Talbots

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Talbots Reviews

Updated January 26, 2015
Updated January 26, 2015
339 Reviews
3.2
339 Reviews
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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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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Love this company!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Talbots full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Friendly staff, good benefits, nice location, many inhouse opportunities for advancement and free Starbucks!

    Cons

    This company has turned around from it's decline after the market crash. Job stability during the recession (like most companies) was a concern, but hasn't seem to be the case the past year as our bottom line is exceeding expectations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensation adjustment

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Flexible schedule

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Talbots

    Pros

    They were really flexible and were glad to work around my school and rehearsal schedule. It was a fun place to work and the drama was kept to a minimum despite working with only women.

    Cons

    Sometimes it was hard to plan things when you only got your schedule two weeks in advance.

    Recommends
  3.  

    Amazing opportunity for professional driven people, rewarding of exceptional performance and dedication.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Talbots

    Pros

    Simply discover success in a fun, rewarding, professional atmosphere

    Cons

    Opportunities include whole team buy in

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay connected to every level of operations and sales. The store should be a well oiled machine. Accountability, encouragement and proformance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to work, fashion forward, very co-operative with upper mgmt.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager

    I have been working at Talbots full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Business is based on relationships you make with clients. Full support in being a stylist and rewards for it.

    Cons

    upper management is ever-changing. Security/stability sometimes feels threatened.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more visits, more communication

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Amazing and friendly place to work

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

    I have been working at Talbots as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    This company is an amazing one to work for. They offer scholarships to woman pursuing education, are flexible with schedules and the management at the WYO store is amazing.

    Cons

    Corporate needs to listen more to employees and they need to reevaluate what is sent to store and what is catalog only.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer more full-time employment options with better pay.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    If you want to be empowered this is the place to be!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Store Manager
    Current Employee - Store Manager

    I have been working at Talbots full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    An amazing new leadership team from the very tippy top that empowers and supports you to grow in your career and as an individual. If you want to make a difference and serve your customers and your community this is the place you want to work!

    Cons

    Those of us that have stayed with the company woild like yearly merit increases to be reinstated as soon as we are in the position to do so, which I totally believe is on its way with our new leadership team!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    So happy with the changes made within the company. I believe in the vision! First time I am proud and honored to be a part of an amazing organization!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Incredible

    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Talbots

    Pros

    I love the environment here! Everyone is always in a good mood. Everything Is upbeat

    Cons

    Not many. Sometimes it's annoying when you always have to wear Talbots.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great company moving in the right direction!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Talbots full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Talbots loves their customers and really values employees. Great opportunity for independent thinkers who love retail!

    Cons

    There have been several changes in leadership and direction in recent years which has been a challenge...but feel very confident with current team and innovations!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to look for ways to train, engage and reward associates at all levels.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Talbots cares about their employees

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Talbots full-time

    Pros

    The company/ upper managerment honestly listens to the feeback from their stores. They often promote from the inside and I have always felt appreciated as an employee. In addition, they have provided associates with bonuses this year. Talbots also cares so much about their customers and we work diligently from a store and corporate level to always do what is right for the customer. I have seen this company improve greatly within the past year. I'm looking forward to seeing what happens in the next year as well! The discount is phenomenal, too!

    Cons

    There needs to be a better system to anonymously report HR issues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you have been doing. I feel valued as an employee with Talbots & I feel adequately compensated for my work. Thanks for listening to your employees. I look forward to a long career with this brand.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    I plan on retiring with Talbots! (and I am no where near retirement)

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Love the people I work with. Field management is amazing, supportive and respectful. Upper management really listens to customers and associates and reacts accordingly. Great quality product, classic with a current twist. All the changes we have seen have streamlined our operations creating more time with our customers. Great incentive programs available to all levels of associates. Fun contests! Recognition on store, district, region and company levels given on a consistent basis. Also, work life balance actually exists at Talbots.

    Cons

    Initial training was not as thorough as I expected. This has changed immensely over the past 2 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Thanks you for making Talbots such an amazing place to work. Keep up the great work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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