Talbots

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Talbots Reviews

Updated February 19, 2015
Updated February 19, 2015
346 Reviews
3.3
346 Reviews
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Talbots CEO Lizanne Kindler
Lizanne Kindler
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work-life balance in the company, they understand you also have a life outside of the job (in 12 reviews)

  • Good benefits for full time employees (in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • I think upper management is out of tune as to what goes on daily in the stores (in 23 reviews)

  • Absolutely no work life balance possible, even in village stores (in 9 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Love this company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate
    Former Employee - Sales Associate

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

    Pros

    Loved my job. The customer's and other employees were amazing. The quality of the clothing is really great which makes it easy to sell and the customer's are usually life long fans.

    Cons

    Hard to get time off unless you work for a large store.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Enjoyed working there

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Omaha, NE
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Omaha, NE

    I worked at Talbots

    Pros

    paid decently well for a part-time retail gig, the company was good about sending promotional and training materials and did a good job ensuring all employees were educated about the current brand moment, would offer promotional contests and incentives for reaching sales goals which was always really appreciated

    Cons

    can't really think of anything specific that was unpleasant about working there... I had a good overall experience and felt they were fair to their employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    great group of people !

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Sales Manager in Newark, NJ
    Current Employee - Assistant Sales Manager in Newark, NJ

    I have been working at Talbots full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    we have a lot of passion in our building for one another, a client base as well as our product.
    the merchant group has been improving. the product is more modern in feel and speaks to a more wide demographic.
    the company is being run in a much more profitable manner than in the past.

    Cons

    nominal work /life balance .
    catalog representatives are outsourced and don't always reflect the brand in the best light

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    all members of the team would benefit from monthly incentives

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    excellent place to work, very professional employees and management great training and of course beautiful merchandise.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - I Would Work There Again
    Former Employee - I Would Work There Again

    I worked at Talbots

    Pros

    immediate employee discount and incentives weekly paychecks

    Cons

    I did not experience any cons.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great people, training, and customers.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in East Lansing, MI
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in East Lansing, MI

    I worked at Talbots part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great leadership and my team was fantastic. The work atmosphere was calm, organized, and friendly.

    Cons

    Hours weren't always that consistent, but it was fairly consistent for retail and very flexible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great company. Increasing opportunities for advancement and more consistency in incentives and hours would be ideal.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Poor Management but coorperate doesnt seem to care

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Talbots part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Long hours during season majority of coworkers are great to get along with. Recieved good training from the right person. shifts go by quickly when busy. Some are hardworker than others.

    Cons

    Short hours during summer
    some supervisors look down on you too much as if your doing everything wrong.
    Few employees do not share equal work around store.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Store managers should really watch the way supervisors interact with their co-workers. Store suprvisors are supposed to be there to help sales associates. As a former employee I can not believe talbots lets discrimintation in a workplace from a supervisor.

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

    Awesome

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Retail Sales Associate in Bakersfield, CA
    Current Employee - Retail Sales Associate in Bakersfield, CA

    I have been working at Talbots

    Pros

    Great Company, Great Associates, and the sales/points were extra perks for the associates.

    Cons

    Not as much support from management when it was difficult to achieve sales goals during the bad economy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Talbots (more than a year)

    Pros

    love the people, great commute

    Cons

    no pay raises, need to re-intstate

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    General Manager

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - General Manager
    Current Employee - General Manager

    I have been working at Talbots

    Pros

    Great company!!! Amazing executive group. They are dedicated to getting the brand back on track. They are working with us and helping us. They want to know how to make it better and truly listen to your feedback.

    Cons

    Continue to build bench strength. So that we are always promoting from within.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue on this amazing journey. You guys truly do care

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Retail itself can be a pain ... but the company is good.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Hanover, MD
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Hanover, MD

    I have been working at Talbots part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Pay is decent compared to other retail clothing stores.
    Very good work life balance, at times the store only wants sales associates for one shift per week (which can become a con...) My manager really respects our availability, if we ask off ahead of time she does everything she can to give us the schedules we need.
    Good discount on clothes.

    Cons

    NO, I repeat, NO raises. Ever. For me (a sales associate) or my key holder, or the managers.
    Constantly pushing sales, getting more credit cards, selling as many items to one customer as possible - sometimes it really isn't fun, but rather stressful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Why don't we ever get raises? New sales associates get the same pay as associates that have been there for years and years ...

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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