Talbots Reviews

Updated August 27, 2015
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Talbots CEO Lizanne Kindler
Lizanne Kindler
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Pros
  • I found the position to be a decent work/life balance (in 12 reviews)

  • Benefits are immediate upon hire for full-time employees, without any probationary 90 day period that many companies require (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper Management completely out of touch (in 23 reviews)

  • The work life balance is not available (in 9 reviews)

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  1. Awesome brand!

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - General Store Manager
    Current Employee - General Store Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Talbots full-time

    Pros

    Inclusive and collaborative environment. Definitely feel very valued. Upper leadership is very connected and on the same page. There is congruency between mission and values and our actual behaviors and expectations.

    Cons

    Opportunity to streamline communication flow. Often times have to look in multiple places to get the pieces of an answer and then put that together. Some operational processes can use upgrading in order to help facilitate better planning and strategy.


  2. General Manager

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - General Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - General Manager in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    This is the most humble company I have ever worked for. The people are real and it's so refreshing to be around people who care about people. I AM TALBOTS! !!!!

    Cons

    None I can think of.


  3. Talbots Rocks!

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Our CEO is such an inspiring, amazing leader who creates such a collaborative, creative environment. We are empowered to lead our teams in a way that we have fun and meet all of our company goals and commitments.

    Cons

    Can't think of a one!!!!!!

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what we are doing!


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  5. A retail company that rocks!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - General Manager
    Current Employee - General Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Talbots full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Comittment to learning and development, very transparent senior management team, great co-workers and fun clients.

    Cons

    -retail hours can be tough but the company is understanding of your work/life needs -technology in the stores is not up to date but is in the works

    Advice to Management

    Stay "real"- it's refreshing! Continue to support internal career growth and expand our access to possible career paths.


  6. Warehouse associate

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company and great benefits

    Cons

    Nothing negative about working here


  7. Great Place to work!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Talbots full-time

    Pros

    This company is really turning around and is evolving in to an even more exciting place to work. I have worked at other retailers and none of them treat their employees with the appreciation and respect that Talbots does.

    Cons

    Overall there is a lot of room for advancement but because the turn over rate is low you may have to wait a while.


  8. Intern Review

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Hingham, MA
    Former Employee - Intern in Hingham, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    --Great mentorship throughout internship from manager as well as VP --A brand that is turning around in a strong way with great leadership

    Cons

    --Hierarchical, not always flat culture


  9. Sales

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Charleston, SC
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Charleston, SC

    Pros

    Understanding manager. Great while in school. Flexible scheduling.

    Cons

    No cons. Good experience. No commission


  10. amazinnnnnnnnnnnnnnnng place to work

    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    good benefits when you start, awesome people, upper ward mobility

    Cons

    not enough task to spread among empolyees


  11. Sales associate

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great coworkers Nice location Decent store Able to relocate if needed

    Cons

    Poor management Lazy managers Biased towards employees No advancement or pay raises

    Advice to Management

    Stop sitting in the back office all day and help your employees on the sales floor. It would be a more enjoyable experience working at Talbots if management displayed interest in all of their employees and not just the "client specialists." Also, they rarely give out any raises or allow any employee advancement. I worked at Talbots for over 4 years and only received one raise despite my consistent achievements and hard work.



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