Tommy Bahama Reviews

Updated August 31, 2015
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Pros
  • Work/life balance isn't just lip service, this company really wants you to enjoy life (in 9 reviews)

  • They give you free clothing, I don't know of any other retailer who does this (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • Downside to this job was Upper Management was full of (in 8 reviews)

  • You may find yourself living in Hawaii or some exotic place with a high cost of living (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    Tommy Bahama gives every opportunity to learn and grow if you want it.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Saint Petersburg, FL
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Saint Petersburg, FL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Tommy Bahama is a casual, laid back atmosphere. It's a fun place to work. Most stores are properly staffed so even if you are in a high traffic store, there is more than enough people to handle the guests in the store. Management respects everyone on the team, and communication is easy. They are more than accomidating on scheduling around your personal life. They don't mind if you are a few minutes late, so long as you call if you are going to be more than 5 minutes. The guests we serve are our friends. The same people come back each month and you build great relationships with them. Pay is on the high end of retail, and it's an hourly pay without a commission structure. That way, there isn't a fight over stealing sales. You work as a team. You do have a daily sales goal, but you aren't repremanded if you don't reach it. Salespeople get a bonus if the store's monthly goal is met and exceeded. It's up to 15% of the pay you recieved during the month in which the goal was met. Training is provided and sometimes it's a little boring, but they are trying to get everyone on the same basic level of competency. Managers get to go to the Seattle home office once a year, and some regions send managers to a day long retreat with other managers where they recap the past year and get you excited about new things. Upper management cares. The Vice President of Retail visits the stores at least twice a year and you can talk to him as if what you say matters. Over the past couple years, they haven't been opening as many stores, so advancement was a bit slower than normal. However, they are slated to open 10+ stores and at least one restaurant a year for the next several years, so if you are willing to relocate, you can get to a managment level within a year or two even if you start as a salesperson. You will be happy if you can do the same things every single day and can overlook some minor annoyances.

    Cons

    Some days are very slow where hours can go by and you don't see anybody. The stores are maticulously kept up. Be prepared to steam, fold, and dust a lot. If a guest tears up a stack of perfectly folded shirts, you have to refold everyone as soon as you can. Some associates I work with don't care, while others take it personally. lol If you can't handle 7 1/2 hours standing, this job isn't for you. Yearly pay raises are capped and nearly everyone get the same percent raise, regardless of their performance. There isn't much room to grow after you get to the Store Manager level. You can advance on to bigger locations if you are willing to relocate, but you have to be content with just being a store manager as this is the end of the advancements at Tommy Bahama.

    Advice to Management

    Take advantage of technology. Every store should have a webcam and high speed internet so we can have video conferencing. This would save so much money on expenses related to travel and lodging. As far as the internet is concerned, I'd rather you restrict access to the web vs. giving us full access, but only giving us dial up speeds. So much of our daily computer work relies on us sitting there staring at the screen waiting for reports to download. It isn't cost effective. Also- our POS is way outdated, but you already know that.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Great people and a growing brand

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Tommy Bahama full-time

    Pros

    *Senior Leadership understands what is needed to win *Company is continuing to grow *Great benefits and bonus structure *Everyone is friendly and engaging

    Cons

    *Keep up the good work


  3. Helpful (1)

    Paradise!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Store Manager
    Current Employee - Store Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Tommy Bahama full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Amazing culture, with a clear vision and rich brand history that inspires not only its guests, but also its employees to make life one long weekend. Working at Tommy Bahama at the store level you are empowered to always do whats right for the guest and the needs of the business. The level of engagement and energy from the directors and upper management is nothing short of inspiring. The company is evolving and there are endless possibilities for those that are opened minded and ready to provide a world class experience!

    Cons

    There are some in the company that seem to be threatened by change and that are set in their ways, even if their way isn't whats best for the guest and vision of the company and believe that they are entitled due to their tenure with the company. Be open minded and be willing to collaborate with others that have, and can bring a fresh perspective on driving a world class experience.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up! The energy and passion is contagious and can be felt at the store level which in turn, translates to the guests. Store contests and social media generates a ton of excitement around a great brand to work for!


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Amazing company that puts guests and employees first!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Miami, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Tommy Bahama full-time

    Pros

    Guests are number one. This is an amazing company that takes care of their customers and the people that work for them. They are completely invested in the future of their employees and are constantly looking for ways to make changes in order to better the lives of those they serve, and those that work for them.

    Cons

    Like with all change, there are growing pains. Change requires us to adapt and think outside the box. These changes took some getting used to but now it's clear they are to aid us in taking care of our guests and our employees. Now all see then as welcome adaptations that have made life easier.

    Advice to Management

    Keep adapting! Keep bringing us new, fresh ideas to push our company forward!


  6. Helpful (1)

    Assistant Store Manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Tommy Bahama full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great company to work for and many oppotunities

    Cons

    Best job ever, no cons to report


  7. Helpful (1)

    This is one of the best jobs I've ever had.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Floor Supervisor in Williamsburg, VA
    Current Employee - Floor Supervisor in Williamsburg, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Tommy Bahama full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Everyone gets along, lots of comunication, advancement possible...they hire and promote within the company. They allow a generous clothing allowance for us. District Mgrs. and upper Managment are easy to talk to and listen to you.

    Cons

    Always have to work holidays and dont get holiday pay (time and a half) and dont get sick days.

    Advice to Management

    n/a


  8. Helpful (2)

    so far so good

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Tommy Bahama full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    great work life balance, never been asked to work late, Great VP of men's design inspiring to work with.

    Cons

    management could share more with employees, plus they don't pay very well, benefits are good, maybe some team building would be nice

    Advice to Management

    provide more training and listen to employees


  9. Helpful (2)

    Excellent people and great working conditions

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Supervisor Loss Prevention
    Current Employee - Supervisor Loss Prevention
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Tommy Bahama full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    They live their motto: Life is one long weekend.

    Cons

    No telecommuting options normally available

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


  10. Helpful (2)

    Seasonal PT Retail Sales Associate

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Pays above minimum wage, free clothing pieces every other month, gain product knowledge of different types of fabrics and it's a friendly environment

    Cons

    No commission pay, other then that I honestly can't think of an negative experience that has happened to me working at Tommy Bahama.


  11. Helpful (4)

    Great team in a company values its employees and guests!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Tommy Bahama full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Culture & Values!! Company has integrity and does what it says it will do. Strong guest focused culture. Strong Brand identity and vision. Treats employees respectfully and provides career growth. Very little hierarchy. CEO is accessible to everyone and makes time for you.

    Cons

    This is a great company to be a part of! Sometimes we need to go a little faster in some areas, but the entire team is committed and focused on long term growth.



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