The Children's Place

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The Children's Place Reviews

Updated September 17, 2014
Updated September 17, 2014
507 Reviews
2.2
507 Reviews
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The Children's Place President & CEO Jane Elfers
Jane Elfers
240 Ratings

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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Employee 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.  

    Nice place

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate  in  Harrisburg, PA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Harrisburg, PA

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

    Pros

    Good discounts, friendly staff, clean, not over-staffed

    Cons

    Boring, low pay, not enough hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer more incentives

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not a good job to have while in school.

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

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

    Pros

    It was a basic retail job. Holidays and peak seasons are busy which makes hours better.

    Cons

    The managers did not work well with my schedule. I informed them that I was a senior in high school and could only work weekends, and early evenings during the week, but that didn't stop them from having me scheduled late getting out of work after midnight.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't hire people if you don't want to work with their availability.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Ok place to work

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    Current Employee - Sales Lead  in  Pitts, PA
    Current Employee - Sales Lead in Pitts, PA

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

    Pros

    Love the clothes, good quality. Employee discount is pretty nice. Associates work well with each other to accomplish goals.

    Cons

    Need to have more hours then they give for Back to School, Christmas, and floor sets. We don't have magic wands. Higher pay rate would be nice.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop having so many updates, especially around busy times. Things don't need to be moved 5 times in 2 weeks.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Sales Associate

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Children's Place

    Pros

    Great Place to work, good pay, flexible schedule with school, good discount

    Cons

    Working holidays, not much room to move up

  7.  

    Too many tasks, not enough payroll to complete them.

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    Current Employee - Sales Lead  in  Saginaw, MI
    Current Employee - Sales Lead in Saginaw, MI

    I have been working at The Children's Place part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    30% discount, even on top of sales and clearance.

    Cons

    There aren't enough hours to complete the tasks assigned.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We struggle with payroll weekly, we are currently so deep in stock that our backroom is almost impossible to walk though but we don't have the payroll to process it and we are continuously receiving 12-20 more boxes daily. The pay is not competitive with other stores, but the discounts are better. Though, if you don't have kids, the discount isn't a good enough perk to make up for the pay.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good place to get some work experience

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

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

    Pros

    The team that surrounds you instantly becomes like a family. Depending on your store they usually work around your school schedule

    Cons

    Too much work for the pay that is offered. The company policies often lead to confrontations with the customers. Inconsistent hours, horrible pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing

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

    No work life

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    Current Employee - Merchandising Manager  in  Skokie, IL
    Current Employee - Merchandising Manager in Skokie, IL

    I have been working at The Children's Place full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    money is ok, and customers aren't to bad

    Cons

    You have to do everything

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

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

    They have a great Brand but

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    Current Employee - Store Sales Manager  in  Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Store Sales Manager in Portland, OR

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

    Pros

    The customers and their children are the best. The clothes are great quality

    Cons

    This company needs to get their act together, Floor sets are simple and well explained but the updates to the sets are overwhelming. You set the plan and they change it and then once you correct it they change it again. You have no payroll and you work 2 openers and 2 closers plus you must meet sales goals. Who has time to make all these crazy changes and they wonder why your customers services scores are low! They want all these tasks done but give you no support, oh we did get cookies one time and a note LMBO! Pretty lame!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Run as fast as you can this company talks about a Life Balance and give you great benefits but getting to use them is tough! Always to much to do and you can only use 5 days at a time! With permission!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 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

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