with little change.

    Cons

    There is no way to give the customer experience that the customers expect on the payroll that is given. The regular customers expect a personal shopping experience, but you are alone as a manager a lot of the time. It can 10 to 1 customers to employees, with more then one customer wanting all your time and no hours where given (really) to do the shipment or markdowns for the day. There is also little to no training for management. After basic knowledge is given, there are no tools to develop yourself or your team. This leave large gaps in talent levels of it's Store Managers.

    Advice to Management

    Get to know what they are really asking there people to do, with the limitations they are given.


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  5. It was "okay"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Retail Sales Associate in Santa Ana, CA
    Former Employee - Retail Sales Associate in Santa Ana, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Good discount, cute and reliable children's clothing, great employees

    Cons

    Short hours (usually only 2 hours a shift which is a waste of gas), New Line was horrible, Rude customers, no benefits


  6. Just ok.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Sherman Oaks, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Sherman Oaks, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible scheduling and great opportunities to move up in the field.

    Cons

    Not challenging or exciting enough for me.


  7. Great people to work with. Good customer service. Quailty of fashion is great!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Gymboree full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Customer relations clientaling is enjoyable. Generally good values. People are nice to work with.

    Cons

    Payroll is completley unrealistic all managers have said they feel pressure to work for free in all distrcts. Hiring practices need improvement. Meaning district managers some have had great experience. But some are hired that have gaps in employment for some time or promoted no experience, just as any management. With proper background checks would make for better company. If only Rplm would know that dm in los angeles San Fernanado is always in stores early not following bagchecks and hunting for printer carteridges has questionable character from his past. When hears hes at stores or he freaks out. Dm is nice but he does say things out of character for a professional work enviroment, and acts out of character. When corporate is in his presence he completly is acting in character. He is afraid any mention of H.r for good reasons. When asked all store managers say they would not trust this Dm to watch theyre children based on his comments behavor in workplace I am glad I dont work for this Dm anymore. .

    Advice to Management

    Do the background checks please. Make sure that when reviewing questionable behavoirs. Make sure to look for ethical characteristics. Hire someone that is a fit for childrens enviroment.


  8. Helpful (3)

    A Stressful Experience, Enough for One Lifetime

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Lead in Sherman Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Lead in Sherman Oaks, CA

    I have been working at Gymboree part-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Discounts are ok, nice to have the ability to use discounts at all brands (Gymboree, Crazy 8, Janie and Jack, Shade)

    Cons

    Company doesn't give many hours to spend on team member, nor to actually get things done in the store. Most work that NEEDS to be done will be done off the clock, sadly. Part time employees (incl. all PT management) can no longer work 30+ hours because company doesn't want to provide Obamacare; would rather cut hours

    Advice to Management

    Giving stores more than 120 hours/week will ensure getting things done in a timely manner, where people will rightfully get paid.


  9. EMPLOYED AS CO-MANAGER AT A RETAIL STORE IN A OUTLET MALL

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Co-Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Co-Manager in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Gymboree full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Fast past environment. Adorable clothing.

    Cons

    Just about everything. Not enough staff. Not enough hours to get stock out or to handle customers effectively. Having to work on own time to get certain job aspects down. Having to skip lunches and breaks due to lack of coverage. Having to train new hires and new managers on the floor during highly busy times including training a new assistant manager on the register during Christmas rush and then showing that manager how to close which resulted in working overtime which I was not paid for because there was not enough hours.

    Advice to Management

    Sometimes you have to give to get quality associates and managers or they will go other places.


  10. Helpful (3)

    Everything You Need To Know About Gymboree: Former Sales Lead Tells All

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Lead in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Lead in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Gymboree part-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Growth opportunity: Opportunity to grow within the company, move up to higher positions then be able to list those positions on your resume for future jobs. No one stays around long, if you hang in there they promote you out of desperation, even if you aren't qualified or talented. This is the only reason I gave it an extra star. Job Security: Another plus is you can't get fired unless they discover you're stealing in some way. You can be completely horrible at your job and stay employed. They will cut your hours but they wont legally fire you because they want to avoid any possible legal issues. Training: You will learn a lot in this company that you can take elsewhere. Not from training (since there are no hours to actually train anyone) but from doing. If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere.

    Cons

    Restrictions: You work by yourself all day, which means you're not allowed to leave the sales floor to use the restroom. The company doesn't tell you that you're not allowed to use the restroom for legal reasons, but they tell you that you can't leave the sales floor. Well, if you're working alone (which is what a usual day shift as a Sales Lead is like) then you can't use the restroom because you can't leave the sales floor. That means saving your bathroom needs anywhere from 3-8 hours. How they legally get away with this, I have no idea. Hours & Pay: Hours aren't horrible for a part time job (18-30hrs a week), but if you're looking for a full time job because you want to support yourself/family, this isn't the place for you. The store manager doesn't even get 40hrs a week. The pay for any management position is 30%-40% lower than what they pay anywhere else for the same position. A Sales Lead makes anywhere from $8 - $11, Assistant manager makes anywhere from $9 - $13, and the store manager makes around 35k-45k a year. Loss Prevention, Sales & Customer Service: The company prides itself off of "legendary customer service" but it is impossible to give great service. First off, you're not only a sales person, you're store security. While working alone, with a room full of several customers, there is no way you can ring up everyone, walk away from the register to help everyone else with their questions, and follow around shoplifters to prevent them from snatching products out of your store. Physically it is impossible, and laughable to expect anyone to be able to do all these things at the same time. Plus, while doing these things, you're usually expected to do "replen," which is what they call putting new items from the stockroom out onto the floor. On top of all those things you should magically be able to do all at once, you have to constantly worry about secret shoppers, who the company sends to stores. They pretend to be shoppers and rate you on how well you do all those things without you knowing it. If you get a horrible score they will treat you horribly for it. New inventory: Every other week, or twice a month, the stores usually receive a "new line," which is the newest collection of clothing by the company (it's usually recycled styles from previous years but customers are too stupid to notice). Usually, 30-200 boxes are received for every store. They give you almost no hours other than your usual hours to process this. This creates stress beyond anything I have ever seen at a retail position. This will be a nightmare. I was successful at my job, but it nearly killed me. I left because the pay for the amount of work wasn't worth it.

    Advice to Management

    I know most of you have no control over any of the flaws of this company. It all comes down from corporate who sit in their offices and think they know it all without working a day in the store. Plus, most of you are here because there is nowhere else that will take you. Good luck with your life.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Working for Gymboree was very disappointing.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Manhattan Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Manhattan Beach, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Bonus every time you comp and made LY

    Cons

    No support from district managers, very little payroll, Regional manager is evil, human resources don’t do their job, Shipment is outrages, Newlines come in every other weekend.

    Advice to Management

    Everyone from store managers to sales associates are the ones making you rich, not your DMS and RM so listen to the “little people”.



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