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Banana Republic Reviews

Updated December 6, 2018
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  • "Forced to sell Banana Republic Credit Cards" (in 264 reviews)

  • "Retail hours can make work-life balance difficult" (in 48 reviews)

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  1. "Sales Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Banana Republic part-time

    Pros

    Great family. Nice that they offer part time employees so much, including retirement.

    Cons

    None really. The BR discount should be more than Gap’s 50%. Hate working every weekend, if you’re good, you’ll be scheduled.

    Advice to Management

    They don’t hire from within the brand, it’s annoying when a manager is from a different company and you know more than them. Hire from within!

    Banana Republic Response

    Nov 6, 2018 – Company Representative

    Thank you for leaving a review. At Gap Inc., it’s important to us to invest in our employees’ future, not just at the company, but long-term regardless of where their career takes them. We... More


  2. "General Manager"

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    Former Employee - General Manager
    Former Employee - General Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Banana Republic full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Solid training and development
    Great benefits
    Fair pay

    Cons

    Long hours
    Work Nights & weekends & holidays
    Micro-management

    Advice to Management

    Leverage and empower tenured and strong GM population help grow the company instead of micromanaging them out of the business.

  3. "Fun place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Banana Republic part-time

    Pros

    Good team bond
    Management is easy to work with
    Work with your availability if you're a student

    Cons

    no cons to working here


  4. "Fun"

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    Former Employee - Stylist in Holland, MI
    Former Employee - Stylist in Holland, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Banana Republic part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Fun little retail shop with focus on customer service. Definitely has high standards which I think is great, because it teaches good work ethic. really good job for a college student looking for part-time work

    Cons

    Pay is entry level which is fine if you are just getting in the workforce

    Advice to Management

    The owners are extremely sincere and genuine.


  5. "sales"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    fun place to work lots of clothes

    Cons

    retail jobs tend to be stressful


  6. "Great Place...Depending"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Banana Republic full-time

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, good communication and the ability to grow

    Cons

    Management, Pay, Coworkers, holiday season isn't organized.

    Advice to Management

    Management should listen to employees more


  7. "Sales Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Banana Republic part-time

    Pros

    Great leadership. Sales experience. Hours if you want them.

    Cons

    Working in retail can be long and hard to deal with customers.

  8. "Flexible Part Time Work"

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    Former Employee - Brand Ambassador in Hackensack, NJ
    Former Employee - Brand Ambassador in Hackensack, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Banana Republic part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Active location, good structure, good training

    Cons

    I was at a smaller store with a lot of employees so the hours were limited.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to communicate well with your employees


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    "Brand Ambassador"

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    Former Employee - Brand Ambassador in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Brand Ambassador in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Banana Republic part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Fun atmosphere and culture, I was lucky to have such a great team of managers and sales associates to work with
    - Learned a lot about sales, retail, etc.
    - Company culture is uplifting and inspiring; very classic
    - Worked there for a year and my hourly wage went up almost two dollars!
    - Overall enjoyed my time working at Banana Republic

    Cons

    Management pushes the credit card WAY too hard. I would almost feel bad about myself for reaching a high sales number that day/week, but not reaching my 'goal' for brand credit card applications. I first worked at a high-traffic store in the Chicago suburban area, at the largest mall in the area. Usually, it wasn't hard getting customers to at least apply for the card for the 20% discount. Then, I worked at the Tucson Mall in Tucson, AZ and reaching the credit card goal was nearly impossible because many customers were regulars who already had the card, or shoppers from Mexico who couldn't apply for a card. I was constantly pushed to get card sign-ups and my name was at the bottom of the chart for months because I was working part-time, maybe twice a week, and it was difficult to get people to apply for the card. I felt annoying to the customers and I felt as though getting them to sign up for a credit card was more important than making sure they had a good shopping experience.

    Advice to Management

    STOP PUSHING THE BRAND CREDIT CARD. It is not only annoying to us employees, but annoying to the customers. I've actually had customers yell at me and I've lost customers because I asked more than once if they wanted to sign up for the card. I think the card is awesome and the rewards are great, but no one wants to be pushed that hard to apply for a credit card when they're just shopping. I even have had a few customers tell me they only come in when they absolutely need something because they don't want to be harassed about the credit card. Incentivize employees on sales and continue to make card sign-ups an incentive for 'bonuses', but STOP pushing so hard with the card. It's not motivating at all.

    Banana Republic Response

    Dec 6, 2018 – Company Representative

    Thanks for taking time to share your feedback. We’re happy to hear that you had a fun and positive experience working at Banana Republic. In regard to selling credit cards, we understand this can be... More


  10. "Banana Republic Is A Great Job"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Banana Republic part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great clothes, great people, amazing benefits (aka employee discount!), and the general manager is a great woman, such an inspiration.

    Cons

    At this location at the time I was working there (April 2018 - June 2018), Westside Pavilion was and/or is going through a big renovation. Due to the renovation, Banana Republic was almost empty on certain days and certain times.

    Advice to Management

    No advice, the management team is perfect.

    Banana Republic Response

    Dec 3, 2018 – Company Representative

    We love hearing this! We believe Gap Inc. should be a place where all of our employees should feel welcomed and supported. We're happy to hear this was reflected in your experience. Thanks for... More