Talbots Reviews

Updated July 2, 2015
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Talbots CEO 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. Sales Associate

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Clive, IA
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Clive, IA

    I have been working at Talbots

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great team to work with. It's a joy to go to work and help women look their best. Awesome discounts and incentives.

    Cons

    Working holidays. Although, typically employees rotate holidays and weekends

    Advice to Management

    You're doing a great job however, please hire more talent!


  2. Great Culture

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Talbots part-time

    Pros

    You get an opportunity to work with kind people, management is very accommodating and relatively polite customers.

    Cons

    Some customers are demanding and you must be prepared to act as a personal shopper to all.


  3. Love it

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Talbots part-time

    Pros

    Very nice management
    Be willing to help and they will appreciate you
    Top notch store managers

    Cons

    none that I can think of

    Advice to Management

    Keep the same managers in the stores because they know how to use the best talents of each associate.


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  5. Talbots Review

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL

    I have been working at Talbots (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Interesting, challenging work for everyone.

    Cons

    Could increase pay scale based on performance.

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees who are the company foundation.


  6. Positive work atmosphere

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hingham, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hingham, MA

    I have been working at Talbots

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - The people are nice, friendly, welcoming & willing to help
    - Great work-life balance (typical hours are 8:30am-5pm)
    - Hire within the company
    - Opportunity to grow/move up
    - Beautiful office atmosphere - newly renovated offices, desks and cafe
    - Corporate office is located in Hingham, beautiful suburban town on the coastline

    Cons

    - The company does not give out yearly bonus'
    - In order to get a pay increase you may need to leave and then come back a few years later

    Advice to Management

    Continue to be open & positive with all employees.


  7. Great atmosphere!

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Knoxville, TN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Knoxville, TN

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Everyone is invested in the success of center
    Upper Management doesn't hide in offices / transparency
    Partnerships are across the entire center to make things happen
    Always looking for ways to reward & keep atmosphere welcoming

    Cons

    Due to nature of business, challenging to have people come together as groups
    Insurance compared to other retailers isn't quite as competitive but still good

    Advice to Management

    Continue the personal touches that keep the building a welcoming place


  8. Decent "In-between" job

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richardson, TX

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

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

    Pros

    Manager at the Dallas Galleria Location was a blast to work with - very accommodating yet expected results out of every employee

    Cons

    Corporate structure sucks, no other words necessary. No employee incentives for the terrible credit card requirement, it's like corporate could care less about the employees and more about the sales.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to hire great managers like Lauren Tracey but definitely look into adding incentives for employees to stay. Lack of good benefits and payroll, employee discount is moderate.


  9. Great place to be right now

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Merchant in Hingham, MA
    Current Employee - Merchant in Hingham, MA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    * Exciting work environment, company doing well in tough retail climate
    * New senior leadership has been very effective
    * Career advancement opportunities

    Cons

    * Suburban office: 35+ min commute from Boston
    * Health benefits not great
    * Vacation days/Sick day system - not as much acceptance of PTO scheduling and personal/Sick days are skewed towards employees who have children.
    *Difficult line of communication between NYC office and Hingham office

    Advice to Management

    * As company continues to be successful and implement best practices, empower lower levels of leadership to take on decision making.
    * Continue to bridge the gap between employees who have worked at Talbots for 20+ years and everyone else.


  10. Used to be great

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    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Computer Systems Analyst in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Computer Systems Analyst in Tampa, FL

    I worked at Talbots full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Lower management cares, middle management is questionable, CIO is a great guy...

    Cons

    Great from 1999 through around 2007 until they bought JJill at a premium and then sold it for pennies on the dollar.

    Advice to Management

    Stop laying off, forget the notion of converting to vendor packages and outsourcing and utilize the loyal talent that remains!


  11. working at talbots upscale outlet

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wrentham, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wrentham, MA

    I have been working at Talbots

    Pros

    I love the people I work with. Store manager is awesome.

    Cons

    The company has not given raises in over 3 years



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