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Banana Republic Overview

San Francisco, CA
5001 to 10000 employees
Gap Inc.
1983
Subsidiary or Business Segment
Department, Clothing, & Shoe Stores
$500 million to $1 billion (USD) per year
As a global specialty retailer, Banana Republic is focused on delivering versatile, contemporary classics. Our customers seek to make the most of every moment. How we do it is just as important as what we do. We value people who are confident, optimistic and curious, because we ... Read more

Mission: At Banana Republic, how we do it is just as important as what we do. We value people who are confident, optimistic and curious, because we believe in unleashing creativity and greatness every day.


Glassdoor Awards

Best Places to Interview: 2017 (#17)

Company Updates

  • We believe in inclusion and equality for all and we're proud to be a part of Gap Inc. who ranked in the top five of Thomson Reuters 2018 #DiversityInclusionIndex. http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vQMui

    Gap Inc. Ranks in Top 5 by Thomson Reuters Diversity and Inclusion Index | Gap Inc.

    by Gap Inc. blogs Gap Inc.has been named oneof the world's most diverse and inclusive companies for the second consecutive year. In its third annual Thomson Reuters Global Diversity and Inclusion Index (D&I), which scores companies using environmental, social, and governance metrics, Gap Inc. is ranked five out of 7,000 international corporations.

  • From stores to HQ, we're committed to making a difference in our local communities. Our rockstar team in Arizona showed up in smiles (and their volunteer shirts) to lend a hand. hashtag#WeAreBR

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Banana Republic – Why Work For Us?


On November 28, 1978, Banana Republic opened in Mill Valley, Calif. – right across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco – as a shop for people with a passion for safari and expedition wear from faraway places. Our founders were two progressive entrepreneurs who embodied the pioneering spirit of San Francisco. They loved to travel to collect the surplus clothing that outfitted the store. In addition to the Mill Valley store, Banana Republic offered a unique, award-winning travel-oriented catalogue referred to as a travelogue – to appeal to the “journeyman” in all of us.

In 1983, San Francisco-based Gap Inc. saw something special in Banana Republic and brought it into the Gap Inc. family, with a promise to keep its unique spirit alive. Today, Banana Republic is a global apparel and accessories brand. We are focused on delivering versatile, contemporary classics, designed for today with style that endures. We outfit those who see every day as full of opportunity and seek to make the most of every moment and opportunity. At Banana Republic, we believe in seeing life a little differently, taking it all in, adding to it, and making it your own. We live with style.


A FRESH PERSPECTIVE | An eyelet fit-and-flare dress is a breath of fresh air, while a linen suit is wrinkled to perfection. Simple sneakers bring these classics into the now. 

Raise Every Voice: P.A.C.E.

By 2020, one million women will gain the skills and confidence to change the course of their lives through the Gap Inc. P.A.C.E. program.

Every year, we dedicate a portion of our profits to fund P.A.C.E (Personal Advancement & Career Enhancement), our decade-strong education program that gives women who make our clothes the tools, knowledge and confidence to raise their voices. 

At Banana Republic a Sense of Belonging is Always in Style. 

Our five Business Resource Groups (BRGs), created by and for employees, help drive our diversity and inclusion strategies to make sure that we:

  • Build a work force that reflects our customer base and the communities where we do business
  • Develop a company culture and network that embraces differences and individuality

BRG members come from different brands, levels, and capacities to create a space of learning and inclusion for all. These groups provide a platform for employees to share ideas, accelerate careers, and help contribute to our company growth. Our BRGs create opportunities to meet colleagues and mentors from all areas within Gap Inc. 

Our Business Resource Groups include: AANG (African American Networking Group), ASIA (Asians Supporting Inclusion and Awareness), GEAR (Gay Employees and Resources), HOLA (Honoring our Latino Ancestry), and WIL (Women in Leadership). 

Equal Opportunity Employer
We're an equal opportunity employer. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, pregnancy, national origin/ancestry, citizenship, physical/mental disabilities, military status or any other basis prohibited by law. Every employee is responsible for helping prevent discrimination and harassment in the workplace.

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    I have been working at Banana Republic part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Great Discount across all brands
    - Good Experience

    Cons

    - limited hours
    - difficulty for growth within the company. They make it easier for external candidates to apply than internal
    - Moved to a poor rewards system for employee card acquisition

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Banana Republic Interviews

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    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
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    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Banana Republic (San Francisco, CA) in March 2012.

    Interview

    Spoke to HR rep on the phone first for an initial screen and then had 2 interviews with 2 individuals in each interview. Conversational type of interview with some resume specific questions as well as scenario questions.

    Interview Questions

    • Would you be OK with 100% systems job?   1 Answer

    Reasons for Declining

    Salary was too low.

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Banana Republic Awards & Accolades

  • Equality in the Workplace, Catalyst, 2016
  • Best Places to Work, Human Rights Campaign, 2016

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