The Children's Place Reviews

Updated March 29, 2015
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The Children's Place President & CEO Jane Elfers
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Pros
  • Employee discount is good especially since it can be used on all sale and clearance (in 40 reviews)

  • Good money, good quality clothing, great discount on the clothes (in 24 reviews)

Cons
  • Associates are expected to train upper management when unqualified management is hired (in 58 reviews)

  • Top managment would make last minute decisions and we would have to stay late to redo floor sets (in 33 reviews)

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  1. Good and Bad, differs with location.

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    Former Employee - Lead
    Former Employee - Lead

    I worked at The Children's Place

    Pros

    Understanding managers, good working environment,

    Cons

    Barely trained ANYONE (even new managers), Low pay, many rude customers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put higher value in your employees, set up a training program,

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. Sales Associate, Sales Lead, and Assistant Store Manager.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Children's Place part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    In the store I work in, you are put into multiple roles (in my opinion) so after working there for a year or so, you know what needs to be done in most aspects of the store. That in itself was great experience for me since I am a Retail Major. My store also has a lot of workers who have been there for a year or more. That makes it a lot easier to connect with people because you've known them for "X" amount of time and makes work fun! Management is also very flexible with my college schedule, which is great and MUCH appreciated. Good discount and also bonuses for amount of credit card applications you receive. Management is also very open to new ideas and suggestions anyone has.

    Cons

    Not as much associate appreciation as other companies. The discount is great, but when you're a college student like me and you don't have any children to spoil, it's often pointless. Lots of visual/promotional updates that can sometimes overlap each other...if you're in management and you're there often, this can be frustrating because you end up doing "double work" sometimes. Not always opportunities for advancement. You may have to seek them out yourself rather than being "promoted".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing as of right now!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Store manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Children's Place full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits! Lots of PTO. Good pay.

    Cons

    Workload is just insane and usually requires the store manager to work well over 40 hours. 20-30 boxes of freight everyday. Only 2 people working in the store at most times because of lack of payroll give.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be ready to have no life outside of work. If your a go-getter, this is the place for you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Amazing, always something to do

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Tucson, AZ

    I have been working at The Children's Place part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    The store is very easy to learn about and see where clothes go. You don't have to deal with customers unless they ask for a size or at the register. Your main focus is te store and management is amazing and friendly

    Cons

    Some rude customers and I wish we could wear tennis shoes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None so far they are amazing at training and have great patience

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6. I worked at TCP for about six months. It was technically my first job and the experience was just okay.

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

    I worked at The Children's Place

    Pros

    The pay was decent, there's bonuses that may be awarded by the number of credit card applications you are able to get during the month, and you also have a pretty good 30% discount as well as associate appreciation week that increases that which is nice. Accommodating and understanding when it came to school schedules, great managers!

    Cons

    Aside from the bonuses every once in a while due to credit cards, there's not great benefits. The employee appreciation is very low compared to other companies. There seems to not be very much room for advancement in the same company. The store that I worked for was also a bit disorganized and we had some misunderstandings, although management was pretty accommodating and understanding. You have full call-in shifts that you are responsible for and are an extreme hassle.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Full call-in shifts should not be a thing, more people should be scheduled on planned busy days specially when stocking is necessary, and there should be a formal platform to turn in request off days so that those and their approval/denial can be tracked by everyone.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Unattainable results on a daily basis. Heavy workload. Stressed to the max.

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    Former Employee - Store Sales Manager in Jacksonville, FL
    Former Employee - Store Sales Manager in Jacksonville, FL

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

    Pros

    Nice PTO benefits for Store managers. Had stability in the position.

    Cons

    Heavy workload that seemed unattainable in between customers. Deadlines for floorsets couldn't be reached due to product never arriving on time. Payroll always a struggle- Expected to complete tasks but no payroll properly allotted. Poor pay for associates, only allowed to hire as minimum wage. The corporate atmosphere overtook in the last couple years from the family based atmosphere originally hired into.

    SSM expected to work strenuous hours on a regular with no home balance. Stressful and tiring.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take advice from field associates on a regular basis opposed to the home office executives. Field associates take on the work load and seem over looked by headquarters.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. Quickly quit

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    Former Employee - Key Holder/Lead
    Former Employee - Key Holder/Lead

    I worked at The Children's Place part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    30% discount
    Cute clothes for my kid
    A paycheck, not a hateful hourly starting point.
    There's really nothing fabulous about working for this company.

    Cons

    Management is miserable and talks trash about the company from day 1. Literally the first day I started, my store manager just bashed the company and the employees all at once. The only reason I continued to work there, was to maintain a paycheck until I could find another company who hopefully is a little more professional. Floor set are a nightmare and change every other day. Payroll and the schedule is a joke. I know retail isn't glamorous, but I have lots of experience prior to TCP and this was just plain terrible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow for more hours for a bigger staff to get floor moves done. Don't put so much pressure on your store management staff and make them hate coming to work for you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. Cashier/Sells Rep

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    Former Employee - Cashier-Sales Associate in Glendale, WI
    Former Employee - Cashier-Sales Associate in Glendale, WI

    I worked at The Children's Place

    Pros

    Fun environment. 20% discount ;)

    Cons

    pay may start at minimum wage

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    it's easy to move up into management

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. Not a bad college gig

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Children's Place

    Pros

    Boss was friendly and always reasonable about my class schedule

    Cons

    Understaffed always nothing gets done and you always stay late

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more people so work can actually get done

  11. Great place to work!

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    Former Employee - Peer Support Specialist in Norristown, PA
    Former Employee - Peer Support Specialist in Norristown, PA

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

    Pros

    Staff education and trainings occurs on a regular basis. The staff is friendly and everybody gets along well. The work that I performed was helping homeless families and individuals secure and maintain housing. I enjoyed the work that I was doing. It is a great place to work at if you enjoy helping others.

    Cons

    The facility is small in comparison to other facilities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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