The Children's Place

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The Children's Place Reviews in New York City, NY

Updated September 11, 2014
Updated September 11, 2014
506 Reviews
2.2
506 Reviews
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The Children's Place President & CEO Jane Elfers
Jane Elfers
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Employee discount is good especially since it can be used on all sale and clearance (in 32 reviews)

  • Good money, good quality clothing, great discount on the clothes (in 23 reviews)


Cons
  • Associates are expected to train upper management when unqualified management is hired (in 46 reviews)

  • Floor set was a week long project with a window change that usually took three people to complete (in 27 reviews)

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  1.  

    Positive working environment and culture. Truely wants the best for Children and the people that work in the stores.

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager  in  Secaucus, NJ
    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager in Secaucus, NJ

    I worked at The Children's Place full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Strong culture, autonomous working environment in my department. Good salary and benefits. Had the opportunity to do want I loved to do with people that I liked every day.

    Cons

    Very poltical home office environment. Became all about the dollar. Feel that CEO was very disconnected from the field. Making decisions without transparency.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Very important to be honest with your teams.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Excellent business. Poor place to be employed.

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    Current Employee - Director  in  Secaucus, NJ
    Current Employee - Director in Secaucus, NJ

    I have been working at The Children's Place full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Benefits are more favorable to the industry average. This includes health benefits, 401k, and time off. They are a leader in their specialty and have demonstrated the ability to stay there. There are very smart and hard working people running the company and at Director and Manager levels. Training employees is exceptional.

    Cons

    Where do I begin. Very difficult to be a happy employee. This is indicative up and down the organizational chain of commands. Walking on burning charcoal is a great example of the morale in this place. Very stressful and full of anxiety. For the past few years, upper management turnover has been very high and has caused excessive turnover at the mid level.

    There is no sense of security at all and being ranked the "10th worst company to work for" by Huffington Post is being too generous. In reality, when the world sees it as bad, it's usually worse.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    For the Children's Place, the phrase "Winning isn’t everything; it’s the only thing" needs to expand to "Winning isn’t everything; it’s the only thing at the expense of the #1 thing that makes or breaks companies. It's employees". It's time to stop covering the deep rooted insecurities and run the business. There is so much potential for our company and we should be looking back from a further distance.

    Place more confidence in the people and let them think on their own. Creativity will come out and once again, this company will grow at the pace they should be growing at, not stagnate because stagnating keeps the stock at $50. It will be much easier to grow the business by taking care of the people who will bring you there.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    RUN, don't walk, away!!!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Secaucus, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Secaucus, NJ

    I have been working at The Children's Place full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Summer hours, Starbucks in walking distance.

    Cons

    Where to begin? Horrible management, constant turnover, everyone walking around waiting to be terminated, elitist, greedy CEO and upper management, little to no morale because raises are few and far between (thanks but no thanks for the "performance awards"... We're not in grade school and your dopey award won't pay my mortgage), corrupt HR department that makes hiring/firing decisions about other departments with absolutely no knowledge of those departments' needs or even functions, constant meetings to discuss other meetings and future meetings, upper management nickels and dimes employees to death on salary but goes to great lengths to insure their own astronomical salaries; nasty, catty CEO who thinks nothing of humiliating and demoralizing other executives in front of others...ugh, the list goes on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Terminate entire executive team starting with the CEO and start over!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    My experience was a positive one most of the 7 years in corporate but calendar deliverables unattainable

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    Former Employee - Design Vice President  in  Secaucus, NJ
    Former Employee - Design Vice President in Secaucus, NJ

    I worked at The Children's Place full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    excellent benefits, promote from within, CEO is aware of your contributions for such a big company, summer hours are great.

    Cons

    very tough culture, people are not team players, managers difficult to meet with, little recongnition, very littl etraining, easy to move up within company but never given the resouces so many are set up to fail.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management is mostly woman and are in the top ranks of the company bc they are all friends. There is a lot of favoritism happnening and it's a girls Besties club.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    There some Pros and Cons

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    Current Employee - Product Designer  in  Secaucus, NJ
    Current Employee - Product Designer in Secaucus, NJ

    I have been working at The Children's Place full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - great benefits, including 30% employee's discount, free fruits, limo service, 401(K), medical, vision, and dental, overseas traveling expenses' reimbursement, etc.
    - great opportunity for recent college grads to gain necessary industry experience, including overseas work and travel

    Cons

    - long hours
    - unpaid overtime and weekends
    - favoritism
    - poor evaluation system

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    need to improve evaluation system
    manage better work-life balance

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Stay away

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    Former Employee - Merchandise Planning & Allocation  in  Secaucus, NJ
    Former Employee - Merchandise Planning & Allocation in Secaucus, NJ

    I worked at The Children's Place full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The people are great and try to make TCP a fun place in order to cope with the huge amounts of stress and high expectations.

    Cons

    Unrealistic expectations. Every man /womanfor themselves culture. No teamwork or assistance from managers. Obscene amounts of work. No training. Extremly stressful environment. 0 appreciation for work done or the amount of work it takes do do all of their ad hoc and side projects. Stay Away!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a clue. It isn't worth pinching every penny when your entire staff is unhappy. Learn to treat your employees with some respect and appreciate them for their contributions instead of constantly pointing out their failures.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier  in  Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier in Brooklyn, NY

    I worked at The Children's Place part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Benefits for part time employees
    Typical retail job

    Cons

    Management under a lot of pressure and in turn associates are put under a lot of stress for very little pay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management and Royalty are two different words.

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

    Assistant manager

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    Former Employee - Assistant Store Manager  in  Bronx, NY
    Former Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Bronx, NY

    I worked at The Children's Place full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great enviorment
    Move Up.quickly
    Flexible Schedule
    Employees Great
    Fun And uo beat

    Cons

    Under paid $12 assistant manager crappy
    Floor Set every wk or 2
    No Life always needed on days off n to stay late or work open to close
    Never Any pay roll
    Store Manager is hopeless
    Lack Of managment communication

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do what u can do on ur time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Fun career, never a dull moment.

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    Current Employee - Store Manager  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Store Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at The Children's Place full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Management is open and honest

    Cons

    so little time to complete all tasks needed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more hours needed to train the right people for their jobs, we stress the right person for the right place at the right time but if they don't walk into the store as that person....we can't invest in them right away without sacrificing time away from our customers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great benifits and work enviornment

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    Former Employee - Production Manager  in  Secaucus, NJ
    Former Employee - Production Manager in Secaucus, NJ

    I worked at The Children's Place full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great benifits and work environment, good people.

    Cons

    The lack of structure and leadership. Constant changes in policy and process.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More team building and managment training.

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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