Talbots Reviews

Updated March 30, 2015
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  1. co-manager

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    Former Employee - Co Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Co Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at Talbots

    Pros

    Great family environment, how I made many of my close friends.

    Cons

    Upper management would benefit by listening to stores on a closer level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen to the concerns voiced in stores. Keep the associates focused with support.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. Amazing opportunity for professional driven people, rewarding of exceptional performance and dedication.

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    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
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    Nice place to work

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    Former Employee - Assistant Manager
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager

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

    Pros

    Small store so it was very easy pace. My team is like family. Good quality products.fantastic discount

    Cons

    Pay was to low for me to stay on
    We never had enough product
    Communication was choppy. Very inconsistent from corp.
    ASMs arenot treated the same as Co Managers. This is a mistake.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As a member of managment I would have liked a better compensation rate for my position. I had come from a retail back ground with high vol stores, but this store only had ASM positions. I could have contributed more outside our 4 walls. Plus after benefits were taken off my pay my check was to small to survive on. Can't keep quality workers that way.
    Payrol system of $ base hous not productive vs non productive is not good. Hard to work with effectivly.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful

    Worst Experience ever!

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    Former Employee - Management
    Former Employee - Management

    I worked at Talbots

    Pros

    employee discount, up to date technology

    Cons

    No respect from corporate partners, treat you like dirt. No appreciation for hard work and dedication. Nothing you do is good enough. They preach "hug your customer" which is easy and gratifying but your superiors step on you!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. Dead end

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Savannah, GA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Savannah, GA

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

    Pros

    medical benefits, okay insurance options, disability coverage, short term maternity leave

    Cons

    no room for growth, corporate culture doesn't provide incentive to sell. Associates are required to maintain high sales volume with very little reward or recognition.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. An overall good company to work for.

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Rockville, MD

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

    Pros

    The pay is good for the job that you do. The discount is also pretty great and when new merchandise comes out you get 60% off.

    Cons

    No insurance for part-time employees
    Customers can be a pain sometimes. They lie about not knowing the return policy, that has been changed for years now.

    Recommends
  8. 3 people found this helpful

    Management Problems and Few Incentives

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate
    Current Employee - Sales Associate

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

    Pros

    I love my co-workers and my assistant manager, these individuals make working at Talbots an enjoyable experience. I love the wonderful discounts on the beautiful clothes as well.

    Cons

    Our manager has the assistant manager do most of her job. Now that the manager is made to do the schedule she changes it at a whim and does not notify the employees that she has put them on the schedule to work when they were supposed to be off. When someones parent dies employees are not all treated the same as far as being given time off to be with their dying family member. When a dedicated employee has a loved one die, he company does not send flowers even if the employee has worked for them for years. I have worked for the company for several years and have never been given a raise even though our manager continues to get her bonus for the work that we do to help make the numbers so she can receive a bonus. The company sends out cookies instead of a bonus at Christmas, most of the gifts that come to employees as a thank you for their productivity probably cost more to ship them than the food itself.

    Our store is dirty, there are dead bugs in the bonus storage area, these bugs have been there since I have worked there. The store is dirty, the walls need painted and it needs new carpet. We were told that the company would not allocate money to clean the carpet last year, therefore when they finally let us get it cleaned , much of last year's mud was ground into the carpet permanently.

    15 minutes to open and close a store to save on work hours is not sufficent time to get things done right.

    Too many of your sizes vary from one item to another, I firmly believe this is due to "Fair Trade" and having our clothing made in too many different countries. Sometimes we receive clothing from China that reaks of chemicals, none of the staff ever buys that clothing. The only item that I have seen that was made in the U.S.A. in Talbots over the last 10 years were some socks and tights.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Send out paperwork to all stores with a survey asking them about their store and their manager. Let their names be anonymous.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. Neutral

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Tyler, TX
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Tyler, TX

    I worked at Talbots part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible scheduling, Good Customer Service

    Cons

    Limiting growth potential, Drastic changes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company seems to be struggling, overall.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. Sales Associate PT

    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Savannah, GA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Savannah, GA

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

    Pros

    Co-workers are friendly, paid weekly..

    Cons

    Pay does not compensate for the work/customer service that is expected.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase pay and work hours.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful

    An evolving environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous in Hingham, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Hingham, MA

    I worked at Talbots full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Large corporation culture and benefits. The culture was continuing to evolve to a more progressive and up to date atmosphere in the final years of my employment. Lots of great, hard working peers.

    Cons

    It is well known that the company has been going through a dramatic transition from a public thriving company to a lean and more efficient enterprise. The staffing has been cut too thin for the amount of work my group was tasked to accomplished and so it was hard to do a good job. A lot of outsourcing and "downsizing" was done in my final years there. This resulted in understandable culture of fear and heightened finger pointing as things were predictably dropped due to over taxing the team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Adjust staffing levels up to allow for the high quality product that Talbots is known for.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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