JoS. A. Bank Reviews

Updated September 14, 2014
Updated September 14, 2014
353 Reviews
2.3
353 Reviews
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JoS. A. Bank President, CEO, and Director R. Neal Black
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219 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Selling can be fun sometimes and you meet some great customers that make you feel important (in 11 reviews)

  • Great product, great quality, coworkers are very hardworking and dedicated employees (in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper Management Motto - 'If those that report to you like you then you're not doing your job' (in 32 reviews)

  • 70 to 80% of the Stores employees DO NOT MAKE COMMISSION week in and week out (in 20 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    No career here, stay away from Jos A Bank

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Washington, DC

    I have been working at JoS. A. Bank full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Decent product. Promising outlook for a few store level associates if some of the changes that menswarehouse wants to make come to fruition.

    Cons

    Most sales associates and department or assistant managers will not earn more than $9/hour, most store managers will not earn more than 30-40k per year working 55+hours/week. Regional managers, division managers and above are tyrants and attack store managers with pressure from every angle. Associates at corporate offices are never happy to help associates at store level. Rsd's always frown upon or DENY any vacation requests by store managers. Expect to never have a saturday off working at jos a bank stores. Menswarehouse has promised a change of culture but hasn't gotten rid of any of the jos a bank tyrants, all they did was put lipstick on those pigs. Promotions are never based on merit, only on politics. The moral at the store level is poor because of RSD's and above. RSD's will pound you to the ground and squeeze every ounce of morale out of you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Menswarehouse: Replace the useless jos a bank tyrants at the RSD level and above. Offer your store associates the possibly earn a decent wage. Do not make your store managers work over 45 hours per week. Encourage (instead of frowning upon or DENYING) your store managers to take their hard earned vacation time and holiday time off. Why give vacation time and holiday time if store associates are not allowed to take the time off? Menswarehouse will not earn the trust and respect of the store level associates until some real changes are made at the RSD level and above.
    Give the company a meaningful identity, right now we are the laughing stock of retail with all the silly sales and promotions. Regardless of the sale, any customer can walk into any jos a bank and get 75% off any suit or sport coat, at any time. Worst place to work if you have a family because RSD's and above do not care about you or your family.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Run away

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Store Manager  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Boston, MA

    I have been working at JoS. A. Bank full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Customers, associates, employee discount, lots of advancement

    Cons

    Worst company to work for

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees better

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Proof that good/bad management can make/break an employee's experience

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    Former Employee - Sales Executive  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Sales Executive in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at JoS. A. Bank full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Depending on who trains you, you can learn so much about the medium-upscale men's clothing industry. Work with a good tailor and you can find out how to give a guy a great fit. Work with a great tailor and you can make a guy feel like he's made the best choice in trusting you with his money. Work with a great manager and you can learn how to maximize a sale without shoving things at a client. Work with a great team and even the long holiday hours can seem to go by with only a nominal bit of depression.

    Cons

    The suggestions above say to consider discussing time-off policies, promotions, and company values... There are none. IF you can manage to stay with the company for a few years, you might get paid vacation. Otherwise, don't expect to be paid for time off. If you're willing to make roughly the same as a moderately motivated "sales executive", yet you really like your life too much and want to spend all day and good bits of your off days at work, then management may be for you. Just don't expect to be trained to do the job properly, as it seemed that only two of the six of the managers that I had really knew the product, much less the processes. As far as company values go, it's impossible to know if the values of your management team are decadent enough to repackage worn, soiled clothing so that it looks new.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    TRAIN YOUR EMPLOYEES. Change your styles more than once every few years. Consider that tailor dollars sometimes are less important than a proper fit and that sometimes a suit may only need hemming and sleeve adjustments. Put the quality back into the clothing if the costs are going to keep rising. Structure sales executive pay according to peer groups so that if it'd be unlikely for a specific store's employees to sell the same volume as a larger store, the employees aren't held to the same standards before experiencing a raise... it's not their faults that locations aren't better researched. STOP CHANGING THE SALES PROMOTIONS SO FREQUENTLY... and if you start spreading the word that certain promotions aren't going to return, BACK UP YOUR WORD!

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Assistant manager

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    Current Employee - Assistant Manager  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Washington, DC

    I have been working at JoS. A. Bank full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    get to build a good team and crew in your own location, meet interesting people,

    Cons

    corporate does not care about their employees, especially if you work in the retail side. their commission structure is a complete BS. They pay minimal wage to their associates. And making appointments to customers when there is always a SALE going on and telling them its only a one day sale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    care about your employees, they are the bread winner of the company. DO NOT PAY THEM MINIMAL WAGE AND VERY LOW COMMISSION PERCENTAGE.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Jos. A. Bank has been a decent company to work for.

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    Current Employee - Department Manager  in  Hingham, MA
    Current Employee - Department Manager in Hingham, MA

    I have been working at JoS. A. Bank full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    the people who work for the company are primarily hard working. there are flexible hours.

    Cons

    The pay scale is dissatisfactory.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    time off is easy to take but hard to move up in the company. many worthy employees are overlooked time and time again.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    over the years of ups and downs coming to work .some days it was like going to daycare the way coworker acted

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Store Manager
    Former Employee - Assistant Store Manager

    I worked at JoS. A. Bank full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    most of coworkers were nice to work with. a customer could buy something and return when ever they want

    Cons

    benefits are good but they take half of your paycheck to pay for it. promotions what promotions never saw a promotion BIG LAUGH .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    it would be nice to think about employees nstead of you the employees are the people that make this company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Temporary job for people moving up.

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate  in  Macon, GA
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Macon, GA

    I have been working at JoS. A. Bank part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    It can work with your school schedule

    Cons

    You work for little hourly pay.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Manager

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    Former Employee - Department Manager  in  Memphis, TN
    Former Employee - Department Manager in Memphis, TN

    I worked at JoS. A. Bank full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good thing they were bought by mw, this company SUCKS!

    Cons

    Everything, they could care less about you. They do not follow up on promises. They have 19th century technology.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get lost

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Great Time Great People

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    Former Employee - Department Manager  in  Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Department Manager in Waltham, MA

    I worked at JoS. A. Bank full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Very Accommodating manager, tries to be helpful to everyone. As long as you know what you're doing and don't slack off it's a great environment

    Cons

    Did not experience any cons. Maybe the leaving early policy but that is not too big of a deal

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    think about snow storm policy, that's all great time otherwise

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Exhausting.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Department Manager
    Current Employee - Department Manager

    I have been working at JoS. A. Bank full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great Associates and Dept. Mgrs.

    Cons

    High stress level, low paycheck yield.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a grip.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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