JoS. A. Bank

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JoS. A. Bank Reviews

Updated December 22, 2014
Updated December 22, 2014
378 Reviews
2.4
378 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The sole benefit of working for this company is the employee discount (in 11 reviews)

  • Working with great people mkes the job quite bearable (in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper Management Motto - 'If those that report to you like you then you're not doing your job' (in 33 reviews)

  • No work-life balance, training systems are old/nonexistent (in 13 reviews)

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  1.  

    Easy, Laid back...depends on manager though

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

    I have been working at JoS. A. Bank full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, fun employees, relaxed environment

    Cons

    lousy pay, hard to move up, upper management is clueless

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    promote from within

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Sales Executive

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Executive
    Current Employee - Sales Executive

    I have been working at JoS. A. Bank part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Location, training, colleagues are a pleasure to work with.

    Cons

    Salary is extremely low especially given the constant sales promotions which negatively impact employee pay.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great, not only do you sell, you also make a lot of connections.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Department Manager in Auburn, AL
    Current Employee - Department Manager in Auburn, AL

    I have been working at JoS. A. Bank part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    You meet a lot of people and can make great connections. The discount for employees is amazing.

    Cons

    The holiday hours. And the extended hours that really have no meaning. The pay is ok, just make you sure sell alot.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Staying open longer, and opening at 10:00 on Sundays is kind of pointless.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    In the time i worked for this company before mens warehouse takeover

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at JoS. A. Bank

    Pros

    Initially be aware my store location i will keep anonymous hence my position is not challenging to find.

    I can only say i had one good manager since i started, that is the only pro... out of 4

    one can only hope the merge would help the employment treatment

    Cons

    List can go for ages ill give the basics

    poor management from RSD to the store level, there is no integrity, there is no proper treatment to the point where employees have to walk around with sound recorders to prove how badly they are being treated. AND THE WRONG DOERS ARE STILL WORKINGwhile the ones who record the down talking is still employed.

    HR will only respond if you say the word lawsuit

    If you stand up for yourself someone will try to get rid of you.

    It is rare to even get a raise, or get a living wage as just salary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    GET RID OF THE HORRIBLE TREATMENT SO MORAL COULD BE RAISED

    Doesn't Recommend
  6.  

    Buy 1 get 4 free

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Third Keyholder in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Third Keyholder in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at JoS. A. Bank full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Well made clothing for men

    Cons

    The sales quotas set for all employees are impossible to reach ANY month with 4 for 1 sales, which they have every week. The only person that has zero quota is the manager, while employees do all the stock work and cleaning they make the sales. Its a real scam.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change store hours to reflect traffic patterns. Straight commission on all items, free items too. In S.F. nobody can live on >$2000.00 a month. Middle management should not say things they don't back up (B.S.) just to keep people hungry.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Learning Experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Department Manager in Murfreesboro, TN
    Former Employee - Department Manager in Murfreesboro, TN

    I worked at JoS. A. Bank full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The people I worked with were very friendly, and I learned a lot about men's fashion. I appreciated that they advanced quickly, and gave autonomy where it was deserved.

    Cons

    The pay was not the best considering all the work that me and the other employees were doing. They told me they would give me a raise in salary and commission, but I never received the raise or backpay for the raise.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    No career here, stay away from Jos A Bank

    • Comp & Benefits
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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 (more than an 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
  9.  

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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Executive in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Sales Executive in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at JoS. A. Bank full-time (more than an 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
  10.  

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

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

    I have been working at JoS. A. Bank full-time (more than an 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
  11.  

    Run away

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (more than an 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

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